The minimalist lifestyle has changed lives for the better in so many ways. I want to share ten minimalist life hacks with you that can help you on your minimalism journey.
Avoid Buying Things That Fast Trend Or Fads
The first minimalist hack is to avoid buying things that are fast trends or fads. So things that suddenly take over, everyone you know has one, but you know that they’re not going to last. So either you will get sick of it yourself and stop using it, or it will just be not very useful in everyday life. Or it will get out of style again as quickly as it became in style and then you have to purchase something else.
It’s good business for companies to turn things into fast trends because they know that people want to fit in.
They want to have what everyone else has, and they want to join in the trend. So by persuading people to buy them, they make a lot of money. And we as consumers are then stuck with a product in our home that we hardly ever use anymore because it was only trendy for a short while.
So it’s just a waste of your money, your space, and also your energy. When you find that you want to buy something new, it’s always a good idea to ask yourself why.
Why do you want to have this? Is this something that you can get a lot of use out of for a really long time? Or do you just want it because everyone else has one, and suddenly you see it advertised everywhere, and you want to join in?
It’s just basically a mindset of being happy with your life no matter what stuff you have.
Go Paperless as Much as You can
The next minimalism hack is to go paperless as much as you can. The question I get asked the most is how to deal with paper clutter. And of course, there are ways to organize your papers that help you to keep your home clutter-free. But the most important thing is to try and go paperless as much as possible. Because if nothing is coming in, then there’s nothing for you to organize.
Get apps on your phone to track your bills and your payments, and unsubscribe from catalogs. So every time there’s paper coming into your home, see if you can either unsubscribe from it or make it digital in the future. We hardly get any mail here anymore. Maybe one letter every couple of weeks and that’s it. So dealing with paper clutter becomes a lot easier this way.
Avoid Buying Things That Need Other Things
The next minimalist life hack is to avoid buying things that need other things. So a simple example, if you are looking at purchasing clothing and you find something that you like but you don’t have anything else to go with it in your current Wardrobe. So you would need to buy something else to go with it. Whenever possible, if you purchase something new, make sure that it is ready to go.
Quit Impulse Buying
The next tip for a Minimalist Lifestyle is quitting impulse buys and making it a rule for yourself that you always have to wait at least three days before making a purchase. Stores know how to get you to spend. They use music, lighting, big aggressive signs that are everywhere, color schemes, to get you to spend as much money as possible. And then when you go to the cash register, they have this section where all those little things are like a dollar or two. So the best hack to protect yourself from this is to wait three days.
Now I’m not saying that you cannot buy anything new ever of course. But wait a while, and during this time you can ask yourself, do I need this, or did it just look good in a store? If you feel after three days, you still want to buy it; then it’s okay to go back and get it.
Stop Comparing your Stuff to Others
This next one is more like a minimalist mindset, and that is to stop comparing your stuff to other people’s stuff. This hack is about realizing that you don’t have to have the latest of everything all the time. So if your friends or colleagues or neighbors have certain things, It doesn’t mean that you have to want the same things as well. It says nothing about you or your value as a human being if you make the conscious choice not to pursue these things. If you have an older phone even though there are newer models out there, you can still be happy with it and save yourself a lot of money.
One in One out
This next minimalist lifestyle hack is simple yet very useful, and it is the one in one out rule. This means that if you buy something new, you have to get rid of something old. Let’s say you want to buy a new tea mug that means you have to be willing to let go of an old tea mug to replace it with and this makes sure that you are not adding on to your things and keeping your home clutter-free. This is a general guideline, and it doesn’t always apply, so you don’t have to use it a hundred percent of the time. But it is a good guideline to have.
Quality over Quantity
This next tip is an essential part of Minimalist Lifestyle, and that is quality over quantity. So if you want to live that less is more lifestyle and shop more intentionally, it makes a lot of sense to go for one quality item over five low-quality items. And it may cost a bit more, but it’s always the right decision because it will last you way longer and it will be a better investment over time.
On average, those deficient quality things are usually cheaper, but the high-end super expensive stuff doesn’t always guarantee high quality. So don’t let yourself be fooled by the high prices thinking that it must be terrific then. Do your research. Read reviews about it, because sometimes the mid-range items are just as good as the high range items from the fancy brands.
Find your Shopping Trigger and try to avoid them
If you are the type of person who loves to shop and finds it challenging to buy less, then this next minimalism lifestyle hack is to find your shopping triggers and try to avoid them as much as possible. Some people are emotional shoppers. They shop when they are stressed or sad or anxious or bored or insecure. If that is you, then it helps to identify this and make sure that you don’t allow yourself to shop emotionally. And this also means no window shopping.
Say no to Free Stuffs
This minimalist lifestyle hack will help you to keep your home clutter-free and also avoid the gradual build-up of stuff in your life, and that is to say no to the free stuff. Just because it’s free, doesn’t mean it’s free. Just because you don’t have to pay money to acquire the item doesn’t mean that you are not paying for it. If the item is in your home, that means you are paying rent or mortgage to store all your stuff. You are also paying for it with your time and energy to keep everything clean and organized. So even free things will end up being things that you are paying for.
If you are lucky enough to get something for free that you really like and you find it very valuable, then great. Take it. Another way to kind of test this for yourself is to ask yourself If you would have also bought it if it wasn’t free. If the answer is yes, then you know you got a great freebie. If the answer is no, then apparently you don’t find it valuable enough, and then it’s a good idea to say no.
Keep an Inventory of your Wardrobe
The last minimalist lifestyle hack for today is to keep an inventory of your Wardrobe. This minimalist hack doesn’t need to be a very complicated one. It doesn’t need to take up much time. But it can help if you know what it is you have in your Wardrobe, to prevent you from getting that feeling of I don’t have anything to wear, and then going out shopping. So you can do this super professionally. Take pictures of all the items and catalog them if you have that time and you find that stuff to be fun. Keep a simple list of the number of things that you have.
Bonus Hack: Use Gift Cards
Make sure to use gift cards as much as possible because they are so handy. So for example, if your birthday is coming up, or the holidays are coming up, people want to give you a gift ask for a gift card for a store that you would go to usually anyway. This way you can buy something that you like yourself, and you might have even bought spending money on it.
Questions, comments, conversations down below, and I will see you all again soon. Have a great day. Bye. Bye