Living in New York (or any big city) forces a person to be minimalistic when it comes to their stuff. There’s barely enough space for the things I need, let alone the things I don’t need! It’s why I’m such a huge fan of Marie Kondo, she helps you to hold on to the things that spark the most joy, and get rid of all the stuff that doesn’t.
However, it was only when my appendix burst that I began to adopt minimalism as more of a way of life, as opposed to just a way to deal with clutter.
But what does that actually mean?
Minimalism isn’t about getting rid of everything you own or leaving everyone you know to travel around the world. It’s more about getting back to basics, relying less on material needs or obsessing over the desire to have it all.
As well as using the Marie Kondo method to clear clutter, I have also brought a more minimalist style to my life by writing ‘just enough’ lists. I found these helpful because as a type A personality I like to get as much done as possible, but it’s just not good for your long term well being.
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I’m also aware that I don’t like to say no to people, so I often end up signing up to loads of networking events or agreeing to proof read someone’s book when I have a tight deadline at work. To avoid this I have started setting myself limits, for example I only book two events after work per week. That’s it. Any more and I get cranky. I know myself and I try to keep within these guidelines.
As my web designer and media strategist Cass McCrory explains in her book, The Subtraction Project, it’s about getting rid of all the extra stuff in your life to make space for the things you truly enjoy.
So how can you bring a more minimalistic approach to your life:
As the guys at theminimalists.com point out, being a minimalist means different things to different people. You don’t have to sell everything you own or build your own tiny house. That’s what I like about minimalism so much, you can take it one step at a time and adapt the principles to suit your own needs. Do it part time if you like and see how it goes.
Originally published at medium.com