December 7, 2016

The Gift of (Minimized) Minimalism

I'm sure I'm not the only one who sees the appeal of minimalism. The fam has been (persistently) asking what they should get me for Christmas, but there really isn't anything in particular I need or want, and honestly, the thought of adding any more "stuff" to my apartment a year before I move out makes me cringe. 

That said, I'm not sure that minimalism is a lifestyle that I can, or want to, commit fully to. I don't need to tell you (but I'm about to anyway) that in our "stuff"-saturated culture, especially if you're a fellow blogger, it's really hard not to want to fill our lives with material things and our closets and homes with cute outfits and décor. I hope that this post can inspire you to de-clutter and live differently in your time on this earth, where true happiness is not found in things, people, or experiences, but in Jesus and in fellowship with the Lord. This Christmas, give yourself the gift of minimalism, minimized (can we make this a thing?).  If you're with me, start here.

+ Turn off your Instagram notifications.
I know, I know— just reading this makes you uncomfortable, right? And maybe you're asking yourself: Alexa, what does this have to do with minimalism? Well, it's one step in the right direction if you're trying to make yourself less reliant on social media. If you have a large following, you likely already have your notifs turned off, but this is perfect for us little people, too. *waves*  Picture (no pun intended) this: you post a photo, and instead of waiting for the likes and comments to pour in, you continue going about your day. You know that the notifications aren't going to pop up, so you're not subconsciously waiting for them. I turned mine off last week, and my pre-blogging self is very happy.

+ Unsubscribe.
This probably seems like the logical next step after going through with the first item on this list. If you don't want to unsubscribe from any mailing lists that you're on, but just thinking about your inbox gives you a headache, redirect your emails to different inboxes: personal account, blog/business account, work/school account, etc. 

+ When you're tempted to buy something, list it.
I did this for a few months and rarely make impulse purchases anymore. It's as simple as it sounds: when you see something you "have to have" online or in-store, add it to a note on your phone. Review the note in a week. Do you still want those shoes? Review again in two weeks. How about now? This way, you'll have a better gauge of whether you'll actually use or wear the item, or if it's just one of those products that you see everywhere or on everyone but don't actually want or need. 

+ Eat cleaner.
I eat pretty clean on the daily. I have a huge sweet tooth, and I probably love Shake Shack and Chick-Fil-A more than anyone should. That said, I feel "dirty" after eating certain things. I am not saying that you shouldn't eat these things, and I don't use the word "dirty" in a shaming way. I'm not preaching the healthy lifestyle gospel, either; in truth, I eat whatever I want (high metabolism runs in the family), but that tends to be, 99% of the time, cleaner foods. I feel so much better, physically and mentally, when I'm eating healthier, unprocessed or minimally processed foods like fresh produce, lean meats, and whole grains.

+ Go through all your sh*t.
I don't know about you, but to me, there is nothing quite like executing a successful closet purge. Seriously— if that's not satisfying, I don't know what is. I love going through piles of stuff and deciding what to toss in garbage or donation piles, cleaning out "junk" drawers, and re-organizing things. After a while, you'll get used to purging, and you'll accumulate fewer things

Thoughts on this minimalism, minimized idea?

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