You’d think that throwing a few things away and adopting a simpler lifestyle would be easy. How hard can it really be to do less and buy less when Becoming Minimalist?
The reality is that this is actually much harder than it looks. We have become so used to being stressed, so used to being jealous and so used to wanting more that it is very hard to let go when we decide to try.
Becoming Minimalist takes self-discipline as any change does. Becoming aware of why you want something and if you really need it or not has to be purposely thought through.
Below are five mistakes that people often make and how you can avoid making the very same errors…
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Using Too Much Technology
Technology is in many ways the antithesis of a Minimalist Lifestyle. While no one is asking you to turn off your phone permanently, what you should avoid is the kind of ‘mindless browsing’ that leads many of us to end up making purchases of things we don’t need.
On average it takes 11 times for us to see something before we buy. However, how long you think it takes for you to see that ad on Facebook 11 times?
Not very many.
I recently purchased some Detox from a Facebook Ad and I bet I seen that Ad twenty times with-in an hour.
Of-course I wasn’t on my phone for an hour straight but just by hopping on and off that same Ad appeared in my Facebook feed multiple times.
But it doesn’t stop there. If you like something on someones post you are now being tracked. And this is a bit of hot topic of itself but Facebook is listening to us.
Just last week I was telling my husband my back was hurting. Twenty minutes later I opened my Facebook app and guess what appeared in my news-feed? An Ad for a local Chiropracter.
Mind you I never, not one time, googled a Chiropractor. I simply told my husband in the privacy of our own home, my back hurt.
Now if I wasn’t aware of this and already knew what to do about my back pain I probably would have jumped on that Ad and spent unnecessary money.
Take some time off your tech! And be-aware of what you are scrolling past.
Finding Fulfillment in all the Wrong Places
If you just remove things from your life, then you’ll find that it can quickly seem quite empty. Instead, you need to find new things to fill your life just as you take things away.
The best way to do this is to think about what makes you happy and how you can get more from what you already own. Keep yourself busy with things that don’t require ‘more’.
Me and my family we all have our own things that we love to do.
For my son that thing is playing Roblox. My daughter loves to spend time with friends. My husband likes to play the Playstation for a couple hours and me, well I like to Blog. I also love to read.
But in all honesty the best fulfillment I have ever received outside of things is Jesus and the love He has for us.
For years and years I tried to fulfill the emptiness in my heart and soul with things but it just was never enough. Whether you are a believer or not things will never be enough for you either.
Giving Up Too Soon
A big mistake is to go all-out creating a Minimalist Lifestyle and then to give up only a few weeks later.
The key here is consistency and introducing a few simple rules can help a great deal.
For example, make a rule that you have to get rid of something in your home each time you buy something new!
TIP: Try the One Out – One In Rule. Most people get rid of one thing when they bring something new in. Instead get rid of one thing before buying something new. This way you have no excuse to not get rid of clutter.
Stop Being So Strict
Most people act as though being a Minimalist is a binary choice. You’re either Minimal or you aren’t. And thus the only way to go Minimal is to throw everything out and live entirely off the land.
This just isn’t true!
You can become a ‘little more Minimal’ and reap many of the benefits without making it too hard on yourself.
You don’t have to throw everything out when Becoming Minimalist.
Take my family for example. We have things that we will probably never get rid of. And that is okay.
Just because we own some things and we didn’t throw everything out does not mean we don’t live a Minimalist Lifestyle.
The thing is we don’t run out to buy the newest car or the hottest toy on the market.
Instead we focus on what matters most. And for us that is family and time with with family making memories.
This is a great post by Joshua Becker that you may enjoy – What Is Minimalism?
Missing the Point
Many of the issues people have with Becoming Minimalist come from missing the point.
The point isn’t to be mightier-than-thou and it’s not to shun society.
The point is just to scale back a little so that life becomes more manageable again! And it is to reap a few of the rewards that just so happen to come as a by-product of that.
I can’t stress enough that you don’t have to throw everything out to Become Minimalist.
Nor do you have to be low income or give up the income you have. In-fact if some things that matter most still cost money. Such as Vacations and Day Trips to the Movies or going Out To Eat a couple times a month with your family.
All those things take money. Therefore ore you are buying the experiences not things.