Many people feel as thought they would love to live with less. They love the idea of minimalism, but consider it to be out of reach for them. Here’s the good news, minimalism looks different for everyone, so you have to find what works for you. That being said, I think the best place to begin is by setting goals.
First, think about what you want your life of less to look like. How little do you want to have? Is it just generally living with less clutter? Is it being able to fit all your belongings into a suitcase and travel the world? Whatever your goal is write it down, you can always change it later, but take a few moments to consider what your end game is. This helps put your process into perspective. It gives one a driving force behind the decisions they make. Once you have a larger goal set, it is time to make smaller goals.
Small goals allow us to take steps towards our version of minimalism without having to dive in head first. Small goals help us discover the benefits of living with less so that we can feel confident about ridding ourselves of clutter and not be burdened by the guilt. Start small and work your way up. Getting rid of things snowballs, once you successfully do it with some items that are easy to get rid of, you are able to make decisions on items that are harder to get rid of.
Your goal doesn’t have to be big, in fact as you begin you should ensure that your goal is obtainable. Make it simple, maybe its having the top of your dresser clear. It might be finally taking some of those old clothes that don’t fit and donating them. Whatever it is keep it simple and obtainable. Don’t be afraid to experiment either. If your goal is to have clear counter tops, don’t be afraid to remove that clutter (maybe just box it all up for a week) and see what it feels like to have that goal achieved. once you understand the benefits of having completed that goal, you may find it easier to take the steps needed to actually achieve it. Being able to achieve little successes gives you an insight into what your world might look like with less and motivate you to keep working towards your version of minimalism.