If you love Apple’s clean-looking aesthetic, there’s a good chance you’ll like a little more of that minimalism in your life. The stripped-down lifestyle is about simplicity, and not about restriction as some think. Plus, it’s trending, so you might want to keep up.
Who should consider minimalism
(even a modified version of it)
- People who are always running late or misplacing things.
- Those who overspend or need to be more disciplined with money.
- People who want to change hoarding habits.
- Anyone who juggles a lot of responsibilities.
- People who suffer from anxiety, have sleep problems or any type of mental health concern.
- People who are under a lot of stress caring for others.
Of course, Steve Jobs, as well as Angelina Jolie and Robert Pattinson.
Vurb, as you know, is big on routines. We’re big on them because they help us create structure, saves time, promote mindfulness and help people create a kinder more effective framework for success and lasting change. Minimalism is the aesthetic and lifestyle that best facilitates that. Ultimately, minimalism helps us to be more productive.
If you have even the mildest interest in minimalism but not ready to embrace the whole lifestyle, you can look for small ways to incorporate it into your life. And a great place to start is in your closet.
Benefits of my semi-minimalist wardrobe
I love fashion but after incorporating principles of minimalism into my wardrobe and became what I call a semi-minimalist, I’m enjoying my closets more. I’ve figured out the difference between having a lot of clothes and having style. Now I edit my wardrobe more often and feel less stressed because my closets are never cramped. When I open a closet door, I appreciate that nothing is going to fall down on my head. I appreciate that my things are beautifully hung and that I can find anything I’m looking for within seconds.
You probably already love minimalism and don’t realize it. Ikea (Scandinavian design), Apple and BMW are minimalist designs.
Think you might wanna bring minimalism (or semi-minimalism) into your life? There are some common misconceptions about being a minimalist, that you might want to rethink
Common myths about being a minimalist
- The style is not all black and white, you can absolutely be colorful.
- It’s not about getting rid of everything, it’s getting rid of the things you don’t love/use.
- It’s about prioritizing and making more room for what you use.
- Being healthy and organic is part of the lifestyle, but you don’t have to be 100% anything.
- You can start small.
How to start your minimalism journey
- Commit to just one category, your wardrobe, for example, and
- After living with the order for a while decide if it’s something you want to bring it to other areas of your home.
If you start with wardrobe, you may move on to your office area next and bring order to paperwork and books, then move on to the TV area or kitchen, then on to cupboards and work your way through your home.
The point is not to follow a single minimalist and try to copy their lifestyle but to be inspired by them to try it out. If you like it, have a little more and a little more until you’ve had enough.
- Devise alternatives to hoarding, like cloud storage for books (maybe) and renting a storage unit.
- Start with your keys. Do you use all those keys on your keyring?
- Observe the feelings associated with having less. How does it feel to have less to clean? Do you appreciate looking at less stuff? Does it feel more relaxing? How does it feel to be able to find things more easily?
- Use the space differently to experience more life in your home. For me, having more space in the living room was like giving myself a dance floor. Others found they made room for dinner parties and space for game nights and karaoke. Others made space for their hobbies–a putting area to practice golf, to use a sewing machine or do crafting.
- Find beautiful storage containers for items you use often like makeup or toys to make them portable.
- Create a system to maintain order: For every item you bring in, take one out. Buy only what you absolutely need and will get regular use from. Rent and borrow rarely used items. Find a cause you love, like a women’s shelter, to be your regular donation stop. Follow other minimalists and orderly people like Jenny Mustard to stay inspired.
Christine is a lifestyle coach living in Los Angeles. She believes the way we live predicts our future health and motivation. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out about working with Christine.