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I love recommending what I call healthy habits “test drives.” Their short commitment, typically a week, make them easy to stick to. At the end of the test period, you get to decide how much, or if any, of the healthy habit you want to work into your lifestyle. You make decisions with the benefit of actual experience. So, you’re not doing it because I or someone else tell you it’s good for you, but because you know it is.

You’re your own guru…

You decide what to take from the experience and how much.

That’s just what this BuzzFeed host did after she tried minimalism for a week. The insights she had during her experiment made it easy for her to decide the changes she wanted to make afterward.

So, if you’re trying and failing to get on board with a healthy habit like drinking more water or to start a monthly saving plan, try the habit for a short period. Practice for a period long enough for you to experience benefits and short enough for you to stick to.

Dealing with less stuff!

Minimalism is not necessarily for everyone but if you’re feeling overwhelmed because you have too much stuff, it’s worth the test drive. It’s easier to go through life with less stuff—emotional and otherwise. With less, we get more done.

Try it for a week

Try living with your at least two of your main rooms stripped down, typically that’s bath or kitchen and the living area. Some people report that they felt lighter in rooms with less stuff. Others appreciate that it makes housekeeping easier. Minimalism has also been shown to reduce stress. I personally felt like it upgraded my home and brought more style to it. For all the possible benefits, I believe it’s worth trying out for at least a week.

Minimalism is also used as a productivity tool to help procrastinators manage resistance. As with any habit, you have to figure out for yourself, how to use it to best benefit you.

A week is all it takes to help you decide if minimalism is right for you, and how much.


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Christine Angelica

Christine is a lifestyle coach living in Los Angeles. She believes the way we live affects everything we do, especially our motivation.