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I love recommending healthy habits “test drives” because short commitments like 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 what you learned you want to incorporate into your life. You make decisions with the benefit of your experience, not because I or someone else tell you it’s good for you.

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–a period long enough for you to experience benefits and short enough for you to stick to.

Our stuff!

It’s easier to go through life with less stuff—emotional and otherwise. With less, we get more done. Minimalism is just a choice but a great choice if you want to get rid of some stuff, both emotional and otherwise. It’s not necessarily for everyone but for anyone feeling overwhelmed and who can relate to the host, minimalism is worth the test drive.

Try it for a week

Try living with your two main rooms stripped down, typically that’s bath or kitchen and the living area. People who tried minimalism report that they felt lighter in rooms with less stuff. I felt that it upgraded my home and brought more style to it. Others appreciate that it makes housekeeping easier. It’s also been shown to reduce stress.

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 how and how much.

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