I love minimalism. But it was definitely a bit of a minefield when I first tried to get into it. Everything was monochromatic and simple, minimalist aesthetic seems to consist of monochromatic clothes. And it was there I hit my first roadblock. I wanted to get into minimalism… but I found wearing black and white clothes a little boring after a while. I would wear plain clothes and then go home to my pastel bedroom with decorations everywhere. I used to go overboard with the interior design because I felt I couldn’t express myself through the clothes I was wearing.
It was at that point I realised how personal minimalism is, and how different minimalism looks for all of us. My style of minimalism is different compared to some other minimalists, I have different priorities… a different colour scheme. But I’m still trying to live intentionally and minimally.
Throughout my journey I have learned so much, and still am, so here’s some of the tips I’ve learned along the way:
1. Read, Read, Read
Watching YouTube videos also goes along with this. For the first few months I just acted like a sponge, watching every video when you search “minimalism” on YouTube. Reading books, blogs, articles on minimalism… just trying to get a feel for the movement.
The first author/influencer you come across might not have the perfect lifestyle to suit you, and so I think it’s always worth having a search to find the people who fit in with your own lifestyle! I have a pretty wide selection of minimalists I follow because I love aspects of their style and values.I wanted to get into minimalism... but I found wearing black and white clothes a little boring after a while. I would wear plain clothes and then go home to my pastel bedroom with decorations everywhere Click To Tweet
2. Choose Your Own Style and Philosophy
This is definitely the most important lesson I’ve ever learned. Don’t feel pressured to change your own personal style, you don’t need to dress in black and white to be a minimalist. You don’t need to be a vegan living in Thailand (seriously, there are so many!). Don’t feel like you have to change your goals to “fit in” to the minimalist mould.
Of course you’ll need to change a little… you might need to declutter a lot. But I don’t believe people should have to change their core values and style in order to become a minimalist!
3. Micro Manage
Don’t try to do everything at once! I personally followed, and still follow, Marie Kondo’s method. Tackle each category at once, and just focus on an area at a time.
Most people find clothes super easy to declutter, most people aren’t as attached to their clothes as they are souvenirs and sentimental items. It’s easy to find a system in clothes… and so I definitely recommend starting there.
4. Enjoy the Journey
So many people are in a rush to reach the end and “become” a minimalist. As soon as you start your journey, you’re becoming a minimalist. Don’t worry about reaching your end goal right away. You’re more than likely not going to be able to fit all of your possessions into one bag for a few years at least – if ever!
Enjoy the journey, enjoy the experience. Just relax and just learn along the way!As soon as you start your journey, you're becoming a minimalist. Don't worry about reaching your end goal right away. You're more than likely not going to be able to fit all of your possessions into one bag for a few years at least… Click To Tweet
5. Don’t Focus on Perfection
This ties in with my previous point… don’t worry about looking like your favourite YouTubers at the moment, just take your time. You’re going to make mistakes… sometimes you’ll buy too many clothes, you’ll overpack on holiday, you’ll definitely slip up sometimes. And that’s ok. Minimalism looks different for us all, and there are no rules to “perfect”. So try not to constrain yourself and force things!
I hope you guys enjoyed the post, enjoy the journey and I’ll have so many more minimalism posts coming soon! If you’d like a specific topic to be covered, feel free to drop me a message and I’ll give it a go!