I have decided to make an official commitment to move towards a more minimalist lifestyle. I’ve wanted to do this for a few months, but always come up with excuses. Oh but I really need this book or But this dress looks so good on me. No more. No more mindless wandering around Target looking for something to buy as a pick me up. No more running to the record store after a bad day at work. Stuff will not make me happy. I will make me happy. And I’m going to start by breaking my relationship with stuff.
Over the last two months I have already cut back on shopping a lot. I find that spending time in nature fulfills me more than shopping ever did or will. It’s so easy to succumb to peer pressure, magazine ads and your own desires. Before you know it you have more stuff than you can keep track of, and for what?
During the next six months I am only allowed to spend money on the following:
- Things I consume, like food and drinks. (Also includes things like dog food and laundry detergent)
- Things I grow, like crops, plants and mulch.
- Materials, like wood and nails.
- Tickets for events, like concerts and festivals.
- Lodging and gas. (Camping fees, hotel rooms, gas etc.)
- Bills. (cell phone, car, Spotify, Netflix)
If I want a book or a magazine I will go to the library. If I want to watch a movie it has to be something I own or something I can watch on Netflix. If I want new clothes… Tough.
I will also get rid of at least 25 percent of my belongings in the following areas:
- Clothing & Shoes
- Books & Movies
- Miscellaneous Junk
In addition to these rules, I’m going to be introducing one new minimalist challenge during each of the six months I do this challenge. I will announce these mini-challenges on the 1st of every month.
Here are some resources I’m using to help me through (and help me stay sane) during this journey:
- How to De-Crapify Your Home: A Start to Finish Guide
- The Minimalists
- Zen Habits: A Day in the Life of a Minimalist
This may not seem like a radical lifestyle change, especially if you’re already a practicing minimalist, but we all have to start somewhere. I’m unofficially starting this now and officially starting on June 1.
If you’re interested in joining in on this challenge and following along with me, please sign up for my email list here. I promise not to spam you, and will only send you one, minimal email every other week full of tips and ideas from along the way. Not convinced? Here are three reasons you should consider signing up for the list:
- Exclusive content about my minimalist journey.
- Accountability and support: Bi-weekly reminders will help keep you on track.
- Access to the best ideas and tips I pick up along the way.