The true essence of a minimalist lifestyle, however, is getting rid of everything that’s just excess and determining what adds the most value to life. It functions on the philosophy that less is more, especially in design. In minimalist living, the ultimate goal is to have as much clutter removed from your surroundings as possible, then keep the clutter you have to a minimum.
One way to declutter is to use the process of elimination, also known as de-cluttering. Elimination is an activity in which items are discarded one at a time in a systematic fashion, usually with the aim of eliminating what’s unnecessary. This process is similar to the process of standard decluttering, where items that can’t be fixed for whatever reason (such as a curable illness) are eliminated, as is any excess baggage or excess clothing. But for the minimalist lifestyle, the overall goal is to have as much of the items that you want gone, be they excess baggage, excess clothing or excess baggage, as possible.
To achieve your minimalist lifestyle, you’ll need to decide what it is you really need. Are there certain aspects of your life that you truly need to have? Do you need a certain aspect of your life to be complete? Are there things you feel you must have? Once you know what you want, you’ll be able to find things that will complement what you have decided to achieve through your intentional actions.
To achieve your minimalist lifestyle, you must, first of all, remove everything from your environment. Decide where you want to be as well as why you want to be there. Once you’ve made these decisions, take the steps necessary to declutter your home so you’re left with nothing but a blank canvas at the end of the day. Decluttering takes a lot of patience and time, but if you do it right, it will let go of all of the unnecessary clutter and junk you’ve accumulated throughout the years and it will give you a clean slate for the next day and beyond.
From here on out, your minimalist lifestyle will consist of only eating organic foods and drinking organic water. The thought process behind this type of eating and drinking is that the chemicals used in the grower and the process of converting said crops into food could potentially alter your body in a negative way. Therefore, an organic, or natural, diet is essential for proper nutrition. Water is also essential to your body because it acts as a lubricant for your organs, nerves and muscles. By getting rid of all of the extra baggage you’ve accumulated over the years, you’ll be able to enjoy the simplicity of life.
And lastly, in order to truly enjoy your minimalist lifestyle, you’ll need to remove your material possessions. Whether they are electronic equipment, clothes, sports equipment, books, or any other type of “stuff”, it just doesn’t add up to enough for your significant other to live comfortably without. If you truly want to get rid of all of your extra belongings, you need to invest in a small travel bag to take with you as much as possible. You can also use this bag to store any important papers, documents, and other types of information as you traverse the country. Remember, minimalists never really need possessions; they are at peace with the lack of material possessions they have.