I believe that every minimalist’s journey is unique. Yes, we all have gathered to a community that is dedicated to simplifying life, but there are diverse ways in which we make minimalism our own.
Whether we begin our journey in order to downsize, to conserve our resources, to get out of debt, or to focus on something more important to us than “stuff,” it is important to remember that what works for one person may not be the best thing for another. This is part of the reason why my blog is first and foremost a way for me to track my own progress becoming a minimalist.
Minimalism will look different for everyone. The key is to be open to trying different perspectives (see: An Investment of Inspiration) and not giving up if you have not found your niche right away.
Here are my suggestions (based on my own experience) for taking ownership of your quest:
- Scour the blogs (and mine!): Blogs are reflections of what has worked or not worked for the writer. Perhaps one minimalist tried a particular strategy for getting rid of sentimental items but it did not work out for them. That may be the strategy that does work for you. Look for ideas in the triumphs and struggles of other minimalists.
- Find one aspect of minimalism you appreciate and focus on that: The quest for simplicity may not seem simple at all! There are many reasons, as I mentioned above, that a person becomes a minimalist. So if you are trying to simplify your strategy to become a minimalist, perhaps narrowing down your list will help you tackle the project. Start with one point before taking on another. Divide and conquer!
- Write a list of reasons why you want to become a minimalist. Like my own list (see: Top 10 Reasons to be a Minimalist), you may like a visual to inspire your quest. Personally, a written note serves as my motivation.
- Write a journal to track your progress. I use a bullet journal to organize day-to-day lists, thoughts, and notes (see: Bullet Journaling). I not only journal about my day, but also reflect on my progress. Perhaps the more you write or think about minimalism, the more you will remember to put it into practice.
- Talk about minimalism with others: Finding an accountability partner who is also seeking similar goals as you may help you stay excited to practice minimalism. Talking promotes learning and creativity, which comes in handy when figuring out what strategies of minimalism work best for you.
It is important to remember that while one thing may work for you, it may not work for someone else. Keep an open mind in your journey as a minimalist because all information is valuable. Learning to dwell on what did worked will help you move forward and accomplish your goals. Pass it on!