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A Minimalist Lifestyle
A minimalist lifestyle looks different for everyone. For me, it's helped me pay down $42,000 of student loans in just over two years, lend more of my attention to my loved ones, and set me on a path of intentional living. In the past six months, I've felt happy, healthy, and at peace.

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Subtraction for addition

Minimalism is not about what you own. It’s about reducing the things in your life that aren’t providing value, so you can have more space for the things that truly matter. 

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Minimalism as a form of mindfulness

Minimalist could be about silencing the noise of an increasingly loud world, about calming the millions of thoughts that flow through my monkey mind and giving yourself permission to slow down a...

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“Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants.”

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Rules for de-cluttering life

  • Don't buy the stuff you can't afford.
  • Live below your means
  • Get rid of things when they take up the space you need. Donate or recycle them.

Clear your wardrobe

Take everything out of your wardrobe and pile it on the bed. 
  • Create 3 piles; things to go to charity, to sell or to the bin. 
  • Anything you haven’t worn in the past 6 m...

Trim your wallet

Take out all the cards in your wallet and go through what is needed on a regular basis. 

Get rid of your coffee loyalty cards, and any cards that are rarely needed put in in a safe place. The result is you have less to carry and getting to the card you need is easier.

Get rid of your Smartphone

Many things you are using your smartphone for are time fillers. You can read emails at home or at work. You need to plan for banking and google maps, most things you can live without. 

Go back to basics and buy yourself a simple phone. Try it for one month and see how you go.

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The decluttering process

The decluttering process

To live a simple lifestyle, you’ll need a simple living space. Focus on keeping things that you value deeply, and toss things that you don’t need any longer. 

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Stay mindful

Minimalists live intentionally. If there is something in your life that you don’t love, change it. Cutting out the things that aren’t serving you are the first step to creating the life that you want. 

An exercise that really helps is to write down what an ideal day would look like for you in five years time. Then work toward that goal.

Minimize your relationships

Going minimalist also means spending time with only the people you want to spend time with and focusing your social time on people who lifted you up. 

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