Extreme simplicity, also known as minimalism, isn’t the path for everyone. It takes determination, strong will and understanding. What is it you want to accomplish? If you are doing it because it sounds cool, you probably won’t last long. If you are doing it because you want a change, you see a need, or you want a realization that can only come from simplifying your life, then you’ve come to the right spot.
The 9 ideas listed below are meant as food for thought. They may look impossible, but I can assure you, they are possible. Right now, there are people all around the world pursuing a minimalist lifestyle. Will you be the next?
- Donate all the TVs in your home to family, friends, or charity organizations. When you need to watch a TV show, you can do so on your computer or on a computer at the library.
- Donate your computer. Remember most libraries offer computers with MS Word and internet access, free-of-charge if you have a library card. There’s also Kinko’s.
- Give up your car. Instead of driving, you can walk, ride your bike, take public transportation or hitch a ride with someone you trust.
- Harvest your own food. With the right research and planning, a tiny garden can be grown just about anywhere–on your roof, in a sun-room, on the balcony, in your backyard, along a large window…
- Disassociate from all people who habitually bring chaos, anger and sadness into your life. As you would declutter your pantry, so can you, your phone book. People, like spoiled food, can become toxic.
- Donate or throw away everything you have not used in 6 months.
- Pare your wardrobe down to 10 items.
- Own only 100 items. Pick 100 items that will make you happy, that you must have, and donate the rest. This is decluttering to the extreme. Everything that can be weighed is included in this list: home, computer, stove, washing machine, shirt, pant, underwear, cup, plate, frying pan. Don’t worry, it’s possible. Want to know how, check out this article about Andrew Hyde who owns only 15 items–Extreme Minimalism: Andrew Hyde and the 15-Item Lifestyle.