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A&A Discuss 7 Tips for Creating A Minimalist Lifestyle

Updated: Jan 13, 2020

End of Week #27

North Texas Jellystone Park, Burleson TX > Jamaica Beach RV Resort, Galveston TX

Miles traveled since last week’s post = 314

Total miles traveled to date = 4,884 with trailer

Here we are! This post is late, but you might have caught my update last night on Facebook that I was waiting to post until today due to last nights MN Vikings game. UGH… What a game by the way!

Anyways, we are here at THE OCEAN! We made it all the way to the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday, and we are very excited to be here. Palm trees at every RV site, blue skies, sunshine, and ocean air. It feels amazing! And our park is cute as a button. We will be staying here until Friday, January 3rd, and then we will be heading west to stay in between San Antonio and Austin for 1-2 weeks. So basically, this is the FURTHEST south we will be until next November/December 2020… woah! That’s crazy, and also scary in regards to the weather so I sure hope the temps and the crazy snow cooperates for the next few months. 🙂 [Especially after seeing the crazy blizzard our friends & family back home got last week!]

We made it to palm trees!

Looking back to the end of November – we had a wonderful first Thanksgiving in the RV. Sure it was lonely, and very different than what we are used to, but every year for as long as I can remember I have had to bust my ass to get to 2-3 different gatherings and this year I didn’t have to travel anywhere. Awesome! Adam whipped up a wonderful spread despite our limited stovetop and oven space, and we enjoyed most of the normal traditional Thanksgiving food, minus the turkey (ha, we had ahi tuna steaks instead!) And we video called our family too! I think I still technically “saw” most everyone and got to chat for awhile which was nice. 🙂

Alright, let’s get into it today folks! We are in the midst of the holiday season and the new year is just around the corner, so I figured it was a perfect time to start talking about minimalism.

7 Tips For Creating A Minimalist Lifestyle

How can you be more of a minimalist, when you absolutely LOVE ‘stuff’? Let’s talk about it!

The minimalist lifestyle is about living with only the things you need. Minimalists are free from the desire to buy and accumulate more. Instead, they find happiness in relationships and experiences.

Minimalism, as a lifestyle, is the art of letting go…

1. Donate this holiday season

Take 5 minutes each day this month to get rid of 5 things. If you do this each day for a month you will declutter HUNDREDS of things… if you do this for a whole year, THOUSANDS.

It feels SO GOOD to get rid of things. To unload. To let GO. A lot of times we have no concept on how little we actually need to survive, and to THRIVE. If we can take a step towards this realization it will helps us also see how powerful we actually are in life. To strip down to only things we need and to only hang on to what we can’d do without. This is a huge life lesson that can be beneficial for everyone to go through!

Selling things and donating things really does feel good!

You can easily start by picking one room to declutter first – this will help you not to feel overwhelmed by the process. And stick to a system and create a process to go through things and decided to keep, donate, or throw!

Remove things that distract you! Minimalism isn’t just about removing things in your life, it’s about removing things that DISTRACT you from living your freaking life! Things that distract you from what you actually do love most.

2. Think before you buy something new

I suppose I should have talked more about this BEFORE Black Friday/Cyber Monday, but it’s still relevant for this time of year with the holidays in the States. Shoutout to Dani Pavel who said on Facebook the other day that she resisted from buying ANYTHING during BF/CM! Woohoo!

Ask yourself these questions:

  1. Will I use it? Do I want to have to store it? Do I want to clean it and/or maintain it over and over? Would I rather put the same dollars somewhere else? Why am I even thinking of buying this, is it just because it’s on sale? Am I buying this item for the present day or for the “future” day that might not come? Do I really love this item with 100% of my being, or is it just a maybe item?

Only buy the things you really need or really desire to make your life feel more whole and complete.

I’ll admit, I used to struggle with this. I LOVE to online shop and I would always want to try new health products, buy new clothes, new books, etc. But oftentimes clothing items hung in my closet and were never even worn and products sat on the shelf and were never even used. WHAT A WASTE.

3. Go Marie Kondo on your closet

I’m serious here – put all that shit in your closet on the floor and one by one go through it to see if it sparks any damn joy in your life. If you’re not sure, leave it on the floor for a week and see if you even think about it once.

One good rule of thumb I used to always do is that if there are things hanging in my closet that I have legit not even worn for over a year, 2 years, 5 years, etc… DONATE IT. It goes. It’s just taking up space and it’s not doing you any good. Especially if those things still have their tags on them – then I will even try to sell them to a friend, sell them online or even try to return them!

As Marie says, “The question of what you want to own is actually the question of how you want to live your life.” TRUTH. The things you own end up owning you, because most of us let them. We need to shift our mentality to get back our power over our possessions and in turn, our life!

The best part is that once you get rid of those things you never even use, or wear, you will feel more FREE. You won’t even think about them, you won’t even miss them. They will no longer take up space in your life and they will help to declutter your mind in the process. By hanging onto “skinny jeans we hope to wear one day” we are actually creating psychological negativity in our minds – unwanted anxiety for that “someday” and depression that it hasn’t happened yet. When we are in this state of mind our possessions are owning us, and not the other way around.

Really become aware of how the things you tell yourself about your possessions is ultimately affecting your own mental health too!

4. Implement ‘less is more’ into your life

Do you really need 14 pairs of the exact same pair of leggings? I mean I get it, I used to