This year is all about de-cluttering. Whether you’ve picked up the famous Life-Changing Magic Of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo or the similarly important Life-Changing Magic Of Not Giving A F*ck by Sarah Knight, you know the importance of only wasting energy on things that matter. This is the year of you, so here’s how to be a modern minimalist in 2016.
1. Put your phone down
I’m in love with my phone, we all are these days. To truly start living minimally, you should try to cut down the time you spend on your phone. The less you rely on it, the happier you will be. Of course, there are apps and contact details you probably can’t live without, so it’s tough to get rid of your phone for even more than an hour.
Actually, there’s an app that could help – Forest will plant a seed which will grow into a tree in your own virtual forest for 30 minutes each day. The more bountiful your forest, the better you are at staying away from your phone for 30 minutes. It’s pretty genius. If you spend time on your phone you might be more successful, read our article to find out why.
2. Update your wardrobe
Minimalism advocates only keeping a few key pieces in your wardrobe, which is pretty genius as it allows you to be more creative with your outfit options. If you’re not about that life, you should put all your winter clothes away now and focus on curating a spring/summer wardrobe that you won’t need to add to often. Check out our spring picks here and add some of those to your wardrobe must-haves, and then start going through all your clothes and deciding what can go away until the winter. Use our favorite fashion apps like Polyvore and Vernez to visually curate your wardrobe and figure out what should stay.
3. De-clutter your life
If you haven’t, grab a copy of The Life-Changing Magic Of Tidying Up. Curating your space to represent what’s important to you will make you much happier, but it does involve throwing some things in the bin or giving them away. Once your space is more minimalistic, you’ll have much more time to think and room to breathe.
4. De-clutter your brain
Just like you do with your space and your wardrobe, you need to take some time to address what’s playing on your mind, too. For example, wasting time and energy worrying about things that are out of your control takes up a lot of mental energy you could be using elsewhere. Sarah Knight’s book The Life-Changing Magic Of Not Giving A F*ck really addresses those fears, plus the worries we all have about what people think of us.
5. De-clutter your diet
Lastly, the modern minimalist prefers to go for home-made, organic food that consists of great, local ingredients. Instead of going for processed foods, do your shop at a farmers market or organic store and stock up on staples like fruits, vegetables, and meats that can be grilled and turned into a variety of delicious meals. Don’t underestimate the power of a great smoothie in the morning too. With a bit of prep, you could probably rule out all processed foods. It’s something that I definitely need and want to work on this year.