As I reach the end of my month-long spending fast (more on that next week!) I’m looking to take on a new challenge. (I love challenges.) I’ve found that by making small, intentional changes, or by trying something new, my own unconscious habits are revealed to me, and new, good, habits form so much faster. I came across the Into Mind 30-Day Minimalism Challenge a while back, and I’ve finally decided the time is right to take it on.
Minimalism is something I’ve been exploring for about a year now. It can be an overwhelming topic if you try to tackle it all at once, but if you take it little by little the ideas can really be easily adapted to anyone’s life. I have so much more to learn and explore, and already have so many thoughts and ideas that I want to talk about with all of you, but for now, we’ll keep it simple. So, before I jump into the minimalism challenge, here are three basic beliefs I have about minimalism, that are guiding this whole journey.
1. Minimalism is a lifestyle
While minimalism can be a design aesthetic, when I talk about it, I’m talking about a lifestyle. It’s not about getting rid of all your belongings or all-white decor. While decluttering can be a tool in a minimalist’s kit, it’s not what it’s all about. Minimalism is a lifestyle, in which one aims for simplicity and ease. It is a lifestyle that should never be chosen for appearances, no matter how cool Pinterest makes it look. Maybe you choose it for sustainability, for stress-reduction, or to save money. Whatever the motivation, minimalism isn’t a look, it’s a lifestyle.
2. It’s a journey, not a stopping point
You will never look at yourself in the mirror and say, I’ve done it! I’ve mastered minimalism! It’s a continuous journey of evaluating, and reevaluating, what is important to us, what we need, and how we live our lives. If your journey, like mine, starts in your 20s with cleaning up your closet, it may lead to KonMari decluttering and choosing to buy less. Not only will these changes lead you to be interested in more changes, to be better, your life is going to change. Our lives will look very different in 10 years (I assume mine will include kids and a different job, and totally different responsibilities and priorities) and we will constantly be readjusting to fit life’s demands. Don’t assume that because you’ve got things figured out now, that it will always work that way. As with any lifestyle, minimalism is a journey.
30-day minimalism challenge
As I continue on the journey, I have a long list of changes I’d like to make and new things I’d like to try. The fact is, that I can’t do them all at once. It has to be little by little. That’s why Into Mind’s 30-Day Minimalism Challenge appealed to me. Each day you choose one small thing to try or to check off your list to practice mindfulness and to clear the clutter, mentally, physically, and digitally. There are a lot of tasks on this list that I’ve been meaning to do and putting off, so it will be nice to have a challenge that will give me the little push I need to finally get them done. I’d love to hear if you’ve done this particular challenge before, or would be willing to take it on with me! The tasks don’t need to be done in any specific order, and there’s nothing wrong with taking a day off if you get busy. I plan to print this list out and keep it on my desk where I can cross tasks off as I go along. (Graphic was created by Into-Mind and is not my own.)
I’ll definitely be tweeting, and probably instagramming, about it so make sure you’re following me there to see how it’s going. I’ll be back toward the end of February with an update of how it went, and what I learned!