5 Practical Ways To Start Embracing A Minimalist Lifestyle:

5 Practical Ways To Start Embracing A Minimalist Lifestyle:

Minimalism has been a popular lifestyle for smart and successful people throughout the history of mankind. Take Gandhi for an example. He practiced what he preached by embracing minimalism in all aspects of his life and left behind a huge legacy on how to live a successful life being a minimalist.

“You may have occasion to possess or use material things, but the secret of life lies in never missing them.” -Mahatma Gandhi.

Gandhi was the ultimate minimalist who truly understood that the peripheral possessions only hindered on achieving the things that are more beneficial in life. He proved to everyone that how living a minimalist lifestyle can bring out the true meaning of life itself.

Recently, I wrote an article on how I am embracing a minimalist lifestyle and the major benefits of consciously understanding this way of life. This topic sparked some awesome conversation in my article as well as with my peers and offline friends.

As I was discussing minimalism with a friend of mine, he asked me why I would want to live poor when I have enough resources to get the things that I want. He thought I was out of my mind. He thought the whole idea of being a minimalist is freaking ridiculous.

I did my best to explain to him that embracing minimalist thinking doesn’t make anyone poor but makes them rich. It helps us achieve our goals more efficiently. Consciously living this lifestyle really exposes the fact that we don’t have to own a lot of peripheral commodities in order to live a happy life.

Well, I don’t know if he really cared about understanding the concept and its benefits, but my big take away from that conversation was that embracing minimalism is all about having a deeper understanding of why one should embrace this lifestyle and the sacrifice we need to make to really get the bigger picture.

We can all embrace minimalism to some extent regardless of our living conditions, wealth and geographical location. You don’t have to be well off or be poor to embrace this lifestyle with true ethics.

Here, I want to share with you the 5 practical ways to implement and start embracing a minimalist lifestyle today. Trust me; these are simple but highly effective ways to gain maximum benefits from minimalism.

1. Get rid of things that have no benefits or are useless:

First thing is first. Embracing a minimalist lifestyle means getting rid of all the junk that is useless to you. All the things that is creating a clutter in your house, apartment or wherever you reside, toss them out. The old clothes, old kitchen utensils, old broken down TV, Radio, Stereo, CD player and other things that you hardly even look at let alone use; give them away. Hold a garage sale if you have to. (By the way, that is exactly what I am doing this coming weekend ;-) ). Sell it on E-bay or put it Craigslist. If the things are of no use to you right now, what is the point of having them at all? Maybe someone else can find a better use for it !!!

2. Be more conscious while you are shopping:

I wouldn’t really call myself a packrat but you know there has been plenty of times when I bought a nice pair of jeans or T-shirts or some shoes and didn’t wear them at all, or maybe just wore them a couple of times. What a waste of money!

A lot of people have compulsive shopping behavior. Even when buying groceries, how many times have you bought food and stuffed it in your icebox, freezer or in a cupboard and forgot about it? After couple of months, you look in your cupboard only to find out that the food is either bad or expired…Hell with that!!! That is simply wasting dinero. A good way to deal with this problem is to ask yourself – Do I really need all these stuff right now? Be unselfish and look at a bigger picture. If you have the money you can always go and buy some more of what you need; Right? But being obsessive about hoarding things that you most probably never use can really turn into a bad habit…Disposophobia…as some people call it.

3. Be flexible and learn to adapt to new situations:

If you get too attached to one way of doing things, you might overlook a new method or circumstances that can help you live a minimalist lifestyle. If you learn to be flexible and figure out how you can get by with a little of something or maybe even completely without it, your path to minimalism is going to be a lot easier.

Don’t cling on to your old lifestyle or possessions if you think it is pulling you down. By god, it is only going to pull you down even more.

4. Know your limits and embrace minimalist lifestyle gradually:

When, I say embrace minimalist lifestyle, I don’t mean just throw away all your possessions or just give everything away. Do it gradually and consciously. This way you will build your conscience slowly but surely over time.

As you gradually begin to see the results of this lifestyle, you will tend to see its importance even more and be more motivated. This way you are going to be more comfortable with the thoughts of getting rid of scraps that have no benefits for you.

5. Simplify everything and get ready to make sacrifices:

We as humans, tend to make a lot of things hard for no reasons. Why make things hard? Simplify it! This can really help cut down the distractions and gain maximum benefits. Making everything simple means your output is going to be more efficient and the final results end up being valuable.

Embracing a minimalist lifestyle means making sacrifices, especially all the things that are giving you the false belief of accomplishment or pseudo satisfaction.

Are there any other practical ways of minimalism you implement in your daily life to cut down distractions and get things done?

Share your insights in the comments down below. If you like this article and please Tweet it, share it in Facebook or any other favorite social media outlets.

Here’s to your successful life!

-Adam Paudyal

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17 Responses to 5 Practical Ways To Start Embracing A Minimalist Lifestyle:

  1. Murlu says:

    #4 is a big one Adam – I think people do get that misconception that you’re basically throwing it all out and becoming a hermit in some far off mountain cabin but it’s really just little things at a time.

    You look around you and it becomes apparent that things just don’t make sense – why did you buy that, when did you get this, do I even need/want this anymore?

    You have to be ready to give things up – hope you have a great turn out at your sale on the weekend – and the best part, when you give up things, is that you can sell them off and use that money to reinvest it into things like travel or your business.

    Less is truly more.
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    • Adam Paudyal says:

      Little things, one step at a time. Yes indeed Murray.

      It is not really about giving everything away and becoming a hermit. Embracing minimalism gradually and within our limits helps a lot in being motivated whilst embracing this lifestyle.

      Yeah..It is really time to give up on things that we don’t use anymore.

      And hey, it didn’t go bad at all. I got rid of about at least 25% of the stuffs. You know Murray, I really need to invest on a new computer, mine has started to act a little funny nowadays..

      Later Murray.

      • Murlu says:

        I know what you mean man – grats btw on doing a pretty decent portion of stuff.

        As for the computer – I’m right at that point too but with so many things coming up (vacations, moving, holidays) I can’t completely justify it just yet but at the same time it would greatly improve the projects I’m working on.

        Think of it this way Adam – you just made extra money that was sitting around doing nothing before – treat yourself. Pick up that new computer or at least put a good chunk of it aside for one; remember that a computer (especially in our work) is something that’s absolutely essential.
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  2. Patricia says:

    Hi Adam

    Great follow-up post. Simplifying can take time cos we live in such a materialitic society in the western world! However I believe you are on the right track.

    My Mother grew up fairly poor and the organisation that helped her family is still going. In fact her wealthier relatives were volunteers for years with them so we were brought up to give to others who didn’t have what we did.

    I still give to them and make a point of if I buy new clothes, then I give away the same number of clothes so I don’t horde. Just my little bit and if I don’t wear something or use someing in the year I musn’t need it so that goes too.

    I hate clutter so it serves to keep my place free of it. All the best with your lifestyle choice. Thanks for sharing your journey with us.

    Patricia Perth Australia
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    • Adam Paudyal says:

      Hey Patricia, It sure is going to take time and I am not expecting everything to fall in place tomorrow. Especially since we live in such a materialistic society…like you pointed. However, I am going to push the limits to see what kind of benefits do I get out of it.

      There sure is limits on how far I am going while embracing minimalism. I know for a fact that I ain’t going to turn into no hermit like my wife says…LOL…But I am sure this lifestyle is going to eliminate a lot of my distractions.

      Thanks for you insights Patricia.

      Keep on rocking!!!

  3. Patricia says:

    Adam just tried 3 times to tweet your post. It say there’s something wrong with it and to let site owner know. So I have.

    Patricia Perth Australia
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    • Adam Paudyal says:

      Yeah, ever since I updated the new version of the theme, I have a problem with the RT button. I posted about this on the forum earlier, heading over there right now to see the response.

      Thanks for letting me know.

  4. Steve says:

    Adam, your RT button was broken for this one. Think it has something do with the permalink, as i could not Digg it either from your toolbar.

    Anyhow, I like the post. Minimalism can really be a great thing. I don’t know that I would want to be a sitting in a monk like cell with nothing, bu there is something really good to be said for the efficiency of minimalism. Being forced to live withh so little for 7 months while traveling, I was able to see that most of what we “NEED” is really unnecessary.

    A couple years back when I first started to try to minimize a bit I came to a good method. Box all your stuff up. Only take things out when you need them (and it is worth going into the box and get it.

    Whatever is left in a box after 1 month should be gotten rid of, it is not needed. This can be a good method for someone to “ease” there way in.
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    • Adam Paudyal says:

      Steve,

      Finally got the RT button fixed. It was the permalink and I had to totally change the permalink for the button to work right.

      I really like the box approach. I am going to use this method to find more stuffs so that I can sell it next weekend. You know I need some money to invest on a reliable workstation.

      Later on Steve.

  5. Tristan says:

    Awesome post, Adam!

    These are tips that anyone can apply to their lives, as opposed to something like “You should only have 20 possessions!” which are harder for your average Joe. Along those lines, I like how to said to embrace minimalism gradually instead of one fell swoop. It’s less of a shock to the system that way, I’m sure :)
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    • Adam Paudyal says:

      Tristan,

      Great to see your insightful participation here.

      Following this lifestyle gradually, over time is the only way to go. If you try to do everything at once the whole concept might backfire on you..and create a shock like you mentioned.

      Doing it slowly, one step at a time, you can see the results even if they are minute which can really help motivate to embrace minimalism further.

      It is definitely hard to live by just 20 possessions in this materialistic world.

      You have an awesome day brother..

  6. Fran Aslam says:

    Hi Adam:

    One of my favorite topics you are writing about. I like the post specially the five points you have mentioned. Getting rid of things that have no benefits, conscious while shopping, flexible to learn new situations, and simplifying every thing, all are great.

    Besides I agree with you how Mahatma Gandhi lived a minimalist life style and he was very proud of it.

    All the best

    franA
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    • Adam Paudyal says:

      What a coincidence Fran!

      Since I am really into minimalism, this is one of my favorite topics nowadays as well.

      Gandhi was the ultimate minimalist and a great inspiration to a lot of people out there. He truly understood the value of less, in order to achieve more.

      I am glad you enjoyed the post Fran.

      Talk to you soon !

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  8. Thiru says:

    Hi Adam.

    I inspired with all your tips here to follow successful lifestyle. Gandhi is a perfect example and of course you mentioned him in a right place.

    Even though I tried to follow these things, some sentimental thoughts stop me to follow this. Especially get rid of old things. It is tough for me to leave my old things and for me it is the symbol of remembrance of some events or some persons.

    Good post and Worthy read !
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  9. You know it’s funny, but I think the richest people in the world are often some of the best minimalists. If you look at the average American millionaire, they live in houses only a little bit above the average middle-class American. Drive a car that might be a little bit better, but for all the glory of being a millionaire they surely don’t show it off much in the glitz or the limelight of things.

    Minimalism is a really cool way of living. As I build my business with backpack in tow traveling the world, I have very few things.

    A few shirts, a pair of pants, socks, a bed (That is actually a rolled up mat with eggshell foam padding) my “Gregory” branded backpack (Had to have the vanity in there) and my good ol’ trusty laptop.

    It’s all I need really. Even my cell phone is my laptop, thanks Skype haha.

    Great post :-)
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  10. ScannerMan says:

    First things first. A tip for potential ebay users: When you join one of the methods of transaction is PayPal. They are a major arm of eBay but not eBay itself. Beware of them. They have the tendency to place holds on transactions, on accounts, for little to no apparent reason lasting from days to months, where certain amounts, transactions, and/or services are frozen. These arbitrary holds have nearly proven fatal to projects here. They also place holds until proof of purchase and ownership are given them for items sold on eBay. The best method for dealing with eBay is getting an extra bank account dedicated to eBay that you manage. eBay itself is excellent. PayPal is not your buddy.

    CraigsList and lately backpage.com are worth extreme caution. Not only is CraigsList in court and under fire from congress for their explicit ads but, here, from using the other parts of the CraigsList service – the supposed more legitimate parts – we found little legitimacy to most of the ads responded to and got no legitimate responses to the more than 100 ads posted-responded to. This is among a group of 10 people over 2 years.

    Be more conscious while you are shopping:
    Yes!
    Buy clearance.
    Don’t be embarrased to buy in a thrift shop.

    Know your products. I’ll say that again – Know your products – this is essential. The more you know about your sale the better you will be at selling it. I’m the kind of packrat who knows what most of the junk I have is. I have fun selling it. I did my purge earlier this fall with yard sales after financing a Month-long vacation financed from brokering items on eBay. All this was based on low budget minimalization with some goal in mind. The consciousness of shopping mind was essential here as there was a lot of homework involved in being able to pull it off.
    Don’t buy bottom of the line quality of anything unless you have some good reason beside cost/affordability alone. Here’s why: That least expensive bottom of line item is not really that in many cases. Lets look at some fictitious faucet. You can get a 15 dollar unit that will last maybe a year if you’re lucky say. You can get a 40 dollar model that will last 30-50 years and may take a beating. Which is cheaper? Which is the better deal?

    Be flexible and learn to adapt to new situations:
    It may sound harsh but if this is not done in today’s world – time marches on!

    Know your limits and embrace minimalist lifestyle gradually:
    Clint Eastwood said at the end of one of his movies “A man’s got to know his own limitations.”

    During the early 90s IT boom I was accused of “living below my means” by some long time friends. I was coming from being a student, an independent student whose lifestyle had been minimalist by necessity, to the corporate world where I made money (Money period!), but with same minimalistic thinking. That’s where my minimalism was incorporated to achieve goals. I had more money to do other things.

    Simplify everything and get ready to make sacrifices: How about if you make your sacrifices pleasant. For some reason English has the word connotation as like something unpleasant for the most part, that has to be done and must be tolerated. Some negative aspect related to “giving up something”. When I last did community service the time and work spent did not replace other activity in that what I would have done had not doing this was nothing – and yes I could or would have been doing other things. that took the sacrifice out of community service. And no this community service was not ordered by the state – I wasn’t in trouble or paying some fine.

    What I’m saying is that sacrifices don’t have to be sacrificial. Don’t view what you didn’t get to do – concentrate positively on what direction you chose – that’s what takes out any possible negativity about sacrifice and I think makes for no actual “burden” once you do.

    In relation to simplification, honestly, wouldn’t you rather complify the simplicated part rather than simplify the complicated part?

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