If you are new to the minimalist lifestyle, and still not sure if you are making the right move, then I hope you find this video helpful. Well, here I am to your rescue with 5 mistakes to avoid as a new minimalist.
Being Too Strict:
Don’t get me wrong, minimalism is all about reducing the amount of money you spend on things that you do not need. Meaning you are making sure that you spend money, only when necessary. But that does not mean that you throw everything out of your apartment and survive on air and water alone. That is a huge misconception. So don’t be too hard on yourself, just become a little more minimal and you will still enjoy the advantages of minimalism, particularly with your finances.
Okay, here is the thing. When you first decide to become a minimalist, you might be tempted to become a whole new person in order to achieve this. Simply because you got inspired by a fellow minimalist and would love to copy their lifestyle as well as habits. This is one of the surest ways to lose your individuality by plunging yourself into a virtual competition with Mr. B. So make sure to set boundaries before you get too deep into this lifestyle.
Being a minimalist does not mean you stop shopping for things all together. Not at all! It only means that you watch what you spend your money on and try to buy strictly the things you need. Remember it is not some sort of competition to see who buys the least things. If you need something, go out and get it but be sure that you doing it out of necessity. Or at least you are reducing your spendings.
Explaining To Everyone:
No ma’am, not everyone will get it. Don’t try to explain your life to others and hope that they approve of it. If it makes you happy and is beneficial to your values, then F everyone else. Yes, you might want to let your partner or family in on what this lifestyle means to you but also keep it in mind that they might not understand the point. Pushing back against consumer culture will have people thinking that you are a weirdo.
As much as the idea of the minimalist lifestyle is a pretty new concept amongst millennials, that does not mean that you are alone on this journey and lifestyle. There is a whole group of minimalists, both online and offline that is there to support you. Facebook groups like ‘The Minimalist Life’ or meetup groups and lots of others are helpful. So when it proves to be very tough, just remember that you are not alone.
There you go with the mistakes to avoid as a minimalist, especially to rookies. Whether you are trying to find more time for your loved ones, saving your way to more money or you just need to reorganize your life, know that you are not alone in this. All the best! Now, do me a favor and leave a comment on what mistakes you made as a new minimalist and give this video a thumbs up and don’t forget to subscribe for more.