How To Lead A Minimalist Lifestyle In 2022 (4 Simple Steps)

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Is having a minimalist lifestyle the key to a happier, more sustainable, and animal-friendly life?

In this article, I’ll teach you how to become a minimalist in 30 days.

I’ll also show you why living a minimalist lifestyle will make you a much happier person.





STEP 1.

Start With Your Clothing

Having a minimalist lifestyle must start with your consumption habits.

For example, I have stopped supporting fast fashion, which is most of what I used to buy.

Every now and again, I will pick up something from thrift stores that may be from one of those places and I feel ok about wearing it because it is second-hand.

Also, I am more selective about shopping, in general.

This is hard when you really love clothes but do ask yourself “do I really need another top, jeans, pair of shoes?”.

The answer is mostly no.

But if I DO need something, I try and only buy sustainable clothing.

I think every person needs to do their due diligence on any product, be it fashion or cosmetics, about how it was sourced and where it came from.

No one is perfect but knowledge is power.





STEP 2.

Be Smart About How You Spend Your Money

It can be, but it doesn’t HAVE to be.

Second-hand shopping is probably the best way to be sustainable and it’s always cheaper than buying new.

Also, if you buy less, you save money, which is what the minimalist lifestyle is all about. 

I am happy to pay a higher price when I know the workers who made it are getting fair wages and the brands are transparent about where the money goes.

However, it is better to start looking for ways to buy products that create less waste.

Products that are ethically and sustainably sourced, at a price point that doesn’t break the bank.





STEP 3

Follow Minimalist Lifestyle Influencers

Follow the leaders.

There are many people online who have mastered a minimalist lifestyle.

Here are 2 of my favorite minimalist lifestyle influencers on Instagram to follow:

1. Moby (@moby)

 

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An absolute minimalist lifestyle influencer, who’s been vegan for 32 years.

Furthermore, he has a restaurant that gives 100% of the profits to charity and he has been working to help animals forever.

2. Sophia Esperanza (@sophiaesperanza)

 

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Sophia is an influencer who I love.

She has this massive following and she uses it to promote veganism.

She is also ridiculously stunning and has incredible taste in clothes.





STEP 4

Change Your Daily Habits (Gradually)

Meditate every day and use the Waking Up app by Sam Harris.

Indeed, it’s such a simple thing, but can alter your day-to-day thoughts and behaviors and improve your mental wellbeing immensely.

It’s truly been a game-changer for me!

Secondly, ALWAYS try to have a reusable cup with you that you take to coffee shops, etc.

The other benefit of that is that you will usually save money on your hot drink too!

Most cafés offer discounts to people that bring their own reusable cups, as they know how damaging the plastic/cardboard cups are to the environment. 

Personally, I’m also always trying to cut down on the amount of trash we make in our household.

We have a long ways to go but I’m getting better all the time.

That being said, always remember, progress is better than perfection.

Take it easy on yourself and just try to have a more minimalist lifestyle.

And do your best every single day!





Top 6 Benefits Of A Minimalist Lifestyle

The minimalist lifestyle is a way of living that gives you the freedom to enjoy life with fewer resources and cognitive effort.

In simple terms, it means living with minimal expenses, no clutter, mindful materialism, limited debts, and financial burdens.

People who follow minimalism or a minimalist lifestyle are known as minimalists.

They believe in getting rid of unwanted stuff both physically and mentally so that they can gather experiences instead of material assets.

There is no right or wrong way to practice minimalism.

You need to explore the concept and gradually keep what’s in sync with your personality and your long-term life goals.

Though it may seem like a millennial fad, minimalism when practiced the right way, provides enormous benefits:

1. Freedom From Financial Burdens

A minimalist lifestyle can significantly reduce financial burdens.

Free yourself from debt traps, wasteful and unnecessary purchases, mindless loading of shopping carts at supermarkets, picking up stuff just because it’s on sale or cheaper by bulk, etc.

Mindful expenditure is a conscious choice made after asking yourself whether this purchase is necessary and whether it adds lasting value or true happiness to your life.

2. Focus On What’s Important

Clearing out drawers and closets creates more room and breathing space.

That means getting rid of things that don’t add value to life.

Instead, fill life with positivity and meaningfulness.

De-cluttering is an ongoing process of replacing and upgrading, analyzing your needs, the available space, and your own emotions.

3. Freedom

Getting rid of unwanted stuff, including digital clutter, gives you the time and leisure to focus on essential things like family time, hobbies, travel, quality purchases, and relationships.

Things need care, maintenance, and security.

Reduce them to a minimum and enjoy the freedom from greed, attachment, and obsession.

4. Ending The Materialism Trap

In the age of consumerism, we forget that wealth and worldly possessions can give comfort, but they cannot buy happiness and peace.

We cling to things because of sentiment, competitiveness, guilt, or because we’ve forgotten about them.

When we give possessions their rightful place in life, we learn to be more grateful and less stressed.

5. Boost Your Confidence

When you are happy, satisfied, and content with your life, it automatically increases your confidence, self-reliance, and individuality.

The final aim of minimalist living is to create better relationships, a stress-free life, true peace, and happiness.

6. Improves Relationships

Competing and keeping up with the Joneses is a zero-sum game.

Once you opt out of the race, you become more connected.

Good relationships are developed through shared memories and experiences.





Conclusion

Every day we are ‘told’ what to buy, how to look, what to wear, eat, or think.

Messages beam out from TV, billboards, radio, print, people around us, friends, and family recommending this or that product.

We’re promised that this is the ultimate object that will make us happy, fulfilled, beautiful, thin, smart, and rich.

But, happiness and peace can’t be bottled, packaged, bought, or sold.

To find happiness, you have to declutter your life; living a minimalist lifestyle will help you do just that.

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Now it’s your turn…

Which one of these tips is your favorite and why?

Are there any other useful minimalist lifestyle tips you’d like to add to this list?

Comments below, please!


Ana Alves
Ana Alves
Ana Alves is a fashion and beauty writer with a keen interest in sustainability and veganism. Hailing from Sao Paulo, Brazil but living in London, UK, Ana has been writing about sustainable and vegan fashion for over 10 years. Actively curating for Saatchi, Ana's engaging prices have been presented in Forbes, Wired, Vanity Fair, The London Economic, Digital Trends, and The VOU.

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