The reason why you opened this link is because you probably are at the same minimalism stage as me. Quite at the beginning. And these challenges can be used as guidelines, incentives, whatever you would like to call it.
But we are all here for the same reason – to declutter our lives, both physically and mentally, and really start enjoying more of our free time and what really makes us happy.
I’m not going to tell you, just yet, how and why I started adapting the minimalism lifestyle because I don’t feel like I have enough knowledge and insight yet. I’m very new and I’m still learning and adapting techniques. But what I can do is share with you a few challenges I’ve been through.
Every single point on this list was tested by me, and it not only works, but it also makes you feel really good after finishing it.
1. Clean out your closet
Reserve a full day to go through your wardrobe piece-by-piece and get rid of anything that you haven’t worn in years or even months. Give it to charity, to your friend or recycle it, but take it out of your house.
2. Unfollow and unfriend
Be a little more selective about who you follow and who are your friends on Facebook or any other social media channel. You don’t need to stay online friends with people you haven’t spoken to in years. Go through your list and downsize.
3. Get rid of unused makeup, skin/haircare products
Finish those leftovers that you have since months ago or give it to someone that will use it more frequently. If you don’t want to throw products away, start using them more until you finish them and then don’t buy more of that specific product. Just make sure you trow away every expired product.
4. Clear out your junk drawer
Trust me, it’s therapeutic. Clean out the most cluttered drawer/box/corner of your house. And avoid getting attached to objects, use those emotions on people instead.
5. Go paperless billing
Choosing paperless billing will reduce the amount of bills you receive. You can choose to receive an email or text message from most companies if you’re worried you will forget about the bill. Create a folder on your e-mail inbox where you save all of it in case you need to go back and check something.
6. Stay offline for a day
It’s nice to look up and not down for a day. I’ve tried it for a whole weekend. Read my experience here – Social Media Weekend Detox
7. Empty your handbag
Tip it upside down and watch the dust and debris shower down. The less you have in there, the less you will have to carry around and the less tired you’ll be.
8. Sort through your inbox until it reaches zero
If you delete all the unnecessary emails and organise the ones that you really need in folders, how easy will it be to go on your inbox and find something!
9. Spend time with loved ones…
Go have dinner with friends or family. Suggest a meal where everyone puts their phones in a box and practices the art of uninterrupted conversation, listening and eye contact.
There are lots of apps and podcasts that can help you with this. It’s all about taking time to be calm and present in the moment, in doesn’t matter when, where or how often. Just give it a try.
11. Turn off social media notifications on your phone
You are so used to visit social media that you don’t need notifications to keep reminding you where and when you need to open that app. You will open it eventually and find out what is happening. There is nothing urgency going on while you’re away.
12. Remove decorative items other than your favourites
Give your house a theme and ask yourself what needs to stay and what you need to get rid of because it doesn’t fit that theme. Ask yourself a simple question “Does it serve a purpose functionally or visually?”, then there you go.
13. Write a monthly budget for yourself
Write down what you can save, what you can spend and what you’re going to invest for the next month.
14. Clean out your fridge/freezer
Make sure you thrown away everything that is expired. If you keep it clean it will be easier to see what you have and what you need to buy without having multiple products that will just go to waste.
15. De-clutter your work desk
It will make you more productive and organised because you’ll know where is everything and what needs to be done without being overwhelmed by papers.
I’ll be writing separate posts about my experiences with each one of these challenge points in the next couple of weeks, so make sure you’re following the blog or any of my social media challenges.
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