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Have any of you seen the documentary “Tiny” on Netflix? Neither have I, but I hear it’s good. It got me thinking, although it can seem really luxurious and amazing to have a huge place, why not try and embrace the idea of living minimalistically in a small space?
The idea behind the Tiny House Movement is to downsize the amount of space that we live in. After all, Americans spend ⅓ to ½ their income on their homes. As apartment dwellers, living in a smaller space is already done for you, and the next step is just to cut back on the amount of clutter that you have.
- The first part of this is to reduce what you own. Go through your clothes, household items, furniture.. How much of it is truly necessary?
- What you don’t need, either sell or donate! (The extra cash or good deed will feel good)
Now, after you do all that, staying a minimalist can be the hardest part of this whole process.
- First, organize and categorize the things that you do need to keep.
- Second, continue the process. The more you think about it, the more you may come to realize that some of the things that you still have are not necessary. If you come across those kinds of things, get rid of them!
Being a minimalist is an ongoing process that you can’t just do once and then forget about. Eventually, you will need to buy something or things will start to accumulate again. When that happens, you just go through this process again! The idea is that you are sort of constantly doing it, so that way you don’t end up with a ton of unnecessary items.
The most important part of this is that when you do go to buy something, it is important to really spend time thinking about the purchase. Do you really need it? How long are you going to use it for? Why do you want it? Is it really worth it?
Another thing you can focus on after having been a minimalist for awhile is the quality of the items that you buy. If you buy fewer things, then you will have more money to spend on higher quality items that will last you longer.