Simplicity & Minimalizing

“Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius – and a lot of courage – to move in the opposite direction.” - Einstein

Just remember to “KISS” - Keep It Simple Stupid!

Simplicity is something valuable in all parts of life. From decreasing clutter of “stuff” to simplifying a project

It is quite natural for humans to want to create and collect. For one, we like to create , produce, or acquire things that we intent to help us in our lives. But we also have a natural tendancy to fill the spaces that we have. Whether it's filling our room, our house, our computers, our projects, or our minds. But there is a method to keeping things simple.Once you start getting in the habit of living simpler, you start feeling more relaxed, confident, and at peace with yourself and others. Whether it's mentally or physically, getting rid of the clutter and creating a clear focus, can energize your life more than you may ever think. Here are some steps and thoughts to keep in mind when de-cluttering:

How to create minimalism from the beginning

Step 1: Slow down

The first step is to slow down and think before you act. Many times we accumulate because we're moving from one thing to the next without stopping to think about our impacts or accumulations. when you stop to think about whether you really need something, or if what you're creating is actually beneficial or not to yourself or others, then you start immediately eliminating things you don't need.

Step 2: Organize from the beginning

Start to create an organizational strategy from the beginning. It doesn't matter if it is the one you will have in the end, it will start you thinking in the direction of staying organized, as well as help pinpoint the things that you don't really need that don't fit in with your plans.

How to minimalize and stay simple

Step 1: Find the immediate things you can simplify or get rid of

The first step is usually difficult for people because it's the start of a long process. But if you don't start thinking about the end result, you can actually start tackling things immediately and start the ball rolling.

First, just think or look around for things you can immediately get rid of and don't hesitate to say goodbye to them. That in itself should feel pretty good and motivating once you've done it, and will give you a lot of energy towards continuing on.

Also start with the biggest thigns first. Not only do the bigger things often sell better, but they're also taking up the most room and can give you a lot of extra space to work with. Also, once you get rid of a few big things, you feel a lot more like you're accomplishing something and taking a bigger chunk out of the task than you actually are.

Step 2: Think of minimalizing in stages

One important thing to keep in mind, is that this will likely take several purges to get to where you want to be. You'll undoubtedly want to hang on to some things that you ultimately don't need, and you won't realize that until you get to your 2nd or 3rd purges. So give yourself a break and go slow, don't get discouraged that you are still hanging onto things, because the next time you purge you will find it easier to let go of those.

Step 3: Keep it going

Depending on how you work, some people get motivation for the intial stage, then have trouble keeping going with it because other distractions come up. To avoid this, concentrate on goals for each step and stage, that will start a pattern of continuation. Also, it usually helps to think about the big picture at the beginning, then switch to only focussing on one babay step at a time. Some people even have trouble looking at the big picture first, because it can feel overwhelming and then they don't do anything. In either case, focussing on the baby steps individually will usually work the best. If you have trouble with the big picture being overwhelming, then skip the organization phase and just jump right in to a baby step.

Last thoughts

You may have to force yourself at first. I often find that sometimes it helps to force myself to jump in and do something before I can start making excuses. Sometimes that initial boost is all it takes to keep moving later on.