With February nearly halfway over, it’s a great time to think about how to embrace minimalism as Spring begins.
I always view spring as a great time to start fresh. The weather warms up, the flowers begin to grow, and leaves return to the trees. We can finally open up our windows and let the warm breeze in.
And while you’re letting in the warm breeze, it’s a great time to think about how you can be more intentional in your life. One of the best ways to live intentionally is to embrace some tenants of minimalism.
So I’m going to share five ways that I will be refreshing my minimalist lifestyle come March! Whether you’ve been practicing minimalism, or you’re ready to give it a try, I hope you’ll use some of these ideas.
1. Minimize Your Wardrobe
With the weather finally getting warmer, it’ll be time to pack the winter gear away. As you shift your wardrobe to fit the new season, it’s a great time to examine what you really loved to wear this winter and what stayed put on the hanger.
It can be difficult to get rid of clothing. Often times, I hear people say that they hold onto things just in case. But very rarely just that just in case moment come up.
If you haven’t worn something up until this point, it’s likely you’re not going to. Perhaps it looked better on the hanger, or it’s just no longer your style. Whatever it may be, it’s probably a good idea to get it out of your closet.
2. Spring Clean with Minimalism in Mind
Spring cleaning is the perfect opportunity to embrace minimalism. Because you’ll already be going from room to room cleaning, it’s easy to declutter the things in your home that no longer serve a purpose.
Trash all the receipts that built up in your drawers, remove any broken or chipped home goods, and combine duplicates. Not only will your space be clean, but it’ll be less chaotic. And truly, the less chaotic the space, the better you’ll feel.
3. Make Sustainable Swaps
Sometimes in order to live minimally, we need to bring new items into our homes. While this fact might seem counter-intuitive, minimalism is as much about being sustainable as it is about owning less.
There any many easy swaps the you can make to live a move intentional, sustainable life. While these swaps may cost more up front, you’ll be saving money in the long run.
If you’re someone who buys single-use plastic bottles, consider purchasing a reusable water bottle. You can even buy one with a filter or you can purchase a Britta to keep in your fridge.
Metal straws are also a great investment, especially if you’re someone who likes smoothies.
Investing in reusable shopping bags is not only sustainable, but also helps to cut down on the clutter created by plastic grocery bags. Whether you buy the ones from the grocery store or invest in a few canvas bags, you’re making a good decision. I personally like using canvas bags since I can use them at the grocery store or as a tote when I don’t want to carry my backpack.
There are so many sustainable swaps you can make in order to live a more intentional, minimalist lifestyle. You can view a more complete list here.
4. Eat the Food You Already Have
Another way you can work toward minimalism this March is by eating the food you already have. Eat the frozen leftovers in your freezer, make the various rices and pastas in your cabinet, and get rid of the food you know you won’t eat.
While you’ll still need to head to the store to buy produce and other perishables, eating the dried goods in your cabinets will help you to save money and avoid buying duplicates of foods you already have.
I love doing this ever few months because it’s a great opportunity to take inventory of what I have in my pantry. Often times, I’ll find foods I forgot I bought. It also gives me the chance to try some new, creative recipes.
5. Start a No Spend Challenge
The best way to work towards minimalism is to get rid of the temptations of shopping. The easiest way to eliminate the temptation is to go on a no spend challenge.
Now of course no spend doesn’t mean no spending on anything ever. Of course you’ll need to pay your bills and buy groceries, but you can outline what you can and cannot spend money on.
Some good places to start are clothing, shoes, and any other physical items that’ll take up space in your home. Other areas to consider restricting are take-out dinners, especially if you’re eating them by yourself. Not only will you save money, but by cooking your own food, you’re also making a sustainable swap! Win-win!
I hope you try out some of these suggestions and have a happy, healthy, minimal March! Let me know if any of these things have helped you live life with less!