9 Questions to Ask Yourself When Starting the Journey of Minimalism

Minimalism. A word we hear a lot, yet has many meanings associated with it. Whether you believe minimalism is about owning less stuff. Simplifying your life. Getting rid of what you don’t want. Or focusing only on what you do want. The results for any journey of minimalism will probably be the same: more clarity, genuine joy, and presence.

Once embarking on a journey of minimalism, you and your life will no longer be the same. You won’t be surrounded by unimportant stuff. You won’t occupy yourself with meaningless people or activities. And you will become clearer and clearer about who you are, and what you want out of life.

How do I know? Because I’ve been there, and I am still there. Going through the process, learning more and more about my own minimalism journey. Taking it step by step, day by day. And as I continue moving forward, many questions have come up. Things I’ve had to ask myself, often over and over again. So here they are, the 9 questions to ask yourself when starting your own journey of minimalism.

What Do You Love?

Before starting out on any journey, remind yourself of the things you love. What are you all about? What sets your soul on fire? You need to remind yourself of these passions. Be completely aware of all that you love, and all that is important. The last thing you want on your journey of minimalism, is to lose sight of the things that you love. In fact, you want to make sure you bring more of those things into your life.

What Does Minimalism Mean To You?

There are thousands of different definitions of minimalism. Discover what yours is. Does it mean owning less stuff? Simplifying your possessions? Your priorities? Decide exactly what minimalism means to you. No need to follow anyone else or believe their views of minimalism, create your own. This journey of minimalism is for you, and your life only!

Not sure what minimalism is all about in the first place? Here are some great resources, to give you a variety of perspectives.

The Minimalists

Lessons from Madame Chic

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

Why Are You Wanting to Become More Minimalistic?

You always want to ask yourself WHY? Why are you wanting to live a more minimalistic life? Why are you interested in minimalism? And Why do you want to start or finish this journey of minimalism? Knowing your why, will help you understand whether or not this is a good path for you, but it will also help you stay on it. Make sure you are doing this for the right reasons, not wrong. And that you are doing this for your own self, and no one else.

What Does Your Life Vision Look Like?

Get clear on what you want out of life. What vision do you have for the future? For yourself, and your life? Start imagining and visualizing all that you want to be. All that you want to do. The lifestyle you want to live. And what your dream life might look.

journey of simplicity

Where Do You See Yourself in 1, 2, 5 Years?

As you become clearer about who you want to be, and what kind of life you want to live, get a little more specific. Exactly what do you see in 1 year? In 2 years? In 5 years? It doesn’t even matter the years or the timeline, but the fact that you can get a little more specific. Do you want a certain lifestyle over time? Do you have goals you want to accomplish? Maybe you have certain skills, or personal hobbies you’d like to develop? Starting seeing that life vision of yours, play out over the years.

How Could Minimizing or Simplifying Help You?

After visualizing yourself and life with a more specific focus, you can start to see how minimalism might help you. Maybe you want to live abroad, and therefore would do better with less possessions. Perhaps you want to stay situated, but simplify priorities to spend more time with family. Compare your ideal lifestyle, with your view of minimalism, and determine how they relate. See how minimalism could help you.

What Areas of Your Life Could Be More Simple or Minimal?

If you believe that minimalism could definitely help you with who you want to be, and the life you want to live- in what areas? What aspects of your life could be simpler? What components do you desire to downsize or minimalize? Not every area of your life may require a journey of minimalism, so find out which ones do.

As an example, I have a very minimalistic wardrobe (11 pieces), simple makeup, but I love to travel (I wrote about Japan and Bali).

Who Might Hold You Back in Your Minimalism Journey?

Truthfully, everyone has someone or several people in their lives, who are not in line with minimalism. People who perhaps live an opposite life, or believe in a different lifestyle. And more often than not, they are the people closest to you. For me it was my husband. Find out who might hold you back from your own minimalism journey, so you can prepare for that, and not let them stop you.

How Much Do You Like to Shop?

Yes, you have to be honest about shopping. You don’t want to become more minimal and simplify your life, only to fill it up with stuff again. I personally love to shop, and I didn’t want to deny myself a great pleasure. But at the same time, I wasn’t able to live the simple life I envisioned, while constantly shopping. So, I found balance. I allow myself to shop, have fun and enjoy it. But it is way less often, and only for items I know I will genuinely use and love.

simple life
Yup…. still want this shirt!

After taking the time to thoughtfully read, and answer these questions, I hope you developed your own insight into what minimalism might look like for you. If it is a journey you want, and how it might help you. Please remember that everyone’s journey of minimalism is different. There are no rules to follow or steps to take. Only your own. Enjoy the journey, and take pride in whatever simplicity you create for yourself.

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