10 Baby Steps to Minimalism: #1: Decide on one area and set 1 achievable goal

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I’ve just noticed that a lot of what I’ve talked about is big projects, and big steps.

Maybe if you’re new to minimalism, the way I was a couple of years ago.. it can kind of seem overwhelming.

Or you just don’t see the point of it!

I didn’t, at one point.

“I have money for a reason.”

Oh.. youth. :)

So my series on 10 Baby Steps to Minimalism begins.

Baby Step #1: Decide on an area you’d like to improve upon and set 1 achievable goal

There’s no need to tackle everything at once.

Making too many changes at once is a surefire way to get extremely stressed and overwhelmed.

If it helps, make a list of everything that is bothering you in your life:

  • Finances are kind of up in the air and you don’t know where your money is going
  • Junk mail keeps piling up and just looking at it stresses you
  • Car is always cluttered and annoying you when you hunt for change to pay the meter
  • Keep losing your keys and cellphone and have to hunt each morning
  • Kitchen is driving you mad because you keep losing forks
  • You keep putting the gym off but you are actually paying for that membership!
  • Projects at work keep clashing in meeting times & is running you ragged

…and spend as much time as you need identifying what is causing you to be frustrated, and why.

Then just pick one (I suggest the easiest one) and start.

Try: You keep losing your keys and your cellphone.

Why is this frustrating?

Because you can’t find your keys, and are therefore late to work, rushing on the highway and in a frazzle before you’ve even left the home.

Spend time brainstorming a couple of solutions:

  1. Wake up 15 minutes earlier and spend that time finding your keys
  2. Prep the night before, and put your keys on the kitchen table
  3. Hang up a little key rack, and put your keys on them every time you come in the door
  4. Keep your keys in your ONE purse or jacket at all times and never forget

You may have noticed (as I was writing it, I did too) that not all of the solutions are brilliant.

In fact, 2 out of 4 of them are downright stupid.

But it’s the whole brainstorming process that will help you go through them one by one to find the best one for your organizing style and life.

So which of the 4 are stupid?

The two highlighted in red:

  1. Wake up 15 minutes earlier and spend that time finding your keys
  2. Prep the night before, and put your keys on the kitchen table
  3. Hang up a little key rack, and put your keys on them every time you come in the door
  4. Keep your keys in your ONE purse or jacket at all times and never forget

Now that you have the momentum, and have solved one of your problems, go through the rest of the list and cross them off one by one with easy, reasonable solutions you can actually implement.

Next: Stop Impulse Spending

About everydayminimalist

I'm a 20-something year old girl who lived out of a single suitcase in 2007, and now I'm living with less, but only with the best. You don't have to get rid of everything to become a minimalist! Minimalism can help simplify and organize your life, career, & physical surroundings. You can read more about me as a minimalist. Or come and visit my other blog Fabulously Broke in the City where I got out of $60,000 of debt in 18 months, earning $65,000 gross/year.