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Minimalism for Collegiettes: 3 Ways to Simplify Life

Posted Feb 23 2012 - 1:17pm

Quick! Think about your closet. How many t-shirts do you own? How many of those shirts have yet to see the light of day? I know that my closet used to be filled with more jeans, tops, and jackets than I'd ever wear, and it was all because I thought that I'd get around to working these forgotten pieces into an outfit someday...eventually. Maybe. Today, my wardrobe only consists of things that I wear consistently or that have a specific purpose at certain times of the year (like my favorite ugly sweater for any ugly sweater holiday parties). Nothing goes to waste, and everything has its place.

What changed?

My answer is minimalism. This lifestyle choice offers a shift in perspective which encourages a smarter, simpler way of living that can be customized to best suit your lifestyle. Whether you're an extreme minimalist or just a curious onlooker, minimalismoffers a great way to de-clutter your life, allowing you to focus on what's important to you.

Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus from TheMinimalists.com said it best: "Minimalism is a tool to help you achieve freedom. Freedom from fear, freedom from worry, freedom from overwhelm, freedom from guilt, freedom from depression, freedom from enslavement. Freedom. Real freedom." It sounds dramatic and kind of scary, but minimalism is really, endlessly helpful. Here, we'll take a look at a 3 simple ways you can simplify collegiette life based on the principles of this awesome movement.

1. Think about your stuff.
Have you ever considered how many things we actually own? Like the closet example I mentioned above, tons of people own more stuff than they really need, whether it's an excessive amount of shoes or PJ pants (I still have an addiction to fuzzy PJ pants, but that's an obstacle I'll face later). More often than not, owning too much stuff leads to clutter, and clutter can impede your ability to focus on important things like homework and Facebook stalking.
 
Joshua and Ryan, both popular minimalists, suggest starting your minimalist journey by packing up everything you own. When you absolutely need something, you'll be able to remove it from its box, but you'll probably discover that a large percentage of your items will go untouched for days, weeks - even months. This exercise isn't exactly practical for the average student lifestyle, unless you're bored and/or tipsy and want to stage-dive off your mega-mountain-pile of stuff (in which case, be sure to videotape it). However, this exercise is based on an important concept to take to heart: which items do you actually use, and which ones can you pack away or donate? You might even find...

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