Adopting a more minimalist lifestyle can be a simple way to make yourself happier and more fulfilled. Too often, we hold the belief that we need to do more and fill our lives with more things to be happy but actually, this couldn’t be further from the truth.

Scaling back is what will allow us to focus on the things we have and to appreciate what is already going well in our lives. At the same time, having less and committing to less will give us more time to relax, recharge, and attack the day refreshed.

Minimalism brings fewer money concerns, a less stressed calendar and so much more. So how do you embrace it? Here are five easy steps that will help you do just that.

Reduce Your Surface Clutter

The first place to start is by focusing on your surface clutter. That means you’re going to remove around 60% of ornaments and decorative items from your surfaces. This seems extreme but the result will be that what remains is your very favorite, increasing the average quality of what’s on display. Furthermore, it will be much easier to clean your rooms and you’ll feel less claustrophobic thanks to a bigger-looking room!

Cut Things Out

Look for the recurring commitments and tasks that are taking it out of you. Learn to say no and cut down on the amount you do every day!

Get Rid of Old Boxes

If you have an old box of things in your wardrobe, under a bed, or anywhere else, then get rid of it if you haven’t looked in it for the last 3 months. If there is anything in there that you turn out to need later, you can just replace it!

Make a One in, One Out Rule

Make a rule for yourself that every item you purchase must replace an item you currently own. This will make you think twice before getting more clutter!

Introduce Systems

Look at the things in your life that are eating up the most of your time and introduce systems to help you cope. This can mean buying technology to automate jobs like washing up, or it can mean finding ways to spend less time sorting through email, commuting, or even choosing clothes! Rotas and organization systems will save you hours in the space of a week or month!