Keep It Simple | 4 Ways to Live Like a Minimalist

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Adam Vognild doesn’t just know kettlebells and climbing trails, he also knows a few things about living life simply. As a local business owner at The Inner Circle Gym, Vognild has learned to free his life from unnecessary complications.

A minimalist lifestyle is not about tossing all of your clothes or only living with a handful of essentials, it is about decluttering. “Things don’t make you happy,” Vognild says. He emphasizes that it is the memory and experiences behind the things that make you happy. To live a minimalist lifestyle, one essential aspect “is breaking your relationship with things.”

Vognild has learned that clarity and simplicity come with a lack of clutter. “Clutter causes anxiety,” Vognild says. “So pick a category of your life and simplify.”

Here are a few of his recommendations:

1. Move (or pseudo move)

Vognild says that moving has helped him clean out unnecessary tangible items. When moving out of your house, “Really take the opportunity to throw stuff out," he says. Begin to examine what you have been using in the last six months to a year and what you haven’t. If you haven’t used it in the last six months, then toss it. Even if you aren’t moving, try a pseudo move. “Move out of your closet and then move back in,” he says, throwing out everything you don’t wear anymore.

2. Have a critical eye

When you are making purchases, have a critical eye about what you are buying. “Is it a want or a need?” Vognild says. Don’t make spur of the moment purchases. To make the most of your purchase, Vognild also suggests to make sure that the purchase has as many purposes as possible. “Define what it is, research, then buy it,” he says.

3. Set a budget

Budget a certain amount of money, then stick to it. Then when you make a purchase, get rid of something you don’t need. For example, when you buy an article of clothing, donate an article of clothing. By limiting yourself to a certain amount, you will become more disciplined in keeping things simplified.

4. Declutter, declutter, declutter

The fewer things you have, the fewer things you have to take care of, Vognild says. “Start small and declutter.” Choose your desk or kitchen junk drawer and clear out any unnecessary items. Then move forward into bigger aspects of your life, for example, your go-to activity, such as gardening or hiking.

"There is never an ending point,” Vognild says. “It is a continuous improvement.”