Leaning Into Minimalism in 2019 — And How This Applies to More Than Just My Closet

Cheers to making room in our homes and in our minds.

January felt like one of the longest months of my life, yet I still can’t quite believe that it’s 2019. For me personally, there’s a lot to look forward to this year.

We’re planning a trip to Umbria, Italy where I hope to eat pasta and gelato every day to my heart’s content. I’ll be busy brainstorming new content for my personal blog, Her State of Mind, which I’ve sadly neglected the past few months. And last but certainly not least, I’ll be getting MARRIED this November. I still can’t quite wrap my head around that one.

I’m sure it’s going to be a whirlwind of a year and, to be honest, it will probably be stressful too, what with all the wedding planning madness.

To eliminate as much stress as possible next year, I plan to slow things down and really lean in to minimalism.

One of the reasons why I embarked on my minimalist journey in the first place is the allure of simplicity.

The idea of whittling down the excess and liberating myself from my addiction to “stuff” seemed like it would also free up space in my mind. And you know what? It has. I’m not frenetically buying things on a whim, only to feel guilty a few hours later. I think less about what I’m going to wear in the morning because I actually like everything in my closet.

I’m not a perfect minimalist by any means, but I hope to continue learning and growing alongside all of you in the days ahead. Here’s what I’m working toward in 2019.

1. Plan Another Closet Clear-Out in the Springtime

While I’m quite happy with the state of my closet now, there are a few items here and there that I’m on the fence about. Once winter wraps up, it’s a good time to evaluate which pieces I got the most use out of throughout the season and which ones remained relatively untouched.

For the articles of clothing I’m unsure about, I make a conscious effort to not just try the item on for five minutes from the comfort of my bedroom, but actually wear it out and see how I feel. If the item doesn’t make me feel 100 percent (I’m looking at you, polka dot cocktail dress), it’s time to list it on Poshmark and find it a good home.

2. Learn How to Knit

Ok, so this might be a tad overly-ambitious because I sadly don’t have a single crafty bone in my body, but I thought it would be fun to learn how to make something with my own two hands.

Fortunately, my fiancé knows how to knit and has offered more than once to teach me, so I really have no excuse not to try it out. One of my favorite gifts he’s ever given me is a beautiful crocheted burgundy scarf that makes me smile whenever I put it on.

Plus, I think this new hobby will allow me to have more of an appreciation for the hands that create the clothing I buy. It takes a lot of time and effort to create things, but it’s very easy to take that for granted when you’ve never done it yourself.

3. Declutter My Makeup Collection

I’ve tackled my clothing and my shoes, but I have yet to go through my makeup collection. I’ve been avoiding it, to be honest, because I’ve been building my makeup collection for so many years and it’s hard to let things go.

In reality, I only ever wear the same two eyeshadows, the same mascara, the same concealer and the same Burt’s Bees lip balm every single day, so there’s no point in holding on to it all. It’s also probably not the most hygienic thing to hoard old makeup.

While decluttering my makeup collection, I’d also like to slowly start transitioning to all-natural, organic beauty products. I’ve been eyeing RMS Beauty and love what the brand stands for. If you have any recommendations for natural beauty products that work for you, let me know!

4. Try Out Another Three-Month Shopping Ban

I’ve done a couple shopping bans in the past. It’s a great way to reset and remind yourself that what you already have is, in most cases, enough.

The first time I tried it, I was pretty strict with myself. The shopping ban didn’t just apply to clothes. I didn’t allow myself to buy anything besides the essentials. So obviously, things like rent, groceries and toilet paper were fine. And if I ran out of something (like face cleanser), then I’d allow myself to replace it. But everything else was off-limits.

The first few weeks were so. dang. tough. I actually came very close to breaking it, but my best friend who did the challenge with me talked me out of it (highly recommend doing this with a friend for the accountability factor). And after getting over that first initial hump, I felt strangely empowered.

That temptation to buy became less and less. I’d love to experience that feeling of empowerment again, so I think another shopping ban is in order.

5. Volunteer My Time to a Cause I Care About

One of the things I want to work on is being more intentional with how I spend my time.

After a long day at work, it’s so easy to crash on the couch and get lost in an hours-long Netflix binge. It’s mindless and it’s comforting, but it also feels like hours that I’m just throwing away. So, one of my goals next year is to find ways to give back to my community, whether that means participating in a beach clean-up, habitat restoration, caring for the homeless, etc.

6. Let Go of Toxic Thoughts

I’m a stressed-out, anxious person by nature, so this one is probably the most important one for me to figure out. I want to learn how to let things go. Not just physical objects, though that’s an important aspect of minimalism, but also the negative thoughts that cloud my mind.

I often let my own inner critic get the best of me. In 2019, I want to learn how to be kinder to myself. Therapy, meditation and exercise have been extremely helpful for getting myself on track.

What are some of your intentions for 2019? Let me know in the comments below!

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