Ever found yourself yearning for simpler times? Every semester we welcome a bright new intake of tenants to our student storage facilities in Edinburgh, who are doing just that!
Maybe you’ve embarked on a new career path, left home or become an undergrad for the first time. With nearly every big step in our lives comes a physical move and it’s not until we have to ‘up sticks and leave’ that we realise just how many ‘sticks’ we’ve collected. And the minimalist lifestyle could be the answer.
But are you ready for minimalism?
Before you decide if the streamlined life is for you, as yourself these three, simple questions:
Do you know where to start?
As drastic as the whole thing sounds, minimalism is a choice – and it should feel that way! As Courtney Carver, from the BeMoreWithless blog says, ‘slow shifts are more sustainable than radical change’.
Don’t feel pressured to jump in at the deep end. Try starting small, by decluttering your work surfaces to help you adjust to living with less or by streamlining your wardrobe – you might just discover that having fewer outfits to choose from takes more than a little weight off your shoulders.
Have you considered the financial implications?
It can be scary, especially as a student on a tight budget, to throw away consumable items especially if you can’t afford to replace them. Our advice? Be reasonable, don’t go ditching the detergent if you know you’ll have a load of washing come Friday. Helping yourself to your flatmate’s washing powder under the guise of minimalism is unlikely to go down well.
Have you found your ‘why’?
Maybe a stressful house move has prompted you to live with less or maybe you’re struggling to focus in a student room choc full of clutter. But minimalism is about more than just physical possessions. It’s a philosophy encompassing everything from your physical wellbeing and relationships to your work-life balance.
Yes, if you’re seeking to lower your stress levels – a clearer home can help you on your way to a clearer mind. But if you’re serious about becoming a minimalist, you’ll probably need to be looking for more than a physical spring clean. This blog, from The Minimalists, is a good place to start if you’re still looking for your ‘why’.
33 Items For 3 Months: Take The Challenge
Have we sparked your interest? If you think you can dress to impress on a minimalist wardrobe, Project 333 is a great starting point and a lot of fun. Take the minimalist fashion challenge and see if you can dress with 33 items or less – for 3 months! Why not make things interesting and get your friends involved, too.
Need to store your extra clothes during the challenge? With our student self storage units in Edinburgh come you can embark on your minimalist journey without worrying about replacing all your stuff, if it’s not for you. Why not try a minimalist summer this year? Call our friendly team today for the best deals on student storage in Edinburgh.