“Each New Year, we have before us a brand new book containing 365 blank pages. Let us fill them with all the forgotten things from last year—the words we forgot to say, the love we forgot to show, and the charity we forgot to offer.”
– Peggy Toney Horton
Looking for ideas for easy-to-keep minimalist resolutions? Planning small, concrete changes makes success much more likely. Here are some great ideas to help you on your minimalist journey.
Choose no more than one from each group, since trying to make too many changes at once leads to failure. If you want to make multiple resolutions, pick one to work on each month (or quarter, if they’re difficult resolutions).
Don’t buy anything that costs more than a pre-set amount, say $50, without thinking it over at least a week.
Declutter one item a day.
Whenever you see an item you don’t use regularly, take a moment to consider whether you need to keep it. If not, out it goes.
Unsubscribe from the catalogs you don’t want.
Sign up to get account statements, bills, etc., online instead of by mail.
Every weekend, spend 30 minutes decluttering (or if that’s too much for you, try 15 minutes).
Catch up on your scanning.
Start Project 333.
Choose one room to declutter each month.
Keep your dining room table – and/or kitchen island – clear.
Go on a date with your spouse/partner at least once a month.
Be kind to a stranger at least once a week.
Write love notes to your partner and kids once a week (or more!).
Get to know one of your neighbors.
Forgive someone you’ve been holding a grudge against.
Make (and follow) a no-gadget-at-the-table rule.
Schedule an activity with your best friend at least once a month.
Volunteer once a month.
Make a new friend.
Call your parents every week.
Start a five-minute daily meditation practice.
Cultivate a shrine (skip to 2:23 for this segment).
Spend at least five minutes a day in solitude.
Say thank you every time someone does something for you.
Do something nice for yourself every week.
Start a gratitude journal.
Listen to at least one song that makes you feel happy every day.
Try something new every week.
Allow yourself only five minutes to worry about any one mistake you’ve made.
Work on becoming more mindful.