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Lessons in This Class

22 Lessons (2h 52m)
    • 1. Introduction To This Course

    • 2. What Is Minimalism

    • 3. Definition Of Clutter

    • 4. How Much Is Clutter Costing You?

    • 5. Main Concerns & Common Feelings

    • 6. Benefits of Minimalism

    • 7. How To Get Started

    • 8. How To Include Your Loved Ones In Your Minimalist Journey

    • 9. Finding Your Own Recipe To Live a Minimalist Lifestyle

    • 10. Creating Your Ideal Minimalist Week

    • 11. Great Ways To Say NO

    • 12. Master Your Meal Planning

    • 13. Declutter Your Mind With Selfcare

    • 14. Applying Minimalism To Your Home

    • 15. Applying Minimalism To Your Paper

    • 16. 12 Questions To Help You Let Go Of Difficult Items

    • 17. Clutter Visualization Meditation

    • 18. Ideas For Giving Gifts That Aren't Things

    • 19. Applying Minimalism To Your Finances

    • 20. Applying Minimalism To Your Digital Life

    • 21. Maintaining Your Minimalist Lifestyle 2

    • 22. Your Project For This Class ;-)

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About This Class

We can ALL benefit from minimalism.

Minimalism is NOT about extremes. Minimalism is all about helping you identify what's important in your life.

It's a great tool to help you eliminate distractions and create more time to do the things that you love.

Minimalism can be applied to every area of your life. It's a whole lifestyle transformation that will help you design and create the life that you want to live.

If you are feeling overwhelmed and frustrated, Minimalism can help you reduce those feelings and create more joy in your life.

Because you are busy and you don't have time, this audio course is designed for you to be able to learn on the go or while doing other activities.

Several of our skillshare students mentioned that they mostly listen to our courses. This is why I felt inspired to create this audio course.

I personally LOVE listening to audio content while walking, driving, doing house chores, practicing sports... It's a great way to make the most of my time.

If you enjoy learning on the go you will love this course! 

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What you’ll learn:

  • What minimalism is and how to implement it in your life
  • Definition of clutter and how much clutter is costing you
  • Main concerns and common feelings that most experience in this journey
  • Benefits of minimalism
  • How to include your loved ones and communication strategies
  • How to find your own recipe to live your minimalist life
  • How to create your ideal minimalist week
  • Great ways to say NO to things you don't want in your life
  • Meal planning strategies to master your mealtime
  • Selfcare strategies to declutter your mind and improve your mental health
  • Home decluttering and organization strategies
  • Paper management techniques to help you conquer your paper monster
  • 12 Questions to help you let go of difficult items
  • Clutter visualization meditation to help you visualize your ideal space
  • Great ideas for giving things that aren't things
  • Strategies to master your finances
  • Strategies to master your digital life

Course requirements:

  • Be open-minded to new ideas
  • Be willing and ready to become aware of your current reality
  • Be excited about new ways of living

Who this course is for:

  • People who are wanting to bring simplicity and intention back into their lives.
  • People who are seeking ways to reduce stress and create more time for the things they love
  • People who are feeling overwhelmed and frustrated and want to explore new ways of living
  • People who feel that they don't have enough time and would like to be able to create more intentional time
  • People who are seeking a lifestyle transformation and require ideas to get started

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KW Professional Organizers

Organization | Minimalism | Self Care


 ... aka Emilio and Samantha.


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1. Introduction To This Course: Hi, amazing execution students. Thank you so much for taking my course. My name is Emily, and I will be your instructor in this course. This is an audio course about minimalism and why and out your course, because some of you have said that you mostly listen to our content. And when I read those comments, I realized like I might self love is an into audio content on the goal. So why couldn't I create something for you that you can hear, that you can listen to what you are doing. Other things like driving, walking, exercising, doing chores at home, maybe working. So basically, you don't have to stare at a screen in some types of your day, but you can still listen and keep learning and execution makes it so easy. So that's why I felt so inspired to create this course. If you don't know who I am, make, make sure that you take the other courses that we have had my punish Samantha myself have created a lot of courses about lifestyle, like home organization, self-care, personal development, time management, meal planning, just check them out. They are full video courses, but this is the first out your course that I felt inspired to create. In this course I'm going to share all the basics for you to create a minimalist lifestyle. Included like meal planning, finances, home organization, time management, you are going to love it. It cannot be such a nice in-depth cores. And then if you want to dive deeper into any of the topics, then you can go and what full depth video course that we created. So you will have the whole scope of every area that you want to improve in your life. So I hope you guys enjoy this, makes sure that you tune on the background audio. So if you go to any of the videos that are three dots on the top right corner. If you click in there, you will see an option that says background out your own. Make sure that you turn that on. And that will allow you to enjoy listening to this course while using all the apps or by your phone is in your pocket. Okay, so I hope to see you inside the course and keep learning. 2. What Is Minimalism: Lesson one. What is minimalism? Hello, and welcome to this course about minimalism. In this course, we are going to learn what minimalism is and how you can implement minimalism in every area of your life. Let me introduce myself. My name is Emily horsey Garcia. I am the co-founder of Kw professional organizers. And since 2012, I have been helping individuals and families stop feeling overwhelmed and leverage the power of organization, minimalism, and self-care so that they can create the lifestyle they want to leave. What is minimalism? Let me tell you that minimalism is not about extremes, like having only one chair and one table. Minimalism East note about limiting yourself or deprivation. It's quite the opposite. It's about letting go off in non-essential to open up space, time and energy for the things that really matter to you. Do they find one minimalism means to you. You define what's important in your life right now. And you decide when it's a good time to reassess your situation. Life keeps evolving and your priorities need and want may change over time. This is why minimalism, ESA, lifetime philosophy that will help you be intentional in every stage of your life. Redefining yourself under lifestyle that you want to live. I would like to share a few definitions about minimalism so that you can then come up with your own. The minimalists say that minimalism is our tool to rid yourself of lives, excess, favorite, or focusing on what's important. So you can find happiness, fulfillment and free them. The minimal is a big and says, The process of identifying what is essential in your life and eliminating the rest less is more., say it away to escape the excesses of the world around us. The accesses of consumerism, material possessions clatter, having too much to do, too much debt, too many distractions, too much noise, but too little. Meaning. Minimalism, ESR weight of giving up the non essential in order to focus on what's truly important. What gives our lives meaning? What gives us joy and value? Xi says what minimalism is really all about is reassessment of your priorities so that you can sweep away the excess staff, their possessions, and ideas, and relationships and activities that don't bring value to your life. As you see, minimalism can mean something different for every person. You can define what's important in your life right now. And what are the things that are most meaningful to you? There are many similarities in these definitions I just shared. They talk about defining what's essential are priority and eliminating the excess so that you can experience meaning and joy. The priorities of our family with children will look very different than the priorities from a single person. Life in your twenties will not be the same as life in your forties. Minimalism will adapt with your lifestyle needs. This is why it's very important to reflect and reassess what your needs and priorities are in your current stage of life. We recommend doing this reflection every time you feel frustrated. Stress, like in meaning. These are clear indicators that you can benefit from a change. And minimalism can't be the answer that you were looking for. This course will help you create your own recipe to leave your minimalist lifestyle. During this course, we are going to learn from real-life examples and experiences of myself and all the people we have had the opportunity to help through our courses, life events, and one-on-one sessions around the world. Yes, we have come to people's homes, roll up our sleeves and help them declared their lives. It normally starts with the physical spaces. First, their homes, their offices. Once they are in control of their physical surroundings, and they feel motivated and energized. They move into other areas of their lives that may require their attention. You are going to learn practical, simple, and effective techniques on how to implement minimalism in every area of your life. These are all desperate methods that have been used and improved over and over until we found our successful recipe. That works. We call it a shortcut to happiness. We all have to manage the basics of our lifestyle so that we can thrive in life. And minimalism is a great tool to help you bring simplicity back into your life while being intentional on. The basics of life are the things that we all have to match that. And we are going to cover them all in this course. Some of these basics are home, your shelter, physical surroundings including paper management, body, mind, work, finances, detail, life, and time management. We are going to dive deeper into the awareness of your current lifestyle, current habits, and current routines that you are following so that you can understand why you feel the way you do and what you need to do to create the change you want to see in your life. Then we will lend the new habits and new routines that we can implement to start getting the results that we are aiming for and create the lifestyle that we want to live. In our next lesson, we are going to define what cluttered and access is so that you can get started eliminating all declared in your life right away. 3. Definition Of Clutter: Less than two. Definition of clutter. Clutter is a personal perception and it can mean something different for every individual. What these credit to you, it may not be carried to another person. It's very important to get on the same page when it comes to Crowther, spatially between family members and people you share your life with. Communication is essential to force their respect and awareness of each other's needs. There is a huge relationship between clutter and mental health. Clutter can overload your sensors. Creating stress, making you feel overwhelmed, frustrated, isolated, shame, depressed, and prevent your ability to think clearly and make good decisions. It can also decrease your productivity and energy levels. But what is clutter? There are few definitions to help you define what credit is. A collection of things laying about inner disorder manner, items that don't belong into space, items that don't have a permanent home. Items that you don't use, items that are broken, items that don't add value to your life. Staff. You are storing for someone else. Things that don't fit in the space. Items that prevent you from using this pays for its intended purpose. Objects that break the natural flow of this base. Items that back you or are meaningless to you. Staff that take away your time from doing meaningful things. So distractions. And this last definition, it's my favorite one, is from an association call collaterals anonymous. And they say that glider is anything we don't need. We don't want or we don't use. That takes our time, energy or space and destroys our serenity. Clutter can also be a constant reminder of unfinished projects. Praise that you need to find time to finish, and maybe projects that are not relevant to you anymore. Things start piling up over time and it becomes more and more difficult to get started. There are many different kinds of clatter. Physical, social, mental, emotional, financial, digital, just to name a few. Everybody can be a victim of clutter at any point in their lives. Clutter can be a result of lack of time. Too many products on the goal, tasks or commitments, stirring staff or someone else. And balanced lifestyle, working too many hours, traveling to Mars, big life events like divorce, moving to a new home, getting a new job or being fired, having a baby, downsizing and yes, not having enough time to adjust to these changes, lack of systems to keep things organized. Not having permanent homes for every item. Leaving with all others are not finding a balance. Bringing in too many obvious at home and not having the space to deal with them and store them. There are some best practices to reduce and eliminate clutter from your life before bringing ideas home as yourself. Can I afford this? Can I afford the money, the time, the space, and the energy that this item will require from me. Learn how to say no to things that you don't need. Don't accept items from family members or friends unless they bring value into your life. And you have space, time and energy to deal with them. You are working very hard to conquer the clarity in your life. Ask your loved ones to respect your decision and to support you on this journey. They say my bride to commitments, social events, and anything to do with your time. Learn how to be intentional and learn how to say no to things that don't bring value to your life. I want to finish this lesson with a quote from Lana Nikon. She says, when you understand what drives you, what truly motivates you, you are then able to create an environment that facilitates your goals. It frees up space. So they knew you can step in. There is purpose in how you live. It's time to create your environment so that you can thrive in life. Are you ready? 4. How Much Is Clutter Costing You?: Less than three. How much is cluttered costing you? You may not be aware of the cost that clutter may be causing in your life. By becoming aware of them, you may feel inspired to take action and embrace the benefits that minimalism can bring you cleric and cause you money. Buying duplicates because you can find what you are looking for. Paying late fees because of misplace bill, spending in takeout food because you can't use your kitchen, paying for storage space outside of your home. Time, looking for misplace items, longer time to clean and maintain your home. Isolation. Now being able to entertain family or friends do to feeling ashamed, to invite them over. Mental health, stress, frustration, depression, anxiety, and family conflicts, accidents, fire and tripping hazards. Motivation, not being able to do the activities that you want do to clutter. Remember to always ask yourself these questions before saying yes. Can I afford this morning that time, the space and the energy that this item we require for me. Is this going to add value to my life? Is this going to help me have the lifestyle that I want? You are entitled to say no. Allow yourself some time to decide if you are uncertain how polite. Let me think about it or I will get back to you with an answer. Can give you the required time to think about it and make an informed and intentional decision. You are in control of your life. Time is the most valuable resource we have because we cannot get it back. And it is a limited resource. Clarity can make you waste a lot of time. Do you find yourself saying, it only takes me a few minutes to find your keys, your wallet, the last farm bill, the tax documents, the hammer, screwdriver, your phone, your phone charger, your glasses. You get it. I have a very interesting graph that shows how much time you may be wasting At the end of the year due to clutter. If you spend ten minutes a day looking for something at the end of the year that equals 60 hours and 2.5 days of wasted time. If you spend 30 minutes a day looking for misplace things, that equals 182 hours and 7.5 days to it's more than a full week of you wasting time looking for things. If you spend up to 60 minutes a day looking for things that equals 364 hours or 15 days. 15 days is a whole two-week vacation for somewhat. I am sure you can think of better things to use that time for. This is why I want to motivate you and get you excited about the clattering, about letting go of bladder. Because I really know that the benefits far outweigh the costs. If you can relate to the information I shared in this lesson, please don't use it to make yourself feel that. Use it to become aware, to understand why is this happening so that you can avoid them in the future. The fact that you are listening to this course proofs that you are taking action to change our situation. If you keep going, you will see results very, very soon. Minimally, some can provide little changes in your habits that can have a huge impact in your life. You invest once in creating the new habits and you will receive lifetime benefits. Do you think it's worth the effort? I am sure you answered a self-confident Yes. 5. Main Concerns & Common Feelings: Lesson four, main concerns and common feelings. Many going through this minimalist journey have experienced concerns and feelings that you may feel right now. You are not alone in this. Since 2012, we have been collecting information from all the people that contact us. This information helps us understand better where they are add and how we can best help them. I know this information will resonate with you and hopefully help you realize that you are not alone. What you are feeling is real and normal? Let me repeat that again. It's normal. These are the main five concerns that people are experiencing. I feel overwhelmed. I don't know where to start or how to do it. I have a hard time keeping my motivation going. I don't have enough time. I have tried many times, but I don't get the results I want so I gave up. These concerns that I just shared with you are by far the most common ones. Let me share with you specific sentences that we receive from people just like you seeking for help. The question that we asked in our intake form is what's bothering you? These are some of the answers that we collect it word by word. Overwhelmed. I don't know where to start. It feels like it will take way more time that I can possibly invest to clean it up. I just don't know where to start. I have a lot to do and do not know where to start. Office and garage are my stumbling points. I have struggled with organization and time management most of my life. It impacts my mood. Everything is spilling out of everywhere. I am overwhelmed and have no idea where to start or what to do. I feel like I am constantly organizing the house with no results. We never have time to designate places for things. And now is overwhelming. I constantly feel like we need more storage, but I do wonder Part of the reason is we have too much stuff. Feeling very overwhelmed. I seem to help everyone around me except myself. I please need help mentally. I don't do well in spaces that are not clean and clutter. It has never really felt like a home because every time I clean and organize, it just gets messy all over again. It seems too valuable to give up. My space is filling up and I need to change. I am scared. My ambitions are at odds with what actually happens in life. So far. The clutter is getting a knowing. I am beginning to feel out of control. Sometimes I feel paralyzed. If things get messy, I literally start losing my ability to focus and get things done. My house is a mess. It's stopping me from enjoying my house to the fullest. I need to let an app everything in my life, and I am looking forward to creating new opportunities for myself. My house has many rooms, have frustrates me. I am not able to use the space at home the way I will like clutter I'm poor use of space is causing tremendous frustration and resentment. I just want to get it done so I can relax. I just need a push to get through the rest. We have had many frustrating interactions over our space or lack of it. I need all there and I can't do it on my own. I need to get a system in place. I need an expert to put all my treasures into perspective. I feel frustration. This process is emotional for me, and I do get attached to things. I need you to be sensitive to my needs. Either the easy stuff and hide the rest. We are getting buried under the paper And I am stressing out. My husband is sad yes, in case guy, he also has ADD and he's a procrastinator. I am a picture. If we don't need it or use it, then pitch it. I want to complete this project and move on with other important things in life. The Clarett has been dragging me for more than a year now. My house is a mess, no energy to do anything about it. I won my house back. I don't know how to start and once I start, I don't know how to keep motivated. Can you relate to any of these feelings that I share with you? These were word by word from people who contacted us. Minimalism can be a tool to help you reduce or eliminate completely any of the feelings that you may be experiencing right now. In the next lesson, you are going to learn what the benefits of minimalism are. 6. Benefits of Minimalism: Lesson five, benefits of minimalism. There are a lot of benefit waiting for you. When you understand and embrace minimalism, you will start bringing clarity and intention into every area of your life. It's a positive ripple effect with lifetime benefits. In this lesson, I am going to share real answers from real people, just like you. These people during our private community, where we share how to harness the power of organization, minimalism, and self-care to create their desired lifestyle. When they join the group, they had to answer the question, what's the biggest benefit of minimalism and being organized? These are some of the answers that we received word by word. Get the things done in the most efficient way and help avoid procrastination, getting better sleep, and being able to focus on and enjoy my hobbies. Getting rid of clutter is freedom. As I am organize. So go my thoughts. Feeling relaxed, finding things without stress. Being organized makes your house more presentable for people to come over, smiley face. Cleaning out some of the insight clatter of emotions. Saving time and money, satisfaction and more time. Make full use of the time and resources you have and create positive impacts. Have better mental health, less stress, and no double parentheses. The biggest benefit is peace. So much more productivity when US bases organized. Sense of relief. Living in a stress-free environment. Feeling color. Being organized means less stress and more freedom. Free up time, not looking for things. Being organized, Yes, feels good and makes everything else in life go smoother. More time for oneself, more time for joy. It feels refreshing to be organized. Be able to invite people into my house without being embarrassed. Being organised makes me feel better. More time to enjoy people, less stress. And that leads to more time to spend on what really matters. To find things when you need them. Having a better mood when you're spaces organized. For me, this organization leads to the pressure. Your life runs much better and you accomplish more. Good energy. Life is yes, easier. Self-esteem helps you feel calm and in control of your environment. Getting rid of credit of any kind creates space for new things and experiences. Becoming stress-free. More time for daily joy. I am sure you may relate to some of these benefits. Most likely you were thinking, I want to feel that to who are you? I hope you feel inspired and motivated to get started with your minimalist journey. But how do I get started? You may be asking yourself, that's a great question. And that's what I'm going to cover in the next lesson. 7. How To Get Started: Lesson six, how to get started with minimalism. In this lesson, you will in a practical and intentional three-step method to get you started with your minimalist journey. This method applies to every area of your life. Don't worry. It's not about letting go of the things that you love. It's the opposite to make sure that you create more time and space for the things that you love in your life. The three steps of this method are step number one, becoming aware. Stem number two, action. Step number three, maintenance. Our test method has been created by people like you, real people facing real challenges. Looking for practical and effective solutions are holistic method that looks at your life as a whole. This is really important. We don't only look at the physical clutter, we also look at the emotional aspect, the mental health aspect, and the importance of other key areas of your life, like time management, meal planning, finances, self-care, paper organization, business organization, parenting, et cetera, that will help you create your desired lifestyle. We don't believe in the one solution fits all approach. But after doing this kind of work for many years with many different people, will have seen a natural progression. And we have perfected our method to produce massive results in a very short amount of time. Let's dive into each of the steps. Step one, becoming aware. This step is all about becoming aware of your current situation and understanding your needs and your ones. This is the first step that needs to happen in order for you to be able to move into the action step, you need to understand what's happening and why. It's okay not to have answers yet. But you know that whenever you are doing right now, it's not working for you. You are not getting the results that you want to see. And you are tired and frustrated. Expressions like, I am done with this. I need a change. I need a fresh start. I am overwhelmed. I don't know how to get started. I don't have motivation. I feel stressed out. I am anxious. Are some of the examples that clearly defines that you are becoming aware. You are becoming aware of the change that needs to happen in your life. Change that you are so deeply waiting for. But how to get started? Where and why do you want this? Let me tell you that the fact that you are even asking these questions show that you are ready for change in your life. Congratulations. It takes a lot of correlates to get vulnerable, vulnerable and admit that you need help. We all need help at some point and it's okay to ask for it. Remember the say, when you are ready, the teacher will appear. The first step in the awareness stage is to identify what's causing you the pain, the frustration, distress. When, the sooner you can identify that, the sooner you can move into the action stage and start creating good change in your life. It's also very important to have a clear destination or goal in mind so that you can create an action. I will plan of attack to get you there. Can you imagine getting in a car and starting to drive without knowing where you are going. Unless you are intentionally planning to get laws for fun, you wouldn't do that volume. It's the same with your goal, with your outcome. You need to know where you are aiming for. Some real examples of the awareness stage could be, I feel frustrated when I get home from work. Since so many things laying around make me anxious. It reminds me of everything. I still need to get done and I can't relax. I want to have a clutter-free home that I can go back to after work to relax. And another example could be, I feel very anxious when the end of the month arrives. I feel this way because I am unsure if I will have enough money to pay all the bills. I could try to make more money and work more. I could also be more intentional with my expenses. Having a clear and easy to understand budget may help me stay on budget and even be able to plan for future fun staff like locations, smiley face. And this is another real example from a member of our community that share her story. It's very emotional and it shows really well how powerful the reflection process could be. She says, I am reclaiming my basement. I was sharing my goals with my therapist and I had identified that the basement is a stressor that produce strong emotions for me. He asked me what steps I needed to take and I did not know how to answer or where to begin. I acknowledge that I felt frozen and stack. He told me to visualize what this room will look like when it was done. And I was in a puddle of tears. The anxiety that surface was phenomenal. I went home and spend days going to the basement, looking at it and walking away. I couldn't do anything. Then one day, I understood that movie. My parents items stored there reminded me that they had left Canada for their retirement. And I somehow felt left behind. Hey, that was a powerful insight. I understood that I needed to order my grief. So I stood there, cried, decided to reclaim the space, and walked away. I was fortunate to have the support of our Beer's Law value to keep me company as I process the clutter over several sessions, I am not done. I do it in small doses. But every time I stand back and see the progress, it reduces my anxiety. And I feel more comfortable that life moves on. Temporary cool stories and you are allowed to have a testing period of time. If you are unsure of how to move forward or where to go. But whenever you are doing now, it's not working for you. So it is ready to do something that nothing, just try something different. Even failures are great learning opportunities. Sometimes they are necessary that will help you to move forward. When setting your goals. Remember to use this mud formula. What's this my formula. The S stands for specific. The M is measurable, the a is attainable, the R is relevant, and the t is time bound. So every time you set a goal for yourself, make sure that you follow this formula. So make sure that these specific, it's well-defined, clear. That is measurable with specific criteria that measures your progress, is achievable, it's attainable and it's not impossible to achieve is something realistic in your life right now. And it's timely. It needs to have a deadline. Because if you don't have a deadline, most likely it won't happen. Also, remember to really understand why you want to do this. So let's see a couple of real examples of goals. This is the first one. I want to feel better at home, as you see is, is not very specific yet. The second version of this one is, I want to organize my kitchen. Now we have a specific space. The third one and the best one is I want to clean and organize all the food in my fried and pantry by May 15th and have a clear counter space. You see data really good. God is specific. It's measurable. It has a deadline, and it's something that you can attain and it's important and relevant to you. Another example, I want to lose weight. A better one. I want to eat better and exercise more. And the best one. I want to create a weekly meal-plan and exercise four times a week for 30 minutes. You see the more specific you can be, the easier it will be to move into the next step. That is the action, step, step two, action. This is the most important, are unforeseen, the most difficult step. Whatever you have decided to change. And do, you now need to actually do it? You need to take daily action or weekly action. That's why support, accountability and motivation are so important to help you succeed and stay motivated. Having a clear step-by-step tested method to follow, It's also essential to help you get to your desired destination. This is why in the next lesson, we are going to dive deeper into the different areas of your life. Sharing clear and simple steps that you can follow to start making change right away. Step three, maintenance. Once you have taken action for awhile, it's very important to reflect about the changes that you created and how you feel about them. You can change and tweak your planners. You need. Some studies, say that it can take up to 21 days to form a new habit. Or others say even a couple of months. I believe that it depends on every person. These steps will apply to organize in your home, organizing your calendar, organizing your business, organizing your family and social life, organizing your finances, and organizing any other area of your life. In the last lesson of this course, we will dive deeper into some strategies that you can use to maintain all the changes that you are about to create. In the next lesson, you are going to learn how to include your loved ones in your minimalist journey so that they can help you stay accountable and motivated. 8. How To Include Your Loved Ones In Your Minimalist Journey: Lesson seven, how to include your loved ones in your minimalist journey. This journey will have a deep impact in your own life and the life of all the people around you. You can share with others what you are doing and invite them to join you. Minimalism cannot be imposed on others. This lesson is all about ways to help you share your journey with orders and how to deal with the ones that won during you. When choosing to take this journey. You may encounter people who join you and support you along the way, and people who may not be interested at all. It's important to understand your reasons for choosing this yearning and to accept that some people may not support you. If you have expectations and they are non-married, you may feel upset and resentful. When you decide to take this journey. You are deciding to make changes in your life. Changes that are very important to you when you change each normal to lose people around you. People who may not understand why you are doing these. People who may not be on the same page with you about these people who may be threatened by your new lifestyle and afraid to lose the old U. What does that mean? Let me share a real example with you. Mid yawn. Yawn decided to quit smoking. It was a big decision that he has procrastinated for a long time. But now he feels is the right time to do it. He was very excited and committed to do it. When you and share his intention with Mike, one of his workmates and best friends about his decision of quitting smoking. He seems surprise and not very excited. States went on. Yawns new habit of not smoking change his lifestyle choices. He no longer took smoking breaks at work. He avoided spending time with people who were smoking to prevent temptation. And he needed to create a new habit to cover the time that he used to spend smoking. Mike was upset that he lost his best friend. He no longer got spent time chatting with him while smoking. And he felt that Joan was avoiding him. As you see guns. New decision created conflicts with Mike. When you think about Jones example, clear communication is key to figure out what the best way would be to move forward with Mike's friendship. They really need to talk and find out how they can keep spending time together while supporting Jones new non-smoking habit. I want to share with you some steps that you can follow to improve your communication with others. The first step is to share your feelings. Make very clear how you feel and why, and make sure that people understand you. The second is you need to involve all this anytime you are making a big decision and there are other people involved, make sure that you include them in the decision process. That you include them in the new ways of doing things. You asked for their opinion, and then you listen. The third step is listening. Active listening is very, very important. When you are listening, be respectful, don't judge. And always be open to compromise. It's always nice to find a compromise between the parties that are involved in the process so that everybody feels happy and committed to the changes. If you can't find a solution by yourself using a mediator, it's very helpful. This could be a professional mediator or that could be a third party person that does not involve emotionally in the process. That person can hear both parties and that person can give some advice and keep you accountable to the new changes. So in the example that I just shared, if Mike is not willing to explore new ways of interacting with Joan, if he chooses to be upset and angry with you on all the time, most likely their friendship will eventually end because Johnson knew how it is not respected. If mighty supportive and willing to stop smoking while being withdrawn. And he supports him and respects his decision, then new ways of interaction will be developed under friendship will keep growing. If Joan can't stand the smell of cigarettes, for example. Well, he's trying to keep his non-smoking habit. Maybe being around Mike is not a good idea. So he may choose to stop spending time with him. And they will eventually grow apart from each other. When creating big changes in your life, it's important to be aware of the ripple effect that these changes may have in your lifestyle and in your relationships. It's also very important to share these changes and Abs you may have with your loved ones from day one so that they can have time and space to understand and adjust to the new situation. And hopefully to respect and support you in the, in this new yearning. 9. Finding Your Own Recipe To Live a Minimalist Lifestyle: Lesson eight, finding your own recipe to live a minimalist lifestyle. We all have 24 hours in a day to use them as we wish. We also know that life is all about balance. Every individual has different needs. And balance can mean something different for every person. Making sure to find your own balance will allow you to feel great and enjoy a meaningful life doing the things that you love. How can you find balance in your life? You may be asking yourself, you need to understand yourself and your needs. First, you can get started by asking yourself a few questions. What do you love doing? Why do you love doing it? What activities bring you joy? What kind of work do you feel well doing? How do you want your day to look like? What motivates you to get up every morning. What are your dreams and how can you plan to achieve them? How is this going to make your life better? How is this going to make someone else's life better? Only you will have the answers to these questions. Sometimes you will need time and reflection to find your own answers. You may be feeling overwhelmed because no easy answers come to mine. It's normal to feel this way and it's okay that you don't have answers to yet. Remember that the secret to eliminate the overwhelm and started taking action is to become aware of your current situation and create an actionable plan of attack. In order to do that, I want you to think of your life as a recipe. Your recipe. A recipe can contain any ingredients you like. I'm going to share with you seven main ingredients that you can nurture in order to create your extraordinary life. Feel free to add more ingredients if you feel the need to do so. While going through every ingredient, make sure that you think about the things you want to work on. What do you want to focus on? Bright them down so that you don't forget. At the end of this lesson, we will do an exercise called creation. This is where you will set the intention in every area of your life so that you can get started right away, moving forward in the direction that you want. Ingredient number one is body. Having a healthy body would allow you to enjoy life to its maximum potential. This is one of the most important ingredients. If you are in pain. If you have no energy, if you feel tired, if you are hungry, most likely you won't be able to perform well in life. Things that can help improve your body are good nutrition, drinking enough water, regular exercise, good rest, and relaxation. Just to name some. Ingredient number two is your mind. Your mind is your power center. You can control what happens. Around you, but you can choose how you react to what happens around you. Attitude is everything in life. Stress, anxiety, depression, or happiness, motivation. These are some examples on how we can feel in different situations. You need to be conscious of how you deal with these experiences. What's yourself? Reflect and understand why you are feeling a certain way. Maybe you can try to do something to change the situation. If you can't accept it and move forward, learn from it. Having a negative attitude won't help you try to incorporate activities in your life that neutral you're mine. Here are a few ideas of activities you can do to find balance. I'm feel better. Meaningful activities for you. Self-care, fun Henri, creation, spirituality, meditation, hobbies like art, music, cooking, reading, drawing, going for adventures like hiking, biking, traveling, just to name some. You are creating your own life. You can be as real as you like. Find what makes you happy and start doing more of that. If you are unsure of what could be a good fit for you, get started, try new things, allow yourself a testing period and see how you feel after each activity. Once you find something that feels good, stick with it. Ingredient number three is family. Some are fortunate to enjoy a good relationship with their families or their stop their relationship with their families along time ago. I want to believe that everybody does the best they can. It's our job to try to understand why they do what they do. Being respectful and loving will have a huge impact on relationships. We'll see people reacting to bad comments, disrespectful actions, screaming Georjean. But have you ever seen anyone reacted poorly to love, to acceptance, forgiveness, respect? I don't think I have had many personal experiences where yes, changing my attitude and really loving, accepting, forgiving, and respected the other person completely changed the situation. Our wall really need more love and respect. Let me share one with you about this ingredient. I have learned that people will forget what you said. People will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. This is a quote by Maya Angelo. Ingredient number four is social. Creating a healthy social environment that includes trust, compassion, respect, and reciprocity is a very important ingredient of an extraordinary life. You want to include good friends and family members, India social support system. Once you have decided what's meaningful for you, you will then decide what kind of social relationships you want to have in your life. The choice is yours. I have another quote for you. Individually, we are one drop together. We had an ocean. These one is by RE, you know, sukha. So 2to. Ingredient number five is work. Having an extraordinarily live shoot include being able to do what you love and get paid for it. The hard part is finding the what and the why. What do you love doing? Why do you love it? Is it's something you would do for free in your spare time, is something that makes you feel fulfilled. Is, is your passion. Career, job, business. You're calling your dream, your contribution to the world, your legacy. These are some labels that we use when defining what we do for a living to earn money to sustain our lifestyle. Most times, we arrange our lifestyle around our way of ending a paycheck. This is the easiest way, but is it the most meaningful way? Ideally, you will design the life that you would like to have. Then you will try to find a way to ending a paycheck doing something that aligns with your values and your lifestyle. Your work should sustain the lifestyle that you want. The other way around. This won't happen overnight. You will still need to take care of the day-to-day of doing your actual job. Bills need to be paid. We all agree on that. It will take a lot of effort, patients and dedication to make it happen. But if it's truly what you want, you will find a way or you will create a new way if you don't see one. He says I'm a layer of time am perspective to succeed. I want to share a great quote with you from Simon Sinek. Working hard for something we don't care about. It's called stress. Working hard for something we love is called Pasha. Ingredient number six is staff. Staff includes every material possession that creates value in your life and help you facilitate the lifestyle that you want to live. Every possession you own should have a purpose. Having too much stuff can cause clutter. Clutter can overload your senses, create and creating stress and making you feel overwhelmed and frustrated. I will include morning, I'm finances in this category. But financial planning and debt could be a big source of stress and it can impact other areas of your life. A minimalist life should include only staff that serve serves a purpose and a healthy financial plan. That lifestyle, your home on workplace should be inviting and functional spaces. They should be designed to help you succeed. Less is more, it's time to create balance in your life by removing what's not important and relevant anymore. Let me share another quote by Christina is callees, organization isn't about perfection. It's about efficiency and reducing stress and clatter, saving time and money, and improving your overall quality of life. The last ingredient, ingredient number seven is giving back, giving help, support, advice, your time, your love. Someone else who is in need. It's the most rewarding action you can do. Try to do it and see how you feel after. There is a great quote from Pablo Picasso and that explains it very well. He says, the meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away. It's any beautiful. Cultivating every ingredient in this recipe will help you find balance in your life. Every person will need different doses of each ingredient in order to feel balance unhappy. If you feel that there is a missing ingredient that is important to you, feel free to yes, create a label for it. This is all about you and your needs. I want to share an example on how to put this into practice in mind that you can decide to go to the gym to cultivate your body, to do exercise. You can bring your media player and listen to an interesting podcasts while exercising. Now you are also cultivating your mind too. If you invite a couple of friends after the gym to catch up and have a coffee, or I've ever it. Now you are cultivating your social ingredient. Still by to say hi to a family member on the way home. And then you are cultivating your family too. You can decide to make intentional decisions and incorporate a good dose of eats ingredient in your day-to-day life. Try different doses of fit one to see how you feel. Over time. You will figure out what feels good to you. Make it fun and share it with your loved ones. Are you ready to give it a try? Let's create the life that you always wanted. I have another quote for you by Vincent van Gogh. Ok. Great things are done by a series of small things brought together. How you ready for a fun exercise? This is called your creation. We are going to put everything that you have learned, his lesson into practice now. In order to do that, I need you to sketch or some time in the calendar for yourself. I recommend at least 30 to 45, even 60 minutes. I recommend you go to a place where you feel calm, inspired, and relaxed. Bring a notebook and color markers. Bright the titer of the seven ingredients with different colors. Remember, if you have more or different names for your ingredients, just customize them as you need. If you want to include any other ingredient that is important to you, Please do. Rate on a scale of 0 to 100 being the worst and ten being the best. How you feel in every ingredient, every area of your life. For example, ingredient one, body. I feel as six, I feel I could lose a bit of weight and exercise a bit more every week. I also want to drink more water daily, at least two liters. You see you are starting to be intentional with what you want to see in that key area of your life. So go through every ingredient and rate how you feel Bradley down so that you can reflect in the future. Now, it's time to go through every ingredient and ask yourself, what am I doing right now to cultivated? What would I like to integrate into my life? Right down whatever answers you have in that specific area. You can repeat this with every ingredient. When you are done, you will have a recipe to follow, tested for a few weeks and reveal it again. Amend your recipe if necessary, tweak it. It's okay not to be perfect from day one. This is something that is going to evolve and it's going to help you create the life that you always wanted. Is this adding value to my life? Are my feeling more balance? Do I want to pursue this? These are some of the questions that you may ask when you are reflecting. You look at your recipe and you look at the things that you brought down, and you ask yourself those questions, Be honest with yourself. Sometimes good changes will take F4 and lots of patients. You are changing habits in your life. I normally to reflect on my own creation regularly to see my progress and I make a new one every three to six months. Every time I feel a bit lost and like indirection or frustrated. That's a good sign that I need to create a new one and set new exciting intentions. Remember that you only fail when you stop trying. You can do this exercise with a good friend or family member. This will help you be accountable to someone. In my case, I always do it with my wife, Samantha. We do it together. The other person can take the role of asking questions. Like, what do you want? Why do you want it? Can you describe for me, how is this going to make your life better? And setting these questions can help you figure out what you want. Visualization is a very powerful tool that we all have. So let's use it. If you can visualize it in your mind, what you want, and can answer to why you want it. You will find focus and motivation to make it happen. Magic will happen around you are most likely you will get it. So please take time to do this exercise. It will really change your life and you will feel more in control and more excited. It certainly changed my life and enjoy the process. And remember that life is a journey, not a destination. So enjoy your journey. In the next lesson, we are going to learn how to create your ideal week. Integrating all the things that you have included in your creation exercise. 10. Creating Your Ideal Minimalist Week: Lesson nine, creating your ideal minimalist weight. Now that you know what to include in your life. Now that you have done your creation, it's time to fit all these things in your week so that you can start making progress. In this lesson, we will share with you a very practical and visual way to create a week that you will love. Look at your creation and reflect about all the things that you brought down. These things are important to you and you want to make time to work on them. Doing this exercise will help you to include these things in your weekly plan. If you don't have a weekly plan, don't worry, I will show you how to create one. The idea behind this exercise is to help you be realistic and intentional with your time. We humans tend to be very optimistic when it comes to time and how many activities we can do every day. By having to feed those activities into a real weak. You will become aware right away of what you can and can't do. Once you become aware of this, you will then become more intentional scheduling only the things that are important to you. And you will feel more confident saying no to other things that are not important or not a priority for you right now. So let's get started with this exercise. The first thing that you will need is a piece of paper and a pen. So we are going to write on the top, we're gonna bright Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. On the left side, we're going to write the time. In my case, I start my template at six AM and they ended at 11 PM. That's what makes sense for me. If you had a night Apple, you can include as many hours as you. One. Mine goes in increments of half an hour. The idea behind this is to have all of your weeks and all the hours of every day so that you can then fill in the blanks. After doing that, you are going to look at your creation and you are going to start writing down the things in blocks. So for example, I always recommend starting with the things that you must do. For example, do you most likely have to go to work if you have a nine to five. So you will write a blog, you will call or a block with a specific color if you want, you can use different colors for every blocks. But you can create a blog that goes from nine AM until five PM. And that block can be read. And that block will repeat Monday to Friday if that's when you work. So you will have a big red block that is called work, and that time is already taken by your work. The next thing that you have to do is I will break down sleeping. When the US leap, we all have to sleep. So try to break down when to use leap. In my case, I sleep between 11:00 PM and seek 630 AM in the morning. That's normally might rollout team. So I will write a blog there. My blog color is green and I will call it sleep. So now you have your sleeping and you have your work. What are all the things that you must do? In my case, I have a little girl, 18 months old, so I have to take care of her, Samantha and myself. We do 50% eat, so we split our days in half. And when she goes to daycare, we do half and half of whatever time she is with that. So I will call are in Eva's time, her name is Eva, for me is pink, so I will use a pink color and I will create the blocks of time when I am taking care of EVA. Then we have to do laundry on a weekly basis. When do we do it? We call it normally Saturdays. We go grocery shopping. We normally do it on Saturday mornings. We cook. You see it, you start putting all all the activities. And I normally start with amassed because those are the things that are non-negotiable. Do you have to do them? And then after, in my case, I have squash playing squash, playing tennis, playing my guitar. This ashram examples, visiting friends. So you start coloring those blocks. If you don't have a specific activity, think of ingredients. So you want to alter your body ingredient. You went to nurture your mind ingredient. You want to nurture your social ingredient. So try to create those blocks in your calendar. And then you can decide after what activities will fit in that. Once you do that, you will have a week with all the different elements, all the different blocks with different colors. And it's going to be very visual. It's going to be a very nice piece of paper to look at. My agility of the times. What happens is that you may have more activities than time you have in your week. When that happens, that's OK. What we do here, that's when we start prioritizing. This is when we start being minimalist. You look at everything that you want to do and then you start thinking about what of these things are the most important to me right now. Because I only have 24 hours a day. Ideally, you want half every day, full 100% because you also need downtime. You need time for self-care. And sometimes it's just fun to have spare time that you don't know what you are doing and you are open for adventure, that's okay to do so. So you start to prioritize the things that you want to see in your life, the things that you want to work on. And this is when you start being intentional. So look at the template and then reflect about it. And everything from these things that don't fit. What's more important for me right now, and then colored it in. Don't worry about being perfect. Nothing is perfect in life. This is the first time you are doing. And you can tweak this after a week if you don't feel right with it. This is just a starting point for you. Once you have this template, you get started with your week and then you start to follow through with this template. If you don't follow through, it's okay to just write it down. Yes. Reflect about it. Why am I not following through? Is it because the activity that I put in here is, is not working. I don't wanna do it. Is it because it's the wrong time to do this kind of activity? Is it? Because my energy level is right at that time, AC because an emergency came and I couldn't do it. You start reflecting, you start seeing what's happening, and then you will start tweaking this template to fit better in your life. So the following week, you will try to design, tweak this and design it. So I was doing this with a client and we did it digitally using Google Calendar. You can also do it the Italian, I strongly recommend doing it by hand at the beginning because it removes all the distractions and allows you the time and the space to actually think about it. And there is also studies that say that pen to paper activities when you bright things down, it triggers things in your brains that when you type in your phone or in your computer is not the same. That's why I recommend you do this and you can include this in your journal if you have a urinal so that you can look at it. And also you can put this template in front of you, in the fridge. Maybe in your bedroom, may be in a place where you are going to see it every day so that you are constantly reminded of what you want it to create. Okay. So with this client, we did this in paper. And then after she migrate all this information into her Google Calendar, you can use colors, you can use names, you can use. You can do everything they're asked days we're going through. She was writing down in the calendar and tweaking the blocks that she wasn't completing according to her plan. So by the end of the week, she had dare realistic weakness she experienced, but she has the template for the following weeks so she can tweak it. And then the following week she can try something different. As you see, this can be something very flexible. And this is a work in progress is not something that is set in stone. And life goes by. If there are emergencies, you are sidetracked by someone or by something that's ok. But when you are done with that, you have somewhere to fall into again. And you can be on track again very quickly. If you are unsure of how you spend your time currently, you can use this template to audit your time. Or you can use an app to track your time like toggle. So what's the idea behind these? Some people are not comfortable. I myself wasn't comfortable doing this exercise at the beginning because I didn't even know where my time was coined. I am self-employed and everyday was different. So I use the blank template and everyday I was filling in the blanks with information. What am I doing right now? Okay. I am working. What am I doing? I'm doing emails. Okay. What am I doing now? I'm going to play squash for an hour. Okay. Playing squash. What am I doing? I'm cooking dinner. What am I doing? I'm going to bet. And I did that for a, for an entire week. And after that week, I was able to look on my template. And I was very aware of where my time wind. Then after doing that, I was able to batch things. I I saw myself, for example, taking emails maybe ten times a day. So I decided no, I'm gonna take you maybe three times a day instead. Because I wear can be more intention and I can do it faster. And then I saw myself or I wasn't on social media maybe every 10-15 minutes she has answered in quick messages, but maybe I can match that and create a blog that is called social media and it's only one hour a day, or maybe two hours a day. It depends on your needs or 50 minutes, three times a day. It depends on your needs are and how intensive task is. You may require differing amounts of time. But you see what I'm doing here. You are becoming aware of what you are doing. You are being intentional. You are minimizing everything that you don't need to do. And you are starting to create the minimalist lifestyle that you want to see. Okay? This exercise is really, really important and I recommend you do it. We also do this exercise, Samantha myself, we do it every few months. Again, every time we feel unproductive. Every time we feel that what we have is not working, we are frustrated. We sit down together and we assess a situation, what's happening? When are we frustrated? Why maybe a new activity, k-mean, Samantha wanted to New York on Wednesday night, for example. So I will cover hair that night with Eva so that she can go to Joe and maybe I went out to play tennis the following day. So she will cover me. It's all about communication, compromise and creating a plan that we can all benefit from. You see, remember the steps for communication and remember compromising. I creating this plan allows us to be intentional, allows us to have a great life. And we are both very happy. We are all half a clear picture of what are we supposed to do and when. And this allows us to have a great lifestyle. So I really recommend you do this exercise. You can use, you can also print a template if you don't wanna do it by hand, you can just go on line and yes, sets by weekly ten Britain and you can just print a template that makes sense to you with the timeframes that are to do best. And then you can get, you can call in your blocks. So I hope you enjoyed this exercise. Take the time to do it. And in the next lesson, we are going to learn how to say no. Because most likely you have way more activities than time. And now it's time for you to learn and be confident about saying no to the things that are not feeding your lifestyle right now. So I'll see you in the next lesson. 11. Great Ways To Say NO: Lesson ten. Great ways to say, no. We know how challenging it can be to be pulled in all different directions. Your family, your work, your hobbies, your friends, and let's not forget your online presence. You are trying to be intention or with your time. And you need to make sure that you protected life will bring you way more things to do than you have time for. So you need to learn how to say no to the things that don't fit your desired lifestyle. Have you considered that maybe the reason you are BC, because you love to please people. Stop for a moment and consider how many things you do for yourself in a day. Now, I want you to consider how much do you do for others in a day. Compared to lists? Here are five ways to politely say no or by yourself more time to think it over. Please repeat them out loud with me while I read them. Right now is not a good time. Can you follow up with me in a few days? Thank you for thinking of me. May have some time to think about it. That's not ideal for me. But I know someone who will be great. I appreciate your time. But this is not something that interests me. Based on my previous experience. I know that this is not for me. Did you repeat them with me? How did you feel when you were repeating there? Did you feel anxious at the thought of saying no, don't worry, because that's completely normal. The more you practice these responses, the more confident you will become with holders. At the end of the day, you want to make sure that you can feel good about protecting your time. Because we all know that if you don't decide on how to spend your time, someone else will decide for you are most likely you won't like it. Say no, it's not about being selfish. Say no, it's not about neglecting the things that you should do. Say no means that you know where your time should go. Because you have created your own plan. You have taken the time to do your creation. You have taken the time to create your ideal week. And you have reasons of why you do the things you do. Do you want to focus on important things? You want to create changes. And those changes require new habits and near routines from your part. So when you are say no, you're just basically protecting the things that you want to be working on so that you can see the resource that you want to see in your life. Because you know, at the end of the day, those are the ones that are going to make you feel happy. Does the lifestyle that you want to have and everything else is not a priority for you right now. Maybe down the road, things change and things that are not important to you right now, they do become important. And then you will say Yes. But you have the choice. You always have the choice to say yes or no. So remember that. 12. Master Your Meal Planning: Lesson 11, master your meal planning. In this lesson, you are going to learn how minimalism can be used to improve your mirror planning. I will share with you the best practices you can use in your day to day meal plan to save you time, frustration, Mani, and eat healthier. Remember that your body is one of the most important elements of your life. I'm, we are what we eat. After spending a lot of time perfecting our own meal-plan and helping many clients and students improve their approach to meal planning. We have documented the process and divide it into nine simple steps that you can follow while creating your own meal planning. Step number one is understanding yourself. What kind of Chef Are you? There are a few questions that you can add yourself so that you can understand how you want to approach your meal planning. Do you enjoy grocery shopping? How much time do you want to spin cooking? Do you have a joy for cooking? Some people use cooking, self-care, and they are willing to spend two to three hours a day and they enjoyed doing that. Some other people choose to audit activities, but they still want to eat healthier. So by understanding how much time you are willing to spend, that's going to also change how you are going to design your meal plan and how much time you are going to allow for it. How much storage space do you have? What are your kitchen skills? Is your kitchen ready? It's very important to have your kids and ready. Your kitchen is ready when you feel well, cooking in your kitchen wherein you can find things easily when your kids him flow feels natural and well. And you feel inspired to go into your kitchen to cook. Sometimes physical clutter, not having counter space, having too many dirty dishes. Maybe you try to bake on the baking utensils out in a very unconventional place. Things like that can cause frustration and can make the experience of cooking for you frustrating. If this is the case, getting their kids ready is probably one of the first steps. Once you understand what kind of sheriff are you how much time you are willing to spend in your kitchen cooking, and how much time you want to spend grocery shopping. That's when you can get started with the next step. An exercise that you can do is you can rate from 0 to ten. How do you feel right now in your kitchen? 0 being you don't wanna go inside my kitchen because I don't want to go in there. And ten is I feel really well with my kitchen and I feel inspired to cook in it. So rate from 0 to ten and then reflect about why do you feel that way. What do you want to change in order for you to feel better? If you are trying to change your meal plan. If you are trying to maybe try a new diet. If you want to make this an important area of your life, you have to make sure that the physical space, the kitchen itself, it's inviting and you feel welcome in it. So make sure you break down any challenges and that you take action. Changing those before we move into the next step, that is step number two. Step number two is inventory your tools. It very important to be aware of what tools you have available. Do you have a breadmaker? Do you have a crockpot? Do you have a pound? You have an oven, Do you have a barbecue? Maybe? By being aware of all the tools that you have, you can make the cooking time more efficient. Why? Because you can plan maybe one or two hours of cooking a week and you can have several tools coin at the same time so that they allow you to make more food in the same amount of time. This is only if you enjoy doing this batch cooking. Some people, as I was saying, enjoy cooking every day. That's their self-care. That's how they decompress from the day. Maybe they shared the cooking with their partner or without flatmate and they have fun cutting up. Maybe they have a glass of wine, they do it. And they don't want to change that and that's totally okay. You don't have to change it. I only want you to change the things that cause you frustration. And if you are looking for ways to save you time and be more efficient with meal planning while still eating well. That's when meal planning can come into place. So make an inventory of all the tools that you have. Make an inventory of any other tools that you may use for meal planning to you like using your phone for grocery shopping. So you have a specific app. Just think about all the resources that you have around you and write them down so that you are aware of them. Step number three is creating a list of your favorite meals. We all have favorite meals, at least of at least five to ten main dishes that we always go to maybe is like kinda lonely spaghetti soup, stir fries. It will be different for every individual, but it's important to start with things that you know how to make, things that you enjoy eating. And then you can start building up from that list. But it's important to create a list with the things that you want to eat, the basic ones. And then once you have that list is kinda be easier for you to create a grocery list. It's going to be easier for you to like plan when you are going to make these things. What can you prep in advance if that's what you want to do. And once you have that control and master, that's when you can get started exploring new recipes because you will have the time and the energy to do so. So grab a piece of pen, pen, and a paper, and make sure that you get started creating your own list and have it ready for the next steps. While doing this leaves you can divide the males, buy breakfast, lunch, and dinner. This is completely your choice on people like to meal plan only lances. Some people like to meal plan lunches and dinners. Some people will ban everything. Some people only meal-plan deniers, and some people don't have even. So this is all up to you, but it can be helpful to brainstorm three to five IDS for black files, for land and for dinner. Because that way, when we go into the next step of the grocery shopping, that's going to be easier for you to do. In our personal case. We do have a board in the kitchen where we have all the days of the week Monday to Friday, and then we have Langton dinner and we actually break down every Sunday. Normally we break down what we are going to read the following week so that we know what to expect, we know what we need for grocery shopping. And Samantha myself, we alternate days. So one day, Samantha for cooking and doing the dishes and the following day each day for doing that. That's how it works for us. It doesn't mean that it's the right system for you. But this is just one idea of how you can implement this. Step number four is creating an inventory list of all the food that you have and create a grocery list template. So what does that mean? I want you to go through your pantry, through your cupboard and really become aware of everything that you have. Maybe you have an extra freezer. So write down all the things that you have in there, cause we always recommend to have extra food for sure, but make sure that you rotate things, make sure that you don't let things go bad and expire. And just being aware of what you have can help you create that meal planning way faster. When you are planning for your recipes for the week. If there is something that you need, that's when you will create your grocery shopping list. How did you do that? We do it using pen and paper, and we also use the board to write down things that we are missing. For example, if I go to grab the olive oil and I use the last drop of it, I will write olive oil. Or if we use it on a regular basis, we may have a spare one already in the pantry. So when I pick this pair one and there is no one left, that's what I would write to get olive oil in the next grocery list. Trip. By doing this, you are being way more efficient with your time. When you go grocery shopping, you make sure that you don't forget anything and you don't make impulse purchases. Again, if you are the kind of person that enjoys going grocery shopping or maybe you enjoy doing that every day, then maybe you don't need to create a list because every day you go. But if you want to optimize how much time do you spend? That's when having a grocery list can be helpful. If you are a foreign person, for example, and you really enjoy having your lease on the phone. You can use an app or you can use Node, or you can use Google cape for example, I use Google Keep and I sherry with Samantha. We can write down things in there and then the other person can add to that same list. That's another option. It doesn't matter how you do it as long as you have a system. You understand and that you can follow. Step number five is actually sourcing your food and creating a budget. It's important to think about, do you want to have a budget for food? Do you want to understand and limit how much money you spin? Grocery shopping? If that's the case, you can see down, you can look at maybe pass moans, how much you spent in grocery shopping. And you can come up with a budget that makes sense to you. So that when you are grocery shopping, you can be aware of tried to stay between that budget that you have decided and sourcing food. It's important to understand where do you go? Do you go to the grocery shopping, to you or to the market? Do you buy things in different places? It's important to understand how you do this, because if you want to be efficient with your time, may be grouping things together, making sure that you only do one trip to eat store will save you a lot of time, gas, money, and frustrations. So think about that. How do you search your food? Where do you go? And when? In our case, we tried to go to the market that we have the local market here. Normally, every second Saturday in the morning, we make it an experience. We go, we have black class with our little Eva. We spent a little bit of time there and then we do the grocery shopping off the main bulk things that we need like vegetables, fruits. And then after that, we heat the grocery store for all the things that we cannot find out the market and are normally wash really well. And it's enough for us to go every couple of weeks to do this. So for us, once, twice a month is enough for grocery shopping. Again, this can be different for you, but just be mindful and be aware of your specific needs and how you want to do it. Step six is preparing your food. So you went to the grocery store, you have all your supplies, you have the time. And now you are going to get ready to prepare your food. Depending how you choose to do this. It can look like maybe you batch cook for the week. Maybe you tried to spend a couple hours and yes, make maturity of the males of the week because you don't want to spend time cooking, doing during your week. Some other people may choose to cook every single day. You choose that. But basically, in this step, we want you to be aware of the food preparation and cooking. We want you to optimize your air for. You can use a timer to make sure that you don't miss things and that you are on track. You can listen to music to make it more enjoyable. You can make it Social and, and maybe cook with a friend or cook with your partner and make it fun. And then leverage your appliances. Again when you did the inventory lists of your appliances, that's when you become aware of like, OK, I have are crockpot that I can have going on. I have an oven, I have bottom pants, I have a toaster over and maybe you have a microwave. Just think about the things that you want to cook. What do they require? And can you cook several things at once? For example, in our case, sometimes we do. Like a couple hours of batch cooking Samantha and myself. And then we make a list of things that we want to make. The last time that we did it. For example, we made enchilada has kinda lonely. We make pasta sauce. We made pizza sauce, and we made a couple of soups. And Samantha omega t in the crockpot. So we had the oven going to rows the things for the soaps. We had we were cooking the tomato from the stove on a port. Samantha had the chili going on on the crockpot. So as you see, and then we were by backing a few vegetables for the week to make sandwiches and some chicken. So we, we had a few planets is going on. And that word really wasteful. Well for us, because in a couple hours we were able to produce a lot of food. It seems overwhelming to you or you are not interested in cooking so much because time is not a problem for you. Maybe this is not the right approach and this is why understanding yourself is so important. In our case, some weeks we feel like doing that, and some other weeks we don't. And some other weeks we may cook every day a little bit or maybe every two to three days. So every week is also different and life evolves and your needs may change. But it's important to have the options. If you are aware of your options, you can then decide how you are going to use your time. And sometimes you may have more energy and sometimes you may not. Also, our step number seven is storing your food. This is really important too, because sometimes if you cook too much and you don't have space to store those things, it's a problem. In our case, we invested in in an extra stand-up freezer. Because when we do this, this cooking sessions, and we make, for example, two or three soups. Bmi, we have ten liters of soup, and we divide that tube into one liter containers. So we may end up having 15 or ten or 12 containers of those that if we only had our roller Fritz, we won't be able to freeze our soups by having the extra freezer allows us to have that inventory of food that we will use in the future. So if you don't have that space, you have to design your cooking to feed your storage space that you currently have, or take steps to optimize how much food you can't store by maybe adding a freezer. We tried to do an exercise at these every month, at least once a month. We tried to use everything that we have and start fresh. This exercise helps us be able to clean their free. It helps us be able to avoid wasting food because we tried to use everything that can go bad. And the only thing that we really keep Sometimes it's just some canning things and staffing the freezer that won't go bad. But we tried to wrote the things frequently. And that helps us save time, save money, and, and avoid food waste. State aid is maintaining your system. So once you understand yourself, once you have the sign, how much time you are, spain grocery shopping and cooking. You your kitchen Israeli and you know how much storage space you have. That's when you have to make sure that you maintain that system, that humans endure grocery shopping lists that you maintain, the plan that you have created. And if there are other people involved, make sure that you include them in the process, that they have the option to participate in creating the foods that they like. And they can also cook because our way, you don't have to cook yourself. You can have extra help and you can rotate days or rotate weeks or however you guys want to do it. But it's very important to be able to maintain the system. Create a system that everybody understands, and a system that is simple enough for you to maintain. Because if you try to create a plan where you are going to try a new recipe every single day and you're gonna go grocery shopping three times a week. And you don't have the time, most likely, you are not going to follow through with that plan. And the last step is enjoy your food. This is the most important step you have taken so much time and effort to create amazing, unhealthy food for yourself that is going to nurture your, your physical body. Now it's time to celebrate, share it with friends, share with family members, make it a great experience and enjoy what you have created for yourself. To make it fun. For example, we create sometimes theme nights where we say, okay, tomorrow night we're gonna do Curry. The following Friday we're going to do a pits and ICT. And sometimes we have potlucks with neighbors. And that's a lot of fun because everybody brings something that they have cooked and then we share. And it's just such amazing food and, and we have such a great time. And doing that allows us to be social, allows us to eat well and allows us to have a lot of fun. But always remember that you need to start simple star creating a plan that you can maintain, that you can actually do. And then build from that. So Studies week create a meal plan if it's overwhelming to do the entire week, tried to just get started just doing dinners. And then after when you have the notes under control may be you do lunches and then overtime you can increment the number of recipes and you can make your meal planning more sophisticated, but start simple so that you can maintain. So now it's time for you to reflect about these steps. Make sure that you listen to these Lesson as many times as you need and start taking action to create your meal plan that suits your needs. And that helps you create your desired lifestyle. 13. Declutter Your Mind With Selfcare: Lesson 12, declutter your mind with self-care. Minimalism will certainly help you eliminate the feeling of being overwhelmed. In this lesson, I will introduce the concept of self-care and different ways for you to declutter your mind. Self-care is care provided for you by you. It's about identifying your own needs and taking steps to meet them. It is taking the time to do some of the activities that nurture you. Self-care is about taking proper care of yourself and treating yourself as kindly as you treat others. Some signs that self-care may be needed. Our physical signs, chest pain or a pounding heart, fatigue, reduce interest in sex, getting calls more often. Muscle tension, pains and headaches. Laws, or change of appetite, sleeping problems, nausea, diarrhea, or constipation, non-physical signs, feeling overwhelmed or frustrated, feeling guilty or unhappy, being irritable, losing confidence and being indecisive. Thinking negatively. Having racing thoughts, having memory problems, having excessive worrying. Making time for self-care is very important and it will help you improve your overall mental health are great way to integrate self-care in your life is by creating your own self-care list. Every time you are not feeling well. You can look at your list and you can pick something to do. Let's get started. You just need a piece of paper and a pen. I want you to bright on the top of the paper myself care list. And now I want you to brainstorm three to ten things that when you do them, you feel better. These things can be simple. They don't have to require money or any other requirements. You should be able to do them anywhere you are. So for example, this is some of the items of mylist. Nature bathing, aka walking outside, just going for a little walk around the block, maybe to my closest park that I have like five minutes away practicing deep breathing. This is something that I can do anywhere I am. I can guess, breathe deeply a few times and I already feel better. People watching in my local library or am I coffee pays. Listening to my february music. Calling a friend who make me feel well and who listens. Maybe calling a family member, spending time with my cat and magneto, cooking a nice meal, having a drink, coloring or doodling, playing my guitar, taking a bath, playing with my daughter. As you see, it could be very, very simple things, but things that are basic, things that make you feel well. I'll things that you can do like in a few seconds or even minutes. So please take the time to write down between three to ten things that you can include in your self-care list. Once you are finished, I also want to let you know that when we do this exercise in life events, some people were finding challenging using the same list at work and at home because sometimes they were brightening, spending time with my pet, but if they were at work, that was impossible. So in those cases, I will recommend that you can create your own self-care list based on the location. If you are working eight hours a day at work and you don't go home in that time period. I invite you to create a self-care list that only happens at work. Because that way you can include things that you can do there. For example, go to the water fountain and chat with a coworker. Go on half a coffee. Maybe you, your work is in the city center and you have access to a beautiful park, maybe going for a walk there, or maybe there is a shopping center that you add relaxed going there and looking at the different stores, or maybe sitting on a bench and listening to a podcast episode. You see you start being intentional about how you create this list. And then that list, you make sure that you put it in a visual, visible place. So once you have your own self-care list, you need to make sure that you put it in a very visual place. You can also set reminders so that you don't forget about it. And you can share this with your loved ones so that they can keep you accountable and maybe join you. You can even encourage them to create their own self-care list and show it to you so that you are also aware of their needs and the things that they like, and then you can support them when they are not feeling well. So many times, Samantha sees me stress or frustrated. And guess what? She asked me, what did you do today from yourself, catalysts. And sometimes I'm frustrated and I just don't want to do it. But then I go to my list, I look at it and say, okay, I'm going to pet my cat. And I pet him, okay, I'm gonna have a couple of deep breaths. And honestly after doing that, I feel so much better. And because Samantha is aware of off my list and she knows what's in it. She can help me when I'm not feeling well and vice versa. Sometimes I see her struggling. And then it's me who reminds her about something that she could do. So, share this list with your loved ones. Encourage them to create their own one. Share it, become aware of each other's needs and wants, and yes, have fun with it. Self-care is something, fun is something that can help you make your life way more enjoyable. And you can include these activities in your ideal Week. You can try and include some self-care time. Doesn't have to be a long time. Maybe 10-15 minutes, a few times during the day so that you have nice and healthy breaks so that your mind is declared, you let it be sometimes, yes, practice mindfulness. Meditation is something that is very important too that you can practice could be active meditation. Meditation doesn't have to be sitting down and closing your eyes. You can go for a little walk and yes, leave your mind for a little bit. Let it be, let it rest. Dream. Just listen to the birds. Feel the breeze in your face. Just little things to like help you relax, stop feeling stress and overwhelm, and then just have some time with yourself. So I hope this list is helpful. I invite you to listen to this episode, to these Lesson as many times as you need. And please create your own self-care lives and share it with your loved ones, okay. 14. Applying Minimalism To Your Home: Less than 13. Applying minimalism to your home. Learn how to declare your home and bring simplicity into every space do you use? Let's create a home that will facilitate your new minimalist lifestyle. Since 2012, we have been helping hundreds of individuals, families, and small businesses to the credit and organize their spaces in our in-person sessions. In this lesson, I want to share with you everything that we have learned so that you can avoid mistakes and get the shortcut to getting the results that you want quickly. If you remember the three step framework that I showed in a previous lesson, awarness, action, and maintenance. You will see that we followed these steps very, very closely. Decluttering is a transformation that will change your life. Let's do a fun exercise. I want you to sit in a relaxed position. Take a few deep breaths. Close your eyes. Visualize a space in your home or office that you want to change. Visualized that space, de-clutter and organize functional inviting. Imagine yourself in that space doing what you love. Knock ladder, no distractions. How do you feel? Let's make it happen. Dude, in this stage, it's very, very important to always remember. Why are you the clattering? What is their final goal? Why did you decide to do it? This is the awareness stage. Please write it down and put it where you can see very well every single day. It's going to be a journey full of emotions and challenges. Remember to take a deep breath, to take a break, to do something fun every time that you get stuck. And don't know how to move forward. Bad. How do I get started? You may be asking yourself these Sara Lee, Good question. This is probably the most difficult step. Every situation is different and every person functions differently before deciding where and how to get started. These are some steps that we follow. Discovery session. What is your desired outcome? What do you want the space to look like? What activities would you like to do? What do you love and what do you hate the most from this base right now? What are your current frustrations? Starting I decluttering session without having a clear understanding of your final undesired outcome won't be very successful. So this is the step number one and the most important one. Pickiness space. It's very powerful to be able to start and finish one area for you to experience our functional and inviting space. These will empower you to keep going with other areas of your home. What is your first priority? What space can you benefit the most from? What space is going to bring you the most joy? What spaces currently causing you the most frustration? There is no right or wrong answer here. Follow your own yachtsmen and just get started. Get others involved. If you are living with others, please please make sure that you get them involved in the process. Everybody has to be on the same boat. Make sure to have conversations prior to and understand their needs. No one will support you if they are not a part of the process. Getting help. Getting help makes the process so much faster and fun. Having someone else will help you feel supported. Have extra hands. Have you, keep the motivation going and keep you accountable? Finding the right help is very important. Shared what you are doing with your friends and family members. This will help you be accountable to yourself and to see who can be the right fit to help you. Hiring an organizer is always an option to be sure to meet them before, to make sure that they are the right fit, scheduled the right amount of time. Be realistic. This is a tough one. It will depend on how fast you make decisions, how much help you have, and how many items there are in the space. Emotions can arise while de-cluttering and going through your personal belongings or obvious that belong to a loved one. It is okay to take it easy if you notice that you are being triggered by memories or feelings. Take our break, lift the space, and get some fresh air. Let the emotions out and cry. If you need two. This can be a healing experience for you, where you have the opportunity to understand yourself better and be able to move forward with the life that you want to create. Remember that items can trigger emotional memories, but they do not define who you are. Before and after photos. Taking before and after photos will help you see your accomplishment and will motivate you to keep going. It will also be a good reflection piece in the future. It looks like you are on track now and ready to get started with hands-on work. This is the process that we use. Set up a station. If possible. We always set up a folding table in this space we are working on. We only deal with the items on the table. These will help you keep focus and don't feel overwhelmed. Under the table, we have a few beans. Donation, recycling, garbage, shredding belongs in other space to give to someone to sell. Every situation will require some or all of these beans. If you have clear space in the room or close by in another room, you can make bios on the ground too, and labeled them with masking tape. If there is no space for the station, you can make do without it. From our personal experience doing over 350 in-person sessions. We do notice that the process slows down. We don't use the station. So I really strongly recommend using it. The wave process. Start on one side of the room and do a 360 degree wave. Doubting everything in this space. Ask yourself, do I need this item? Does it belong in this space? Put the item in the proper buyer. If you are unsure, makeup, I love unsure items and go back to eat later. Taking a photo of an item can help you keep the memory of it without having to keep the physical item. Keep working with the items you know for sure what to do with. And then move into more challenging items. The order of what to do first will depend on every person. If I since that a person has a hard time going through their clothes, for example, I will not start doing close. If the vessel has a hard time deciding about books, the books won't be the first thing to go through. Decision-making is like a muscle. The more you use it, the better you get at it. We have seen people struggling at the beginning of the session making decisions. And after one hour dealing with the easy stuff for them, they were able to go back to categories that they were having a hard time with and deal with them with confidence. It normally gets messier before it gets better. Don't panic. Things will look messier during the process, allowing time to clean up and place things where they belong at the end of the session is very important. When doing this process, you may create temporary piles of Alike items like books with books, paper with paper, office supplies, with office supplies, tools with tools. Close with clause. You get the idea. Doing this will also help you become aware of how much you have of each category. And you will be able to make more confident decisions. For example, if you go through all your items in your room and you end up having a pile of office supplies with seven pair of scissors. You may then decide that you only need three bears. And you will feel confident letting go of the other four-person. If you deal with every pair of scissors separately and you don't know how many you have. You may not know if you should keep them or let them go. Keep any organizing products until the end. Keep aside any organizing products you may find during the decluttering until the end of the process. You may be able to use it. During the organizing process. Find a permanent home for every item that stays in the space. Once you have decided what stays, it's time to find a place to store every item. Ideally, every item you are keeping should have are permanent and accessible place. Keep at to-do list. Always keep a To Do list. Don't try to remember everything you need to do. Write down every task that you need to do with the items. It will help you get things done and make smarter decisions. At the end of this session, make sure to sketch out all the tasks in your calendar. Most people will decide then to let go of more staff that they were unsure of before when they re a Allies, how much time it's going to take to deal with them. And wanted items, if you know for sure, there will be a lot of unwanted items to go for donation, auction, consignment, or recycling. We always bring with us a trailer or a truck and move these items out of the space to free up space. At the end of this session, we will take them with us. In your case, make sure that you have arrangements in place for any unwanted items do you may have, especially the bigger items that may be taking a lot of space. Items for private cell. Make sure to have them listed and hopefully gone before the session. If you can move them to another space, please do so. Garage or basement, any other empty room that you are not using? Our good places, storing items for someone else. Give them a deadline, I make sure that they are gone before the session. Move them to another space. If that's an option, they need to understand that you are dealing with clutter and working really hard to get your space back. Their staff, it's not helping you accomplish your goal. Paper, dealing with paper can take a very long time and you won't see immediate results. We strongly recommend putting all their paper aside and deal with it in a future session. We will be diving deeper into how to tackle your paper in the next lesson. So don't worry about it right now. After the decluttering part is done, you will know for sure what items can stay in this space. It's time to decide what the best system will be to make your space inviting and functional. One of the main mistakes we see people doing is skipping there decluttering process. If you skip there decluttering part, you will end up organizing and finding homes for items I don't belong there. Most likely the result won't be as inviting unfunctional as you expected. Most times, you may be able to use preludes, undistorted solutions that you already have. You may not be aware of everything you own until you finish touching every item. That's why we encourage you not to buy anything yet. And to keep aside any organizing products you may find. Now that you have the clutter, it stands to organize what stays. These are the steps that we normally follow when organizing. Makes sure that all the items that belong in the space that is to be organized are there so that you can account for the space that they will take. Tried to picture how you are going to use this space, what activities you are planning on doing? What items you will use more often. Makes sure to place items where everybody can access them. For example, if you want your kids to be able to put things away in the closet, make sure that you place those items within their reach. Tried to set up stations. Every activity will require specific items. Tried to group them together, make it easy to put items away. When you are done using them. Think about kindergarten and how fast kids can put things away because they understand how to do it and it's simple and convenient. Tried to make work what you already own, if possible. Before buying new organizing solutions. Do all the items fit in your space? Sometimes the space is not big enough to fit everything. Be realistic, reassess the situation. Remember, you are looking for functionality and joy. If space is too crowded and items are difficult to access, most likely you want in your using it and clutter will appear again fast. If you require additional organizing or storage solutions, make sure to measure your space and measure what you need to store fish. Measuring is the only way to find the perfect fit for your needs. At personal touches to make your space inviting. Display items that will bring you joy. Beautify your spaces so that they showcase your style and your personality. Test, the end result. And don't be shy to tweak it. If anything doesn't work perfectly for you. It may take a few tweaks to consider your prayed finished. If you feel any frustration when using this space, make sure that you understand why you are feeling frustrated when and make their require changes. Your life will evolve and the way you use SAR spaces may change over time. It is normal to have to reassess how you use your spaces and do a decluttering and organizing session every now and then, we personally find ourselves doing adult clattering and organizing session at least once a year for the most used spaces like the kitchen, the shared debasement, our cross at anytime we feel frustration or anytime that we change how we use our space, we do need to tweak how we store things and reassess what we need and use and the items that are no longer serving us. Let's do another fun exercise. Sit in a relaxed position. Take a few deep breaths. Close your eyes. Visualize this space in your home. You finish de-cluttering and organizing. Starting in one corner of the space. Visualize yourself touting your items. Opening your drawers, going through every shelf. Are you able to visualize the items in the respective homes? If the answer is yes, congratulations. You brought functionality and joy to your life you use in the art of organizing. I hope this lesson helps you bring functionality and joy into your life. Happy yearning. 15. Applying Minimalism To Your Paper: Lesson 14, applying minimalism to your paper. This lesson is all about helping you tame your paper monster. I am going to share a practical method for decluttering and organizing all your papers. Paper is one of the most challenging kinds of clutter. You may be able to declare a whole room in a few hours, but you may only be able to go through one to two inches of paper in one hour after the cluttering our room. You may feel accomplished and empowered. After spending a few hours dealing with paper clatter, most likely you will notice the difference or you may feel frustrated and overwhelmed. Do you find yourself wasting a lot of time looking for papers unit, paying extra money in late fears or feeling stress and frustrated due to lack of control over your paper. Please do not let paper clattered win this battle. In this lesson, I would like to share our experience dealing with paper krater. Hopefully, these tips will help you conquer the paper clutter and set up a functional paper management system that you feel comfortable using and maintaining. These are some basic principles that I recommend you follow. The first goal should be to clear your work in space from paper. First, making the space inviting unfunctional will empower you to use it. While clearing the space. Have ready as small bugs for important documents to take care of immediately, bills to pay, and other documents that require immediate action will go in this box. Keep an ongoing to do list so that you can take action later and don't miss anything. Please don't try to remember everything in your head. Half their recycling bin and add to shred, been ready. You can store the to deal with paper in boxes. You can label them and you can stack them nicely in the corner or out of the way in another storage area or another room scheduled time to deal with it later if you can't do it all now. When you are ready to or through your paper, if you have space on the floor, you can start creating piles. Use posits or masking tape to write the name of the categories that make sense to you. For example, car, hydro, utility bills, insurance, groceries. After doing many papers sessions with different people, we have found that coming up with your own labels and names will help you maintain the paper system better. If you force yourself to follow up premade system with names that you don't normally use. You may have more difficulties remembering and putting everything in the right place. You can also use a temporary filing system. You can use bankers box, are collapsible filing bugs or similar solutions. Start creating temporary folders with categories. You can always change them very easily as you go. Once the project is done, you will know how much finding space you need. You can decide then if you require additional fighting space. Don't forget to measure before purchasing any product. And always account for future expansion. Normally, 20 to 30% is the minimum that I will recommend. Because your paper will grow over time. Some financial papers need to be kept for up to seven years. Some orders you will need to keep them forever. Make sure to double-check with your accountant or other professional before discarding anything that you are unsure of. If you can't do it all at once, break your paper project down into several sessions. No one likes to spend too much time dealing with paper clatter, Make sure to deal with it in stages. A good idea could be to spend time dealing with it while watching your favorite TV program. What's in the kids, listening to nice music, radio station or interesting podcasts in get, it can take around one hour to go through one to two inches of paper. Some people like to do it all at once. We have done paper sessions for up to eight hours straight. Follow your best judgment and be realistic. I keep a to-do list. Every time you find a paper that requires an action from you, make sure that you added to your list, scheduling later in your calendar so that you don't miss it. You can reduce your paper by signing up for electronic or respondents when possible and unsubscribe from services do you no longer need? Most owner's manuals and instructions can be found online. You can digitize documents and go paperless and install them on your computer or use a cloud service. Be aware of the time that this will require. Maybe you can start doing it from now on. Some tools to do these could be using the tiny scanner that these are free app or similar product. When using digital solutions to store your files, make sure to create a simple system that is easy to follow. If some papers are stored physically, make sure to use the same labels in digital files as you do in your paper paper filing system. These will help you maintain your paper system better and easily. Consider using your local library system for books, magazines, and movies. This will help you reduce the clutter. And finally, half a home for all their paper that comes in, goes out to deal with having a command center could be an idea. Make sure to involve everybody in the system and make recycling easy and convenient. All these tips are coming from our experience of helping hundreds of clients organizer, paper world. In our one-on-one sessions, Ts, we went to their homes and businesses and help them conquer the paper monster. The longest paper session that we have done was eight hours in a dentistry. We went through two years worth of paper and clients documents. By the end of the eight hours or our client had full control of their paper and they were ready for tax time satire relief. The average paper session is between 35 hours. More than that, our client start feeling very fatigued. As always, follow your own yachtsmen and know your own limit on how long you can work for and how much energy you can dedicate to paper at once. I hope these tips helped you conquer your paper monster. If you follow all the steps, you will be in very good shape. Now, it's time to plan your paper period and scattered it on your calendar. 16. 12 Questions To Help You Let Go Of Difficult Items : Less than 1512 questions to help you let go of the difficult items. It's normal to confront emotional items while doing your minimalist journey. Decision-making becomes very difficult and you may get stuck. It is ok. And it is very normal. Answering these questions will help you make a more confident decision. I want to share with you a resource that we have been building over the years of working with clients that will help you let go of difficult items. This resource is hugely helpful. One of the things that people encounter when they go through a downsides are declared. Or I've heard is that they have a really hard time letting go of things, specially if they have sentimental attachment to them. That's why we developed these 12 questions resource sheet. This research offers you some really hard-hitting questions. These are the two questions that you can ask yourself. Do I need it? Or gas one, it does this item match my gold? Do I want to create a home for it? Is it easy to find another one? Can manage without it? Do I love it? Are the time on storage costs worth it? Um, I keep in it because of guilt. Is that anyone who may need it will picture of it, not meet my need for it. Am I keeping it to avoid something emotional? Do I have more than one of it? It's answering these questions. What will make the decision-making so much easier and faster? If you have a friend working with you, we suggest you give them this list of questions so that when you come across tos difficult items, you will know very quickly in less than 12 questions. If you are going to keep it or lady go. Remember to always keep in mind your desired outcome and the reasons why you want it. When going through your belongings. Having your outcome in mind and asking these questions will help you make a more confident decision. I hope this resource helps you let go of difficult items. 17. Clutter Visualization Meditation: Let on 16, Claitor visualisations meditation meditation has long been a tool for building strength and clarity. Here we explore the idea that you can use this tool for breaking through difficulties with clutter and letting go. This meditation is designed to be a relaxing and motivating way to take full control of your quest for living with what's important to you. Clutter Visualization. Meditation is a five minute live exercise in exploring your home and visualizing your ideal space. My partner Samantha will be guiding you through the meditation. Feel free to come back and listen to it as many times as you need. Sit down, relax and enjoy. Hi, I'm Samantha, and today I'm going to be taking you through a clutter visualization meditation, when you're ready, find a comfortable place to sit or lie down. Close your eyes. Think about the space where you live. You might want to think about a particular room, a room that causes you a lot of stress or a room that you spend most of your time in. This might be your bedroom or living room or could even be a storage area. Imagine standing in the middle of the room, slowly turning around to see everything in it. Allow yourself time to really think about what's inside the room as your eyes focus in on the things in the room and the space around you. Think about how much discomfort you feel by visualizing this room on a scale of zero equaling no discomfort and one hundred equaling the most discomfort. Think about how you are feeling as you stand in your room. Feelings might be negative, you could feel anxious, fearful, embarrassed, ashamed. Guilty, disgusted, confused, overwhelmed, pressured, disoriented, hopeless, depressed, frustrated, discouraged. You might also feel positive feelings. Happy, pleased. Relieved, comforted, hopeful, proud. What are the feelings that you get as you visualize what's inside of the room, as you see the space in front of you? What words would you use to describe your feelings? Next, think about what thoughts might be going through your mind. Could you be thinking things like this is ugly? I'll never find anything in this mess. There must be buried treasures here. It'll only take me a little while to clean this up. This is a really very pleasant room that's not so bad. Think about the link between your feelings and your thoughts. Now, I want you to think about that same space, but visualize that the clutter is not gone, but that everything is organized and put in its place. There is no clutter. Everything that you wanted to keep is still there, but organized and put in its place. What does this room look like? Are there uncluttered furniture tops? Is the floor free from clutter with only rugs and furniture? As you visualize this uncluttered space, consider what you can do with this room. What kinds of activities could you engage in? What does your furniture look like? How would you decorate this room, really start to imagine the way your ideal space could make you feel? Could visually impact your emotions. How do you see the room around you? Now I want you to rate how you felt while imagining the room again, using zero as no level of discomfort and one hundred equaling the most discomfort you've ever felt. How did your ideal space feel? From zero to one hundred? You've now completed the clutter visualization meditation. You will have visualized and experienced the way your home currently is and the space and how it makes you feel, you will have also visualized the way you would ideally like your rooms and home to feel and be set up like. Take a few moments and prepare to open your eyes, focusing back in on the video. I want to thank you for taking the time to complete this meditation. If you liked this meditation and would like more of them, please like and comment in the video video below and let us know how you felt about the meditation and any questions you may have. This tool can be used when you are starting to feel stressed within your spaces and uncertain of where to go next. Go back to those key tools of visualization and feeling calm, recognize the challenges you have and you will be able to find the solutions for those challenges. Thank you very much. 18. Ideas For Giving Gifts That Aren't Things: Listen, 17 ideas for giving gifts that are in things. Gift exchange is one of the main sources of Claitor coming into your home, especially during Christmas and birthday parties in this letter, and I would share ideas for giving gifts that are in things and conversations to have with your loved ones are unhealthy gift exchange. Are you tired of giving and receiving stuff you don't need? Try these suggestions for giving gifts that in things chances are you will feel better and feel lighter by giving gifts that have nothing to do with stuff. I have seen many times how hard my crayons work to declare their homes. And then Christmas comes and they end up flooded with new toys, gifts and stuff they don't know what to do with and don't have the space to store. It's very important to have conversations with family members and friends, share how hard you are working to have a clutter free, minimalist life and how much you will appreciate if they could help you maintain it that way. I truly believe that the greatest gift that you can give anyone is your time and your full attention. But it can be challenging to try a new tradition or ask someone else to stop giving material gifts. Don't worry, there are a lot of different options available to try giving something different. Once they experience them, most likely they will join the new trend. Great ideas for giving experiences. Take it one off events like concerts, sports events, movies, theater, local fundraiser or annual festivals memberships, local programs like the symphony, museums, gym or rock climbing clubs, swimming pools, interest group that required a membership fee, gift certificates. This can apply to just about any business or service as your friend or family member, what they will really like to enjoy but maybe will never buy themselves. Examples are a massage, a pottery class, homebrewing class, guitar lessons. You get the idea. The options here can be endless great ideas for giving to kids vacations or trips. If you have the ability to contribute to a summer camp or to break holiday, this could have lifelong positive impact. You can keep the excitement going with these gift by continually asking about what they will do and see what they are away. Local adventure map. Use your creative side and design a trip around the neighborhood. Use your research skills to find the interesting things in the area and maybe even draw up a map. Not only this is a unique experience, but you can share it together and who knows what you will find some hard tried geocaching, learn a new hobby, explore a new skill set by exploring different activities. Is there something that has peaked their interest before? Example's cooking from different cultures, learning how to horseback ride or maybe getting there make it own once a month certificate. Set aside time once a month to spend with your recipient. You can use this time to share a meal, go for an outing, watch a movie or play a game. They will feel absolutely phenomenal knowing that each month they have something fun to look forward to. Great ideas for giving time. Dinner party. Try hosting a dinner. We recently embarked on our once a month neighborhood dinner. We picked the first Monday of every month. Whoever can show up that. So far it's been a great success with with delicious food and great conversation. Walk or hike, we can often take for granted that maintain trail in the city or back country trail schedule time in your calendar with your friends or family to make it happen. Exercise will never fail. Feels good volunteer. Believe it or not, giving back is one of the most rewarding activities you can undertake. It doesn't always require a long term commitment either. Investigate your local options and get out there just time. Tell your recipient that you are all olders guests. Schedule time in your calendar with no plans whatever other than to spend that time with your friend or family member. Maybe you can help them work through a tough decision coming up or help them prepare some meals for the freezer. Whatever they decide, you will feel great having spent time together. These are just some ideas to explore. I am sure you may have other great ideas you can try. The main goal here is to make. Your loved ones are aware of your needs and wants and show them new ways of sharing their love and appreciation, that doesn't include physical items. 19. Applying Minimalism To Your Finances: Lesson 18, upline minimalism to your finances in this lesson, I'm going to show you how to create a healthy financial plan to sustain your minimalist lifestyle. Stop living paycheck to paycheck, and there are ways to save and get out of debt. As always, the first and most important step is to really understand why do you want to take full control of your finances? Think about the reasons that are driving you to do this. Those returns are going to be the motivation that you need to push through this process once you are crystal clear about why you are doing this and you have had a very empowering reason or reasons, that's when you can get started with the awareness stage. During this awareness stage, the ultimate goal is to really understand your finances. How much money are you making? How much money are you spending and what's left at the end of the month? Are you overspending and going into that every month or are you saving every month? The idea here is to create what it's called a zero based budget. This concept is basically taking your income, minus your expenses, plus all the things that you want to budget for, that could be a vacation to retirement, maybe budgeting to buy a house or a car. All the things that you want to include in your lifestyle, they should equal zero. So what you make, minus your expenses, plus all the budgets that you want to create for those important things should equal zero. In order to do this, I will recommend using an Excel spreadsheet. You can also do this by hand with pen and paper, but having an automatic spreadsheet can help you out. Made all the calculations, meaning that if you type in how much you make and all the expenses that you are having every month, the spreadsheet will calculate everything automatically for you so that any time you make a change, everything will be recalculated automatically. It's very, very powerful. And this is the best tool that I have found to have my clients. And we also use it ourselves personally. So once a month we close our month and we track in there how much money we made, how much money we spend. We are very aware of where our money is going and we have specific budgets so that we have full control of our lifestyle and our choices. In order to get all the information about how much you make and how much you spend. You have to actually look into your financial life, into all the bank accounts, and you may have all the credit cards that you may have. And you have to dig deeper into putting all that information in one place. This is the secret of success. In order for you to have clarity about your finances, you need to be aware of how much you are spending. And in these days, I can tell you that financial life has become very, very complicated, meaning that the majority of the people, they have several credit cards. They have several like savings accounts and checking accounts. And, yes, thinking about knowing how much you have, it's complicated. You have to look into different credit card dashboards. Maybe you have to to go into different places to know your expenses. And that's why so many people are in debt. And that's why so many people are confused, because it is confusing. So this system is going to work because I have used it with many people and with ourselves for like so many years. And it's the best system I have found to be able to design your minimalist lifestyle and to create that financial plan that will support you. In order to calculate all of these, I have in front of me the template that we use, this is the template that I have created after working with clients for so many years. And the template looks like this, so I have specific columns, the first column is called Income and Expenses, and below that I have specific rules for my income sources and specific rules for every expense that we have. Expenses could be groceries. Car could be utility bills. Could be expenses for restaurants. So we have specific labels that make sense to us and our lifestyle, in your case, you have to look at your lifestyle and decide what categories do you need? What categories do you have after that? We have specific rules for savings. We save every month a few hundred dollars for a car, a few hundred dollars for vacation. We put aside some money for retirement. And then when we do the math, the income that we have, minus the expenses plus the savings should equal zero. That's a zero based budget. So that's the first column. The second column is January 3rd. Column is February, and we go all the way up to December. So, yes, we have a full year here from January to December because every month can be different. When we input the information here, it's very powerful to be able to go back to your bank accounts and credit cards and then do this process. When you do this process, you become aware of your spending habits. And when you are able to put all the information in the spreadsheet and you get the totals, you may see the reality of your life. And it may seem a little bit overwhelming for some, but the faster you do this, the faster you will design and create the lifestyle that you want. And the fact that you will get out of that and you will stop overspending because you will understand where your money is coin, you will see your behavior, you will see what you can change. You will see what you can tweak. And it's very, very powerful, so we have the first column is the income and expenses, and then we have one column for every month of the year and then we have a column that is total. So this is basically the total expenses of all the months. Then we have another column that is the average monthly expense. This is very powerful because if you have a category of, for example, groceries and every month you have, let's say generally you have five hundred dollars, February 700, March three hundred. At the end of the year, you can have an average monthly expense. And then we have the last column is called Monthly Budget. So once we have all the information, that's when we can create a monthly budget based on the reality and we can tweak those numbers until we find that zero based budget, meaning if we have two sources of income, for example, and then we have all the expenses plus the savings that we want to create in our life, that in our case was car vacation, retirement that should equal zero. And if it doesn't equal zero and we are overspending, we can very quickly identify where is that money going and what can we change? Maybe instead of spending three hundred dollars in restaurants every month, we can decide to spend two hundred maybe instead of buying our brand new car. Maybe we can buy a used one. Maybe we can work more and try to make more money. So you see how think how this works. You have options. You are designing that monthly budget and every time you change one line, like the calculation happens automatically and you can very quickly get to that zero based budget. This is such a powerful tool that one is used properly. It's going to help you get out of this financial mess that you may be in. The sooner you have this clarity, the sooner your lifestyle will change and the sooner that you can start tracking the new habits that you want to create. This tool and this process is not meant to make you feel bad and it's not meant to limit your life is quite the opposite. Actually, once you have this clarity, you can be 100 percent confident of your actions and your decisions. If you create this budget and your budget for for example, to go out for restaurants is 200 dollars a month. Now you have something to measure. And if you are on the 15th of the month and you have already gone out up to 200 dollars, you have spent already 200 dollars, you can feel very confident to say no to future restaurant options if someone invites you. And it's the opposite. If you haven't spent two hundred dollars, maybe you can treat yourself to more restaurant visits because you still have that budget. And at the end of the month, if you don't enjoy only having that budget, you can increase it and you can decrease something else. So you can tweak this budget until it represents the lifestyle that you enjoy and that you want to live. A few other concepts that I want to share in this lesson are creating an emergency fund. What does this mean? This means having a pool of money that will cover your basic expenses for a series of months. Some people work towards having three months emergency fund. Some others create a six month emergency fund and some more that create a full year, 12 months. This is your decision and it depends where you are right now. You can decide how much it makes sense to you, but I would recommend to have at least to work to have at least three months. So if once you do this budget, you realize that your lifestyle is costing you three thousand dollars a month, for example, to be able to pay for rent, groceries and all the basics, then you will need nine thousand dollars saved to be able to have an emergency fund over three months. This may seem a little bit overwhelming and maybe difficult for some if you are just getting started, but you can just get started. Small start saving every month. Fifty dollars. One hundred dollars. Twenty dollars however much you can. And at the end of the process you will have that money. Even if you are working towards having one month, that's better than having nothing. This is going to give you flexibility if you lose your job, if anything happens, at least not counted in your budget. This is truly an emergency. You can read to that money and it can help you buy some time until you find a solution. OK, how do you track your expenses on a monthly basis? There are a few ways of doing this. You can do it without keeping your receipts. Some other people do it by having an app that connects to your bank account and then you can categorise all the expenses. Some people use the envelope system. There are many different ways of collecting that information and you can choose the one that makes the most sense to you. But the conclusion is that at the end of the month, I recommend to do it at least once a month. You should be able to gather the information in one place and be able to see with clarity how much you made, how much you spend and if you are on track with what you decided that you wanted to see. This is all about you and about your decisions about being intentional with your spending habits. You are the one to decide that and you are the one to tweak it as you need. And your life will keep evolving. So your needs may be changing and you may be needing to tweak this budget every few months or every few years. Maybe you decide that you your priority right now is to buy a home. So maybe all the savings that you can create are going towards that. Maybe your priority is to be able to travel every year for one month. Maybe you are saving to buy a brand new car. You decide your intention, you decide your choices, and you create a plan that supports those choices. This is how you create a minimalize financial plan and this is how you can make it a reality. If you are into that, then your priority should be, of course, first paying off that debt as fast as possible and having this budget will allow you to understand your spending habits, to become aware of them, and then hopefully to start taking action to change them in a way that will serve you better. Now it's time for you to do this exercise. It's time for you to track down all the expenses that you had tracked down, all the income that you had tracked down, the things that you want to save money for, the debt that you need to pay off and create that plan so that you can have the confidence every month of knowing that you are doing the right thing. When doing this process, you may realize that maybe your financial life is a little bit messy and that's normal. That's why it's so important to have a holistic view of your finances, to be aware of how many credit cards do you have? How many bank accounts do you have? How is your money flowing in and out? Maybe you can optimize that by maybe having everything in one place so that you can only need to log in one into one dashboard and you can simplify the process as much as you can so that maintaining is easy and simple. In our case, we created our closing the month to do list where when we did it one time, we kind of tracked down all the steps that we needed to do. And then every month it became easier and easier until it became something automatic for us. So the steps could. Looking into my bank account number eggs and download the transactions, look into my credit card one and download the transactions, login into my credit card number two and download the transactions, do you see? And then once you have all the information gathered in one place, hopefully in the spreadsheet, that's when you can have a realistic view of how much you have, how much you spend. And that simplicity will be right there. Doing this once a month is going to give you the clarity and it's going to give you the power of deciding how to keep going with your life. What you are doing that is right and what you are doing that you feel is wrong and how you can change those things, how you can change those habits and how you can create that financial plan that you are seeking for so that you can support your new minimalist lifestyle. I hope this lesson helps you gain that clarity. Please do the exercise, do it, because when you do, it is going to be a huge awareness tool and by the end of it, you are going to have a great budget to follow and a great reflection document that you can go back any time to reflect, to change, to tweak and then move on the next month with the new plan that you created. Good luck. And any questions? Do you know where to find me? 20. Applying Minimalism To Your Digital Life: Lesser 19, applying minimalism to your digital life. Learn healthy habits to be more intentional unless it strikes it, is in this data eight, minimally. So it's a great tool to use in your digital life to eliminate distractions and bring more meaning into your life. In this lesson, I want to share some practical strategies to make the choice of this traction lays febrile. Do you find yourself picking up your phone, singer notification and then forgetting why you picked it up in the first place. Maybe you're beginning, I've just out of habit or boredom is due to both Netflix, they ECS choice when you get home after work, you originally thought you will get a few things done by one episode turned into three, and now it's time for bed. Are there small prey around their home that seemed to never get done? Do you watch more than five hours of TV, movies, YouTube, social media are weak. Do you find it challenging to get to sleep without taking your phone before bed? Is your phone the first thing you look at in the morning? Do you wish you had more time to pursue hobbies? If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, you might enjoy trying some of my suggestions. If you are uncertain that your screen time is too high. I also recommend trying to out it how much you spent on your devices and watching a screen. You can outwit your time with us, input paper and pen. Or you can try and application that we look, how much time do you are using your screen? My suggestions, I guess are few things that we change around our home and tested with our own devices. Gears. I2 recognize my default choice of social media and movies. Well, the reason I wasn't doing all their activities and hobbies that I used to love. These are six tips to make your digital detox easy to do. Deep. Number One, hide the television. Our 50 into flat-screen television now sits behind our picture of art. Very colorful and beautiful to look at. We fund that the television was always the center of attention in a room. And we wanted to set up our space without it being a focal point. Now when we want to what something, we just move the painting and put it back. When we are finished. We what's less and play more. So in visitors are surprised when they don't see a television in their room. And they all smile when we point at the beautiful Canva covering the TV and tell them that the TV is behind it. Tip number two, create a hidden charging station. May phone gets put away in a cardboard around seven to 08:00 PM every night and it doesn't come out until after my morning routine is finished. Putting the charging station behind our cupboard doors made it easier for me to distance myself from mindless scrolling in the evenings? Yes. Some of you may gasp when thinking about whether or not someone could get a hold of me by phone when it on silence. The truth is, I feel the risk is worth the peace and quiet I get from not having it close at hand. Everyone is different and will have different levels of comfort. So to something that feels right for you, you can still keep your ringer on, but have your phone put away. Deepen number three. Go back to the alarm clock. Yep. Phone had become our everything, including the morning wake-up call to get out of bed on time. However, both Samantha and I notice after a while that our phones weren't just being used as an alarm clocks in the bedroom. We were both developing habits of taking emails, reacting to notifications, and basically not sharing with each other before bed anymore. We recognize our habit was interfering with our love, life and ability to fall asleep easily. So we went to a secondhand store and bought two all alarm clocks. It's been two years now with the no phone in their bedroom rule. And he made a huge difference for our health and the health of our relationship. And for those of you who are wondering, no, we have not miss out on any news or emergencies that we will have needed our fonts right by our beds for. Simply by going back to all technology or we're giving ourselves are cute. The detox. Tip number four, use a timer. I really effective exercise in limiting your email and social media time is too bad. State time together. Meaning is, instead of checking emails or updates as they happen, you block off a specific amount of time at intervals during your day and use a timer. Both Samantha and I started using this practice because we found that we were working longer than we needed to, essentially because we were being ineffective. And let's face it, unless they email is labeled a asap or emergency, then it can wait the one or two hours before your next time slot of emails. If he said Truly emergency, they will call you wouldn't day. So for example, I take my email three times a day, once in the morning, once after land. And then lastly before the end of the workday, I allow 20 minutes for social media once or twice a day. This has been the most challenging hurdle to get over. Remember, you said the time limits and the frequency, everyone has to start somewhere. Deep. Number five, plan your ideal week. There is no sense in freeing up your time if you are unsure about what you will do with it. And maybe that newly discovered three time is spend with a little more idleness or meditation. Every mini needs to be filled with activities. I drew out our basic weekly template in my bullet journal. You can use a printout or piece of paper to you can also use a Google Calendar oh, and electronic version to visualize where my time goes on about how I would like to spend my time. You can also find more information about this exercise in our book, our recipe for an extraordinary life. When you can visually see your week, it bring down awareness about the time you have and where you spend it. This exercise is not supposed to make you feel like a slave to a schedule. But more often inspiring exercise to make your daily life reflect your goals and aspirations. Because if you don't decide how to spend your time, someone else will, and most likely you won't like it. Deep Number six, plan a potluck. It's amazing how our little company of friends or family can give you more endorphins that, that Like button on Facebook. I think it's important that every now and again, you get social, but allow it to be a burden. Let everyone participating, sharing their preparation of food and even the clean up. Most people don't allow their guest to help with clearing dishes or pulling the furniture back. But you should accept the help. It allows your friends and family to feel involve and allows them to return the gratitude of being invited to your home. Of course, we always love having potlucks because of the variety. The conversation and the effort of hosting is far less draining. Because getting socially supposed to be about sharing time, getting up, and in doing good food. Not about feeling stressed or anxious about all the clean up that will be left behind. When possible. You can also organize the spotlights outside. You can go to your local park. You can enjoy your backyard, or you can just go to any public space that will allow you to yes, gather and enjoy amazing food. Now it's time for you to take action and integrating your life. New strategies to control your technology usage. You can copy some of the ones that they are shared, or you can come up with your own ones. Have fun and enjoy the process. 21. Maintaining Your Minimalist Lifestyle 2: Less than 20. Maintaining your minimalist lifestyle. Congratulations on. Listen all the way here. This is the last lesson of this course. Once you have created you earlier minimalist lifestyle, it's time to test it, tweak it, and maintain it. It's time to actually take action and start making changes in your life. Some people choose to focus only in one area at a time. Or there's may feel energized and motivated to tackle several at the same time. It is your choice. It doesn't have to happen all at once. Consistency in your actions is the key to success. This lesson is how recap and a reminder of all the strategies that you have learned during this course to help you stay motivated and accountable in your new minimalist journey. Make sure that you listen to this course as many times as you need. If you are focusing on a specific area, make sure that you listen to the specific Lesson as many times as you need until you have created the changes that you want. Make sure that you become aware of your situation when feeling frustrated, stressed, or anxious. Slowdown, and go back to lesson six and follow the steps. Always include your loved ones in your journey. Go back to lesson seven to lend communication strategies that you can use. Reflect on your creation and do a new one when you feel lacking direction. Communicate with your loved ones, your goals, and listen to their. I strongly recommend that you do this exercise together. Stay accountable to yourself by using remainders, telling friends and family members to take when you, or working with a professional. Go back to lesson eight to get a refresher outta your time and create your ideal week, including everything that you want to see in your life. Go back to lesser nine for a refresher on that. Learn how to protect your time and energy by saying no to anything that doesn't fit your desired lifestyle. Go back to lesson ten to hear some suggestions. Don't forget to create your own self-care list and take it daily. Go to Lesson 12 to get some ideas. If you are having a hard time letting go of physical items, review that 12 questions included in less than 15. Anytime you need motivation to get started decluttering, listen to the cleaner visualisation meditation included on lesson 16. This is the end of this course. It has been a pleasure to share time with you. Thank you so much for your time and for your attention. I really feel very honored to be here with you. I really, really hope that this course helps you create the lifestyle that you always wanted. I can't wait to see what you create, Enjoy your journey, and never give up on your dreams. You can make them a reality. Yes, you can do it. Start applying what you learn in this course, and you will start seeing amazing results in your life. I can't wait to see what you create. And I am very honored to be a part of your journey. Good luck. 22. Your Project For This Class ;-): Congratulations, you made it all the way to the end. I'm so proud of you for finishing this course. I'm sure you are excited and at the same time a little bit overwhelmed with so much information that they share, but take it one step at a time. So this is a lifestyle journey that is going to last your entire life. So don't worry, just pick one area there, one that you think you can benefit the most from and make sure that you get started taking action. So what's the appropriate for you in this class? I will love if you can share something practical in the form of a photo of something that you are changing or something that you have changed or something that you are trying. So in the previous section, I have concluded that few examples. It could be a before and after photo of one of your physical spaces at home or at the office, if that's where you are getting started. If you are creating your ideal week, maybe, yes, snapping a photo of how that looks like the first one that you create and how colorful it is. So maybe how simple it is, how many families it is, just to use a pen and paper. If you're getting started with D del detox maybe being a far off the timer that you use or maybe how you are hiding your television or maybe how you are using as your phone and what strategies you are implementing. If you are doing something about finances, maybe just snapping a photo of a budget or system that you created to keep the receipts. You see this is endless, could be anything that you are integrating in your life that's appropriate for you for this class. I would really love to see those photos and I will look at all of them and comment. So I can't wait to see them. I haven't created a few examples. I'm photos for you to see. And I come with to see what you create. This is so excited, you are going to become a minimalist and your lifestyle is going to be what you want it to be. Isn't that nice? Isn't an excited. I can't wait to see what you guys create. And if you wanna dive deeper into any other topic, make sure that you take our other video classes. And if you love this out your course and you have a specific topic that you want to ask or me to create a course about. Please share it on the discussion comments, comments, discussion tab. And then we will make sure to include it in our on our to-do lists, of course, is to create happy yearning and can't wait to see your project, guys. Diaz.