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How to Simplify your Life with Minimalism — 8 Day Minimalism Challenge

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12 Lessons (30m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Why you should consider Mininalism

    • 3. Get 'rid' of Clothes

    • 4. Organize your Stationary Items

    • 5. Let the paper go

    • 6. Consider the value of beauty products

    • 7. Let go of the Cardboard

    • 8. Remove Technological Clutter

    • 9. Why so many random items?

    • 10. Learn How to Say No

    • 11. The end... or the Beginning?

    • 12. Join the Facebook Group

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Welcome to the 8 Day Minimalism Challenge! I’m really excited to go through this challenge, with all of you. I’ve been really intrigued by this concept for the past couple of years since I read the book called “The magic of Tidying up” by Marie Kondo. I threw away a lot of garbage and I gave to charity a lot of things too. And I can guarantee you minimalism has nothing to do with keeping 3 t-shirts max while living in a tent. 


Minimalism is avoiding the things that distract you and are occupying space every day. This means getting rid of a bunch of some items. But it also means thinking deeply of which relationships are enriching you and which ones are draining your energy. It means saying no to much more than you’ve been saying. The pressure to say yes to every shiny opportunity exists, but we can’t fall into the trap of accepting every request we don’t really want to be doing. Because of all those projects you say yes to, are keeping you away from your most important work.

So, today I want to start this challenge to make sure I’ll only keep the things I use, I need and that brings me joy. For the next 8 days, I’ll be challenging us, to make our lives simpler by only keeping meaningful stuff. And remember, you don’t need to be living in a van to becoming a minimalist!


You can watch all the videos in a row and write the challenges down, or you can watch a video every day for the next 8 days.


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Filipa Canelas

Content Strategist & Content Creator



Hi, I'm Filipa Canelas! I'm the founder of Able-Academy, a content strategist and author.

I Empower Businesses & Entrepreneurs to Build an Effective Content Marketing Strategy and Leverage their Content for Brand Awareness.

Content is my jam -- I've written 200+ blog posts, 50+ hours of video content, a 150+ page book on time management, and a LOT of social media posts.

I have been featured in Thrive Global by Arianna Huffington, the Authority Magazine & Billion Success. I've reached +40,000 people (just like you!), including professionals from NYSE, Airbus & Hitachi, just through the power of content marketing.

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1. Introduction: welcome to the eighth day Minimalism Challenge. I'm really excited to go through this challenge with all of you. I'm currently outside and it's basically zero degrees Celsius. It was snowing yesterday, but steal here I am with my only piece of clothing to where I'm a minimalist now, so I only have these won t shirt in my wardrobe. This challenge consists on Onley picking one thing to wear for the rest of the year, and I chose this neutral church because, you know, I'm a minimalist. Seriously, I've been really intrigued about this concept of minimalism since I read the book The Magic of Tidying Up by Mary Condo. After reading the book, I threw a lot of things away, and I also gave a lot of things to charity to, and I can't wear into you that minimalism has nothing to do with Onley having three T shirts while living in a tent. And since I read that book, I've been really cautious about the things that I'm bringing home. But still, I've been letting a few things accumulate in my room and in my house, so I decided to greet this challenge to keep myself accountable and steal having the pleasure to share these challenge with all of you. If I am not consciously deciding which things to bring home, which things to keep or which things to throw away, my room turns into a very complicated mess. I keep received random pieces of paper clothes that I don't wear clothes that don't even look good on me. Clothes that don't fit in electron ICS that I will never use again because sometimes they don't work. But still, for some reason or another, we keep those items in our homes occupying physical space. I'm all about being productive and working with no distractions, and I realize that distractions is not only about checking instagram wild working distractions are everything that is keeping you away from reaching any of your goals. And one of my goals is to have a simpler life, a life that is full of meaning and not meaning. Less crap, meaningless objects, meaningless clothes, meaningless decisions, meaningless work, meaningless experience. I really want to get rid of those. And so this reflection made me create this challenge for myself as a way of Onley keeping the things I really, really love. I've been reading, learning in trying minimalist and essential ism. And I'm really sure that the lifestyle I want to implement in my life and being a minimalist is not about Onley having 20 items. Max, while constantly thinking of throwing away one more item, it is just about keeping the most important things. Would you? Because let's face it, we all have dozens or hundreds of things that we don't use that we don't need. They are just They're occupied physical and mental space but not adding anything to our lives. And so minimalism is about avoiding or eliminating all of those things that are not adding any value to your life. And so this means getting rid of a bunch of items. But it also means thinking more deeply about relationships, because you might have some relationships that really give you energy and make you feel good. But you might have others that are really draining you, and you should think a little bit more about those relationships. Minimalism also means saying no to more things because the pressure to say yes to every shiny opportunity exists. But we can't fall into the trap of accepting every request because all the projects you say yes to are keeping you away from your most important work. So today I want to start this challenge and I'll be challenging myself to only keep the things I really love and that are adding value to my life. So for the next 82 days, I'll be challenging us to keep a more simpler and meaningful life. And remember, you don't need to be living in a van to become a minimalist. You can watch all videos in the row and write the challenges down, or you can watch a video every day. I really, really hope you benefit from this challenge, so let's do it. 2. Why you should consider Mininalism: first of all, thank you for enrolling this class. I really hope I can bring you a new perspective about minimalism and maybe convince you that it might be a good fit for you. In the end of the eight days, you will see 35 items going away. But I'm sure at least in my case, I will go way beyond that limit. You should take at least five items every day from your room or your home and put those items into a box and then you can give them away or throw them away. Remember, the minimum number of items every day is five, but most of us can find way more than five items every day. If those items are not bringing you value, put them in the box. If we are honest with ourselves, we will get a bunch of things to get rid off. You should ask yourself, Do I really love this item? If not, it's probably time to say goodbye to it every day. I think a category of items to go through Day one is close day to is stationary items Day three are random pieces of Paper magazine newspaper received in all of those things before is about beauty products such as makeup, accessories or toiletry items. They six is cables, old phones or all the electron ical devices. Day seven is all about random items that I can't even categorize. And finally, Day eight is saying no, feel free to switch any category or to have more categories and continue the challenge along. What really matters is to be aware of all the meaningless things and crazy stuff that is around our homes without us even noticing them. And so I'm really, really excited to start cleaning everything, especially my room. Leaving a more meaningful life requires awareness of all the clutter that is fueling our spaces. Now, if you need more reasons to start this challenge, here are the three top reasons to become a minimalist. We are always complaining about not having enough money to travel Teoh invest or to safe, but still we keep wasting our money in useless things. Buying one more pair of shoes or one more frame. One more smartphone or one more lipstick. It's never ends, but you have a way out of this cycle when you decide to embrace and minimalist you can always create rules for yourself. You can start to associate clutter and a life with no meeting with all of those useless things you've been keeping. Remember, you have a way out of this cycle of consumers, but you have to do something about it. And, yes, you can start to save a lot of money. If you embrace minimalism because you will be much more aware of the things you buy and because you are going, you are going to stop to buy so many things. The second reason why you should become a minimalist is because you're going to have more time. I'm sure you have to dedicate a lot of your time to cleaning, organizing, finding stuff, backing and so imagine if you only have the things that you really need and you know exactly which those are. You will not have any problem finding where those items are located and because you will less stuff. You spend less time cleaning in organizing things. If you also become a minimalist in your commitments by saying no more times, you will also start to have more free time toward creatively to relax or to simply read a book. The third reason Why You Should Become a Minimalist is all about having more space since I was a kid, that I've been complaining with my parents, that my room isn't enough to keep all of my things. I have toys, books, magazine, newspaper and random things that, you know everyone has. Right now. I think I have more space than I will ever, ever need. Well, books are still an exception, but I'm thinking of giving some of them away that I didn't enjoy that much. Actually, I think I'll be filling up a box right now with a few books to give away. Why not? Well, I think this might be a good start. This is one of the advantages of being a minimalist. You always have free space, and if you don't you can get by getting rid of a few things that are not really that important to you. And remember that minimalism is not about having a white room with an apple computer in the green plants. It's about simplifying your life and making it more meaningful, whatever that means for you, so you should not replicate anyone's lifestyle. You should create your own lifestyle, so let's start gangrene of some things 3. Get 'rid' of Clothes: day one is all about clothes, and this might be the funniest category to go through because I'm pretty sure I've been keeping clothes that I haven't wear for more than three years. Every time I look at those pieces, I'm like, Well, I might need it sometime, but I never do so This time I'll be putting all of those pieces away. I'll be giving most of them to charity because they are not useful for me. But they might be to someone else, and I highly encourage you to do the same, because in the process of de cluttering your home, you can help someone else. During the process of getting rid of all these things, I ask myself this question constantly. Do I really love this? If the answer is now, I will probably give it away. And you should ask yourself this question. Teoh the question. Is there any chance I'll be wearing this for the next 10 years? We'll keep you a little bit off the bath and we all know the excuse of I might need it someday and it is just the next cues because most of us have our wardrobes filled up with clothes that we don't wear. But still we're always saying we don't have anything to wear and I think it is interesting to introduce the concept off the paradox of choice. We all want a lot of things to choose from because we think that the more choices we have, the better off we will be. But when we have so many things to choose, we sometimes experienced paralysis and then we stay paralyzed without really knowing which thing to pick. I usually decide which thing I will be wearing the next day, but when I forget, I get really annoyed in the morning because I feel like I have nothing to wear and then I end up complaining and saying that I have to go shopping because I don't have enough clothes when the reality is it is taking me so much time to choose my clothes because I have a lot and I actually should reduce the size of my wardrobe and by doing it by reducing the number of pieces of clothes I own, I'll be saving my will power, my energy and my money. So the goal is to get rid of five pieces of clothes you own, but I'm pretty sure I will go a little bit beyond that limits. I really want to make my life simpler. And having so many close to choose from on Lee makes me more tired and without any energy. This is why some people decide to wear the same clothes every day so they don't waste any willpower making that choice. My goal is not to wear the same thing every day but steel. I know exactly that. I have a lot of things that I can get. Read off a group tip is to get rid of most of your coat hangers because if you don't have them, you will have to get rid of some things. If you have too many drawers, commit yourself to Onley feeling a certain number. So as you can see, I managed to get rid of a bunch of things. There were so many pieces I haven't warned for more than two years. I actually forget I have them. Why? Because I don't even like them. And so overall, I'm really happy with how my closet is now, So please go try it in your own closet and see the benefits that he can have in your own life. 4. Organize your Stationary Items: I really enjoyed by new office supplies and stationery items every year. But I'm pretty sure I've been keeping some things that don't even work anymore. And I also have way more things that I thought, especially. I'm pretty sure I've been keeping some pens that don't work. It's also important to me to see which things I still have in that steel work in our totally fine to use, so I will not need to buy more new items. Every year I buy a new package of pens, even though I still have some of them and packed from the previous year. So I'll be throwing away a few pens that don't work. But most importantly, I will make myself understand that I don't need to buy new office supplies every year. It's really funny to find so many random pens in my house, some of them because of campaigns, others I brought from some hotels. But in reality I always stick to my favorite pens from my favorite brands. And then those ones are just piling up in my house, and it doesn't make sense to keep things we know we are not going to use and letting things accumulate is a bad behavior, but most of us have this problem, and I really want to change that because it only makes my life disorganized and really complex without really having that necessity. So I'm starting to build momentum, and I'm really excited to continue to throw away some of these stuff. I also hope you're making progress declaring your home, too. 5. Let the paper go: Today is the day of throwing away, and he receipts Rendon pieces of paper magazines in all those things that you might find in your house. This is quite easy because I have the tendency to feel these two drawers over there with a bunch of papers. It's really easy to accumulate these type of things that has received and flyers and advertised campaigns in all of those things. And if we're not really cautious about throwing them away immediately, they start to accumulate. I managed to find all of these random pieces of paper that are not adding anything to my life. I've also been keeping these magazines for a lot of time, and I really don't need them. It's really incredible the number of things that pile up during the years. Every time I travel to a new place I bring with me. Restaurant receives tickets from the underground or museums fliers In all of those things. I've been keeping them in a plastic bag, but I really don't need these things. I have memories from those past trips, and I don't need to keep all of these random pieces of paper with me 6. Consider the value of beauty products: Day four is all about beauty products such as makeup, air accessories or toiletry items. Why do I have four hand creams that are still full? It doesn't make any sense to be keeping all of these items, especially items that we put into our skins. If you haven't used a lot of items for a long time, perhaps it's time to say goodbye to them because by applying things in our faces and bodies that Evel really long time already you know it might create some problems. I've been also keeping a lot of lipsticks that I've never liked, you know, like when you buy a lipstick and then you try it at home and you don't like it, but still you keep it even. Don't you will never use it. So it's time to say goodbye to all of those products. I have no idea. I've been keeping so many useless products, but because I'm so used to see them, they just don't bother me anymore. But when I think more in depth about each item, it's obvious that I don't need them anymore. And remember, leaving life more intentional doesn't come with any guidebook. There isn't any rule that says you can only keep three items in your bathroom. You are the one making the decision of how many things to keep in which things to keep and also which things you are going to throw away. I just found all of these hotels bottles of shampoo that I never, ever use, So we are also going to be thrown away. 7. Let go of the Cardboard: boxes. Why am I keeping so many boxes? I keep most of the boxes where my electron ical devices came in. And I've been feeling up my space with those. And I really don't need the box where my iPhone, my kobo or my camera cane. So make sure you go through all of those boxes and, you know, literally throw them away. And shoeboxes also counts. The less boxes I keep, the cleaner my room in my house will be, and so will yours. 8. Remove Technological Clutter: keeping Chargers batteries, old phones, random cables is really easy. We always think we might need them, but in reality we only have the chargers of the phones we are currently using. So make sure is, can your room to find some weird and random cables around? You probably have a few items that you haven't use for more than five years that you will probably don't use ever again. Let's throw them all away. 9. Why so many random items?: Day seven is a very important category. It's the category of the items that I can't even categorize since I started this challenge that I've been finding really weird and random things. Some of those items don't even have any function. Ugly watches, flowers made out of paper, shabby wallets, small bag with sand, a bottle cap and even things I don't even know where they came from. And they are all feeling of my spaces. So I knew exactly where they belong. Teoh skin your house and you will probably understand that we've been keeping way more things than we should. 10. Learn How to Say No: as I always want to inspire you to get rid of those useless things in your life in the last day of the challenge will be covering something a little bit different. There are things that might not be filling your physical space, but they are cluttering your mind, stealing your happiness, stealing your time and stealing your ability to achieve greater things. When we strive to live a life full of passion, we have to accept the idea of saying no to more things than we say yes to. And yes, it is really difficult to say no to some opportunities in people that seem like a good fit . This is why it is so important to know exactly which things we want to experience in with who we want to experience those things. This is not to say that you can't meet new people or that you should never, ever start a new, different projects. But if we continue to say yes to all of those things that are presented into our lives, we will end up leaving lives with no meaning whatsoever. As Ray Dalio said, I learned that if you work hard and creatively, you can have just about anything you want, but not everything you want. So two or three years ago, my best friend came to me with a project that we could start to get and that would make cause a little bit of money. It consists on selling beauty products from a specific Brent, So she was really excited to started with me, and I couldn't really say no. But in reality I knew exactly that. I didn't want to be doing it because I strike. I've tried something similar in the past and I really didn't enjoy it. But for some reason, I did say yes. We did it for six months and I ended up making a few extra bucks. But I was really frustrated. I just felt that every hour I dedicated to it was a waste of my time. But things were going really well, and we actually ended up getting a free trip in a 55 star hotel with everything paid in that hotel. There were a lot of those top sellers of the beauty products and, you know, it was border last, the start of something even bigger. But in the end of that weekend, in that five star hotel with a lot of parties and workshops. I literally came to my friend and I told her that I didn't want to continue anymore. And so even though I was making money, it was working with someone I really enjoyed. I had free beauty products. I had free paid hotel. You know, that wasn't something that was really fulfilling me. And there's nothing more draft fold than doing something you don't want to do. So I gave up on it and I started dedicating those hours to do things that I really love to do. Even though those things were not making me any money, this made me learn a very important lesson At a very, very early age. I should never say yes to the things that don't really make me excited or to the things that I'm not really passionate about. Accepting every opportunity might seem like the best thing to do, but in reality it is our duty to say no toe all of those because we should protect our most important and meaningful work. It's our obligation to protect our biggest goals and drinks and being busy all the time working on meaningless tasks in projects is not the same thing as being productive. As the author of the book Essential Ism Set, we can either make our choices deliberately or allow other people's agendas to control our lives. So start by saying no to all of those things that are not your priorities. Greg McEwan covers a really important idea on his book Essential List. It says that when you say no to someone, you are not rejecting that person. You're just saying no to their idea to their project or to their invitation. You are not rejecting the person. And if you make it clear that you are always saying no because you're have other things that you already are committed, Teoh, they're probably not going to be that hurt. Has Derrick Sievers that if it is not a hell, yes, then it's a no. When I read their exhibitors book, I was fascinated by his ways. He is clear way of thinking and making decisions, and I've been really, really trying toe on Lee say yes when it's a hell, yes, and I've been trying to say no to all of those things that are not really my thing, and I think that staying true to myself is more important than anything else in the world. And when you start to say no to all of those non essential projects and tasks, you can say yes to all of those things that you really want to be doing. If you have more time, you can go big. The most important things. You can spend more time with your family, doing the work you love in going on vacations in trying to experience more meaningful things as grand, McEwan said. If it's not a nine or 10 then it's the one and I don't mean that, selfishly, I mean, is this the best way I can contribute to others to society? Is this my very highest point of contribution? We need to see the difference between things that are good and things that are exceptionally good. It's an important distinction in the world exploding with options. People will call you crazy. If you say no to some of those opportunities, they will tell you you will regret that decision. They will say you are never, ever going to have an opportunity like that and it will make you to think a lot, but it's also so important to stay committed to our own priorities, even if that means sometimes disappointing someone. But when you say no to most things, you will have the ability to say yes to the best things. As Warren Buffett said, The difference between successful people and really successful people is that really successful. People say no to almost everything to end the challenge. I challenge you to say no to something that my emerge in the next few days or to cancel some commitment that you are not really into doing. 11. The end... or the Beginning? : I'm really, really happy for going through these challenge with all of you. I'm really curious to see which things you threw away in the past seven days into which commitment you said No, take a picture of some of the things you threw away and posted as the class project off these class. Let's create a community of people that are seeking and they're actively working towards building, building a more meaningful and impactful life. And minimalism is a great way to build this important and meaningful life, and that he's also a great way to fight this urge to continue to buy more and more and more things. The process of becoming aware of the things we buy in of the things we keep is really challenging, but it is also really rewarding. It's really impossible to not feel better when you have a simpler life but still full of meaning. And as you can see, being a minimalist is not about throwing everything away. I kept my books, I didn't sell my other two camera lenses, and I have more socks than I will ever need. It really makes sense to me to become minimalist. Some people associated with sacrifice. But I don't really understand why others think you might need to be living in a van to become a minimalist. Well, for me, minimalism is a life stop. It is a way of going through life while experiencing it the best possible way. It's about being aware of the things you buy and knowing that if you buy less things, you can save more money that will allow you to buy all their type of experiences. And if you have any type of addiction with consumerism, I highly recommend you to try this challenge and create a game for yourself, which is basically you are only allowed to buy one thing. If you throw away three things after emptying my closet in all of the other areas of my room, I really feel fulfilled. But if I don't stop my consumer, Rees, I know that things will accumulate again, so I will start to apply in my life the 90% rule, which was created by Gragg McEwen. So every time I have to make a choice to buy a new pair of shoes or to start a business, I have to rate that decision from 1 to 10. And so if it's not a nine or a 10 it's a one. And by applying this rule, I think we will stop buying every single piece of clothes that we think it looks cute because you should only buy it if you absolutely love it. And you can literally apply the 90% rule toe every dis a decision you have to make. And when we stop buying so many things, we start to save more money. The money you saved by not buying everything that seems school can be used to travel, to invest or to literally pay your kids education. And those are things that are going to give you a long term return instead of just a short burst of pleasure that won't last. And so I really hope this class and challenge made you really excited and committed to live a better life. If you have a lot of trouble saying goodbye to things, I highly encourage you to pick the book. The Magic of Tiding Up by Mary Condo. This book was the catalyst of my change, but you don't have to read the book to start decluttering your home. Don't create more excuses for not throwing all of those things away. So thank you for watching this class and being so interested about learning more about minimalist. It shows your commitment to craft a better in simpler life for yourself. I would love to hear your feedback in opinion in the discussion. Tell me how you think minimalism will improve your life. And don't forget to post a picture at the class project of all the things you threw away. Thank you very much for watching this class. I hope to see you in other classes. And please leave me a review on this class. Thank you. 12. Join the Facebook Group: Hi. Just a quick video to tell that I recently created a Facebook group that you can now join to be part of a community of people who are interested in personal development in constant growth. See you there.