Minimalist Rules I'm Not Afraid to Defy

Simply + Fiercely

As someone who’s been practising minimalism for years, I can tell you that it’s okay to break the rules from time to time.

In fact, I believe there’s only one true rule of minimalism: be intentional about what you allow into your life.

What you own and do should reflect your values and priorities, meaning minimalism will look different for everyone. The guidelines are flexible because it’s not a one size fits all lifestyle.

They suggest you declutter anything you’re keeping “just in case” if you can replace it for less than $20 and in less than 20 minutes from your current location.

The 20/20 Rule

Many people believe that the first step is to dump everything out of your closet, your drawers, or whatever space you’re decluttering.

Start by dumping everything out

I know that some hardcore minimalists say you should never keep sentimental items, but I do and here’s why. Sentimental items are only clutter if they come between you and the life you want.

Don’t keep sentimental items

The one in, one out rule is relatively simple: anytime you bring something new into your home, you should also take something out.

One in, one out

Most people agree with the principle of “quality over quantity”, and so do I—most of the time. But there are exceptions, and it stems from a fascinating experiment.

Quality over quantity

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