I have a slight obsession with wanting to be a ninja. The idea of being about to be stealthy, quick on my feet, and mysterious is super fun to me. Because of that, I have thought of three unique minimalist tips that relate to being a ninja.
Maybe it’s because I have read one too many fantasy novels. I love the idea of the skill set a ninja needs to have. Hello, being about to sprint, leap, and quietly move my way through the world. It sounds super cool. I know this is silly but we all have to have dreams right? No matter how silly or outlandish your dream might sound; go for it!
It might be quirky. But, I have recently discovered that becoming a minimalist will help me in my dreams of becoming a ninja.
What is minimalism?
My definition of minimalism is only keeping what we use or love to use regularly. Letting go of what was loved in the past or what we “think” we will need in the future. Keep only what is useful right now. Some other words associated with minimalism are simple living, essentialism, self-efficiency, or living-with-less.
Why pursue minimalism?
I was tired of all the stuff I had to manage in the day. I am a stay-at-home mom. My job is to look after our children and maintain our home. I was becoming tired of “doing it all”. I desperately needed a big change.
What are the benefits?
Here are a few of the benefits that I have received from pursuing minimalism:
- More time to spend with family and friends
- Less time picking up and cleaning the home
- More time for me to pursue my passions, like this blog
- Less time stressing and searching for things in our home
How do I train myself to be a minimalist?
The best tip I have for you is to declutter your space. Look around your physical living space and see what areas of your home seem too cluttered. Removing those extra “what if I need this” items is a good way to train yourself to be a minimalist.
What is a ninja?
I think we all know what a ninja is, but here is a quick definition anyways. According to the web, “a person trained in ancient Japanese martial arts and employed especially for espionage and assassinations.” Those who act stealthily, are quick on their feet and able to move silently through the world.
3 Unique Minimalism Tips that Relate to Being a Ninja
Minimalism Tips #1:
Making Better Enviromental Choices
When starting down on the path of minimalism, without even realizing it, you will probably become more aware of how your everyday choices affect the world. You might start searching for more eco-friendly solutions over single-use plastics or materials.
Another way to become more eco-friendly and aware is to work on having zero food waste in your home. Becoming better at only purchasing what will get eaten. Striving to eat everything up in your home so nothing is wasted. Food waste is inevitable though, if it’s available for you, create your own compost.
You also want to reduce your impulse buying habits; 7 free ways to reduce impulse buying. The less clutter you purchase, the less you need to declutter. Which means less clutter in the landfill.
When starting down this simple living path, I was shocked about how much I became more aware of my impact on the world. I’m not perfect, but every little bit helps. Enjoy the process and way you are becoming more aware of your own impact on the world. With minimalism, you will have more time and space to focus on things outside of yourself.
Minimalism Tips #2:
Aware of Physical Environment
Ninjas are aware of their physical environment and how it affects their not only physical well-being, but emotional, and social well-being too.
Sit back, and think about your home environment. You can ask some of these questions:
- How does my space make me feel?
- Do I feel relaxed or stressed when I am at home?
- Is there a lot of visual clutter?
- What can I do to make my home feel more comfortable and inviting for me?
Once you discover how your space makes you feel, you can adjust and modify your space. Look around and see what areas you can make your space feel more comfortable warm, and inviting.
Check out the book Cozy Minimalist Home: More Style, Less Stuff by: Myquillyn Smith. It is an excellent book that offers ideas to add more comfort and warmth to space while reducing clutter.
How do you start to declutter?
I encourage you to declutter your space so that it can be the calm environment that works for you. I recommend you start small. Try a 5-minute declutter session. Then reevaluate your space.
Ever since learning to live with less, I am more aware of how my space makes me feel. I have realized that a lot of visual clutter makes me feel overwhelmed and stressed. What about you? What helps you relax in your home?
Where to start when decluttering?
Wherever you start with decluttering, start in a small area. This allows you to see results right away. Some areas to start with decluttering right away are:
- one drawer/cabinet in the kitchen
- under the kitchen sink
- one shelf in the kitchen food pantry
- the bathroom vanity
- one category of clothing (t-shirts, pants, ect).
- the top of your nightstand
- the junk drawer
- the trunk of your vehicle
- one self in your linen closet
- coat closet
- cleaning cabinet
- one box in the garage
- spice cabinet
- sock drawer
- one shelf in bookcase
To find out more, head to Where to Start When Decluttering?
Minimalism Tips #3:
Focus on Health and Fitness
I imagine a ninja is someone who works out daily, eats healthy well-balanced meals, and is in tune with their body. Once you start decluttering and simplifying your home and life, you will probably have more time to devote to other activities. Unless you are already into fitness, start focusing on your health and well-being.
Ever since starting this minimalism journey, I have found that I have more time and energy to focus on health and fitness. While I might not be up to the physical abilities of a trained fighter, I can do a few push-ups and plank hold for a good amount of time.
I encourage you to take the time to focus on doing good for your body. Even if it is going for a 15-minute walk every day; how to encourage yourself to workout. I guarantee you are a few steps closer to your fitness goals. And living with less, or minimalism, has helped me, and I hope you too, focus more on your health. The most important thing in your life is you, your family and your friends!
Minimalism Tips Conclusion:
If you are starting off with your minimalism journey or have been one for a while. I hope these minimalism tips help you out and offer you some encouragement. I also hope my dreams of being a ninja inspire you too! Let me know, what is one of your life dreams?