FOOLISH THOUGHTS AND MISTAKES IN MINIMALISM

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Perhaps the hardest part of onboarding minimalism into your life is when you are starting out. If it's something you rush into expecting an ultimate goal at the end, there can be many pitfalls and lessons to be learned. Instead of rushing into it all at once, I suggest taking things step by step. With a pre-thought plan you can avoid some of the mistakes others have committed.

Here are three common mistakes to avoid when becoming a minimalist.

I NEED TO GET RID OF EVERYTHING

 

No, certainly not, and I hope you run away from anyone who thinks this is what minimalism leads to. You do want to reduce the amount of stuff you have, and at the same time be considerate of what you are passing on, but you don't want to wind up with an empty living room with nowhere to sit. Don't throw away anything. Consider repurposing or donating instead of wasting.

MINIMALISM WILL SOLVE MY PROBLEMS

If you are a hoarder, compulsive buyer, or have any ailment in life and think that minimalism is the end-all-be-all solution, you might be in for a hard transition. Any underlying issues you have aren’t going to go away when you throw out your stuff. You must take time to understand and explore your predicament first. Minimalism can help you as a tool to a stress-free life, but only with the right mindset and attitude.

I MUST FOLLOW EVERY RULE

If this is the case, whose rules are you following? Any minimalist manifesto or guide should be taken with a grain of salt. Minimalism should be a personal and evolving journey where you move forward at your pace and comfort level. Guidelines are a great start, but they should be just that, a guide and not a strict set of hard-to-live-by norms.

Regardless of how well you plan your minimalism journey, you will eventually face a situation where you will question an emotional possession or regret letting go of another item. And that’s ok. Just like work, sports, math and everything else in life, there will be mistakes made. What you learn from them is what you gain.


JUAN DAVID ORTIZ-ROMERO

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Self driven and always up for a challenge, Juan David is a USMC veteran with the drive to be productive and engaged in the projects he works on. Juan has been involved with several nonprofits assisting them with event planning, logistics, and social media marketing. 

He is currently the CMO at LendIt a sharing economy platform, and also the lead event planner for the San Diego Mac N' Cheese festival and the San Diego Veterans Chamber of Commerce.