Today I am sharing my simple living minimalist New Year resolutions / New Year goals with you.
We are trying to live a simple more intentional life and by simplifying the “stuff” in our lives I am trying to embrace more experiences. More travel and having more fun.
Simplifying my home has made me take a serious look at everything we use in our home and question the way we have always done things. I like to set resolutions that I can achieve.
Nothing is worse than getting to the end of the year and not achieving anything you set out to do at the beginning. These 6 goals are very attainable and maybe you will want to try them out too!
Here are my Minimalist New Year’s Resolutions:
No, Spend Month in the New Year
This challenge is straightforward! Try not to buy anything new in January. This can apply to any month of the year.
I feel this should be an easy challenge since we are coming out of Christmas and most of us have a lot of new things from the holidays. I am still going to buy groceries and necessities we have to eat, but nothing else.
It will be interesting to see how much money we can save. After January is over I will see if we can continue throughout the year and only buy things we really need.
Before every purchase, I like to ask myself a few questions. Where will I put this item? How often will I use this? Do I need it? Is this a quality item that will last?
If I can answer all of these questions then I will write the item I am thinking of buying on a list and wait a month.
If I am still thinking of the item after a month then I will usually make the purchase, but 9 times out of 10 I forget about the item until I see the list.
When I forget about the items then I don’t buy them. Sometimes waiting makes you realize you didn’t need it after all.
Make Our Home Less Toxic
Turns out we have a lot of toxic things in our homes. Who knew? I watched the documentary Stink and became horrified at the number of chemicals that are added to so many products we use and consume.
Both of these documentaries showcased what is happening in our homes and our environment. I am not trying to be perfect by any means, but I would love it if my children could grow up in a non-toxic world.
I am always looking for ways to be more eco-friendly. Last year I stopped using plastic bags and I try not to buy things wrapped in plastic.
If there is a glass option I always choose the glass. I notice most of the waste we create is from our kitchen so this year I am going to focus on transforming our kitchen into an eco-friendly zone, with less waste.
Read More: Eco-Friendly Kitchen
Going Screen Free
I would love to implement a no-screen day or portion of a day. I am mostly talking to myself about this goal and maybe my kids.
I would love a day where I don’t have any electronics going and no screens! I think we will start out with the weekends and try a no-screen Sunday morning.
Most goals are achieved over time, I plan to start with a no-screen portion of the day and transition that to a full day every week where we don’t have any devices going. Not even TV!
I honestly think this goal would be harder than losing weight LOL.
Intentional Minimalist Living
“Intentional living requires one to be aware of one’s fundamental beliefs and to be willing to make an effort to have their behavior reflect these beliefs in a form of integrity about his or her conscience and environment.”-Wikipedia
To state this simply, I want to make the effort. It is easier to not declutter and it is easier to mindlessly shop for fun, and eat fast food. I want to make the effort to choose the better option if there is a choice.
I have already witnessed so many benefits from decluttering and living more minimally and I am excited to find more benefits.
Keep Decluttering and Get Organized
Most of 2018 was spent decluttering our home. This was a huge undertaking!
It seems there is always something that can be decluttered, but this year I would like to start getting more organized. I would like our home to be ultra-organized.
Decluttering has helped us to stay organized, but there is always room for improvement. The first item on my list is the kitchen and after that, I want to finish our office/art room.
Read More Here: Becoming Minimal Post
Minimalism and Resolutions
Becoming a minimalist has helped me reach so many of the goals that I have set. I think the reason it has helped so much is it helps me to focus on what really matters and what I want to accomplish.
No longer do I waste time searching for the latest trend or spending half my day on social media.
Minimalism has made me realize what is really important and most of all it has simplified our lives.
What are some of your New Year resolutions this year?
Watch A Year Decluttering Here:
The last goal is to have a handmade home, sort of. I want to implement more crafts and try out more recipes for dinner and snacks.
Now that my children are getting older they can start helping around the house and learning how to do everyday chores. My husband said when he was growing up he would make dinner at least one night every week.
It taught him how to shop and cook! I love this idea and I would like to get my kids involved with the cooking, cleaning, and money aspect of our home. It is never too early to get them involved.