Be Happier With Less — 16 Tips To Living A Minimalistic Life

Lukas Schwekendiek
3 min readSep 29, 2021
  1. Get Rid Of Stuff — Sell or donate clothes you haven’t worn in a while, finally get rid of childhood stuff you know you will never use again and only buy what you need.
  2. Consume Less Entertainment — Try to produce more instead of consuming TV, video games or shows. Work on yourself, your life or your relationships instead.
  3. Create A Place For Everything — Unless it is decorations, you should have a place to store everything. Build a shelf, order a cupboard or get rid of it. If it does not have a place refer to #1.
  4. Schedule Your Time — To create more time you must take control of it. If you want to work less, produce more and become more effective overall, then schedule the hours of the day and make a plan.
  5. Become Cost-Efficient — Think of everything in terms of $/hour. Buying a T-shirt is X hours of work, buying a TV Y hours and that Netflix subscription costs you Z hours a month. What could you live without? How many hours a month would that save you? How much extra money would you earn?
  6. Shop Smart — Get a shopping list and only buy what is on there. Take stuff from the lowest shelf as that is the cheapest. Look for similar, non-brand products when buying something or buy it second-hand.
  7. Get A Pre-Paid Credit Card — If you do not have the money for it you shouldn’t buy it. A pre-paid card needs to be charged first before you make a purchase, giving you a day to think about it.
  8. Learn From Others — There are hundreds and thousands of great posts out there regarding Minimalism. Search for people who have lived the lifestyle and who are successful with it.
  9. Read “The 4 Hour Workweek” by Timothy Ferriss — This is great for anyone with a job they cannot get away from and a fantastic read for anyone wanting to shorten their workdays.
  10. Follow The ‘5-Minute Rule’ — If you want to make something easy & habitual then do 5 minutes every day. Clean for 5 minutes, do your dishes for 5 minutes, exercise for 5 minutes, go for a 5 minute walk and read for 5 minutes. Most of the time it will be more, but just 5 minutes is enough to get you into a habit that will drastically improve your lifestyle.
  11. Learn About Passive
Lukas Schwekendiek

Life Coach, Speaker, Writer. Published on TIME, Inc & Huffington Post.