Longterm Minimalist Planning: Are You Ready?

You may not be ready to give up all your stuff and live like a monk. Each of us has our own life situation. I own a home. I’m raising a kid. I live simply, but I’m not quite as minimalist as I’d like to be. That’s okay. Consider longterm minimalist planning.

long-road-969019_1920 Longterm minimalist planning.

Before we go too far, I’d like to remind you of something. There are no guarantees in life. We could make longterm plans today, only to get hit by a semi truck while texting a friend, tomorrow. (Note: don’t text while you’re crossing the street.) That’s why it’s important that we always live for today. Be in the moment. Keep being productive. 

Becoming A Minimalist Is Not Instantaneous

I started out with very little as a young adult. Essentially, I lived a minimalist lifestyle until I was in my mid 30s. But let’s face it. Life happens. I went to college and started my career. I bought a car, got married, had a kid, and bought a house. Now I find myself with more than I really want. But that’s okay. I still have a minimalist mindset.  

If you’d like to simplify your life, it’s important to start with a minimalist mindset. This mindset will keep you thinking about longterm planning. Here are some things that come with a minimalist mindset:

  • Always be critical before making purchases.
  • Continually consider what you don’t need and give to charity.
  • Buy quality products made to last a lifetime.
  • Constantly work on eliminating debt.
  • Buy compact items when possible.
  • Limit the size of your wardrobe
  • Drive an economical car. 
  • Make a point to get regular exercise and eat healthy.
  • Consider ways you can downsize in the future.

Next, Have A Longterm Minimalist Plan

So, right now is not the perfect time for me to downsize. I have an 11-year-old girl to get through high school and into college. My mortgage still has 26 years remaining. Selling wouldn’t be a financially wise decision at this time. A home requires work. That requires more stuff: small truck, lawnmower, yard tools, painting supplies, etc. I can’t just give everything away. Still, I have a vision for my longterm minimalist future:

  • Sell my house in 5-10 years.
  • Find a location with easy access to my needs.
  • Buy a home or condo that’s half the size (500-700 square feet).
  • Let go of 50% of my stuff.
  • Eliminate all debt.
  • Use a bicycle and public transportation. (Have a car only for backup.)
  • Minimize my wardrobe by another 25-40%.
  • Limit musical equipment to two or three instruments.
  • Spend more time doing the things I want to do.
  • Keep promoting simple living.

Do You Have A Longterm Minimalist Plan?

I know that minimalism doesn’t work the same for everyone. I can’t live as minimalist as I’d like at this time in my life. But I have a longterm plan.

What about you?

Have you taken the time to start making a minimalist plan for your future? I encourage you to sit down and answer these questions:

  1. Where do I want to be in 5-10 years?
  2. How can I downsize in that time period?
  3. How can I eliminate debt in that time period?
  4. What things are essential for the longterm?

And in the meantime, make sure to live in the here and now. We only get one life to live.

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  1. Hi. I live in a 700sq.ft. 2 bedroom apartment. We are two kids and two adults. Our home is considered lavish in Mumbai standards. I have been a minimalist for four years now and I have loved every minute of the downsizing process. We have kept our furniture minimal and use the best of what we have. I love reading your blog….It is inspirational. I would like to say that Americans would benefit from having smaller families and smaller homes. It just takes a shift in perspective as to how other parts of the world live. God bless!

  2. I get and wholly agree with what you are writing about. Practicing the proper mindset is key & takes a bit of pressure off oneself when considering a minimal, simple lifestyle. It truly is different for everyone. For me, I can only minimalize my own stuff & personal activities, since my son lives with me in our small apartment, and my daughter left all of her “childhood” stuff with me when she moved far away. But I have at least (finally) started putting most of it in storage & am enjoying the floor space & living with what I love & need for the most part. And that’s a HUGE step for me at my age (68). MB.

    1. That’s right, Marilyn. We can’t control others and to try to do so will only create frustration. I’ll be dealing with my daughter’s stuff in a few years. I plan to make it plain and simple for her. “Take it with you or let it go.” We’ll see how that strategy works. 🙂

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