36 Fun Minimalist Challenges Part 1

Experiments are all about discovery and growth.  When we experiment, we become willing to do something we might not otherwise do.  And there's no real failure in an experiment because all results are data.  If something doesn't work the way you hoped, that's simply data that lets you try another behavior to see if it works better.

It can be fun to experiment with simplifying your life.  You can find out what's hard, what's easier, what works or doesn't work for you, and what you might like to make permanent in six life areas:

  • physical clutter
  • digital clutter
  • your mindset
  • your schedule
  • your finances
  • your personal well-being

fresh water with lemon slices

A new challenge

Starting today I will share three minimalist challenges in each post published here on the blog.  I hope you'll join me in giving them a try!  Since there are a few days between each post, you have the opportunity to complete all three tasks before the next set is presented.  Most of the tasks should take about 30 minutes or less to accomplish, although the last nine experiments are 24 hour, try-it-for-a-day activities.

If you're not yet a subscriber, this would be a good time to do it so that each post shows up in your email inbox.  So simple.

If you like, you can document your experience in a journal or on your preferred social media, leave a comment below, or email me at karen@maximumgratitudeminimalstuff.com.  Even if you don't choose to share publicly, please know that I'm smiling and urging you on as you complete each challenge.  Invite your friends to join you!

Big changes come from tiny steps taken over and over.  I hope one or more of these challenges will make a positive difference in your life.

Thirty-minute Minimalist Challenges #1-3

1.  Create a zestful morning ritual.

Instead of using the snooze button, energize yourself for the day ahead.  You could:  

  • stretch
  • do five minutes of vigorous exercise
  • drink a glass of cold water with lemon to pep up your mood and stimulate your mental processes
  • step outside and breathe deeply
  • sip a cup of coffee
  • sing in the shower!  

Consider making your ritual a daily habit.

2.  Clear out your shower and bathroom counter/cabinets.

Declutter this space to make personal grooming more efficient and serene.  Dump outdated and unused products (even if you spent too much for them).  Use a spray cleanser and wipe down all surfaces, then return only the products you use.  Commit to keeping this area organized and clutter-free, and see if your days start and end more smoothly.

3.  Be thankful.

When we start looking at all we have to be thankful for, we stop feeling deprived or needy and start feeling abundantly blessed.  This awareness not only makes us happier, but it also creates hope and resilience we can access when life gets hard. 

Make a list of people/things/memories/experiences/opportunities you appreciate.  Can you come up with 100 items?


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