A Year of Minimalism- My learnings and experience

December 27, 2017

Beginning 2017, I set “Minimalism” as my Motto.


It was a year I experienced simple and minimalist living, out of choice. I spent less, I was more mindful, I chose freedom above anything else.

To chart out a path for myself, I researched about it more and more and ended up writing a Book “A-Z of Minimalism”

The Book helped me to discover the areas of my Life that need Minimalism.


Minimalism is not replacing the colorful things with black and white, it’s about bringing Life to things and relationships. Decluttering away the things we don’t use. Cherishing what we currently have.

This is how Minimalism has improved my Life.



There are always things in our Homes that invites the clutter- An extra chair in our bedroom, a side table, Storage Boxes, extra wardrobe.

I set aside Weekends for Decluttering such things.

Moreover, I decluttered the walls by Removing extra frames, I removed broken pieces and decluttered my wardrobe.

I kept only what is useful. One in and One out works perfectly for clothes, cosmetics, and shoes.



When you free yourself from buying and organizing stuff, you gift yourself with some free time you can utilize as per your wish.

I spent more time outdoors with my Kiddo.

I attended more Family gatherings.

I spent the spare time on my Blog.


I stopped saying “I have no time” and rather created some free time with the help of Minimalism.



Saying NO is an art.

When I said no to overcommitments, be it Work or my Blog or Personal, I free myself of unwanted stress and anxiety.

Putting your phone on silent mode for some time, Taking up the assignments you can complete without anxiety, Saying No to non-worthy people.


Sometimes, It really isn’t worthy to say yes when you don’t want to.



There were many moments when I found myself pulling towards the conversations that do not prove any good to anyone.

Be it a Tweet on Women exploitation or Facebook post on Child abuse or a controversial discussion at Home, I tried to turn a deaf ear.

Not because I don’t care but because my reply would not bring any positive change as their only intent is to promote rage.


Apart from the above experiences and changes, Minimalism has gifted me with the practice of cherishing and appreciating what I already have, aka Gratitude.

I am practicing daily gratitude from last 5 months and I can feel the positive changes.

It works like a magic!



When I tried to seek a Life of less, Life taught me to appreciate what I already had.

Rather than fretting over little time I get to spend with my Partner, I started cherishing the small moments with him.

We cannot watch the movie together, but at least we Dine together.

We cannot go on a vacation or a long drive, but we go to Park together.


Embark on a journey to Simple and Minimalist Living; A Life where “Less is more

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  • Reply Mackenzie Glanville January 8, 2018 at 8:42 am

    saying no is an art and something I have struggled with, but now I find it to be easier and just be honest. I love living more simply too. Thank you for linking up with us #abloggingoodtime

  • Reply Helena January 8, 2018 at 3:00 am

    Decluttering seems to be a process that is forever going on here. As the girls grow out of things and things we were bought in the past have sat laying there instead of being used. I like the sound of the weekends being dedicated to the process. #ablogginggoodtime

  • Reply Lisa Pomerantz January 5, 2018 at 7:22 am

    I was a minimalist – really a victim of a mom with severe OCD. But hey, it stuck. Then I got a partner, and we had kids… now we have clutter! Oy, we need help. We are decluttering a bit now as we are moving next week. Weaning away the things we do not use and donating, giving away, cleaning out. We can get back to it, I just have a few peeps to get aligned… Wish me luck! #ablogginggoodtime xoxo

  • Reply Catie: Spectrum Mum January 4, 2018 at 8:01 pm

    I am very minimalistic at home. I do not hold onto anything that I feel doesn’t have a purpose or emotional attachment. I like the part about walking away from controversy. I need to do that more this year as you are right very often our input doesn’t bring a positive change. Thank you for linking up to #ablogginggoodtime ?

  • Reply Chloe January 3, 2018 at 10:29 pm

    Hi, I have seem some great minimalism YouTube clips and its something we can all try to some degree. I hope to start adopting this in small parts throughout the year #ThatFridayLinky

  • Reply Rajeev Moothedath December 30, 2017 at 8:40 pm

    Loved this post!

    • Reply Upasna January 4, 2018 at 11:21 am

      Thanks Rajeev. I am sorry for not visiting your Blog for long now. Will catch up.

  • Reply JayanthyGovindarajan (@JayanthyG) December 29, 2017 at 8:06 pm

    It is true that turning a deaf ear to intriguing comments at home. I try and practice that. Such a detailed article on how life has changed for the better Upasna! The feeling of accomplishment towards a better life is a great feeling.

    • Reply Upasna January 4, 2018 at 11:29 am

      This feeling is really good Jayanthy..I am in love with myself. Thanks for giving it a read and share your thoughts.

  • Reply Julie December 28, 2017 at 10:14 pm

    These are great lessons in your year of minimalism and the steps can help avoid toxicity in your life. I need to adopt these too.

    • Reply Upasna January 4, 2018 at 11:33 am

      Thanks for the appreciation Julie..Minimalism has really brought positive changes in my Life.

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