One of the best ways to see if something new might work for you is to experiment. A series of experiments in my own life has led me down the road to minimalism. Our experiment started out with an idea that we might like to downsize from a house to an apartment to save money. It had nothing to do with minimalism initially. The idea of downsizing led to another experiment where we tried to live in less space within our house, closing off rooms and simulating the space we’d have in an apartment. We had to make sure we could fit in a smaller place so we experimented.
Faith Janes of Minimalist at Home writes about this in the article, Experiments with Simplicity.
Faith admits that she’s an over-thinker. She thinks about trying something new and then continues to think about it until she ends up talking herself out of it. I think we are all guilty of this to some extent. It’s our safety net. Trying new things can come with risks and most of us have a tendency to avoid risk.
Faith found that the way to beat this was to experiment. You don’t need to jump in full force, but instead can experiment with some aspect of the greater goal. This is what we did when we experimented with closing off rooms in our house to see how it felt in a smaller space. And it’s what she did when she removed the dresser from her bedroom, and when she eliminated video games in her household.
What types of experiments have you conducted? Did any lead to bigger changes?