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What is a Minimalist coach?

Minimalism isn’t just throwing away the clutter you've acquired over time. A minimalist coach will help you go beyond that and dig deep into why there's clutter in the first place. Together, you'll be able to understand the central issue: Why do you have emotional attachments to certain things in your life? This will include helping you clear mindset blocks. A minimalist coach can help you part with things no longer serving you. Ultimately, your coach will guide you to achieve the life you want.

What does a Minimalist coach do?

Typically, clutter refers to things people possess (and hoard) that are untidy and well…in a mess. But when it comes to minimalist coaching, clutter is anything that gets in the way of your life. More so, those things prevent you from living the life you want for yourself. 

Your version of clutter may be:

  • Objects and material things
  • Digital like your files, data, and devices
  • Emotional 
  • Mental
  • Relationships

Whatever clutter it might be that’s causing you problems, a minimalist coach is highly capable of helping you with the following:

To “Rugs” from “Riches”

Nowadays, there’s an ongoing consensus on how owning the right things results in happiness. A belief that, sadly, we all adopt. Not to mention, it showcases our loyalty to consumer society (Hausen, 2018). 

Many of us are guilty of disregarding the truth, despite it being backed by research, that materialistic values are not what bring us happiness. Lifestyles like minimalism with a focus on intrinsic values are what will truly make us happy and fulfilled. 

This is one of the many things that a minimalist coach can do. They can help you with this whole materialistic predicament. They aid their clients in transitioning from being a materialist to being a minimalist. 

These are a Few of Your Digital Things 

Disorganization can loom as part of any aspect of your life. Even (or especially) your digital life.

Although organizing your digital stuff may seem simple enough of a task, it isn’t always. There are times when it would be best to ask for the help of a minimalist coach. 

There’s an underlying reason why you can’t seem to take action when it comes to organizing. And for you to make sense of it, it’ll take having a minimalist coach by your side. It also helps that they can hold you accountable. This will ensure that you do follow through with organizing your digital things. 

Analysis Paralysis

It can be overwhelming when there are too many decisions to make. You don’t even know where or how to start. That intense feeling can even become paralyzing–in fact it’s called Analysis Paralysis (Ansoff, 1965). 

Humans, in such a state, resort to shutting down. When these instances happen, it can be easier for you to freeze. You say to yourself “Forget about choosing a way to go. I’ll just stay here and try to ignore this decision.”

Let me (and every minimalist coach out there) tell you this. You don’t have to let that overwhelming feeling cause chaos in your life. 

A minimalist coach can help you sort out your thoughts, giving way to timely and reassuring decisions. 

Mindfulness

Being alone with our thoughts can be a welcome relief. But it becomes much more of a burden when that turns into any of these common mind traps:

  • Endless ruminating about the past and future
  • Worrying about things, not within your control
  • Focusing on negative experiences
  • Listing off what ifs and what could’ve beens
  • Letting past mistakes damper your mental state and overall mood

One of the things that a minimalist coach can help you with is mindfulness to attain peace and clarity. 

Get Out 

Sometimes it’s time to cut the cord. Not only with romantic relationships, but also those you have with co-workers, bosses, friends, and even family. 

It’s quite difficult to cut ties with people you already have a connection with. Add to that the years you’ve known them. Then it’s almost impossible. You might be wondering why this is so, even if the other person has become toxic and is only causing you emotional damage now. 

A minimalist coach can help you in cutting off disempowering relationships or in mending broken ones. You’ll need the support, especially if it’s your family you want to move on from.          

Do I need a Minimalist coach?

You do if any of these is true for you:

Clutter is Holding You Back

As already discussed, clutter can just be the thing causing you stress. It can be the very thing making your living space chaotic. 

With such a state of disorder surrounding you, there's no surprise as to why you're feeling stuck. There's a barrier holding you back. And it keeps you from breaking free to reach your full potential or the life you want. 

Clutter is also, unfortunately, linked to procrastination. I mean, even I find sorting through things to be an unpleasant task from time to time. Hence the procrastination. Hence the life dissatisfaction. 

If it comes to this, if it comes to a point where your life is at a standstill, you'll likely need a minimalist coach. 

The Dread is Too Much…

You need a minimalist coach to help you gain control of that dread. It's something that you can master all too well with the guidance of a professional. 

You Developed Over-Attachment

Have you developed an over-attachment to your personal items? You'll need a minimalist coach to help you create the habit of consciously acquiring less. A professional can keep you accountable in differentiating your needs from your wants. 

True, many have viewed possessions as reminders. Things help them reflect on their past selves (Kernan et al., 1989). These personal things also symbolize a self-development process in forming a unique identity. Or, to put it simply, self-cultivation (Rochberg-Halton, 1981). 

But where do you draw the line from self-cultivation to thoughtless hoarding? If this question is too conflicting or vague, might I suggest hiring a minimalist coach?

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How can a Minimalist coach help me?

Minimalism is considered a lifestyle, and fittingly so. Not only does it support sustainability (here's one for you, Mother Earth), but it also centers on the following:

  • Clutter removal
  • Cautious shopping
  • Longevity
  • Self-sufficiency 

To truly cherish the things that are important to you, you must first discard those that have outlived their purpose. To throw away what you no longer need is neither wasteful nor shameful. Marie Kondo Coaching Quote

You flourish in life while alleviating depression (Johnson et al., 2021). These are a few benefits from this lifestyle. All of which you can achieve successfully with the help of a minimalist coach. 

By enlisting one, they can also help you in the following ways:

Identify Priorities and Sustainable Approaches to Achieve Them 

Knowing which task to do, which mess to clean, or which thought to entertain first is the challenge isn't it? 

It's stressful to prioritize one thing when everything seems important. A minimalist coach can aid you in this with prioritization techniques. 

What you may be lacking is the intention. What's your goal here? You can figure this out with your coach and set actionable plans to achieve it. 

Stop Equating Busyness with Productivity

Because being busy doesn’t always mean being productive. Such is the outcome when the world today  wants everyone to always be doing. It's almost a crime when you don't do things immediately. 

A minimalist coach can help you handle this worldly demand where your thoughts revolve around getting more and more done.

When you hire a minimalist coach, you'll be able to trade being busy for being productive. The difference? Busy revolves around franticness, working hard, and perfectionism. Productive, on the contrary, is about focus, purpose, and working smart. 

Free up Mental Space

How often does your mind drift to the past or the future? Too much? Maybe even borderline unhealthy and obsessive?

With mindfulness, you intentionally focus on the present experiences. But it's more than just being in the here and now. It's also viewing what's happening in the present in a nonjudgmental way (Baer et al., 2020). 

The past has too much baggage. The future has endless possible outcomes. A minimalist coach can help you with mindfulness to free up mental space for the present.

Focus on what will bring true happiness

Research findings by the long-running Harvard Study of Adult Development show that relationships are the key to happiness, wellness and flourishing (Waldinger & Schulz, 2023). If you boil down the 85-year study to a single finding, it is that good relationships are what give us health and happiness. Not things. 

A minimalist coach can help you cut out what doesn’t matter and focus on what does.

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What’s in your backpack (and how can a minimalist coach help)?

How much does your life weigh? Imagine for a second that you’re carrying a backpack. I want you to feel the straps on your shoulders. Feel ’em? Now I want you to pack it with all the stuff that you have in your life. You start with the little things. The things on shelves and in drawers, the knick-knacks, the collectibles. Feel the weight as that adds up. Then you start adding larger stuff, clothes, table-top appliances, lamps, linens, your TV.

The backpack should be getting pretty heavy now. And you go bigger. Your couch, bed, your kitchen table. Stuff it all in there. Your car, get it in there. Your home, whether it’s a studio apartment or a two-bedroom house. I want you to stuff it all into that backpack. Now try to walk. It’s kind of hard, isn’t it? This is what we do to ourselves on a daily basis. We weigh ourselves down until we can’t even move. And make no mistake, moving is living.

Now, I’m gonna set that backpack on fire. What do you want to take out of it? What do you want to take out of it? Photos? Photos are for people who can’t remember. Drink some ginkgo and let the photos burn. In fact, let everything burn and imagine waking up tomorrow with nothing. It’s kind of exhilarating, isn’t it?

What’s in your backpack from Up in the Air (2009)

This backpack speech from the movie Up in the Air is a graphic visualization of how we get weighed down with all our possessions. 

We tend to grasp onto the wrong things in life that we think will help us flourish. A minimalist coach can help us lighten the load of our backpack.

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Five great reasons to hire a Minimalist coach

Research suggests that when your needs for autonomy, competence, and relatedness are not met, you are likely to compensate via possessions (Llyod & Pennigton, 2020). 

You might have developed a compulsion to acquire when stressful situations arise. This may be your only way to deal with insecurities, dissatisfaction in life, and negative self-appraisals. 

Ever watched the movie Confessions of a Shopaholic? 

A minimalist coach can help you with this issue as well as in these five important areas:

1. Gain freedom in all aspects of your life

Freedom lies in your ability to take back control. If you think you hold the reins of your life, think of all the things, negative thoughts and feelings weighing you down.

They say that more is merrier. But I say this to you. The less you have of these things, the more you'll be able to direct life where you want it. 

You can achieve this efficiently by hiring a minimalist coach. They can help you utilize minimalism to achieve freedom and meaningful life (Uggla, 2019). Just imagine that. 

2. Get more clarity in your life

How do you expect to see where you're going when there's too much going on? The things you hold close to you might be the things blocking your horizon. How can they not when they are fogging your vision? 

And this is one of the great reasons to hire a minimalist coach. They can help you clear your path and find clarity in your life. 

Let's not forget the self-awareness part of this, of course. Clarity is easier to find with self-awareness intact. Once you recognize what constitutes as clutter, it'll be like the red sea parting.  

3. Organize your environment and your mind

Clutter can come in pairs. Having a messy environment can be a reflection of what it's like inside your head. When everything's in disarray, life may also seem chaotic. And before you know it, you're restless, unfocused, and just spiraling. 

A minimalist coach can help you overcome all of that and incorporate organization into your life. They can be that push for you to start dealing with the messiness. And yes, they can even supply you with the motivation to do so. 

4. Declutter, both physically and emotionally

This next reason for you to get a minimalist coach is the most obvious one. You'll be able to declutter your life, if only bit by bit. Don't expect to instantly get rid of everything that brings negativity into your life. It'll take time, some serious effort, and, well, a capable minimalist coach.

A professional can help you address your physical and emotional clutters. Doing so will enable you to live simply but more realistically and with more intention. 

5. Spend more time and energy on the things that matter

It's a given that by having many things, your time and energy are all over the place. Dividing those two and allotting them to things that don't serve you is rather pointless. 

By enlisting a minimalist coach, they can guide you in discovering what truly matters. Consequently, you'll be able to redirect all your resources toward it. 

What do you think happens once you do this? You'll be able to cultivate your passions and live a more fulfilling life! 

5 great reasons to hire a minimalist coach

Questions a minimalist coach might ask you

Let’s make something clear before we proceed. A minimalist coach, or any life coach for that matter, is not a problem solver nor a miracle worker. The effort needs to come from you. Your actions will ultimately make or break it for you.

What your coach does, instead, is guide you to move from your current stay of cluttered disarray and onto the life you want for yourself.

How so, you may ask? It’s through a series of asking you powerful questions like these:

  • What are your downsizing goals?
  • What are the things that you hold dearest to you? 
  • What will life look like if you don’t own too much stuff?
  • What do you want life to look like from here on out?
  • How do you expect to achieve that kind of life?
  • What are the things in your possession that don’t bring joy into your life?
  • Why do you think you might possess things that are only making you unhappy?
  • What do you think will happen if you own less?
  • How will you define clutter?
  • Where do you think the urge to acquire more stems from?
  • How much is too much for you?
  • What will you consider as enough stuff?
  • Where do you need to start organizing?
  • Why do you think you get easily attached to things and people?
  • What do you think you could do with your time, money, and energy instead?
  • Why do you feel guilty about getting rid of gifts from family and friends?
  • What do you think you’ll be able to accomplish if things, thoughts, and emotions are not weighing you down?
  • What do you think are the things you can permanently remove from your life?

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Minimalism is not having less. It's about making room for more of what matters.	Anonymous Coaching Quote

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