Minimalist Living 101: Batching

minimalism Aug 06, 2020

Minimalist Living 101: Batching

When living a minimalist lifestyle, there are several key mindsets and methods that can make life more simple, and help you save time, energy, money, and more. Over the next few months, we will unpack these topics here on the blog, as well as on the Abundantly Minimal YouTube channel. In today's post, we will talk about batching.

For the video version of this post, click here to watch it!

While the concept of batching is often used when referring to productivity, we can apply it to a minimal life as well. There are 8 specific examples that you might find helpful with a minimalist lifestyle.

Batching Examples for a Minimalist Lifestyle

1. Meal Prep: Prepping your meals in advance can save a lot of cook time and make you more likely to eat at home. If you are new to meal prep, consider doubling the portions when cooking and save the extra servings for a meal later in the week.

2. Prepping Your Outfits: While many recommend prepping one's outfit the night before, you can actually consider batching this task and prepare or set aside your outfits for the week on Sunday nights (or whenever it is convenient for you)! I have loved doing this to avoid the decision fatigue and not have to make these choices every day.

3. Physical Decluttering: Consider batching the decluttering you are doing around your space. Rather than thinking in larger areas, such as a room, think about specific types of items, such as decluttering your shoes or your T-shirts. This makes things more manageable and it helps to see what you have when referring to different categories of stuff.

4. Digital Decluttering: Whenever you find that you have extra pockets of time or are waiting for something, use it as an opportunity to go through digital clutter, such as extra emails or photos on your device. You can accomplish a lot in a short period of time. 

5. Cleaning Tasks: One of my favorite things to batch is cleaning tasks. When I'm able to crank through common cleaning tasks like doing laundry, cleaning the bathroom, vacuuming, and more, it is easier to make a lot of progress all at once, which means I don't have to clean later!

6. Going Through Paperwork or Mail: If you find random piles of papers or mail building up in your space, it's time for a new system. Try setting a certain time each week where you tackle any of the mail or paperwork that has come in. 

7. Errands: If you aren't already, batching errands can be a huge time saver. Rather than going out for one errand, see if you can save up multiple errands to take care of at once. This is especially helpful if you have to travel farther away for various errands.

8. Returning Items to their Home: If you don't return items to where they belong in your space right away, consider batching some time at the end of the day to do this. It is part of my evening routine to take 5-10 minutes to tidy up my space, which helps me maintain a clutter-free environment!

I hope you find these examples of batching helpful for living a minimal life!

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