Minimalism and mindfulness are two lifestyle concepts that have becoming increasingly popular over the last few years. In a nutshell, minimalism is choosing to focus on what matters to you and mindfulness is the practice of being self-aware of those things. The beauty of both of these is that there are no rules. You can apply the concept as you see fit so that they fit into your day to day life.
Minimalism started for me last August when I returned from camp to the "real world" and realized that there was a lot I was unhappy with. I slowly began to sort, first through my physical items and then through my emotional ones and categorize what made my life better and what was bringing me down. An easy example of this would be my hair and makeup routines. I was losing sleep and time with my husband to spend an hour or more in front of mirror attempting to look as put together as curly haired, unskilled makeup applier could. So I simplified. By Christmas, I was able to fit my entire every day makeup and hair routine into one small bag.
I've slowly pared down my closet to clothing items I actually wear and will continue to sort through it post-pregnancy. How many pairs of jeans do you actually need? How many outfits can you make with just a few simple pieces? I made an effort to be mindful about what I was picking out, buying, and wearing. Will this piece last me a long time, does it go with what I already own, when and where can I see myself wearing this, etc. By simplifying just these two things, wardrobe and makeup, I have been able to save so much time and money for more important things.
As a Catholic, I love what minimalism does for my spiritual life. It helps me to maintain control over a consumerist world and a "more, more, more" mentality. It's much easier to resist certain temptations if you to choose a lifestyle that supports your relationship with God. Donating unused, good quality items can be considered a Corporal Act of Mercy (clothing the naked). By really taking the time to decide what matters to you, it becomes much easier to consistently place God in the center.