The Ease of Saying No (If You Know This One Thing)

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  1. I am so inspired by this! I am 36 in February 2019 and have been a social butterfly my whole life…and a yes person! I have been looking into minimalism and thinking about it a lot lately, and where in my life needs refinement…and it is with my time and people. This article is encouraging to me and will propel me to start my yes list…Thank-you!

    1. Hi Calora, I can even tell how you write, that you’re a lovely person to be around! I’m so glad that this post has inspired you to be more intentional with your time. I’m curious, is there one or two commitments you can think off the top of your head that will make your yes-list? Cheers, Michael.

  2. This is a timely post as I actually went to a Bea Johnson talk just this weekend so VERY inspired to minimize how complicated our lives are. The challenge I’ve found is that a number of things we no longer need are in such bad shape that we can’t give them away so it would just end up in the landfill. I’m justifying it on the basis that once these items are gone, we won’t replace them but it is tough to see us fill a trash can for the first time in a long time now. Saying no is going to be the key part moving forward so thanks for the post!

    1. Thanks for sharing your experience. You’re so right about the challenges of waste, and saying no is something we could all do more to protect the environment.

  3. You’re welcome, Amy. I’ve found myself in those situations and they’re not easy to deal with, especially when you feel like you’re letting people down. But it sounds like you know what list it belongs on 🙂 All the best with it!

  4. Saying no it’s something I’ve learnt to do since I started my minimalism journey. And is so freeing! I used to be someone that would always try to please others and would feel guilty about saying no. But that has changed. Thanks so much for sharing this article.

    1. Thanks, Sandra! It’s amazing what minimalism unlocks for us, isn’t it? Always enjoy hearing about your experiences.

  5. I am saying no to others’ lists of how to be minimalist. I’ve tried to limit my wardrobe only to discover how fast a few items of clothing wear out when they are worn weekly. Everything in my closet fits me, my style and my real life. Everything from all seasons, except sweaters (jumpers) goes on a hanger, so when I spot a bargain off season, I know immediately if I should buy or if there’s one already there for me. Practically everything is organic/fair trade or high quality thrifted. I do one pair in one pair out rule on footwear. Folks should follow their own rules and be comfortable saying no when necessary. Thanks!

    1. “Folks should follow their own rules and be comfortable saying no when necessary.” Couldn’t have said it better myself. Thanks for sharing Rhea.