Consume less, live more

Consume less, live more

A beginner’s guide to minimalism

No doubt you’ve heard the term “minimalism” but what does it actually mean?

In this post we delve a into the meaning of minimalism, how-to and if it’s a type of  lifestyle that you’re after.

 

First things first, what is minimalism?

Well, that depends on you. For some, it means just having less stuff or buying less or being more aware of what you bring into your space or home and for some it means going the full hog and getting rid of almost all your possessions, quitting your job and backpacking around the world.

We love the website The Minimalists by founders; Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus,  here’s an excerpt from their site:

“By incorporating minimalism into our lives, we’ve finally been able to find lasting happiness—and that’s what we’re all looking for, isn’t it? We all want to be happy. Minimalists search for happiness not through things, but through life itself; thus, it’s up to you to determine what is necessary and what is superfluous in your life.”

There is no hard and fast rule or definition when it comes to minimalism which means that you can make it work for you, no matter how big or small you want to go.

Getting Started

There is plenty information and how- to’s on the internet, all you need to do is type in “minimalism” and you’ll be on your way but for now we’ll leave you with our “Getting Started” List:

Think about what you want, what you really want

Do you just want a less cluttered home, car, desk, mind? Then start small, clear out a drawer or two, or your car and progress from there with what you can happily manage. This is not meant to be unpleasant process so do what is manageable for you.

OR

Do you want a complete overhaul of your lifestyle? Perhaps still start small and take one step at a time but make a clear and concise plan of what you want and write down your final goals.

Don’t get despondent if you don’t reach your goals, simply regroup and try again.

Be conscious of what you buy and bring into your space

Really think about items before you buy. Can you borrow it? Do you *really* need it? Is it an item that you’re only likely to use once?

Just by giving the extra thought before buying may save you an unnecessary purchase.

Step away from the SALE

Just because it’s on sale doesn’t mean that you need it, this can be a tough one, who doesn’t love a sale?

But if you don’t need it then you’re still consuming and paying for items that you don’t need.

Box it up

This is a popular tool for those new to minimalism. The advice is that you box up items and pack them away for a set amount of time and if you don’t need or you haven’t missed the items, then it’s likely that you can sell it or give it away.

Re-use, repurpose, recycle

Not much to explain here – re-use, repurpose and recycle as many items as you can so that you don’t have to buy more. Think outside the box

If you must buy, buy well

Get good quality items that will last.

*Tip – check out your local charity shops first to see if they have what you need. In the event that they have what you’re looking for, you’ll be supporting a good cause too. Win!

If you’re not sure what you can manage why not Play the 30-Day Minimalism Game (you can watch the how-to here)

We hope this post has inspired you to think how you can consume less and live more!

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