• Marion BAREL

Easy steps towards a minimalist lifestyle

Updated: Jun 28, 2020

This troubling period we are all living can be a time to reflect on our lives and take some resolutions. If you are looking to make space at home and in your head, here are some easy to implement ideas you can adopt today.

Minimalism allows you to embrace a simpler, less cluttered and ultimately happier life, by letting go of the superfluous and focusing on what’s truly important to you.

“Minimalism is not a destination it's a path.”

1. Declutter your home

Recently made famous by the Mari Kondo method, this is usually the first action towards a minimalist lifestyle. Tidy your space and make room by letting go of anything considered unnecessary or that does not “spark joy”. You can start by auditing the space you consider too cluttered such as your kitchen closets or wardrobe. Create different piles according to what you want to sell, donate, give to friends, or put in clothing and textile recycling bins.

You will end up with extra closet space and a home filled with only things you love!

“Collect moments not things.”

2. Digital detox

Digital minimalism is about questioning whether each app or tool is adding value to our life; although immaterial, digital consumption also plays a part in our mental clutter and can bring us down. Remove the ones you no longer use, unsubscribe from anything you don’t need, such as newsletters, groups, mailing lists, and notifications. You will spend less time on your phone and potentially even save money without the temptation of buying.

Although technology has some amazing benefits, we are developing an unhealthy attachment to it. Performing a digital cleanse by putting our electronics down at least one hour a day and letting go of the fear of missing out allows us to be more present, and live a more meaningful life. Ironically you will be more connected when unplugged!

“Turn off all notifications except from people.”

3. Revise your to-do list & take time for yourself

Reducing your goals and learning how to say “no” will allow you to focus on what truly matters to you. You can start by splitting out what is important and must be prioritized and then list down what is less important. We would advise to only start a new thing once the previous one has been completed.

Another tip is to take a moment each day to reflect, practice gratitude or meditate. Even if you only manage to set aside one minute, the benefits of pausing are great. We are often caught up in the busy-ness and worries of our daily life; pausing allows us to be more present, get perspective on our life, or even develop new ideas. Headspace is a great application to get started with meditation.

“We are what we focus on.”

4. Reduce waste

Minimalism naturally supports waste reduction and protection of the environment. Start small by using less plastic bags, as an alternative you can carry tote bags in your bag or car. Step by step, be mindful of the waste you generate everyday and see how you can replace it by reusable alternatives. Kathryn Kellog wrote a great post about how minimalism and zero waste align and if you are looking for a simple way to reduce your single-use plastics, check out our starter kit.

"It’s just one straw, said 8 billion people."

5. Shop with Purpose

When you shop, shop with a specific item or list in mind. Also shoot for the moon when it comes to quality. It will help you only buy the things you really need and also prioritize quality over quantity since quality is usually more expensive. By developing mindful purchases habits you will end up with only things you truly love, and save money at the same time!

“Possessions can make us happier, but only if we own the right things.”

If you need a little boost to get started on your journey to minimalism, try the 30 day minimalist challenge from Clara Sharma.

Quotes from the inspiring @minimalismlife

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