What is the first thing that comes to your mind when this word comes up?
For me is white empty room, with just one or two pieces of furniture
Maybe hidden storage space for a wardrobe consisting of just a couple of pieces, white and black, maybe one navy blue.
I always thought that minimalists were some crazily organised people living in an alien planet far far far away from my lifestyle.
Until I encountered a minimalist facebook page and I realised, that, wait a minute - I am a minimalist!
Let me explain:
My favourite definition of mimimalism is this: "Minimalism is a tool to rid yourself of life’s excess in favor of focusing on what’s important—so you can find happiness, fulfillment, and freedom."
This is the key. Minimalism in itself is not a thing, it's a journey that different people take in different ways but with the unique goal - reducing excesses.
The first step towards this is to reevaluate one's life.
From possessions to daily activities.
And this will lead to a reduction of consumption, of things (less buying!!) and in turns of fuel (think, less trips to the shop in the car for example), electricity (less things will potentially means going back to basics, less tv time, less kitchen appliances etc..). So this to me is pretty much what a sustainable, frugal life is all about!
Also, mimimalism might make you healthier.
Firstly buying less might make you reconsider your food choices. Not in terms of eating less, but eating real things and less processed. Back to basic. Less packages, less ready made, less ingredients.
Secondly, pursuing what make you happy might make you decide to limit online time thus spending time with real friends and family. Which means, maybe a nice walk with your real friend, or your dog, or playing with the kids.
Also, think of all of that free time not stuck in traffic to go to the shop! You can now maybe exercise instead? Do some yoga perhaps.
Or clear your head with some meditation..
Think about it. The world is your oyster but time is precious so use it for what is most valuable.
It will make you happier, healthier.. and if you are helping the environment in the meantime, added bonus, right? :)
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