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I believe minimalism is a mindset, a mindset that can take you on a journey to realise a more meaningful life. A life driven by the desire to develop your best personal qualities and purposeful relationships with others rather than a life driven by consumerism and achieving status. Minimalism can be as extreme as living out of a backpack or as moderate as clearing out the clutter from one room. You may have a goal to travel the world without commitments or just a desire to simplify your life.
Whether you live a nomadic lifestyle or a more conventional life you can practise minimalism in your everyday routine. Here's how.
◊ Avoid the shops. Have a no spend day.
◊ Don't see decluttering as a one-off quick fix. If you are serious about
simplifying your life you will need to declutter regularly.
◊ Practise mindfulness. This is the art of being more present in the moment
and it can help you to enjoy simple pleasures and be more aware of your
◊ Switch off the TV. Chat with your partner or play with your children. If you
live alone enjoy the solitude or find less invasive entertainment such as
◊ Leave the car at home for a day.
◊ Choose time over productivity. Stop and chat to a neighbour or colleague
rather than rushing onto the next thing. Make eye contact and small chat
when you are served in a shop. Be friendly and smile more often. Most
people will respond positively.
◊ Commit to saving regularly or paying off your debts. Next time you are
about to buy something or start dreaming of your next purchase consider
saving that money instead.
◊ Make do and mend. Missing an ingredient? Improvise with what you've got.
Repair household items or clothes instead of replacing with new.
◊ Hire or borrow instead of buying. Need a power tool or specialist item?
Can you borrow or hire that item instead?
◊ Be satisfied with the home you have. Instead of making plans for new
furniture, re-decorating a room or an extension have a good tidy up or
clean and enjoy the space you have now.
◊ Don't put your dreams on hold indefinitely. If you want to try a new
hobby or experience start making plans today. Read that book you are
interested in today rather than waiting for your next holiday. Start
researching a new career this week if you are unhappy in your job.
◊ Delay your purchases.Tempted to buy something new? Can you wait
a week or a month? You might have changed your mind by then. Do you
want this item just because everyone else has it?
Why not try one or some of these ideas? You should feel one step nearer to reaching your minimalist dream, whatever that means to you.
Have a good week.