Guest Post: Minimalism, Be More With Less

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Our first guest post! We love to talk about life after college here so let’s look into minimalism and how you can live with less. Let’s be honest it might be your financials telling you that you need to live a more minimalist lifestyle but that’s fine. Most people think they will be happy with more stuff but maybe you’ll be happy with less!

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Before entering headlong into today’s topic, I want you to reflect while you watch this short video about nowadays society. As you can see, minimalism can be considered as a protest of our every rhythm and pressures from the society. You may not be aware of the effects of our daily routine: accumulation of stuff; we are absorbed by the consumerism- material possessions, advertisement, stereotypes.

In today’s world, there are more products available to us than ever before. We are often told that more equals better, which equals a happier and more fulfilling life right? Minimalism could be a tool to use to get rid of unnecessary stuff and to live a meaningful life. When you get conscious about your life’s excess, you’ll be able to focus on the important parts of your life: health, relationships, passions, growth, and contribution. Minimalism isn’t about quick fixes or drastic, overnight change. It’s about taking small steps that will lead you to a more fulfilling life at a pace that you may need.

A minimalist constantly asks himself questions about possessions: Do I still need this? When is the last time I used this? What would happen if I got rid of this? Could someone use this more than me? A minimalist imagine a life rich that has nothing to do with wealth; and act upon it. Minimalists realize that the years we spend working, saving, paying a mortgage and needlessly accumulating a mass of ‘stuff’ don’t actually equate to happiness. It’s about clearing the clutter from your life and adjusting your mindset so you can live with more purpose and peace.

Joshua Becker, the blogger and founder of the idea of Minimalism, he defines it as the ‘intentional promotion of the things we most value and the removal of anything that distracts us from it’.

Here are some steps you can take to practice minimalism mode of living with less — on your own terms:

  1. Don’t own excess

Living a minimalist lifestyle is reducing. Many people have their closets full of clothes that do not longer like or no longer fit correctly. So, the first step to practice minimalism is asking yourself: Is my closet overflowing with clothes I never wear and can’t keep track of?

The next step is going through your closet and removing all unused clothing. This way, you will spend less time choosing, buying and ordering your clothes! It will leave your closet lighter, your mornings less stressful, and your wardrobe full of clothes you love. You’ll never miss those unused clothes. This also works for furniture. Removing excess furniture from your rooms will immediately open up significant space and airflow in your home.

Take a look at how to organize your closet as efficiently as possible.

  1. Take a break from technology

Try to take an hour, a day or a whole weekend where you completely switch off from technology. Enjoy the great outdoors, read, cook, work out or actually have a conversation with your loved ones. You’ll be surprised at how much more enjoyable these moments are without constant digital interruptions!

  1. Keep it simple

Many of the decorations in our homes hold no personal value to our lives. They just simply happened to match the color of the carpet. Take a moment to walk through your home with a discerning eye. After, leave only the decorations that are the most meaningful and the most beautiful. Your place will begin to share your story in a more authentic way.

Throughout your minimalist journey you will learn what really matters and how little we really need all this stuff we surround ourselves with. Practically, this means that minimalists generally own few things and strive to live smaller, simpler lives (less things = more joy!). You may also be more conscious that as we share this world with other people, we should be more conscious and have respect for the space we take up in as is part of all of us. Doing so, we can better deal with the stressors that are inherently going to be a part of our life, instead of add to them. So, what if we chip away all this unnecessary, until we see what matters most: our people and our passions?

How about you, what could you strip away that would allow you to focus on the important aspects of your life?

Last but not least, bellow you will find inspirational videos about minimalism:

The Art of Letting Go | The Minimalists

Adventures with Minimalism and Happiness- Marty Stano

Bea Johnson’s Zero Waste lifestyle

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