The word minimalism has become so referred to when people talk about de-cluttering and though it’s a big part of minimising in the first place, the two are not to be confused.
De-cluttering is a short term solution to consumerism. Minimalism is the long term solution.
DON’T BUY THINGS THAT WILL ONLY MAKE YOU HAPPY FOR A MOMENT
Since downsizing from a house with tons of wasteful space into a small minimal flat, I have really managed to achieve the minimal aesthetic I’ve always wanted. It’s been difficult not to buy new pieces to adorn my walls and shelves with but I’ve been pretty good. I try to avoid places like Tiger, The Range and Primark Home as I know I’ll see something I *have* to own then and there that won’t actually add any value to my life.
WHEN YOU DO BUY THINGS, BUY THEM THOUGHTFULLY
The only things I have bought since living here are plants and books and records. Plants have made my home a more pleasant place to be. I’m not sure buying records or books fits in with some people’s traditional idea of minimalism (as they are not a necessity) but they make me happy and that’s what it’s about for me. There is something much more satisfying about being able to hold a killer album or heart wrenching poetry book in your hands.
CLEAN LITTLE, CLEAN OFTEN
When I’m done with a plate or a cup or a spoon in my flat, it goes straight into the dishwasher. I never go to sleep knowing there surfaces in my home are messy and I keep on top of all the housework really well. The only exception to this rule is when I have a hangover… which in recent weeks seems to be far too often. It’s bloody summer, the cider has been calling my name! During the week I come home from work for lunch and I always get a little laundry/dishwasher emptying/dusting done then as well to keep on top of things. Have I hit full adult?
EXTEND MINIMALISM TO ANOTHER AREA OF YOUR LIFE
If you’ve created the perfect living space you can branch out into creating a more functional kitchen or if your wardrobe is perfect, try working on a more streamline jewellery box. However, minimalism isn’t entirely about aesthetics or your wardrobe or your home, it can extend into the lifestyle you lead. One thing I noticed on my journey to minimalism was how I’d started to avoid advertising. I then made it a more conscious thing and I always mute ads if I *have* to watch them -which is pretty much only when watching All4. You could extend it to the friendships you hold by focusing on quality over quantity and strengthen the positive relationships in your life. You could extend it into wasting less or using less energy, the possibilities are endless.
TACKLE THE LAST FEW NIGGLY BITS
There might be a drawer in the house you’ve been throwing little bits into for ages. Sort through it. There may be a box you’ve still not unpacked from when you moved home. Get it all down to a charity shop. It might even be that there’s just a few items in your wardrobe that seem to have been forgotten about. Do a wardrobe audit. Whether they are a product of a lazy clean up or a long term problem you’ve not got round to, it’s time you tackle whatever area of your home/wardrobe/life that’s really giving you guilt.
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