Minimalist lifestyle before my big trip
You’re overwhelmed with stuff. You own many clothes, yet every morning it’s the same ritual, you never know what to put on your back. Your bills are constantly increasing, and you spend your time tidying, repairing, maintaining, cleaning. You’re always running. And, in the end, you never have enough time to think about yourself. So, becoming and adopting a minimalist lifestyle may be the solution. It’s time to review your priorities.
This discipline, originally Japanese, consists of purifying your living space. Getting rid of the superfluous to live better with few things and acquiring a better quality of life takes advantage of the time to pamper yourself. It also allows you to save money by reducing your purchases and contributing to a better environment by preserving the planet, reducing waste, and recycling it.
There is no miracle recipe for adopting a minimalist lifestyle. You simply have to decide to do so and then try to stick to it in the long term. This art of living gradually rediscovering all the nooks. and crannies of your house (garden, garage, etc.). It generates activities over several months, even years, without any constraints or deadlines, whether for children or parents. This is an ideal activity to do with the family on rainy days, for example.
Personally, I have never read any books on minimalism. I’ll tell you about my own experience, why, and how I came to have a minimalist model.
From the voluntary simplicity of yesteryear to today’s minimalism
I have always been thrifty. My parents and grandparents raised me that way, probably because they experienced famine during World War II. We had a barnyard with a few animals, and our neighbors had a garden, so we bartered between families. No one would ever throw food in the garbage. Every object had several lives. Nothing was thrown away. Everything was recycled or transformed! In the past, what we call minimalism today, we called voluntary simplicity.
Minimalism, this new lifestyle that has changed their daily lives
Whatever their motivations, more and more people are converting to minimalism. A lifestyle where “less is more” is a philosophy. Testimonies.
Faced with overconsumption, more and more French people have made minimalism a new way of life.
With a philosophy: “Consume less, but better”?
The practice implies getting rid of the extra to concentrate on the essential. Objective: To learn to detach oneself from material things and the power they have over us, to make space in one’s life and in one’s head, and, of course, to adopt a reasoned and, if possible, responsible mode of consumption.
Because it is not consumption in itself that is pointed out, but compulsive consumption. An (agonizing and endless) race to a pseudo-happiness that consists of earning money and spending it. “We think money brings us security, but we have no power over earning more. We only have power over spending less,” says Patrick Rhone, author of Enough. By owning less stuff, we can actually enjoy better use of what we have.”
How to use it
If adhering to the principles of minimalism seems rather apparent, succeeding in conforming to them sometimes requires more work than it looks. To help aspiring minimalists in their conversion, Aurélie, and Youri, coaches specialized in decluttering, tidying, and organizing the house, advise to go step by step:
First, declutter your home.
Sort out your dressing room.
Free yourself from buying compulsions.
Lighten your schedule.
Finally, sort out your relationships.
So “sorting,” okay, but how? Emilie Court, also a minimalism coach, suggests following the “5Rs” method: “refuse” what we don’t need; “reduce” what we do need; “reuse” everything we consume; “recycle” what we can neither refuse nor reduce, nor reuse; and finally, “return” to the earth by composting the rest.