5 tips for becoming a minimalist
Minimalism is a way of life that is starting to grow. And for a good reason, many people no longer recognize themselves in the current consumer society. I’ve been part of it for several years. I have been looking for, and I am still looking for ways to simplify my lifestyle and my environment. I also think that an inevitable return to the essential is necessary. So I wanted to share my 5 easily accessible tips to become (a little more) minimalist in your daily life.
1- BECOME AWARE OF MINIMALISM
To change your habits and commit to minimalism, you need to do a little retrospection. You can make a list or list out loud why you want to become a minimalist and the different things you want to change. For example:
Cut back on fast-fashion purchases and opt for more original pieces uniquely.
Develop a more zen, less cluttered living environment
Going back to basics, reclaiming your environment
For the next step, think about your subsequent purchases, especially buying the usefulness of a product or if you already have an idea of its use. Avoid buying “because it’s pretty” without knowing where you are going to put it. I’m not saying that you shouldn’t treat yourself, but I think that you should be less spontaneous and more thoughtful in your purchases.
2- FOCUS ON SIMPLE PRODUCTS
For me, one of the pillars of minimalism is simplicity in our consumption and use of everyday products. We try to stay as simple as possible by playing on the combinations of essential products to give an effective result. I speak at the same time of :
searching for simple clothing materials (cotton, linen, etc.),
the use of natural products for cooking or beauty products: coconut oil, shea butter, Marseille soap, olive oil, etc.
3- SORT OUT YOUR ENVIRONMENT: THE BASIS OF MINIMALISM
This method consists of you taking out everything you have by categories: clothes, books, beauty products, etc. Then make a pile of each on the floor. In this way, it is easier to realize the number of things we have and clutter our interior.
The most important thing is maintaining these good habits, especially by not accumulating as much stuff in the weeks and months that follow. Otherwise, you’ll just have to start over. Remember to throw away unnecessary things as soon as you receive them, and you no longer have any use for them.
4- CONNECTING MINIMALISM AND ECOLOGY
Minimalism is also synonymous with a less cluttered living environment, with great sorting. I think it is essential to connect with ecology and zero waste. Indeed, even if it is vital to sort out the clutter in your home. Then it is also important not to throw everything in the trash. Think of giving your objects a second life: in particular by providing to associations, by making flea markets, by selling on the Internet, or by giving to its close relations. Anything that clutters your home can find its place elsewhere!
5- MINIMALISM IS ALSO ABOUT DOING IT YOURSELF
Minimalism is about going back to a more straightforward way of life. Following this idea, it seems essential to me to do more things myself.
I am thinking in particular of making household, hygiene, and beauty products. For many years now, I have been making my own soaps, solid shampoos, cleaning products, detergents, etc.
It is the best way to take back control of my life, my environment, and my consumption. By making my own products, I choose what I put in them and the essential ingredients. This is also a continuation of the previous points since many of the products I use have the same essential components: Marseille soap, vegetable powders, or vegetable oils, etc.
Making your own products is also about slowing down the pace, taking the time to do things yourself, finding a sense of “home-made.” And above all, it’s very satisfying to use your products daily.
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