Beginner's Guide to Minimalism

What is Minimalism?

Minimalism is the act of intentionally living with few possessions that are purchased out of necessity not desire. It’s also about keeping the things that bring us value and removing everything else that distracts us from it. 

Many people start living a minimalist lifestyle to declutter their spaces, but it is also extremely sustainable! 

Zero-waste vs. Minimalism

These two lifestyles are very similar, so what’s the difference? Zero-waste aims to produce as little disposable waste as your situation allows. Minimalism aims to own as little material items as your situation allows. The goal of these two lifestyles are different, but the outcome is the same- preventing overconsumption and decreasing waste. 

How to Start Living a Minimalist Lifestyle 

The first step to minimalism is changing your mindset. You have to think about what is functional for you and what items you truly value. This may include furniture, clothes, appliances etc. In order to commit to living this way, you have to separate yourself from your material possessions. Most people chase after material items and attach them to achieving success, but you have to intentionally reject this notion. Minimalism invites you to slow down, consume less, but enjoy more.  

There is no amount of things that you need to give up to consider yourself a minimalist. It’s all about what works for you and is most important to your daily routine. 

After you’ve done the internal work and decided what matters most, it’s time to declutter your physical space. Remove your things in the most sustainable way possible. Rather than just throwing it all away, give away items to friends, donate your clothes to charity organizations or thrift stores, and sell your items that are still in good condition. 

It may take time to get used to your space being so empty, but you will feel better knowing that everything you have serves a purpose in your life. Bonus: It will be a lot easier to keep your spaces organized and clean! 

Once you go minimalist, you’ll never look back!

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