Minimalism, or the practice of using/owning only the essential, has been a recent trend in various industries for quite some time now. This act has been revered to as living a life that is ‘simple’, and in the modern setting where the image of bustling crowds, rushing cars, and the growing noise and light pollution is common, one can understand why this simplistic lifestyle appeals to a number of people.
Not only do you see minimalism observed in taking photos, but it can also be applied to the possessions you own. The thing about the minimalism is that you can apply the discipline to a lot of aspects. If you’re daring, you may even be a minimalist when it comes to cooking. Artists themselves have adapted minimalism even in the past.
However, you can also apply minimalism to your own life and spark a change in your lifestyle in general!
Cut back on excessive food
Consumption is one things we should pay attention to. Applying a minimalistic approach to our eating habits, we need to make sure that what we eat is both useful to the body and joyful to our moods. We need to take good care of our bodies, after all. Cut back on consuming foods that are rich in sugar and preservatives, regardless of how tempting they are. Instead, replace them with whole and healthy foods!
Cut down on your clothes
It’s about time to let go of the pile of clothing you haven’t touched in years. Old clothing items we hold close to heart carry the memories and the golden days of the past, but practically speaking, they only gather dust inside our closet. A minimalist approach towards your untouched piles of clothing is to let go of them — either you sell them on a garage sale or donate them to those who are in need. With that,
Donate unused items to charity institutions
The untouched items in your house may only accumulate as time passes. While you are saving some items in case of an urgent need, chances are there might still be things you won’t ever use again; such as your first ever skateboard or your childhood bicycle. Instead of leaving them around the house, make a good use out of the said item and donate it to charity. Learn the practice of giving what you don’t use and possessing only what you need.
Let go of what needs to be forgotten/discarded
Although this also applies to tangible objects, adapting a “letting go” mentality is important if you seek to adapt a minimalist lifestyle. Learn how to meditate, stay focused on the present, and utilize self-care regularly. Accept that there are things we need to let go. Having such an attitude will help us progress towards other areas of our own lives.