Let me start by saying that 2016 was one of the worst years I could ever remember. It has taken me to a point where I really needed to examine my existence and purposes. And when I was most lost and most dissatisfied with just about everything I started a little retail therapy. And it hit me. Retail therapy did not make me happy. It did not make me feel better. It just made me have more stuff which were unused and making me feel guilty for buying them. That’s when I came across minimalism. Minimalism is a lifestyle which tries provide person everything it needs and nothing more. Minimalism is not purging. If you don’t want to. It does not mean living with less than 100 things . Except you want to.
So what are the bonuses?
- less cleaning – every single object is intentional and has its own place. this means there is no more sorting or reorganising, only dusting and simple tasks like that to keep your living space in order
- more time -you lose the urge to go shopping since you have all you need. More hanging out with friends and family. More time for self-development and things close to your heart like reading and dancing in the sunlight 😉
- more money – well, yes, it still depends on the lifestyle you live and where do you tend to meet people and what you do after job and… but some people say it saved them a shitload of money.
- peace and clarity – oh, i’m going in the zone where I was always the first one to cringe and roll eyes. But there is a little bit less worries and I am not really sure if this is due to minimalism or not. Let’s say it is just for the sake of argument.
And further down the rabbit hole of minimalism I went closer I got to another movement. Zero-waste one. (Insert a filthy hippie joke here as I always do :)) Can you imagine a world without all the waste and less pollution and less abuse of the nature. Zero waste is a philosophy where the enormous abuse of plastic is something we are not willing to take. Ignoring the fact I come from a country which is 3rd in the world in the recycling department I still think the plastic is abused and we could just as well survive with glass and metal kitchen storage, with reusable tote bags and with cloth tissues and so on. Yes, it is a marginal philosophy but I really found it as a challenge. And I am just starting that route. How to go from being a pig making too much waste to kinda decent human being using as many reusables as possible (please, don’t take it as an insult, my humour can be a bit mean sometimes….):
- tote bag. Have you seen them? They are OH SO CUTE!
- bringing a water bottle in a bag all the time and not buying the plastic bottles every time you need a sip.
- Use cloth tissues. Yes, this one is kinda controversial. But after using them a little while I must admit, they are not as bad as I imagined.
- Try a hand at making home laundry detergent
- Buy from a local farmer. With own packaging.
- Bring a lunch to work from home.
- Same with coffee.
Yes, I know, some of the ideas are quite drastic. But! It is a fun experiment and I hope to turn it into lifestyle. Until I manage to deal with those two I will not poke into sustainability and tiny homes. I swear. I mean I’ll try not to 🙂