More than just a fashion trend, minimalism is a real long-term personal approach that has more and more followers.
From the desire to consume less and better to the acquisition of minimalist reflexes on a daily basis is a long road specific to everyone.
With this article, we explain what it’s like to be minimalist and the keys to achieving it yourself without any frustration.
MINIMALISM, A STATE OF MIND
A real challenge for the future of our planet, de-consumption is the very definition of the minimalist way of life: to get rid of the superfluous to consume less and better. Minimalism is thus based on the return to what is essential to us.
Be careful, there is no question of not buying anything and no longer having any material attachments. no. But it’s about learning what makes us happy and what we really need.
To better understand, minimalism is the opposite of overconsumption and this constant search to earn more to spend more. Being minimalist, it is not the price of the object that will matter but the real impact it will have on you and the environment.
It is thus a way of life that responds as much to ecological and social problems as to personal research.
The financial gain to begin with. Yes, the minimalist saves money! By consuming less but focusing on quality, a minimalist person will above all not spend impulsively.
Saving time is also paramount. Inevitably by favouring small spaces (such as a Tiny House ☺️) and separating from superfluous objects, the minimalist will logically spend less time tidying, cleaning, buying or even looking… Benefits that will thus develop his personal well-being. By occupying your free time with activities that matter to you: reading, travelling, playing sports, cultivating, etc. Unlike overconsumption, which mostly compensates for a well-being such as stress, boredom or fatigue, no longer making compulsive purchases will also allow you to confront your emotions.
Minimalist… BUT WITHOUT CONSTRAINTS!
You will understand, to become a minimalist is to decide to have a healthier relationship with oneself and what surrounds us. And this approach you can accomplish in the long term only if you have a real awareness of the issues and a personal willingness to invest yourself.
This state of mind will influence all your purchases: shopping, clothes, housing… As a minimalist, your watchword will now be “SEE OF THE SENS.”
But complying with it requires work on one’s habits. So the important thing is your will! Then, this work will be done step by step and always without any frustration: the goal is your personal well-being.
What if you’re decluttering your interior for the first time?
But there’s no way we’re going to throw it away! Sort out what can still be reused and give to relatives or associations. If necessary, go through the repair box (yourself or through a specialized association). Finally, for what really can’t be reused, take it to the garbage dump or other recycling space.
Once this decluttering is achieved you will see more clearly and will be able to implement new consumption habits by following this 5R rule:
- Refuser: what you don’t need
- Adeduce: what you need
- Reuse:everything you consume
- RRe-cycler: What you can’t refuse, reduce or reuse
- Randour: to the ground by composting
This change in consumption must be done gradually and in a personal way!
Indeed, we do not have the same needs of comfort if we are single and nomadic or with a family and sedentary …
Above all remember for your shopping choices that minimalism is a way of consuming responsibly, ecologically and without constraints. We’re content with what we’ve got, but we don’t lack for anything.
IN PRACTICE: HOW TO (DE)CONSUME IN A MINIMALIST WAY?
We have seen previously that decluttering is a first step in a minimalist approach.
Always with the aim of experiencing this change without any frustration or pressure, start with an thankless task that very often we hate to do: Sort your administrative papers!
Not exciting as an activity certainly but precisely you have no attachment so no trouble to part with it 🙂
Be careful to check the mandatory childcare deadlines for each type of document upstream on the internet and then throw away any ones you can.
Once this task is done, tackle a piece of life. Again, go easy. Choose a room that is not very emotional. For example, the bathroom and all the samples of hotels and perfumeries kept in your drawers!
For much more sentimental objects such as photos and books, it is perfectly normal to have trouble parting with them.
Then start with a quick sort in your books. Keep the most emotional and give the others to friends, associations or drop them off in a book shed. You will find it a real pleasure to share it with other people!
If, however, you are hesitant to part with an object, ask yourself: “If I were to leave the house in 2 hours, will I take it with me?”
And if you prefer to keep it “just in case, it could still be used” , know that very often this object you will end up throwing it away …
When it comes to food, then also focus on the bare necessities.
By making you happy of course, the main thing is your well-being. But do your shopping without the superfluous!
Make a front list and avoid over-packaged products on the shelves.
For example, finished with already grated cheese and desserts in individual jars!
We eat better, we find pleasure in cooking good raw products and we avoid processed products.
The fridge will be less full, you will visit your local shopkeepers more often, limit waste and reduce your waste!
One more piece of advice. Before you buy, use this method called BISOU:
- B as Need: what is the need for this purchase for me?
- I like Immediate: if you have an immediate desire, beware! This is a compulsive buying sign.
- S as Similar: Do I already have a similar object in my house? Can someone lend it to me?
- O as Origin: where does this object come from? Who made it? Under what social conditions? In which country?
- U as Utility: Do I really need it? What will this object do to me on a daily basis?
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