The first thing many thinks of when they hear minimalism is a pristine home with brand new, spotless furniture and little to no decor, which is an entirely valid and truthful aspect of minimalism.
But just like minimalism from a design point of view, we have to see minimalism as a lifestyle. Without it, the design branch of minimalism is purely superficial and won't stand over time.
A minimalist home and the way it may look is because the person who lives there made the choices that transformed the space.
It can't work the other way around as naturally if an interior designer transforms a regular home with a bunch of stuff into a minimalist design.
It might look beautiful for the first couple of months it won't last as the people who live there are not minimalists, so space doesn't reflect their lifestyle and choices.
So beyond the furniture and decoration, minimalism is first and foremost a lifestyle that tries to live with the basics and reject the superfluous.
I have several posts about that topic but to summarize it here; I would ask you to see or think about how many books you have on your shelves that have never been read, or clothes in your closet that you only wore once or never, or maybe those fun and cool kitchen gadgets that get used once every blue moon.
The truth is we waste not only our money but even more valuable our time to buy those things that we may need someday, and now when we are stuck at home, we may realize that we own way more than what we truly need.
Minimalism is the proper answer to break a vicious circle. You don't have to throw away everything in one weekend or become a completely different person. It is enough to rethink our relationship with material things and how future objects may enter our life.
Not only will it do amazing things for our finances and helps us fulfill a meaningful life, but we will also help the environment and a secure future for new generations.
Minimalism and the environment
The positive impact a minimalist has on the environment can be incredible; we don't realize how much power we have in each selection we make.
When you visit a supermarket, look at all the products displayed. Each one of them carries a carbon print due to the resources, such as water, energy, and materials used to create them, plus the extra carbon print to transport them. This applies to anything you can put your hands on.
This is why reducing your purchases will help the environment.
Another excellent way to help the environment is to be more careful when buying, favor local products; this way, you help your economy.
When you decide you need a couple of new t-shirts, consider if what's better buying five low-quality cheap t-shirts or two more expensive t-shirts made with quality threads and proper construction? To the environment but also to the worker's rights.
Remember that high-quality product durability is much higher than those mass-manufactured, so over time, your investment will be worth it, thus improving your life quality.
Buying to make yourself better
Beyond impulsive consumption, there could be a rooted issue; it is essential to meditate about our approach to things.
Buying things can give a false sense of security by attachment to objects; this is a mechanism we may use to fill emotional voids.
Something we are taught almost mechanically since kids, so this is why it is crucial to teach kids to learn to declutter things that are no longer needed and stop the attachment behavior.
How to apply minimalism successfully?
Minimalism doesn't apply to material things exclusively; as I mentioned earlier, material things result from changing a mindset.
Decluttering the mind of certain habits, concepts, or relationships that only generate visual noise.
If you want to learn more about decluttering, read the following articles.
Nevertheless, you can start small by deleting unused apps on your smartphone, expired food, beauty, and personal hygiene products.
You want to leave space for those essential things in life that are not physical.
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