Minimalism

Do you know yourself?

How well do you know yourself?

A question you should be able to answer yourself before you can find your true minimalistic lifegoal and start adjusting your life, your household, your work.

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For me:

  • I’m an introvert, I only open up to people I trust. If I don’t get that feeling of trust, I’m not going to be your best friend.
  • I’m impatient.
  • I love to create and spend time with my dogs
  • I’m empathic, ready to listen whenever
  • I love animals, all sorts (well maybe not sharks, scorpions, and mosquito, snakes…). Okay, maybe not all animals, but a lot.
  • I like to keep it simple, no drama in my life, household
  • I do love a walk, go on vacation for sightseeing, getting to know the land
  • I write a lot: mails, blogs, to do lists
  • I hate cleaning

Why is this question important?

Well, if you want to become a minimalist, you need to take this into account.

I amI need
introvertI enjoy a quiet place, yet I do need social contact too
impatientsome things have to go smooth, keeping structure, keep the flow moving
creativea challenge, to think, …
a animal loverquality time with my dogs, a well trained dog, dog walks
funny animal videos, …
empathic, no drama queen, simpleeasy quick fixes, to let go from time to time
a writerquiet space to write, a desk (a specific room), a good couch, inspiration

Some of the things written here, are the opposite of what I’m as a person.

This is me & my creative space

For example, I like it simple, yet I’m creative. Sometime I struggle with this part. Being creative isn’t always simple. It’s like a brainmap. You throw everything in a bucket and you choose from there on, but you are interested in everything that’s in the bucket. At one point you get rid of one small thing, but give it a week or a month and I’ll review my choice anyway if I feel strong about something.

I do a lot of things at home, yet I do enjoy a vacation and long walks with the dogs.

Hey, nobody is perfect.

Minimalism isn’t a quick fix, it’s all about a lifestyle, a process that you can adjust anytime. In the end YOU will make the right choice. Just give it time.

If you don’t know YOU that well yet, ask friends and let them describe yourself. Or take personal test like these (they are free). I ended up with the result of “advocate”. It does sound like me. I’m an aries and very defendable towards people I love.

Once you truely know yourself, it is time to adjust your lifestyle.

Time to adjust your lifestyle

For instance, let’s say you got 3 kids, you and your husband have a fulltime job, you have a housemaid to help you out with some tasks. Your kids got so many hobbies that you are driving them to every activity, they got in the weekends.

What would help in that situation?

Simplifing your household.

Let’s say, you work 8 hours a day, perhaps sleep 8 hours, that’s 16 hours in total a day, that you still have available. Of course if you work half hour away from your home and you need to drive back to/from work. That’s time that’s lost as well. Perhaps doing grocery shopping afterwards, unpacking everything. From there on, you only have 6 hours left.

If that time (6h) is spend: cooking, doing the laundry, ironing, studing with your kids, cleaning after them. I only hear “WORK”.

What I see is that some spend their days mostly outdoors, to avoid “WORK”. You’re still coming back into a house that need attention. Tasks nobody can avoid, even I can’t avoid it and I don’t have a housemaid.

Fear of missing out

What I see in this example, as a minimalist, is the fear of missing out.

It is okay to spend more time away from your house, if that’s what you like. But you don’t have to fear your home and the tasks in it.

For instance for me, I clear out my closets within 15 minutes en 5 minutes for my shoes. That’s spring cleaning for me.

How does that make you feel?

Having less clothes, less shoes mean for me= less cleaning, less laundry to do, more time for my dogs, my friends, my hubby and my creative projects.

My advice to you:

Tackle the things that cause your stress, the reason why you are avoiding “WORK”.

And to do that, you need to know yourself.

Good luck with finding out who you are and what you need.

Let me know below what you figured out.

Ilse

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