If you want a minimalist lifestyle yourself, you first have to know what it is.
What is minimalism?
And then you have to ask yourself whether you want that to be effective, because it’s not something you start one day and stop after. You also have to really want to change and give yourself time to work on it.
Because like any good intention, you occasionally make a mistake or do not dare to let go of something because it still gives you a memory or a special feeling.
Because everyone can really hear it. It’s just a different way of thinking. If you look at society nowadays, it’s about more. People want much more because what do you choose when there are so many choices. So many different attractants. An example how many mobile phones are there? Or which TV do you choose and why? You are overwhelmed by all that fun.
A minimalist thinks:
- Do I really need it?
- How many times a week do I use it?
- Can I borrow it from someone else if I need it sporadically?
- What do I want to use it for?
- Does it take up a lot of space?
- Do I want to free that place?
And there are many more questions you can ask yourself…
What helps me at home comes from a question from my childhood. Everyone knows that question and has ever played it with other friends.
“What 10 things do you take to a deserted island?”
Instead of island, change this to:
Which 10 (living) things do you take outside when there is a fire in your house?
When I have to answer that question, I think of:
1 + 2: my 2 shiba’s
3 + 4: their own bench
5. my partner
6. my tablet
7. my cell phone
8. my laptop
9. my photo books
10. my cookbook folder
And if I’m really honest, I would also like to take the harnesses of the dogs, as well as some important documents from the house and other elements.
But for the rest everything can be replaced.
And with that in mind, I switched over to minimizing my life, my household. Because if you don’t take everything else with you, why am I still keeping them in my house?
You just have to dust it, maybe even wash it out or put it back together because you don’t have room for other nice elements in the house.
“THEN WHY DO YOU KEEP IT?”
Don’t get me wrong, I would never want to have a fire at home. And it would be a shame to have to replace all that furniture, because that really hurts my budget.
All my furniture has already given me many good memories, but they remain a tool anyway. There’s no sentimental value for me. In fact, if you make pictures from your home, from your furniture, you only need to pack your photo album, or perhaps your computer (because you can save pictures on a cloud too).
Everyone can learn minimalism. It is a way of thinking differently. It’s not that hard, as long as you really want it.