The Life of a Minimalist…

Hi all! Welcome to another blog!

For a while now, I have been fascinated by the topic of minimalism and the process of decluttering your life in every area. Since I became a vegan 3 years ago, my eyes have been opened to what is really going on in the world and how often we, as humans, are being brainwashed on a daily basis…

It is no secret that we live in a consumerist society. Anytime you turn on the television, walk past a billboard or listen to the radio, somebody, somewhere is always trying to sell you something. Beauty advertisements essentially shame you into believing that your hair is dull and therefore their products will liven it up. Marketing schemes trick you into thinking you need a bigger car, more technology and a full wardrobe in order to be successful.

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I feel like I see past all of those sales gimmicks now and strive to live an independent life with independent thoughts because in reality…we don’t need that much ‘stuff’ in order to be happy. In fact, the more possessions we own, the more we want and all of a sudden, we are buying things just for the sake of buying them. When we see things for what they really are, we can begin to de-clutter our life and embrace the freedom that comes from simplicity. When we place less emphasis on owning possessions, we make room for our passions and experiences. The less you own, the more you cherish what you have. The more you open your eyes, the more authentic you become.

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Anybody that knows me well, knows I used to be obsessed with buying clothes. I would literally shop once a week for new outfits and looks. The reason for this was because I was embarrassed about repeating outfits at work. Now I laugh at that thought and highly doubt that anyone cared about what I was wearing but back then, it really mattered to me! About a month ago, I did a giant cull and filled two big bags with lots of clothing, shoes and accessories. It felt good and I realised that there was so much more to life than just the ‘stuff’ I could accumulate throughout my existence. Francis has certainly taught me the value of experiences over possessions and thanks to his excellent saving skills, we’ve traveled more and invested in our future so our children won’t want for anything either. Gandhi himself owned little possessions and anything given to him, was either donated or passed on to somebody else.

Now I’m not saying I want to only own 7 possessions like Gandhi or never buy anything, ever again but I do want to possess the ability to make conscious choices about my purchases. This life skill not only takes practice but a considerable amount of honesty. Asking yourself questions like ‘do I really need this right now’ or ‘what is the motivation behind my wanting this’ can help assess whether something is a necessity or just a mindless purchase for the sake of it. I am only new to the subject of minimalism so it will be a slow transition for me but already I feel much more equipped with the skills I mentioned above. A minimalistic lifestyle will not only help me appreciate everything I already do own but it will also ensure that I get a lot of value out of my current belongings. By not putting so much time and energy into the material, I will be able to focus more on the things that matter like family, travel, love, friends, nature and more.

Also, just on a final note, on March 29th, mum and I are flying to Taiwan to visit my sister. Every single holiday I’ve ever been on (aside from the ones when I was a child) I would seriously over-pack and buy lots more clothes overseas. This time, I would like to travel like a minimalist and not go crazy like I usually do, so wish me luck!

I will keep you all updated on how my transition to minimalism fares!

Peace and Love xoxo

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9 thoughts on “The Life of a Minimalist…

  1. My top culling tip: ruthlessly cull your wardrobe and put these unwanted clothes in plastic bags. H&M offers you a 15% off voucher for each filled bag you take to them and they recycle the clothes (so just take in one bag at a time).

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  2. Thank you for your post. I so agree with you about that Media trying to sell us what we really don’t need and convince us that we need more stuff. When I had to move 2 years ago I realized that I’m a clutter-type person. As I had to move overseas I had to fit all my life only in 2 suitcases! It was hard to say good buy to all this lovely (and unnecessary) things. But it was fun to start the life with the blank page.
    Unfortunately, habits don’t go away that easy. So I found myself surrounded by even more stuff than before in just two years. And the pile grows…
    I just wonder how did you start your journey? Did you just made the resolution? Any good tips for a real clutterer?

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    1. You’re very welcome 🙂 thank you for reading! I like that you embraced the experience of starting over with a blank page but it must’ve been difficult to part with so many things. My journey has only just begun and I struggle the most with buying clothes. It wasn’t so much a resolution as being inspired by minimalists I found on YouTube and being honest with myself that I had a problem. The best advice I can give is to really assess which items you couldn’t live without (whether they are essentials or gifts with sentimental value) and which are only there to fill space. Don’t go overboard to the point where you feel like you have nothing left because then the desire to reclutter will return. Make a list and part only with what serves you no real purpose. With clothes, get creative! Mix and match the items you love to keep creating new looks 🙂 recognise that these things are only possessions and once you do, you’ll find that all of your love, time and energy goes into the real things that set your soul on fire 🙂 x

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      1. Thank you for advice and support. Looking forward to read more from your blog. As for me, I will try to reorganize my closet, my pile of cosmetics in the bathroom, my life and my mind=)

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  3. I love this post. Over the last year, I’ve tried buying less clothes and knick knacks and this year, have starting budgeting so I can see what I’m spending on. Like you, I used to go out to the shops and suss out a new top or pants each weekend – if the clothes fit, then I’d buy it straightaway even though I have a similar item in my closet and it was because clothes rarely fit me.

    You are right that we need to be very honest about all of this and be more of a minimalist. Sure, there’s nothing wrong with a bit of a splurge every now and then. But a lot of the time, our money and more importantly time can be spent better elsewhere.

    One thing I have also decided to stop spending on is stuffed monkeys. As much as I love them, I only have enough room for so many of them on my shelf, and bed (really, this habit is getting out hand!).

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    1. Haha I love that you spend most of your money on stuffed monkeys! Mr Wobbles will get jealous if you keep giving him competition :p a life of minimalism is a simple, more peaceful life and it’s one I am working towards. It may be a slow process but my intentions are to eventually transition and thus be happy with what I already own rather than wanting more xx

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