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Minimalist Living: 15 Minimalist Tricks for A Simple Life

In today’s world, consumerism is everywhere. Clever marketing tries to get us to buy things every day. All too often, we spend money we don’t have on things we don’t need. Our thoughts revolve around and worry about our material possessions. (Minimalist Living: 15 Minimalist Tricks for A Simple Life)

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That sounds rather pessimistic at first. But there is a very simple solution to escape the vicious circle of consumption: minimalism. I bet some of you are picturing tiny apartments, bare walls, and a limited number of items of clothing in your wardrobe.

But minimalist living just means stripping down to the bare essentials, and that can mean something different to each of us. It’s more than a trend, it’s a way of living that gives us a simple life.

We look at all the benefits of minimalism and give you 15 practical tips for getting started with a minimalist life. You can start making small changes today and live a little more sustainably, happily, and above all, more freely, every day.

What is Minimalism?

As we said, minimalism can mean different things to different people and be adapted to suit their individual needs. After all, what’s good for someone living alone might not necessarily work for a minimalist life with children in a family.

There’s no one right way to define minimalism, but everyone can decide what it means to them. You don’t have to get rid of everything just to reach a certain number that’s supposed to define minimalism.

What we can say is that minimalism frees us from unnecessary stuff and puts the focus back on what’s important in life. We only own what we really need and let go of things that don’t make us happy and ultimately weigh us down.

Minimalism teaches us to live a simpler life, to consume consciously, and to appreciate our possessions more. The motto “less is more” sums up the essence of minimalism.

We don’t define happiness just by what we have, but also by the experiences we have every day, spending time with our loved ones, or just having time for ourselves.

We’re starting to think more carefully about what we consume, what we commit to, and what we do. We’re becoming more mindful of our lives. We’re asking ourselves questions like, “What do I really need? What do I only do because it’s expected? What can I reduce from my possessions?”

What are The Benefits of Minimalism?

A minimalist lifestyle has several advantages, so we’ll limit ourselves to five important points. You will quickly realize that by living a minimalist life, you will reduce your possessions but gain so much more in terms of quality of life.

1. Lower expenses

One immediately obvious point is that you will save money by living a minimalist lifestyle. Of course, you will still buy the things you need, but conscious consumption will mean that you will no longer spend unnecessarily.

2. Live more sustainably

Consuming less is also good for the environment. By living more minimally, you actively contribute to wasting fewer resources. The less you buy, the smaller your carbon footprint. Sustainability and minimalism go hand in hand.

3. More free time

Less stuff and a simpler existence also mean more time for the things that are truly important to you. You will not have to clean your home as often or get rid of as much clutter. Finally, a minimalist lifestyle allows you to enjoy your free time more and try new hobbies.

4. Fewer comparisons

When you know what is really important to you in life, you will no longer be jealous of your friends’ or colleagues’ latest purchases. You learn that your minimalist life brings you more than any new smartphone could. Most importantly, you will stop comparing yourself and your social status to others.

5. Happier life

Minimalism contributes to a happier life. When you live a minimalist life, you learn to appreciate things more, you have more order, and most importantly, you have more time in your life. You have everything you need, but you don’t have to worry as much about making ends meet, and you can use the time you gain to do the things that really make you happy in the short and long term.

Here are 15 Useful Tips and Guidelines to Help You Start Minimalism.

To facilitate your introduction to minimalism, we’ve put together our own 15 tips and tricks. So join us on the path to a more minimalist everyday life that brings you joy.

1. Learn About Minimalism

Congratulations, as you’ve already demonstrated active participation by reading this post! Visit blogs, find books, listen to podcasts, or watch documentaries about the topic. Take Netflix’s “Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things,” for instance.

2. Start with a small project.

You don’t have to throw everything out of your house at once, but you should start your journey to minimalism slowly. Pick an area that’s easy for you and doesn’t overwhelm you. This could be a drawer, your closet, or even your makeup (you can find inspiration here). Small steps will get you there!

3. Find allies.

Let your family and friends know about your plan to live more minimally. You might be surprised at how many of them will offer to help or even join you. Not only is it more fun that way, but you’ll also have someone to help and advise you.

4. Forget about perfection.

Yes, you have to learn to let go of the idea of doing everything perfectly. This is true in life and also in minimalism. Reduce your material possessions, but do it the way it feels right for you and not according to some apparent norm (not even ours).

5. Decluttering is just the beginning.

The first step is to declutter your life to make it more minimalist. But this isn’t a one-time thing. You have to learn how to keep minimalism in your everyday life and resist temptation. Find rules that work for you. It could be “a new item comes, an old one goes,” less storage space, or “sleep on it for a night.” You decide.

6. Go through your closet and get rid of anything you don’t need.

One easy way to live more minimally is to clear out your closet. Start by getting rid of all your clothes, shoes, and bags from the closet, drawer, or under the bed. Then, organize them into four piles: Keep, Unsafe, Gone, and Repair.

Put the items in the Unsafe pile out of sight (e.g., in a box) for three to four months. If you miss something during this time, you can put it back in your closet. Otherwise, you can put it in the Away pile.

It’s a good idea to check the contents of your wardrobe regularly. You’ll feel a sense of relief at having a simple life and finding what you really want to wear. Ideas such as a capsule wardrobe or Project 333 will also help you to develop a minimalist closet.

7. Organize your bathroom cabinet.

Now it’s time to tackle your bathroom cabinet. Go through all your cosmetics, makeup, and medication, and check the expiration dates and condition of the products. Anything that’s no longer useful should be put away.

For the remaining items, take your time and think about whether you really like and use them or whether you just have them lying around. Rather than keeping the shower gels that you never use, give them away or use them up next time.

Set a personal limit on how much of each item you keep. For example, nobody really needs 20 different nail polishes. Instead, choose your five favorites that you reach for again and again.

8. Make space in your kitchen.

The next place to start is your kitchen. Take a look at the crockery, kitchen appliances, and accessories, as well as the food. We often have too much in our kitchen cupboards.

The first thing to do is take everything out of the fridge and larder and check which items have already expired or need to be used up soon. If you do this regularly, you’ll also avoid unnecessary food waste.

Then move on to the rest of the kitchen. Take a look at everything you have and what you use regularly. Do you really need the 25 different cups, the egg stove, or the 30 Tupperware containers? Probably not. Decide on a number of things that are essential in your kitchen and give away, sell, or donate everything else.

9. Take a look at your decorations.

Now it’s time to look at the details, namely the decorations in your home. Take a look at each room and decide whether you really love the decorations or whether they’re just dust catchers (and therefore time wasters).

We often have a few favorite pieces that get lost in the sea of decorations. By adopting a more minimalist style, you can finally give the most beautiful pieces more room to shine.

Think about whether you can use useful objects as decorations. This could be a beautiful fruit basket, a jewelry bowl, or a great blanket. If you have green fingers, plants also make wonderful decorations.

10. Get rid of your paper chaos.

We have notes and papers all over our home. To put an end to this, it’s worth putting a “No advertising & free newspapers” sticker on your letterbox.

Think about whether your current newspaper subscriptions are important to you. Use the digital versions instead or cancel your subscription completely. You can also switch to e-books or audiobooks or borrow books from the library or friends.

If you also work from home, try to avoid printing as much as possible. Also, file everything that can’t be avoided in folders at least once a week or scan your documents directly. You’ll see how much tidier your workspace (and therefore your head) will be.

11. Why do I need this?

To avoid falling back into the trap of thoughtless consumption, you should start questioning what you want to buy. Do you really need it, or do you just want it because it’s on sale, trendy, or really pretty?

Take a moment to think about why you’re making this decision. If you’re still not sure, it might be helpful to wait a few days. Are you still thinking about it and do you think it makes sense to make a purchase? Or has the urge subsided?

If we’re honest with ourselves, we’ll see that we can live perfectly well with less and don’t necessarily need everything we want.

12. What am I missing here?

To avoid buying things you don’t really need, it’s a good idea to keep a list of the things you really want or have been dreaming about for a long time.

We often buy clothes that we already have in a similar form or that don’t match our other things.

You don’t have to have everything right away. With your list, you can keep a great overview of what you really need. You can often ask for things from friends and family for your birthday or Christmas, or wait for a discount.

13. Can I repair it?

We’re quick to buy a replacement when something breaks or doesn’t work properly. But part of living a minimalist life is also trying to value our things and use them for as long as possible.

That’s why it’s a good idea to always ask yourself whether you can repair a broken item before buying a new one. Of course, it’s not always possible, but you can often find lots of practical tutorials online or help at a Repair Café and from your friends and acquaintances.

When you repair something, you’re also doing something good for the environment, speaking out against today’s throwaway society, and in most cases, saving money.

14. What’s my budget?

If you want to live a simpler, more minimalist life, you should also set yourself a monthly budget. It’s better to live within your means than beyond your means. These days, it’s easier than ever to buy things on credit, but that doesn’t help you develop a healthy relationship with consumption. Minimalism also means drawing your boundaries and learning what you can and want to spend.

Having a budget also helps you stay calm when you see something you like in a store. You already know you don’t need it, it’s not on your wish list, and it’s beyond your budget.

15. Can I borrow this?

You don’t always have to buy everything outright. You can also simply borrow many things. Furthermore, you can simply ask around or search online for suppliers where you can borrow or rent something. The advantage of this is that you save on the purchase costs and don’t have the items lying around at home. The alternative of borrowing is particularly worthwhile for products that you don’t need all the time.

Books, toys, tools, or clothes for special occasions—there are plenty of products that are easy to borrow rather than buy. It’s best to look around online and find suitable alternatives to buying.

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Conclusion

It’s not that hard to live and experience minimalism if you follow our tips. But remember, nothing’s set in stone. You can follow your path to a simple and minimalist life at your own pace. Living with less doesn’t just mean doing without. It’ll give you a lot of joy, clarity, and freedom.

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