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7 x Practical Tips: This is how you start with Minimalism

on June 24, 2021  in Bewust levenDuurzaamheidMinimalisme

In this article we help you on your way with 7 simple tips to easily learn to live minimalist(er)! 

 

Minimalisme Tak Groene Blaadjes

  

 

1. Inspiration & Motivation

You probably won't read this blog if you're not already a little bit inspired and motivated to live (more) minimalistic. Great, because that's where it starts!

Read, watch and listen to it and be inspired by others. They will show you how simple it can be and what it will bring them (and possibly you too!). 

We've rounded up our favorite people, books, movies, documentaries, podcasts, and websites — from everyday folks like you and me to the real-life minimalism gurus:

 

Blogs about Minimalism

  • growth inkers
    Jelle & Claire from Growthinkers combine the themes of growth, sustainability and minimalism and write about this on their platform. With great tips, topics and content!  
  • The Green Girls
    Merel takes you into the world of green, vegan and eco living. The starting point for a conscious(er) lifestyle. 
  • The Green List
    Saskia from The Green List started in 2020 with a challenge not to buy any stuff for a year. Successfully! She now writes, blogs and vlogs about everything that has to do with a minimalist and eco lifestyle. 
  • Minimalist Dutchie
    “Less stuff, more life” is Anja's motto. She blogs about minimalism in practice and shares her personal experience with you. 
  • Mothers Minimalism
    Dieuwke tells you all about minimalism, conscious and simple living, mindfulness, natural products, minimizing your waste and much more on her blog!  
  • Bedrock Magazine
    Super nice platform with articles on all kinds of topics with one goal: a conscious you. 

  

Movies & Documentaries about Minimalism 

  • Tidying up with Marie Kondo – Marie Kondo
    Marie Kondo explains in this documentary how you can easily keep your home and workplace clean & tidy.  
  • TINY: A Story About Living Small – Merete Mueller & Christopher Smith
    A couple asks themselves: what is a 'home' anyway and how do we find it? They decide to build a Tiny House themselves (without building experience..) and find out what really is essential is in a house (and in life) and what is not. 
  • consumed – Aynsley Vogel 
    Jill Pollack challenges some families to live for 30 days with just a few essentials. 
  • Chasing Coral – Jeff Orlowski 
    A documentary about the rapidly disappearing coral worldwide, as a result of our anything but minimalist lifestyle. 
  • Our Planet – WWF & Netflix 
    A documentary with David Attenborough that takes a closer look at the consequences of our consumption lifestyle on our planet. 

 

Books & Magazines about Minimalism

  • Get rid of it – Dennis Storm
    Dennis Storm shares his vision of minimalism: going back to the essentials. And what that is exactly is different for everyone. 
  • More by less Joshua Becker
    In this book Joshua takes you through the process of creating space in your home, your life, your mind and your possessions. He argues that cleaning up everything that is superfluous gives you more space in your life – literally and figuratively! 
  • Everything that remains: a memoir by the minimalists – The Minimalists (Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus)
    This is not a 'how-to' book, but a 'why-to' book. Joshua and Ryan explore what's left when you take all the stuff away - what's the essence of life then? 
  • simple – Yotam Ottolenghi 
    A great cookbook with SIMPLE recipes with 10 ingredients or less. 
  • Cleaned up! – Marie Kondo 
    Cleaned up neatly! Forever a clean and clutter-free home with Marie Kondo. 
  • The Joy of Less – Francine Jay 
    A book focused on cleaning up your house and getting rid of stuff. Ideal for a first step towards minimalism! 
  • 12 Months: Minimalism – Dennis Storm & MOYU
    In this workbook you will take on various assignments in the field of minimalism in 12 months: from decluttering and saving money to gratitude and learning new habits. It couldn't be more practical!

 

2. Start small

Well, inspiration is there. There is a good chance that you now prefer to get rid of all your stuff in one day, live in a Tiny house and never want to buy anything new again. That intention is good, but really achievable… probably not. For a few it works well to go 'cold turkey', but for the majority it really doesn't. 

So: start small! 

For example, pick one theme, say clothing, and make a small change to it. Give away 3 pieces of clothing that you no longer wear, or agree with yourself that you will only * enter a number * buy pieces of clothing every month.

Suppose you choose the theme 'food', you can start by no longer throwing away leftovers, but save them for the next day. This way you learn to be more economical with what you have and you also get more appreciation for it. 

In the book Atomic Habits teaches james Learn how to easily start with small habits and expand them into a true lifestyle. Recommended!

 

Witte Trap met Plant Witte trap 


3. Make it a habit

If that first step has gone well, it is important to keep it up and expand. Almost all good intentions of people fail on this part: they do not become habits, but 'musts', strict rules or one time only intentions that are impossible to sustain. 

So have you mastered one step? Expand it! For example, you lower the number of items of clothing you buy per month, or from now on you first go to a vintage store to look there (instead of looking for new, first-hand clothing immediately).

Is that okay? Then add a new theme. 

The intention is that the steps you take are so easy that you actually do them almost automatically and stick to them. Once it takes effort, it gets complicated. slow and steady so is the motto! 

 

4. Do it together

Take the steps together with your partner, brother, sister, girlfriend or mother. Not only is it more fun, it's also easier to stick to. People simply don't want to be inferior to another, so take advantage of it! hold each other accountable and take turns choosing, for example, a theme or get out. 

Ready for a next level? Take on a challenge! 

 

Handen vasthouden

 

5. Take a challenge

You probably know it: the 30/30 challenge. During this challenge you will get rid of stuff for 30 days. On day 1 you get rid of 1, on day 2 you get rid of 2, until you get rid of 30 things on day 30. The fast calculator immediately sees that you then get rid of about 465 things in one month.

IMPOSSIBLE, you say? Nope! 

It really can. Fortunately, small things like a pencil or eraser also count, so that makes the challenge more feasible. 

In the workbook 12 Months: Dennis Storm's Minimalism take on this and 11 other challenges! Every month there is a new challenge waiting for you, always with a different theme. There is space in the workbook to keep track of your experiences, ideas, tips or obstacles. That keeps you sharp! In a year you tackle a lot of (new) themes and you clean up a lot of junk both inside and outside. 

 

12 Maanden Minimalisme Werkboek Dennis Storm

 

6. Choose consciously: what is really important to you? 

Perhaps the essence of minimalism is 'simply' to choose consciously. Do not consume everything that is loose, think 3-4-5 times before you buy something, use your time more sparingly and above all make time and space for what really matters. 

So learn to ask yourself: what is really important to me? 

It's okay if clothes are important to you. Try to take steps by shopping vintage more often, switching to sustainable clothing brands or saying 'no' to yourself a little more often. 

If you think your private and work balance is important, then focus on cluttering your calendar so you have more room for private time. 

Do you want to save and live more economically? Clean up your financial expenses, buy second-hand, visit the market more often instead of Albert Heijn, stop unnecessary spending or take up the challenge in the Minimalism Workbook which we talked about above. 

 

7. Perfection does not exist

Perfection does not exist. Neither is the 'perfect minimalist'. Tackle the topics that are important to you, give you the most benefits, and most of all, make it a habit. If you can do that, it can make a huge difference in your life!

 

Tips from the MOYU Community

We asked our own team and community members about minimalism and minimalist living. No shortage of tips! 

Get started small. I really think that's the most important. If you start small and build up more and more, it is easy to sustain and becomes a part of your life.” – Lotte

I always when I'm on vacation go and pack my things, that I realize how little I really need. Some basics, charger, phone. And that's what I try as probeer frame of reference when I'm in a store and tend to buy something 'nice' (which is actually completely unnecessary).” – Rose

A simple one works for me morning routine It's nice (same breakfast, same order, same time), then I don't have to think about what I have to do before I leave.” – Alessandro 

I think it's important to good Overview to have things of what you want to do, in this way you invest your time optimally in things and you do not do more than you have to do.” – Tim 

"Buy never more spontaneous or impulsive. If you think you need something, think about it for at least 2 weeks. You often find out that you don't really need it." – Roel


Do you have any tips or ideas that should be in between? Let us know and we'll add your tip!  


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