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:
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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
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