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Minimalism: A Beginner’s Guide

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It is an exciting time in your life to transition to a minimalistic lifestyle. However, it can be exhausting, frustrating, and even frightening. This lifestyle is great for many reasons. It will help improve your quality of life, and it will also save the planet.

Before we get to the difficult part, here’s something you need to remember. You should be prepared for the challenges. It will not be an easy transition. Lifestyle shifts such as minimalism and zero waste are important. You might quit if you don’t take things slow and make mistakes.

This guide to minimalism will help you do just that. We are here to guide you and hold your hand until you achieve your goals. This is not an overnight success or change. You will face challenges and frustrations, and make mistakes. But that’s okay. Learn from them.

FAQS ABOUT MINIMALISM

It’s safe for me to say that you found this article because minimalism has been a topic of conversation in your life.

This section will address basic questions regarding minimalism. We are happy to answer any additional questions you may have in the comments section.

WHAT IS MINIMALISM

Minimalism, or being minimalist, means having less possessions. Minimalism means allowing your life to be simpler and making room for things that make you happier, calmer and more peaceful.

Some examples of minimalists include not owning a car, not purchasing the latest gadget, not having 2-3 pairs of shoes and bags, not having three different types of cereals or having fewer decorations in their home.

WHAT’S THE BLAME IN MINIMALISM

Minimalism, like many other things in life can have a negative effect. People who live minimalistically become envious of others who don’t.

Sometimes, people understand minimalism too strongly. Some people may believe that you can’t or must have only the essentials. This is not true.

Minimalist living also means being more open to the needs of others. You will be more mindful of others when you have less possessions. This includes understanding other people’s needs. We all have different needs.

You don’t necessarily need a car. However, some people do have to drive a car.

Living a minimalist lifestyle means that you must also take care of yourself before you can help others. This situation can be described best by the phrase “minding your own business”. This doesn’t necessarily mean you have to care for others, but it does allow you to understand the world around your. It’s up to them to decide if they want to drive a vehicle. However, it won’t affect their lives.

MINIMALISM VS ZERO Waste

Minimalism and zero-waste living can overlap in many ways. The biggest difference is quite simple. Minimalism means buying and owning less material items, while zero waste is when you purchase something and use it multiple times. You also make sure that you don’t throw away or consider waste as much as possible.

One way to show zero waste is to buy chickens from poorer or older countries. People used almost everything when they bought chickens in the old days. From head to foot. The chicken will be eaten from head to tail.

Minimalist living means you consume less, buy less and own less material goods. For more information and support, join zero-waste groups and forums on social media.

MINIMALIST

You can be minimalist for many reasons. It could be for your good, for the sake of others, or even for the benefit of our planet. This section will explain why you should shift to a minimalist lifestyle.

YOU’LL FEEL THAT MATERIAL THINGS DONT EQUATE to Happiness

Consumers don’t have to overeat in order to be satisfied. It is usually a case of companies manipulating consumers to believe they need a new smartphone every year. (When we all know the advantages of unplugging!) After we purchase a particular item, we treat it as if it were our only possession. Then, after a few months it will become just another thing that we have at home.

Material objects age, become out of fashion, and eventually, are no longer relevant. You will eventually stop enjoying your new gadgets after a while. You will then look for new shiny gadgets, and big companies will take this information and force you to buy things that you don’t want.

When you decide to be minimalist, you’ll start spending your money elsewhere and becoming a smarter consumer. The urge to buy will fade and you’ll feel less inclined to purchase the latest gadgets.

FEWER HOME CHORES

You will also find it easier to organize and clean your home if you have less stuff. If you have only three plates and live alone, your sink will be less cluttered and more organized. It forces you to clean the plates in your sink because there aren’t enough to go around.

This applies to clothes, cabinets and shoes as well as toys for children. Are you averse to the tops of kitchen countertops, tables and cabinets? You will have to clean them more often if you have more of these.

YOU START TO TAKE GOOD CARE OF YOUR THINGS

You should only own one pair of shoes: one pair of sport shoes, one pair casual sandals and one winter boot. They will be more valuable if you clean them regularly and ensure that any broken parts are fixed immediately.

LESS CAUSE FOR STRESS

Affording less stress means that you have fewer things. The TV in the kitchen is not working. It’s broken! I need to find someone to fix it.

SIMPLICITY BECOMES ATTRACTIVE

You will find beauty in simplicity once you decide to be minimalist. Beauty is found in small spaces. You’ll see everything differently.

START SAVING MONEY

It will save you a lot of money not to let impulse buying rule your life. Minimalism will force you to take a step back and think before buying anything.

A HEALTHIER LIFE

Spend your time doing something else than consuming yourself with the latest movies, shopping on the high street, or getting involved in promotion sales. You will be able to go for long walks and eat healthier, simpler meals at your home. This will help you realize how calm and peaceful your mental health.

CONTRIBUTING IN SAVING OUR PLANET

Not least, you will feel good about helping the planet by consuming less. It is possible to buy, have, and consume fewer items, which will help reduce the amount of trash that ends up in landfills and the heat that causes the planet to overheat.

GUIDE TO MINIMALISM – HOW TO START BEING MINIMALIST

Let’s get to the best part of this minimalist guide. This section will show you how to get started with minimalism.

EDUCATE YOURSELF

It is essential to be educated from the basics to understanding what could go wrong. It sounds dramatic, but it is true. If someone experiencing a major change in their life feels overwhelmed, they are more likely to give up.

It is crucial to prepare yourself and educate yourself about the difficult and easy parts of making lifestyle changes. This will keep your mind alert and give you assurance that everything will turn out well.

The beginner’s guide is a comprehensive guide to minimalism. What are the most important steps? You can start by segregating things you don’t want and those you do. Next, search for charities or places that might use the items you don’t need anymore.

GET INSPIRATION

Take a look online at minimalist homes. You will get an idea of what your home could look like.

ANALYZE WHAT YOU HAVE

Next, take a moment and look at what you have. You can start to identify the items you would be able to live with. It doesn’t take much to start making a list. You can take a moment to reflect on the things in your home, and what items could be multi-purpose or used for multiple purposes. Then you can get rid of those you don’t need.

I enjoy baking, but not enough to need an electric mixer or bread machine. Although I love running, I don’t need three different shoes.

STEPS

Take it easy. This is not a quick process. You will have moments when you feel discouraged and you may even start to believe it is impossible. You can forgive yourself for making mistakes and move on.

You might have two TVs in your living room, and one in your bedroom. This makes you feel guilty. Instead of feeling guilty, you should start to notice which TVs you use least and decide if you can sell or donate one.

DEFINE WHAT YOU NEED

Next, create a list. Next, make a list. One column should be for the things you use and one column for those you can live without. Another column should contain items you don’t need or that you can do with other products. For example, a laptop versus a TV. It is easy to let go of your TV and put your laptop in a place where you can research and watch TV.

If you don’t want to give up on something or aren’t sure if it can be replaced, you can add a “maybe” column. A computer table might not be necessary if you are able to use your dining room table.

MULTI-TASK TECH PRODUCTS

You should pay attention to furniture and products that can be multi-functional. If you don’t already have one, you can get one. This may sound a bit excessive, but instead of keeping a scanner and printer, you could sell them and buy an all-in-1 scanner, printer, and photocopier.

I found out that the rice cooker was capable of slow-cooking chicken wings, making butter, and cooking rice when I ran out of gas.

REMOVE IMPULSE BUY

I struggled with impulse buying a lot. It was easier to be minimalist during my full-time travel days. It weighed in at 7-8 kgs, and I could live with it. I had my same clothes and travel accessories when I returned from backpacking.

Since I’m now at home, impulse buying is harder for me to control, especially in the kitchen and when it comes to gym/workout products (gym clothes), baking containers, etc. What triggers my impulse buying was what I did. These tips are for those who love to shop.

It was clear to me that social media was the main trigger. If I search for running shoes, for instance, my social media accounts are flooded with them for several weeks. Now, I search for similar items incognito or use a different device that doesn’t have my social media enabled and has a different email account than my main phone.

Another way to control my urge to buy is to add an item to my shopping cart, but not to check them out. It sat there for several weeks, sometimes even months. I stopped feeling the need to purchase them, or I was able talk myself out buying the item that I didn’t actually need.

These items you can stop buying might help you get over-extended. This might not work for everyone. But the point is to identify your triggers. What is it that makes you want to purchase this product at night? Next, make a list about how to avoid these triggers.

PRACTICE THE 5 R

Five Rs stand for refuse, reduce use, reuse, recycle and rot. This is often used to create a zero-waste environment, but it also works well with minimalism.

  • refuse: Don’t be sucked in by marketing tricks of sales and promotions. If your washing machine still works without threatening your safety or health, then you don’t have to purchase the most expensive washing machine on sale.
  • Reduce – If you really want something, you should get it with the highest quality. It will last a long time, and you won’t need to throw it away after a few months.
  • reuse If you purchased ready-to-use pasta sauce, and it came in a glass container, be sure to make use of this jar as either a pencil holder, or as a container for chalk.
  • recycling – ensure that you properly separate your trash before you send it to the garbage collector. If your area doesn’t practice recycle, you might check out other places where you could drop your plastic bottles and old newspapers. You can also consider second-hand, stackable recycling bins.
  • Rot– This falls under the topic Compost. I am aware that not everyone does gardening. If so, you can get in touch with companies that collect food scraps.

FIND YOUR PEOPLE

To ensure you don’t lose heart, feel overwhelmed or alone on this journey, one thing is to find your friends. It’s possible that your friends or family aren’t in the same boat as you and don’t understand your decision. Instead, find your support group. There are many online communities, such as Reddit and Facebook, that offer support for minimalists in your local area.

TAKE A BREATHER

It’s okay for you to take a break if you feel overwhelmed by everything that minimalism has to offer. You can take a break if you feel stuck between tasks and decisions. It’s important that you recognize when you are tired and need a break in order to reach your goals. You don’t have to be perfect. All you need is enough motivation to get there.

FINAL THINKTS

Lifestyle changes are difficult. This will not only be a physical challenge, but it will also challenge your mental and emotional well-being. You will feel more at ease, comfortable, and proud after it.

It can be difficult to live minimalist. We were raised to want more and to be happy. It will take some time to learn, but it is possible. It will help you remember why you started. Make it your mantra and be kind to you.

I hope you find this guide to minimalism useful. As I discover new ways to make minimalism exciting and enjoyable, I will continue updating this guide with additional tips.

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