There is a lot of attention on decorating in a minimalist style of the home. It is very trendy these days to embrace negative space and avoid the home looking cluttered. You can take things a step further and embrace an entire lifestyle based on the concept of minimalism.
Minimalism is a rejection of mass-produced goods and even culture. Minimalists believe that people should collect experiences instead of things. It’s a thoughtful lifestyle that frees you from some of the stresses that come from modern life. In this article, we will go over some of the basics of what the lifestyle is about so you can incorporate some of the concepts into your own life.
1 – Consume mindfully
One of the biggest issues with living in today’s society is how much waste is produced. Disposable goods are clogging waterways and overflowing the landfills. To combat this, many minimalists take a mindful approach to how they use their money.
This isn’t to say that they reject buying things or that they are not consumers. It simply means that they would either rather spend more money on something that will last longer, or avoid buying something new that can be fixed or gotten second hand.
For instance, for the cost of a Brother sewing machine, you can end up saving lots of money by fixing clothes instead of buying new ones every time you have a hole or even a hand-me-down. Kids can wear their older siblings’ clothes when you are able to hem them with a sewing machine.
Instead of buying a cheap purse, they buy one made out of handcrafted leather that will last for years. Or, they scour apps to find people selling their goods and buy something that is second hand.
2 – Invest in experiences
Most minimalists are very good at saving money. Between consuming less and more mindfully and not living with a lot of frills, they can save easily. This money then permits them to do things instead of buying things.
Travel is a very enriching experience and should be done regularly. Whether it is a trip abroad to learn about another culture or cuisine or a closer to home trip to some National Parks, there is a lot to learn from leaving your home.
People that collect experiences usually live a much richer life and feel very fulfilled.
3 – Take classes
Another experience to collect is to take a class. Being an adult is great because now you can learn the things that you want to become a more well-rounded person instead of studying to get a degree.
Learning something new is a great way to keep your brain in use and expand in ways that just working and doing yard work could never achieve. Whatever your interests are, you can find a local or online course that you’re sure to enjoy.
If you really want to get the most out of taking classes, you can learn something practical like home repairs or gardening.
Which basics for living a minimalist lifestyle resonates most with YOU?