I am certainly no different from others to like and want to own a lot of things. Sometimes it is challenging to balance between the minimum stuff you need and the constant need to buy. Everyone defines what minimalism looks like to them, but the general definition is: “getting rid of things you don’t want, don’t use, or don’t find beautiful.” Come to think of it, I used to have one or two of everything. I kept piling up. Shopping was kind of fun. It was easy for me to spend money every time I was out: shopping was a good mood deal, I always had things I “needed.” And most interestingly, I felt good bringing something new at home all the time. After a few lockdowns and many days at home, I decided that I would try something new and different this year and changed the scheme. When I wanted something new, I began to ask myself:
- Do I really need this?
- Will I want it in 3 days?
- Will I still like this in a week, a month, a year? And how many times exactly would I use it?
- Does this coincide with my current priorities?
At home, life goes slower somehow – at least for me. I thought about what I want in my daily life. It seems that the priorities are different already. Do I need to live with fewer things? Should I pay more attention to the family? Do I want to save money or buy as before? Many many questions, I realized that rethinking your priorities changes the things you need.
I bet on quality, not quantity. I began to observe the power of minimalism, which started to change my life. I challenged myself. Buying less but really quality stuff is a challenge in itself. It takes time, which I had in abundance.
I do not suggest you stop buying new things for good. I offer a challenge with reduced costs and an increase in the quality of life.
Now is the time to share a few home updates that I am considering for the same purpose, as most of us spend time at home. I still wake up every day grateful to have “home.” I can’t believe I’m spending so much time here in this apartment, and I still have a wish list for a change of scenery. The feeling of awareness and gratitude comes. Given the situation and that COVID-19 has conquered the world; everyone should feel a little more grateful for being healthy and for what they have.
Gratitude also gives peace of mind. I realized that the more grateful I am, the less I want. The more appreciation I have, the more fulfillment I feel. Soothing the voice of the desire for new material things is a significant factor in what makes minimalism a part of my life.
As the year progresses, I hope to change a few lamps – more simple. I also plan to reduce the paintings on the walls eventually. I’m still on the hunt for the perfect curtains for the living room in the warm natural shades of Scandinavian design, and I’m also considering a rug for the living room. I would also like to replace the coffee tables at some point – small elegant, and white.
One of my insanities is to move the furniture and re-arrange it.
In fact, I associate minimalism with the Scandinavian vision. The simplest things are perfect for me. Versace’s crowded interiors are for another type of people. I like calmly warmer interiors.
My desire for new non-material things increases – good moments, emotions, and time with loved ones. I read a phrase: “Watch more sunsets than Netflix.” That’s what I do. I collect sunsets and sunrises now, wherever I go – an essential part of my travels. They are more valuable and less common, unfortunately lately.
I chose to prioritize what makes me happy. To have what I need and what brings me joy. But looking around: I have enough time because we are socially distant, to ask myself: What does make me happy? Or am I continually striving to get the next best thing? Online shopping is a big part of everyone’s life right now. This gives us peace of mind that we do not leave our homes, and we are sure that the objects we want just show up at the door.
Before you make your next order, inspect your home, wardrobe. Minimalism is a tool that will bring you even closer to discovering the life you WANT and a way to create a space that will help you LIVE it. Not to serve.
Putting order in chaos is a process of purification of the soul as well. I recommend it to everyone!
Remove all old. Clear up and donate. You will make someone who needs happy.
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In fact, I’m slowly making the changes I’m talking about because I’m trying to learn, to be content with a simpler life, to slow down—a little bit of trial and error.
My step-by-step attempts:
- SIMPLIFIED DAILY: I try to stick to my routine and have time for “additional favorite activities” to satisfy my curiosity. It is said that routinely creates habits. Habits determine our way of life. I try to take the time to make choices slowly and consciously. Gives quality of life, including for everyday purchases. I say yes to the thiнетоngs I think are good for me, and I say no to the things that exhaust me. It’s hard.
Shopping is easy for me again, though. Getting dressed in the morning is more effortless. My routine laundry is easier. Cleaning is easier. Loading the dishwasher is easier. And there is less garbage to dispose of. I used to say, “I’m tired!” and I ran somewhere to recharge my batteries. Now I am working on renewing them daily. Did you have time during the week when you give yourself permission to stop and rest?
- SIMPLIFIED WARDROBE: I reduced my wardrobe. I donated clothes that I do not wear or repeat. I buy clothes quite purposefully, finding something unique that I have planned, and I know that it will fit nicely into what I already have. For a special occasion? What are the exceptional cases now? I deliberately buy clothes that do not crease easily and invest in an excellent ironing machine. I iron quickly, and it doesn’t take me long. I taught my daughter how to use the washing machine and dryer herself from an early age. There were several favorite clothes – victims along the way, but she learned to take care of her own clothes in general. Some may call it laziness. I tell him good life skills!
- SIMPLIFIED EATING: I no longer need to prepare complicated dishes with vegetables of any rainbow color every night of the week. I’m happy with a much simpler menu.
I’m experimenting with recipes. I choose 5 products, and I create. I am grateful to my husband, who always likes my newly invented dishes. We still love fresh, quality food, but I avoid a long list of ingredients and require multiple dishes to prepare. We eat simply – meat and vegetables, or salad, which can be prepared quickly and easily with minimal cooking and washing time. Honestly, we also have gourmet days.
By limiting repetitive items and “just in case” things in the house, I significantly reduced my belongings without missing anything, just like that.
I LIKE MY SIMPLE AND QUALITY LIFE. A simple life is more comfortable. I’m experimenting.
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