Where can I find out more about minimalism
Minimalism: having less = being more
The concept of minimalism stands for turning away from consumerism and greed. Own property is sorted according to the motto “less is more”. What is no longer needed is sold, given away or disposed of. New things are only bought when something needs to be replaced. Those who live minimalistically save time and money and also do something for the environment, because new things do not "have" to be bought all the time.
Minimalism: mucking out is not the same as throwing away!
However, minimalism does not mean throwing everything in the bin that seems superfluous at first glance. It may be that you cannot do anything with the respective object or that you find it to be ballast - but someone else could possibly still use it. Your discarded things should only end up in the trash if they are broken or very worn out.
Instead, use one of the following three options:
- Give away: Did someone from your circle of acquaintances or friends compliment you on the jeans that you just retired? Then just give it to that person - a nice way to bring joy.
- Donate: Support one or more charities of your choice by donating your stuff. Provided, of course, that they are in good working order.
- To sell: Flea markets, classifieds portals, second-hand shops - there are a lot of ways to sell used items and breathe a second life into them.
Ways to more minimalism in life
The freedom from possessions and consumer pressure associated with minimalism should make you happier and more satisfied. However, blind activism rarely leads to the desired result. It is better to make your life more minimalistic with the help of tried and tested methods.
Here are five ways to reduce your possessions in a sustainable way.
Mucking out as a game: the 30-day minimalism challenge
Challenge yourself to sort things out for 30 days to bring order to your life. Only one on the first day, two on the next, three on the third day, and so on. So the minimalism you live becomes stronger every day! But don't cheat and really put the items away before midnight every day!
Eat the Frog First: Jump into minimalist, cold water
With this method, you approach the life principle of minimalism by giving away something that is important to you first of all. Sounds tough, but it is often an aha experience. For example, once you have sold or given away your favorite jacket, you are well on the way to realizing that material possessions and happiness are two different things.
Hush, hush into the basket: anti-shopping for minimalists
Do you like to go shopping? Great, then the basket method is ideal for making your life more minimalistic. Grab a large laundry basket, wander around with it, and put select items in it like you would when shopping. The only difference is that you sort these items out and give them away instead of buying them. If you do this regularly once a week, your apartment will soon look much tidier. Important: Do not buy everything again in real shops at the same time!
KonMari: tidy up like the minimalism icon
The Japanese Marie Kondo is considered a superstar of minimalism. The KonMari method she developed and tried out a thousand times is based on a single question: does that make you happy? You ask yourself this question for everything in your possession. Pick up every object, look at it and see if it makes you happy. If so, he is assigned a fixed place and is allowed to stay. If not, it will be sorted out.
Cardboard method: the radical diet for advanced minimalists
Probably the most radical path to minimalism is the cardboard method. With this approach, you put all (yes, really all!) Of your possessions in large moving boxes. You live out of these cardboard boxes for the next few weeks, taking out what you need when necessary. That will be a lot at first, and later it will be less and less. And what is still in the boxes after these weeks, you can theoretically sort out as superfluous.
As with any radical diet, caution is also advisable with this - after all, some things are only needed seasonally or on certain occasions. Mucking out such items can lead to a kind of “yo-yo effect”. Because if necessary, you have to buy what you have just cleared out.
Regardless of the method you use to remove unnecessary items from your life and approach minimalism: Sorting out not only frees your apartment, but also your soul from superfluous ballast.
If you want to learn more about minimalism, you can look for inspiration in the following minimalism blogs:
In 2006 Christof Herrmann pulled through what others only dream of: He quit his job and went on a world tour by bike. "20,000 km and countless encounters later, I came back changed," writes Christof. Since then he has blogged about minimalism, sustainability and vegan nutrition. The spectrum that Christof writes about is wide. On his very successful blog you can find articles like "25 tips how you can live a more minimalist life (within an hour)" or "Why happy people are not good for business and how this realization can make us happier". Christof is also part of the # sustainable100 ranking.
Children bring a lot of joy but also a lot of lovable chaos. Can families even live minimalistically and keep order in a simple way? Can you! Nicole shows how on her blog “Family Ordinary”. Nicole shows, for example, how to keep the children's room tidy and explains why her children “only” get three presents for Christmas.
In her blog “Fräulein im Glück”, Birgit also focuses on the family and the question of how small and large can live together more easily and carefully. Birgit has a very readable section on the topic of “gardening” and explains, for example, how you can sow and harvest with children even if you don't have a garden.
Denise Colquhoun is hiding behind “Miss Order”. Denise's blog also has a lot of tips on how to clear out your life, that is, how to live easier. To achieve a minimalist lifestyle, Denise also has great mind games ready. For example: “If you had 20 minutes to escape and could only take what fits in your car, what would you take with you?
Huong Tran divides her blog “minimalist concept” into four categories: “Minimalism Philosophy”, “Minimalism Life”, “Live Your Dreams” and “Minimalist Food for Thought”. Huong not only deals with clearing out homes and psyche, but also gives tips for clearing out finances, interesting!
Sabrina has a vision: She wants to contribute to a world "that is designed according to the needs of everyone - both humans, animals and the world around us." As her vision already suggests, Sabrina's "Niemblog" is about practical and philosophical tips for a minimalist life. She also deals with issues of social justice and sustainable living.
Behind “Minimalismus21” are a blogger from Munich who do not reveal their names - but otherwise reveal a lot about themselves. Her blog is about questions about consumption, mucking out and clearing out. But that's not all: The two of them also repeatedly present inspiring films and write detailed reviews - for example about the documentary “Time for Silence”.
Do you have any tips for more inspiring minimalism blogs? Then feel free to comment here!
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