A simple life, freedom, and lightheartedness – actually, we all want that. But in our modern world, this simplicity is often overseen: excessive consumption and unneeded possessions seem to be, at least superficially, the real “values” in people’s lives.
Consistent minimalism sounds like abandonment or dropout life. But here’s good news: of course, you can participate in modern society and still create freedom through minimalism strategies. These tips should help to make decisions from time to time that make life a little bit easier, a little but freer - and a little bit happier.
Here’s how to make yourself independent of the consumer world and live easier.
1. GO SOMETIMES ON FOOT
As comfortable as it may be - just leave your car and do not get on the subway. Imagine walking to work, shopping or dating at least one day per week. Why? If you're on foot you do not have to worry about traffic or crowded trains, you just have to concentrate on yourself and you do not need any fuel or electricity.
2. ASK YOURSELF: DO I REALLY NEED THIS THING?
That's not as banal as it sounds. Many people are constantly buying things they do not really need just because they are cheap, available or in. But: the things we own will one day own us - because we have to worry about them, to deal with them, to take care of them. If you want to live easier, simply do not buy things you don’t need or use.
3. DO YOUR OWN COOKING WITH FRESH INGREDIENTS
Ready-made and semi-prepared meals are anything but minimalistic: they are full of additives. "Real" food does not need all that. Therefore try to cook for yourself: with fresh, simple ingredients from the region, with time, leisure and rest. It's better for your health and the planet - and good food is known to make you happy. Just like a minimalist life.
4. EAT LESS MEAT
Low prices in supermarkets let us forget that quality meat is actually luxury. If you want to eat rather less, but better quality, reduce the consumption of meat. Anyone who does so saves money, effort and can open up completely new perspectives. And no animal has to die in order to make you any happier – but not healthier. Many well-known vegetarians or vegans are minimalists for a good reason.
5. GROW YOUR OWN FOOD
Even on the smallest balcony or window sill you can some vegetables or herbs. These foods will definitely be free of additives, packaging and do not require long transport routes - and you eat what is just growing. And even if it's just sprouts or a few tomatoes - your own food makes you happy and quite proud.
6. GET OUT OF THE CITY
Escape from the city and the everyday life and spend a weekend outside - and not in the abundance of a luxury hotel. Try being near the lake, in the mountains, in a hut or in a tent, far away from everything. The tranquility, simplicity and closeness to nature not only make you feel good, but is also more sustainable than shopping and clubbing in the city. And that gives you a glimpse of what a truly minimalist life could look like.
Usual situation: TV is on standby, clothes dryer is running, smartphone is charging and all the lights are on. Just switch it off. Conscious reduction of power consumption automatically reduces costs and saves money.
9. DO REPAIRS YOURSELF
Living minimalist means not only getting along with a few things, but also using things as long as possible. Try to repair things yourself when something breaks down next time. This is often much easier than you think, and gives us a whole new appreciation for everyday objects and abilities.
10.CLEAN YOUR CLOSET
Look inside your closet: you’ll probably find clothes that you have not worn for ages and probably will not wear anymore? You do not have to reduce your closet contents to a handful of things just like some minimalism "professionals". But you should definitely try to get rid of all things you don’t need any more. And one step more on the path to a simpler life: the less stuff hanging in your closet, the less time you spend trying to find what you want to wear - and more time you have for important things.
11. BUY PACKAGE - FREE
Less packaging means less waste, i.e. less unnecessary stuff. And also, less waste of time for unpacking, disposal, etc. Of course, this cannot be done always and everywhere, but for example, at weekly markets or in plastic-free shops, shopping can work without plastic waste.
12. INFORM YOURSELF ABOUT MINIMALISM
There are many blogs on the subject of minimalism living, inspiring books, films and projects that can provide you with helpful infos, tips and inspirations.
13. FIND TIME FOR YOURSELF
Living in a minimalistic way means not always having to strive for entertainment and society. Take more time for yourself and for things that will do you good. Do yoga, go for a walk or just do absolutely nothing. Everybody finds relaxation and tranquility in his own way – what’s important is that you come to rest now and then. One, two hours a week for yourself will bring you lots of benefits.