How to start living a MINIMALIST LIFESTYLE - A Complete Guide
“Minimalism is not a lack of something. It’s simply the perfect amount of something.”- Nicholos Burroughs
What a wonderful sentiment, right? Hello dearies, welcome back! Here’s yet another thought-provoking article that we hope will get you to indulge in a soul-searching rendezvous with yourself. If the past year is anything to go by, haven’t our ideas about living evolved? Well, we may have been experimenting with several social media challenges and banana breads, but as individuals, we believe we’ve become more real and fuss-free.
Log into an influencer’s account and you will see some ‘au natural’, sans make-up pictures of them. Also, didn’t our snug pajama lives become bae after all? Thinking about the same, did you ever open your wardrobe only to have piles of clothes being thrown into your faces whilst looking for those same comfortable pairs of sweat pants and tank tops, as you went through yet another day at work from home?
Living this laid-back life, we definitely came to the realization that maybe less is truly more. In a moment of existential reflection, do we really use all of our belongings, or do we sometimes purchase items just to hoard them later? Close your eyes, and think of five things that you own (can be absolutely anything), that haven’t been used in the past one and a half years. You’ll be surprised to find quite a few relevant items that could be disposed of or donated to someone in need.
Well, well! We’re not imposing a particular lifestyle on any of y’all, but this phenomenon of being happy and content with only your necessities in life or MINIMALISM is the way to go. So, what exactly does this concept mean?
A lot of us urban millennials would have heard this term being used in the décor and architecture world. But, there is more to what meets the eye, and after doing our research, each of us women at this platform were changed individuals with reformed mindsets. An important component to promoting sustainability, minimalism basically means living simplistically.
JOSHUA BECKER, the writer of the ‘Becoming Minimalist’ blog has defined this concept as, “Minimalism is the intentional promotion of the things we most value in life by removing anything that distracts us from it.”
Having read this, a lot of you would be pondering about the fact that you may have incorporated this at some point in your life. However, lovelies, that’s not enough (apologies for bursting your bubble). Minimalism, in fact, constitutes a huge part of our belief system. Feeling a bit discouraged? If you are determined that this is the path you want to follow after reading about this principle, then just set your eyes on the prize and go for it. It is a continuous process; simply tell yourself that ‘practice makes a man perfect’. As another pep talk pointer, doesn’t it take 21 days to form a habit? Is this motivation enough for you lassies?
While you’re meditating about the same, let’s understand a term synonymous with this phenomenon- decluttering. If you’re a fan of Marie Kondo, you’ll surely understand what we are talking about. As confirmed by our in-house psychologist, this procedure of dispensing unwanted or unnecessary items from our lives has innumerable psychological and physical implications. Imagine this scenario- aren’t we more productive and efficient when our spaces are cleaner, as compared to when they are brimming with the mess. Emotionally too, we are at a higher life state and our optimistic best, when our surroundings are spotless because our energies are free-flowing and can be reflected back, efficaciously.
Now, now! Enough of this shrink dialogue 101! Let’s explore some of its incredible benefits.
- More money: “Money, money, money, must be funny in the rich man’s world”. Who’s crooning to this classic song with us? A natural consequence is when you modify your buying habits, you will save more money, and your credit cards will be smiling. This means that you’re not randomly buying things, but are open to experiences and quality time with your loved ones.
- Improved wellbeing: As mentioned, your emotional wellbeing will reach a higher zenith as you’ll have less stress in life. With having your space organized, you can bid adios to anxiety and sadness, since you have more time and a clearer perspective of life.
- Abounding gratitude and mindfulness: It’s true! You’ll be more receptive to new, healthy experiences and will only manifest positivity, since you will be able to appreciate your environment deeply. Also, don’t we want our homes to be our safe haven? Minimalism enhances that feeling and how!
- Going easy on Mother Earth: When we buy less, we contribute to preserving the earth’s natural resources and dump lesser wastes onto our planet, thereby promoting green living.
On a deeper level, don’t these aspects, set you free, liberating you from the worldly lures, making you more self-assured and confident? Is that why saints are so unaffected by worldly desires? Haha, don’t misunderstand us, in no way are we encouraging y’all to renounce your material possessions!
Up till now, we’ve just spoken about how the magic of minimalistic living unravels. While embodying maximalist attitudes may have its own perks, it really is up to an individual to make that decision. Furthermore, while you can endorse these principles, ask a born minimalist what they feel, and trust us, you won’t be disappointed. Doing just that, we spoke to a few such wonderful souls, who gave us surreal insights into the same.
A minimalistic way of living comes across many of our habits and practices. Read on to know how they manage to escape the clutches of gluttony.
1. FASHION: Being a lifestyle blog, it goes without saying those wardrobe essentials would not be a concern. We all are pretty aware of the idea of ‘capsule wardrobes’ that has created quite a roaring uproar over the years. From ace atelier, Coco Chanel to the future Queen consort of Great Britain, Katherine Middleton, they all live by this. Having a few pairs of your essentials in your wardrobe and recycling them is the way to go. The idea is to go for solid and neutral coloured outfits that go with almost everything. Not only can we find what we’re looking for, we also save time on deciding what to wear. Worth giving a try, right?
2. BEAUTY AND SKINCARE: We’re all beauty-obsessed Bellisimas! From our relaxing, but longer skin-care regimes, to using plentiful products to colour our faces with, we definitely believe in pampering ourselves. But, in a broader purview, did you know that you’re actually exposing yourself to incredulous chemicals that will ultimately affect our pretty faces. Through minimalist practices, we decide on using a bare minimum of these products (neutral and natural shades to our rescue), and mainly encourage ‘clean’ and vegan products. Isn’t it wonderful to see how this practice disparages us towards preventing our highly daunting consumerist practices, which adversely impact the environment? And also, why not go the herbal way, reviving the majestic properties that our grandparents lived by Bonjour Ayurveda and its enticing glow.
3. INTERIOR DESIGN: This characteristic will give away your personality style instantaneously. While a maximalist prefers bold, beautiful and princely designs like the ones adorned in the decadent Victorian Era, the Minimalist loves a contemporary approach. Replete with open spaces, natural lighting, lesser furniture and upholstery, pretty much creating a bifurcation between settings, their interiors will be more relaxing, full of pastel and neutral hues and soothing to the eyes. For them, functional aesthetics is the key to living. Convenience first, always!
4. RELATIONSHIPS: Contrary to the whole introvert-extrovert paradigm, a minimalist is extremely self-assured and believes to have purposeful and meaningful relationships. Completely family-oriented, they believe in marvellously fostering their close relationships while evolving and growing together. While they may not necessarily be the ‘person standing at the corner in a party’, they are very content in having their close-knit inner circle of four to five friends with whom they live freely, without any pretences and facades.
5. FITNESS: While it may seem a tad bit odd to place our wellness routines out here. But in an era driven by several dietary fads and exercise boot camps, with all of us adulating and idolizing a leaner frame, minimalists do not believe in putting unnecessary pressure on themselves, and love and embrace themselves for the people they are, rather than their body shapes and sizes. Super self-sufficient, they know how to fend for themselves at their own pace.
6. WANTS VS. NEEDS: Probably a supremely credible and laud-worthy characteristic, these individuals actually know the difference between what they want and what they need. If you closely introspect, how many times have been guilty of mistaking a want for a need? For instance, I need that gorgeous pink bag- is it really a necessity? No wonder, they are such prudent savers!
7. BRIMMING OF SELF-CONFIDENCE: These superhumans, as we’d like to call them are very sure of themselves and need no validation. Knowing what their purpose in life is, they go after what they want in an unbeatable manner. Unabashed and unapologetic, they are exceptionally assertive and can say ‘NO’ easily. Unsurprisingly, we onlookers would often envy them of their Zen-like stature and peace of mind, which seems to never waver.
To sign off, these are just some of the attributes that best describe a minimalist. Coming to the end of this piece makes us wonder the true meaning of life, and whether leading such a reposed lifestyle can truly put an end to many of our unnecessary woes. Wee as they say, it is all in their mind”! All you marvellous souls got to do is to prioritize, de-clutter and organize; maybe, say ‘hola’ to the oh-so famous checklists, planners and to-do lists, while letting go of possessions, you believe you would hug onto till eternity. Well, if you managed to do that you’re a winner already!