Collect moments, not things. Urging Minimalism

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Based on the Mantra “collect moments, not things”, minimalism is urging us to review how we live, how we value fashion, how we take care of our body and what type of lifestyle we embrace. By focusing on what really matters, minimalism helps strengthen inner autonomy and individualism, save money and win time. Ultimately, it is about freedom and getting a bigger piece of it. By reading this writing, you will learn more about minimalism and how to apply it straight away in your own life.

Too many people spend money they haven’t earned, to buy things they don’t want, to impress people that they don’t like.” Will Rogers

Minimalism in Living

When it comes to living, minimalism is about reducing to the essentials your furniture. It is about asking yourself what you really need and focus on what creates a value for you often enough to keep it. Home is the place where we sleep, eat, dance, talk, grow, learn, and love. Because it is such an important physical surrounding for us, we cannot fill it out with things we either find useless or not beautiful. On, people that made their house a pure reflection of their most intimate value and aesthetic standards share their home with other design-lover and minimalist believers. To apply minimalism in your nest, ask yourself a simple question : if you imagine to color your hands, what are the things that will get dirty immediately and which are these that will stay untouched for a whole month?

Minimalism in Fashion

When it comes to fashion, minimalists reduce, recycle and reuse their clothes redefining our consumption of fashion. If you are familiar with the fast-fashion movement, minimalism stands for the exact opposite: quality over quantity, hypes over timeless, less over more, self-made over easily exchangeable. As fashion has become one of the leading industry when it comes to pollution and environmental impact (second most polluting industry after oil, according to the documentary “The True Cost”), interesting tries and approaches have started to animate another and better side of the fashion industry. One example is the Project 333 from Courtney Carver. The idea is very simple: for 3 months, select and choose 33 pieces of clothes and stick to them. From jewelry, shoes, to accessories and clothes: everything counts to these 33 pieces with an exception for sentimental jewelries (such as your engaging ring), underwear, sport clothes and sleeping clothes. You will soon realize how much less you need for real and how much more your selected 33 pieces will give you.

Minimalism in Beauty Products

Minimalism applied in the body and beauty care space, it is all about preferring natural products over chemicals that do not harm our body or the environment and use less plastic. In this sense, the best source of inspiration is YouTube where you can find an infinitive list of videos from bloggers and make-up artists from all over the world showing and sharing how to create home-made shampoos, deodorants, creams, masks, peelings solutions and much more. If DIYs (Do It Yourself) is simply not what you search, there are other little steps that be undertaken to become a little more conscious of what you possess. One first simple improvement is moving from your shower-gel shampoo to the very old and lovely soap: it just last longer, can be taken everywhere and do not produce any useless waste. Look at Lush to get inspired.

When you start to simplify your life, free up yourself from superficiality and focus on what really matters to you the most I guarantee that you will start changing your overall mind-set. From focusing on what you are turning down and renouncing, you will start having a more stress-free lifestyle full of thankful moments for not buying impulsively, for being resilient against superficial temptation, for valuing more what you already have and for being more mindful towards yourself and the planet.

Inspired by:

  • “Einfach leben” from Lina Jachmann, Knesebeck Verlag
  • “The True Cost” from Director Andrew Morgan