Many people have been interested in changing their lifestyle and focusing on a more minimalist and sustainable practice. However, although this is something very simple, it requires you to make a drastic change to what you do with your life today.
And it is that normally people tend to lead a very consumerist lifestyle or simply do not dedicate themselves to living from what they are passionate about. That is why several changes must be made.
However, it is enough to be dedicated and simply get rid of everything that is left over or that you do not need. That's what minimalism is all about, living with what you need and thus having more space to dedicate yourself to those activities that you really love.
Basically it is living to the fullest, discussing experiences and simply… being happy.
Therefore, we will talk in this article about the 10 practices that you can carry out so that you have a minimalist life.
10 practices to lead a minimalist and sustainable life
Leading a minimalist and sustainable life is very simple. However, it requires that you really be willing to leave some things behind and make room for others to enter your life.
That is why I will leave you below a list with 10 practices to be able to lead a minimalist and sustainable life.
One of the fundamental principles of minimalism is not to generate attachment to any object.
You must understand that the important thing is not the material, since the material is just that, something banal. However, when you dedicate yourself completely to the minimalist and sustainable way of life, you will understand that what is really essential are the experiences you live, what you enjoy in your life and the time you dedicate to your passions.
Many times people become attached to objects, a feeling of need grows in them, even leading them to want to acquire more and more objects and properties that they do not really need.
Even the accumulation of objects that you do not need, makes you have a greater disorder in your home, in your life and in your thoughts. This also favors the birth in you of a feeling towards all your objects, which will make it much more difficult for you to detach yourself from each one.
So, being part of minimalism and a sustainable lifestyle, you must understand that objects are there to fulfill a certain essential function, nothing more.
- Leave what you don't need
Part of the minimalist lifestyle is not to go overboard. And when I refer to not exaggerating, it means not falling into excesses.
Many times we have material things that when we really analyze we realize that we don't need them. This can happen with anything, from clothes that we never wear, to books that we don't like and don't read, even going a little further, electronic items, cars, etc.
The accumulation of objects that we do not need is something very common nowadays. Where people simply tend to replace elements with others, either because fashion changed, a new model came out, among others. Thus creating a vicious circle of consumerism that really goes against the minimalist and sustainable lifestyle.
That's why, if you want to lead a minimalist lifestyle, you should focus on reviewing the things you have and really determine which ones you need and which ones you don't.
For this, my recommendation is that you ask yourself: “do I really need this object?”, “how long have I not used it?”. There you will have your answers about what you should keep and what not.
- Keep order in your home
Maintaining order in your home is one of the best ways to carry out the minimalist lifestyle
My recommendation is that you start by focusing on maintaining a minimalist decoration, the less things the better. This way it will be much easier for you to organize your home.
Furthermore, you should know that in minimalism everything must have its place and its function. That is why, by keeping order in your house, it will be much easier to get a place for each object, and everything will always be in order.
- Minimize the use of technology
Technology is beneficial, I'm not going to say otherwise, its use has brought many advantages to the world in general, achieving progress in various areas.
However, an important point to keep in mind is that the use of technology should be simplified when we are leading a minimalist lifestyle, but how?
Today there are multiple artifacts that serve certain functions, a tablet, a mobile, an mp3 player, etc. However, even though each one fulfills a function, you can group all those functions into one. For example, instead of using those three devices, use only one mobile, with which you can carry your agendas, call, message and also listen to music.
In this way you would be minimizing the use you give to technology, and also reduce expenses, since each piece of equipment requires some type of maintenance after a while.
- Appreciate your time
One of the most important points when carrying out a minimalist lifestyle is to appreciate and value your time more.
Many times we waste time on activities that we are not really passionate about, either because of work or some responsibility we have.
This is something that often goes against the minimalist and sustainable lifestyle. Since, basically following this lifestyle we focus more on those activities that really generate added value, fill our soul and life.
And it is that when we decide to eliminate the excesses, I mean the excess of stress, excess of work, or excess of activities that do not generate happiness, we manage to find ourselves and make ourselves happy.
Basically that is what this lifestyle consists of, making the most of all those activities that generate happiness and that basically fill us as a person.
- Simplify your expenses
One of the main objectives of minimalism is to live from what you are passionate about. However, in order to achieve this, it is essential that you restructure all your finances.
In the first instance, it is recommended that you analyze what your expenses are, especially those ant expenses (which are so small that sometimes you don't even take them into account), but many times when you add them up at the end of the month, represent a significant amount.
Well, once you've looked at all of those expenses, you need to assess which of them you can eliminate or reduce.
When you carry out this analysis you will realize that many times we spend money on unnecessary things, that we could really save or invest in what will provide us with financial freedom.
And basically with minimalism, what is sought is to live in happiness and harmony with what is done and our day to day.Where many times, due to lack of money, people must continue in jobs that they do not like or doing things that they do not enjoy. Then, by being able to achieve financial freedom, you will be able to do what you are really passionate about.
- Minimize the use of social networks
Using social networks takes up a lot of time and doesn't really bring much benefit, unless you work at it. Therefore, my recommendation is that you minimize the use of social networks.
Many times we have countless people on social networks that we don't really know, we are in groups or we follow pages that don't provide us with information that interests us or makes us feel good, among many other things.
Social networks generally consume our day, since, if you check, many people dedicate hours of their day to it, every day (if you are not in the group of people who do this, congratulations!) . However, there are people who do, and ideally you should break out of that vicious circle.
My recommendation is that you eliminate those you don't know from your networks, get out of groups that you don't like or are not interested in, and dedicate yourself to sharing with your friends in person!
- Learn to say no
Many times we fill ourselves with work, stress or we simply end up doing things we don't want to, because we don't know how to say no.
Sometimes this is a problem, because there are people who really don't know how to say no, and end up accepting responsibilities they didn't really want. So learn to say no! It's okay, there's nothing wrong with saying no.
If you don't want to attend that meeting you were invited to, say no! If you don't want to meet on Friday afternoon... Say no! If you don't want to help your partner with her degree thesis... Say no! You don't have to say yes to things, dates, or people you just don't want.
There's nothing wrong with saying no. In fact, it's great, as it frees you from doing things you just didn't want to do.
- Accumulate experiences
The essential thing in life is to accumulate experiences. Many people at a certain age feel that they have not lived what they wanted to have lived, and the truth is that there is nothing sadder than this.
Many times due to lack of time or because of other occupations, we put aside the fact of doing things that we truly enjoy. That is why you should not miss the opportunity to accumulate experiences that you really love and enjoy.
Plan trips where you take only what is necessary, it is not mandatory that you carry a suitcase full of things. Only the essentials are enough for you to enjoy and live an unforgettable experience.
So… do you want to paraglide? do it! Do you want to learn to dance salsa? do it! Don't stay with the desire to live experiences.
- Enjoy the little things in life
Basically the practice to have a minimalist life is that, among other things, you enjoy the little things in life. Many times those little things happen imperceptible to our eyes and senses because we are worried about other things.
However, being able to feel the current of the wind, see how the dry leaves fall from the trees, among many other small pleasures of life, which we often leave behind, for not worrying about what we currently live, but in the past or in the future.
Trips, walks, everything that makes you enjoy life and nature, is valid.
Learn to enjoy life, do what you are passionate about, carry out activities that fill you completely, share with those family members or friends that you love the most and that are good for you Remember that you should not worry about anything other than live your present, the past is over and the future hasn't happened yet, so... why worry? Live the now.
In general, living a minimalist lifestyle is something you should do if you want to start living fully with what you have and what you want.
I hope this list will serve to guide your path towards changing your habits and your lifestyle. The changes are big and are very beneficial, you just have to be patient and constant.
Remember, minimalism is not having little, but having enough to live well. Nor is it not buying anything else, but buying what is really necessary. When you understand this, your life will change for the better.
So start doing these practices and enjoy what minimalism really is. To live fully, to enjoy your present, the people you love and who love you, to work on what you are passionate about, to dedicate yourself to what you like, to leave problems behind and simply... live!
Welcome to minimalism! A style and way of life that forces you to be happy..