In today's consumer-oriented world, it can be easy to forget the adage that “less is more.” But the truth is that you might be happier with having (and wanting) fewer material goods. Whether you don't have a lot of money to spend or you want to feel free from material constraints, here are some ways to incorporate the philosophy of minimalism into your lifestyle.
Don't Buy Excess Goods
Going through the process of decluttering your home can be hard work. But the last thing you want to do is get rid of all your excess goods only to add more! Once you get rid of extra material goods, make a habit of buying fewer unnecessary goods and products. Trust us, your life and lifestyle will be the better for it.
Now is an excellent time to ask yourself whether you “want” or “need” certain things. If you just moved from California to Maine, for instance, it makes sense to buy winter clothing. But if you're buying another scarf just to keep up with the latest trends, you might want to remember your priorities.
Get Rid of Superfluous Items
If you're looking to adopt a minimalist lifestyle, one great way to start is by getting rid of excess material “things” that you don't need. Remember your shoe craze in college or the time your daughter collected all those Barbie dolls? The odds are good that these items are now collecting dust somewhere in your home.
Ideally, you should go through every room in your house (including every closet and drawer) and get rid of things you don't need. Getting rid of clutter from your storage unit, which is probably one of the last places you ever want to check, can be especially rewarding.
Reuse, Reduce, and Recycle
Recycling has grown in popularity in recent years. These days, many consumer products, from tires to blue jeans, come from recycled goods! While you might not work at the recycling plant, you can still do your part by recycling items that are permissible where you live. Recycling is also a great way to clean up the environment, save energy, and conserve materials for future use.
Eat Home-Grown Food
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It may be tempting to eat out at restaurants, but one aspect of adopting a minimalist lifestyle is eating more foods at home. Besides adjusting your lifestyle, there are many other advantages to growing fruits and vegetables.
For starters, it's a cheaper and more nutritious alternative to buying products at the store that have been shipped from far away. It’s also more environmentally-friendly to do your part. Caring for our planet is part of what we’re all about here at Mama Suds. We know that gardening–and especially getting your kids involved in it–fosters a greater sense of appreciation for your food and where it comes from.
Stress from your material goods can become overwhelming. If you're moving and need to downsize, or if you just can't afford to adopt the latest trends, you can always benefit by adopting minimalist living techniques. Luckily, it's quite easy to live by the philosophy that “less is more.” With a change in mindset and a reduced desire for material goods, you can quickly start living a more relaxing and fulfilling life.