10 Minimalist Lifestyle Tips

10 Minimalist Lifestyle Tips

Top tips to aim for a minimalist lifestyle and how to live well with less.

1. reduce

The top tip to live with less is to live with less. Assess your material possessions and determine what you need and what you don't. The best way to do this is to use the following minimalist guidelines:

  • Do I use this every day?
  • Does it make me money?
  • Do I absolutely love it?

If an item doesn't fall within one or more of these, chances are you can live without it. 

2. reuse

Most items have a much longer lifespan that our consumerist society would have you believe. Most can often be reused again and again. And again. Buy items secondhand. Donate to secondhand shops. 

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3. recycle

Recycle everything you can! A good rule to keep in mind is - If it's not recyclable, don't bring it into your life, because then it becomes your burden.

"Reject the basic assumptions of civilization, especially the importance of material possessions."

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4. upcycle

Upcycling is thinking-outside-the-box recycling. It's giving things another chance at life. Turning trash into treasure. Turning junk into art. Turning crap into creativity. The only limit to upcycling is your imagination. 

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5. zero waste

Aim for zero waste by staying aware of what items you bring into your world. Make your own personal care products. Stay away from trash. If it's not reusable, recyclable, or compostable, you don't want it.

"My greatest skill in life has been to want but little."

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6. compost

All organic kitchen scraps can turn into soil-enriching and plant-loving compost. Many cities worldwide offer compost pickup and often there are building or neighborhood gardens that happily welcome compost. Or you can create your own with a small compost bin and tumbler. Throw it in, forget about it, it magically becomes earth. 

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7. de-clutter

Not only does clutter suck, the mere presence of clutter can cause psychological stress. It's too much too look at, it's too much for our brains to process, and it becomes overwhelming and depressing.

 

Easily de-clutter your life by tackling one area at a time until you are clutter-less or clutter-free. Your peace of mind will thank you.

"If you own a rug you own too much."

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8. multiple use

Acquire items that can be used for multiple things or that can used in multiple ways. Any item pulling double duty saves you from buying additional things and reduces what you own. For example, a powerhouse multi-purpose item such as a scarf can have over 20 different uses

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9. higher quality

Purchasing less affords you the luxury of purchasing higher quality items that last longer and don't need replaced. Fast fashion that's cheap and easy is not only polluting the planet, it's also causing you to buy more, since it needs replaced when it falls apart.

"The secret of happiness, you see, is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less."

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10. want less

All these steps towards a minimalist lifestyle contribute to your overall reduction in need and want of material goods. Once you want less, you've beat the system! Advertisements won't affect you anymore because you won't want that crap anyways. Minimalism is not about surviving with less, it's about wanting less in the first place.