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.
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.
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."
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.
5. zero waste
"My greatest skill in life has been to want but little."
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.
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."
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.
9. higher quality
Purchasing less affords you the luxury of purchasing higher quality items that last longer. 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 often. Slow fashion is the way to go.
"The secret of happiness, you see, is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less."
Socrates, Minimalist Travel Quotes
10. want less
All these steps towards voluntary simplicity and living 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 suffering or surviving with less, it's about choosing to live slow, wanting less in the first place, and appreciating what you have.