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Health and wellbeing | 14.01.2016

The beauty of minimalism

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There is such great beauty in minimalism.

Have you ever strolled through a Japanese garden? If you have, you’ll know what I mean. The sense of peace and balance is exquisite, with carefully placed foliage and calming lines raked into sand or pebbles to create a living work of art that stills the mind and ignites the soul. 

I believe a lot of stress and unhappiness is caused by the pursuit of stuff. More money, a bigger house, a better car, more clothes, more jewellery, more this, more that. You don’t need it.  

Minimalism is a simpler, more beautiful way to live. It gives you space to breathe, to think clearly, to simply be. It favours quality over quantity. Minimalism helps you rid yourself of life’s excesses so you have more time, space and energy to focus on what’s important in life: pursuing your life’s true purpose, finding yourself, following your heart, spending time with loved ones and in nature, being deeply fulfilled, feeling free and enjoying life.  

Creating rather than consuming. 

If you feel bogged down by all the unnecessary stuff in your life, make 2016 the year you choose to pursue a minimalistic lifestyle. There are lots of great blogs about how to become a minimalist.   

A good place to start decluttering is with your wardrobe. Anything that’s not in good condition or you haven’t worn in a year needs to go. Anything that doesn’t fit you or doesn’t bring you joy when you wear it, needs to go. Bag it up and take it to your local op shop. You’ll be amazed at how much lighter you feel just clearing out your wardrobe. Next, do an edit on what you have left and resolve to only buy pieces of clothing that are good quality and will last from this point on. Make sure you have your basics to take you through each season, and then invest in a few key on-trend pieces you love at the start of each season. 

Go through your cosmetics. Toss all the out-of-date skincare products, makeup and hair products. See what’s left and top up your supplies with certified organic products that won’t introduce toxins into your body or the environment. It may seem expensive at first, but using organic skincare products needn’t cost more than a daily cup of coffee.  

While you’re clearing out the toxic skincare products, think about the toxic foods and drinks you consume and resolve to stop buying those, too. You might even progress to your toxic relationships and decide to let those go. Is there anyone who drags you down, judges and criticises you and leaves you feeling drained? Tell them how you feel and if things don’t change, you may need to minimise the time you spend with them.

Next do an edit on your entire household. Give old magazines and books to your local library and only keep the really special ones. Give your dusty old CD collection away and switch to streaming or downloading your favourite music.

If you have kids, declutter their toy collection by giving away toys they don’t play with and just keep the good quality toys they love.  Kids appreciate minimalism, too. They prefer space over clutter – just watch their glee any time they can run across an open field. 

Got a shelf full of recipe books? You don’t need it in this digital day and age. You can Google any recipe in the universe in a second. 

Minimalism is so cool once you get into the swing of it, but be warned: it's addictive. Once you experience the pleasure of leading a simpler life infused with quality rather than quantity, you won’t want to go back. You’ll find yourself saying no to all those unwanted Christmas presents BEFORE people give them to you, rather than being lumped with more stuff you don’t want or doing that awkward re-gifting thing. 

The start of a new year is the perfect time to begin. It’s not a resolution you must stick to stringently and feel bad about about if you break. It’s more of a mindest, that you’ll adopt gradually as the year progresses.  Bit by bit, you’ll release all the unwanted and unnecessary stuff that has been bogging you down and you’ll begin to feel good. Really good.

In fact, having less crap in your life will feel so fantastic you’ll wonder why you didn’t become a minimalist sooner. Once you're in the flow of it, it will feel like the most natural thing in the world.   

 

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