The act of minimalism is essentially, cutting the crap out of life to get to the good stuff. Minimalism makes me ask myself, what is actually important to me? Why do I own so much stuff??
I’ve come up with a few pointers that I want to be thinking about everyday…..
Stop spending money on products you don’t need/want.
With influencers on every social media platform showing you what they got sent to their P.O box, you may feel like you need to go out and buy that amazing new eye-shadow palette that ‘so and so’ was raving about. Before you get wrapped up in all the excitement of a new product ask yourself if you really need it, will you still be using it in 2 years time? I’ve wasted so much money on cult products that I thought were going to be life changing and actually they’ve just been added to the huge pile of beauty products that were tried and tested.
Don’t be fooled by advertisements telling us ‘You need this in your life!’
I’m 100% sure if you look through your Mum’s, Sister’s or best friend’s bathroom she will have products like, under-eye cream, over-night face masks, daily moisturizer, anti-aging cream, cleansing toner, blemish sticks, balancing serums and you know the list could go on. We do not need all these different products just to keep our skin looking good. You wanna know the secret? Water. Stay hydrated and your skin will glow. I recently downsized my skincare routine down to 2 products and my skin has never looked so clear.
Let go of things you no longer use/need/like
Thinking about my own clutter, do I really need that flowery ornament I bought back in 2013 that I barely look at anymore? Nope. Do I really need 15 pairs of shoes? Hell no. Do I need 6 different quilts with matching pillows and cushion covers? No! I recently decided to go through all my stuff and do a serious de-clutter. All these extras are not even luxuries they’re just objects that stop you from moving on, from travelling or from realising that spending money on experience is much more rewarding than having a fancy bed spread.
Realise that you don’t need much to live
Food, shelter, water and love are things that keep me alive. Essentially that’s all I need. When you simplify it, it’s shameful that society tells us you need a big house, 2 cars and a swimming pool to classify yourself as wealthy. Wealth is something only the individual can define.
What will I remember most?
When I’m 80 years old will I still value the new Iphone I bought myself or that solo trip to Edinburgh? Will I think fondly of that expensive handbag I bought or the time me and my best friend travelled to Bath together?