Ever heard the saying ‘Less is More’? A lot of people think minimalism is something stark however it about valuing the things you have in life, being happy and grateful for what you have.
So here are a few ways to have a more mindful way of living:
EVALUATE YOUR SPACE AND PRIORITIES
Take the time to take in your environment and assess what are the things you couldn’t live without and the things that are simply a gap filler.
DRASTICALLY REDUCE THE CLUTTER THAT DOESN’T ADD VALUE TO YOUR LIFE
There are many benefits to owning fewer possessions. Even then, it’s tough to move into action. That is… until the many benefits of getting rid of clutter reveal themselves:
The thought of decluttering to some can be quite daunting, however, there are so many amazing benefits to less and if you take the plunge they will show.
Firstly, with fewer possessions it immediately means less cleaning and organising around the house, here resulting in less stress when you’re busy with life ( you will no longer have to plan a day of cleaning before you guest come over!). When you enable yourself to let go of things that a simply catching dust, you will suddenly find things become so much easier to find… no more “disappearing items”.
By reducing your possessions and valuing the items you have this means you will stop finding the need to shop of materialist items. Now we have all fell victim to this and I can assure you shopping becomes a whole lot more exciting when you need to buy that sustainable product.
Now you might be thinking I wouldn’t even know where to start! Here are 3 tips to get started:
- Start with 5 minutes a day – Enabling you to slowly build momentum
- Give one item away each day – That is 365 items a year!
- The Four-Box Method. Get four boxes and label them: trash, give away, keep, or re-locate. Choose a room and start sorting!
DARE TO WEAR OUT YOUR BEST CLOTHES OR ALTER THEM AND DONATE THE REST.
You bought it for a reason, so why not wear the Sh*!t out of it. If you are someone who loves to follow fashions and trends, this becomes very difficult but this is where swapping, altering and op-shopping come into play.
The fashion industry is ever-growing and there are already many companies around the world adapting to a more sustainable solution to enable a better life cycle for clothing for rent, here enabling us a society to providing a smarter and more sustainable alternative to how we perceive fashion and shopping.
EAT OUT YOUR FRIDGE AND CUPBOARDS BEFORE YOU REPLENISH THEM OR WORSE EAT OUT AND IT GOES TO WASTE.
It is not always easy to always plan out your week, but if you can it is a great way to reduce stress and spend less. Even if you have a few options in the cupboard this enables you to come home , stress-free knowing what you will prepare for dinner.
BE HONEST ABOUT HOW MANY SKIN AND HAIR CARE PRODUCTS YOU REALLY NEED.
Do your research before heading to the shops or online to buy new products. There are many products on the market now and It can become very overwhelming, The Small Collective aims to highlight wonderful brands to help you selected the right products however some sustainable practices to look for are :
- Naural Oils
- Raw Materials
- Locally Sourced
- Sustainable packaging
- Company assessment for carbon, energy, water and waste, environmental impacts
- Partnerships with nonprofit environmental organizations and other key stakeholders
SPEND MORE ON EXPERIENCES RATHER THAN STUFF
While experiences are designed to be fleeting, they provide a high level of memorability. For example, going to see a live band is an entire experience, not just a singular moment.
Unlike stuff, experiences introduce you to new perspectives, life lessons and the importance of gratitude. Experiences enable you to learn a lot about that chosen environment, culture and ultimately yourself, leading you to walk away with memory or life lesson for a lifetime.
BE HAPPIER AND LESS STRESSED BY REDUCING
By adopting this lifestyle, it has been said to significantly reduce stress. Surround yourself with things, experience and people that spark joy in your life!