What is a minimalist? How to be a minimalist and have a minimalism life

It’s not all about clean white counters. Let us show you what minimalism life really looks like!

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We live in a world where we’re constantly inundated with advertising for the latest and greatest products and trends. Social media, in particular, causes us to amass lots of things we don’t really need – but it doesn’t have to be that way. The minimalist lifestyle is becoming increasingly popular, whether that’s just about converting to a minimalist house or learning how to live minimally more broadly.

So, do you know what is a minimalist and if it is for you?

Before you embark on your minimalist living journey, write down the reasons why you want to make this change. Use the list when you need to stay motivated!

How to be a minimalist

A minimalist is someone who lives with only very necessary possessions. They’re the ultimate declutters! If you’re wondering how to become a minimalist, here are a few easy things you can try:

  • Stop impulse buying. If you see a new top or pair of shoes that you are likely to only wear once or put on the shelf just because they look good, don’t buy them!
  • Shop your wardrobe. You might be surprised at what you find! Rather than going out to buy a new outfit, re-wear your old clothes. Mix and match, change up the accessories and alternate your shoes to create whole new outfits.
  • Travel lightly. There’s no need to pack items for each day. Wash them by hand with an effective powder detergent like OMO Hand Wash Powder, and reuse them instead. Taking less luggage will make your trip much easier too!

5 ways to create a minimalist home

Did you know that a minimalist lifestyle doesn’t mean you have to give up luxuries or move into a tiny home? Here are our top 5 tips for living in a minimalist apartment or house.

  1.  Start by boxing up anything you have two of.  If you look hard enough, you are bound to find duplicate clothing, toys and more unnecessary things in your house. Sell or donate anything from this box.
  2. Take a bin bag and fill it. All those things you promised you would fix and never did, those jeans that shrunk in the wash… give them all a new home!
  3. Use it or lose it. There are so many things around your home that you don’t ever use – items you “keep for best” or in case they’re needed one day. Say goodbye to this clutter by donating clothes you haven’t worn for ages to charity. Recycle, donate, or sell other items, like homeware, you have never or rarely used.
  4. Declutter and get organised. Tidying expert and consultant Marie Kondo’s KonMari method is a great place to start - read our tips inspired by her. Organise your home by category (pens, sheets, mugs etc.) rather than by location (kitchen, bathroom, bedroom etc.) to really minimise your home and clear out duplicates
  5. Think about functionality rather than sentimentality. Consider if each item has a purpose or if you are keeping it for sentimental reasons. If it is the latter, it may be time to let it go.

Minimalist living may not be something you’ve thought about before but, hopefully, now you see why it is such a great lifestyle change. With our tips for how to live minimally, you will find the process easy to implement!

  • Go through your possessions and throw away anything you don’t need.
  • Try to avoid buying anything that’s not necessary.
  • Focus on a few high-quality possessions rather than lots of mediocre ones. 
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