How I integrate minimalism into my everyday life…
… without missing anything. Is that possible? And what does “minimalism” actually mean to me? I would like to get to the bottom of this topic in today’s post.
Because minimalism is on everyone’s lips these days. In this time of abundance, many people wish to live life without a lot of ballast. But is less really more? And how do you achieve a more minimalist life – in relation to all areas and can that really make you happier?
Does minimalism mean having fewer clothes, less furniture, less decor – generally fewer things? Does it mean constantly cleaning out so that nothing accumulates? Does it mean not to go on holiday in a luxury hotel but in a campervan? Does it mean living in fewer square meters, wearing simple clothes or even renouncing all worldly goods?
My everyday minimalism
For me personally, it means a bit of all of those things. I don’t need much to be happy. I don’t need new clothes all the time (I wear the same 3 yoga pants all the time anyway, the same jacket, the same shoes), I own exactly the furniture I need, I cook simple but healthy food of the highest organic quality, but for that less large amounts. I put few decorative elements in the apartment and just like it clean and simple, which calms my already wild mind and my eyes.
And when I do change into something other than yoga pants and top, I like clothes that are timeless and wearable forever – like my white cotton lace Oysho maxi dress**. Perfect for Mallorca, but also for the hopefully soon coming summer at my home. I also wear accessories made of raffia, a wonderfully sustainable material that lasts forever (I’ve had the bag and hat for years!) and ballet shoes made of vegan leather.
As far as travel is concerned, you can make me happy very easily – for example with a week in the small, quiet Sa Caseta Mallorca, where I cook myself, pick a lemon in the garden every morning for my alkaline lemon water and spend the rest of the day on long trips can do. Or a simple hiking holiday in the mountains – with a backpack out in nature, fantastic! I really don’t need more – and even these trips are absolutely optional for my personal happiness, because here at home I can go hiking and relax in the garden with a delicious coffee.
What the Yogic Yama Aparigraha has to do with minimalism
Aparigraha is the fifth yogic yama in Ashtanga yoga after Patanjali and means something like “do not cling, do not desire”. It’s about greed and how we constantly feel like we want more to make us feel better or more valuable.
We are never satisfied with what we have for long and hope for happiness through the accumulation of goods, which of course is a fallacy. After each new thing that we buy, the great joy quickly disappears again and we desire something new, even better, with which we are sure to be happy – but the enthusiasm also disappears quickly with the next purchase, and so on and so forth … And in order to be able to constantly afford new things, we have to earn more money, which means we have to work more, which means we have less time for the moments that are really valuable in life – namely time with other people, with animals, in nature, in experiences in which we can feel ourselves intensively and forget the time – for example in sports!
Everything we really need is actually already within us and cannot be bought with money.
But where to start with the more minimalist life?
Personally, it actually helps me to clear out every six months and see if I really need the things I’ve accumulated and if the answer is no, then see who else I can make happy with those things. Flea markets or donations in kind are a great way to pass on things that you no longer use yourself.
I also try to avoid impulse purchases (for example, to reward myself). Instead, before I buy something, I always think for many days or, in the case of larger purchases, sometimes for weeks, whether I really really need this thing, or whether I’m more interested in satisfying a lust and I’m actually looking for something completely different – for example Example Confirmation from outside.
Sometimes I buy the blanket anyway, after all I’m far from “perfect”, but I often manage to do without, which makes me much happier in the end.
As you can see, it’s not that easy with minimalism, but over time you get used to everything and you also have to learn a healthy relationship with shopping. You just have to be patient with yourself – as in all situations in life.
**Bought it myself, no affiliate link