If you want to get rid of your junkies and uncomplicate life, you are welcome to the minimalist movement. In other words, the movement hallmark is "the pursuit of experiences is more important than the pursuit of things.". If you agree, join the club!
The idea of minimalism was brought up in the United States in the 1960s, a first to represent an architectural style that worked with simplicity, without the usual exaggerations of traditional architecture. Its big deal was to achieve a style through beautifulness, using simple and straight lines, with discreet colors.
Architect Mies Van Der Rohe coined a mantra that drove minimalism in the world: "less is more."
The minimalism has no strict rules. Imagination matters here. In short, you create your own methodology to be a minimalist.
However, a bit of organization is required. Otherwise, it may become a mess. That's not the point. That said, just put in your mind: you don't need too much to be happy!
What is minimalism after all?
In order to join the minimalist movement, you do not need to get rid of everything at all. In fact, you are allowed to keep what you most love as well as the stuff that can last longer or be recycled. See the difference?
Minimalism became even stronger alongside other movements, such as conscious consumption movement and slow movement. It is known as sustainable minimalism or eco minimalism.
The focus of most minimalists is to relay on green living, by reducing dependence on, consumption and not harming the environment. They’ll own more — more tools, more land, more clothes — if it means they want for less
Following a typically capitalist mindset, first of all, the consumer chooses things to buy, accordingly to its price. That is the first mistake, because "the cheap, can be expensive". Few pay attention to the quality of the product or to its potential for a useful life.
Thus, the best strategy, before any purchase, is to ask yourself these 3 basic questions:
Does the product have a potential of lasting long?
Can the product be recycled or be upcycled?
Is the product made with sustainable ingredients?
If you follow this protocol, you are on the right track!
You definitely become a minimalist, after following the next two steps:
First of all: get rid of the "material stuff" like photographs, journals, diaries or any note-books of yours. The memorabilia can be scanned and "stored in the cloud." The same regarding any old recorded footage on VCRs, DVDs or, even on the old Super 8 films. In terms of audio, you can upload your ancient LPs, CDs, and cassette tapes. Whether you like it or not, it's time to detach. There are people who love to read. Hence donate your old books and let people enjoy them too.
Time to be more selective with what you've been keeping all this time. Foresee the actual functionality of what you've chosen to keep. Besides duration, make sure it can be recycled or not. Make good scrutiny on kitchen and household items, decorative pieces, and personal clothing. Regarding the stuff you want to keep as a souvenir, you may keep it. After all, love is love. Items with no use anymore you may put on 3 boxes with the following labels: "Donation" - "Recycling" - "Trash".
The minimalist house
The minimalist house must be simple, practical and functional
It should be made according to the following structures:
Façade: simple geometric shapes, harmonized with empty and filled spaces to have a clean look.
Colors: preferably neutral colors such as white, off-white, gray, that adds modernity to your place.
Materials: The more glass, the fancier it gets. Metals are welcome as well, prioritizing the lightness shade that gives a touch of contemporary.
Decoration: the preference for functional and ever-lasting furniture. Retro ones are great. Few ornaments may be also interesting to give a peaceful vibe to your minimalist home.
Coatings: do prefer marble, granite, or even so-called burnt cement, because they can add a cool look to your minimalist place.
Guidelines to be a minimalist for good:
Write down each step of what to be done, like the new layouts as well as the stuff that goes to garbage. Always remember that the fewer things in the house, the more productive it will be. Create a schedule to be followed.
ASK RELIABLE PEOPLE
Hunchs or tips may be welcome if they, of course, are filled with good intentions and creativity. So it's not a bad idea to divulge your plans to the folks you trust. Hey, who knows, you can convert someone to join the movement?
BUILD A CAPSULE WARDROBE
Building a capsule wardrobe is the final step to make you become a minimalist guy. The a.k.a. "smart wardrobe", only has useful pieces. In order to select your clothing stuff, follow these steps:
- Separate all your clothes, bags, jewelry, and shoes.
- Analyze piece by piece, foreseeing its usefulness.
- Select the pieces you like and distribute the rest into the boxes according to their labels that describe the destination.
- Identify the selected pieces that need special care, such as washing, sewing, or other repairs.
- Split them into two piles: 1-to be worn now; 2-to be work on upcoming seasons.
- Assemble possible combinations for each piece and take a pic of them to use as a reference.