Want to find out all about minimalism and learn how to live a minimalist life? Then you are absolutely right here! Minimalism gets you to really clean out your home and helps you focus on the important things in life. To live more plastic freeI also got rid of a lot of things from my home. It's unbelievable how superfluous some things were in my life, even if I did feel the need to buy them at some point.
In this article, you will learn what is behind the minimalist lifestyle and what the major benefits of this lifestyle are. I'll also explain the best approach based on my personal experience and provide you with everyday tips for remaining a minimalist in the long term.
You can find a brief overview here in advance:
Definition: What actually is minimalism?
Under the term minimalism is understood a A lifestyle that is limited to the bare essentials you need for your daily life.
As a minimalist, you get rid of superfluous things in order to To be freer and to be able to concentrate on the really important things in life. The minimalist lifestyle is therefore a Countermovement to Materialism and consumer-oriented Affluent society. It is simply the conviction that Consumption does not make you happy.
Minimalism concerns both tangible and intangible things
Being minimalist means tidying up your own life and to strive for an overview, structure and a certain clarity. Minimalism naturally refers not only to material but also to immaterial things.
Here are some examples of non-physical things that minimalists strive for:
- Health: Make sure that you healthy living and also stay healthy so that you can move and experience as much in life as you have set out to do.
- Friendships: Build unique relationships with people who make you happy and rather detach yourself from those who burden you.
- Passion: Do things that arouse your curiosity and enthusiasm. Things that fulfill you 100 percent.
- Time: Use your time wisely instead of wasting it on trivial things that don't get you anywhere. Time is a limited and precious commodity.
- Personal development: Learn and become more valuable every day. Swap stress for productivity, take on inspiring tasks and develop yourself further.
Minimalism therefore answers the fundamental question, so to speak, what really matters to you in your life and fills you with happiness.
How is it different from frugalism? The frugal lifestyle uses minimalism more on a financial level. Frugalists pursue the long-term goal of accumulating enough money through a frugal lifestyle so that they don't have to work until they retire. If you are interested, you can find more information on this in the linked blog post.
Everyone defines minimalism differently
If you have a slightly different definition of minimalism, it's no wonder. Because everyone defines minimalism differently. The important thing is to understand what minimalist living can mean for you personally. Basically, I can say one thing for sure: Minimalism creates space for new, exciting things!
Before I continue with the many advantages, I must briefly mention Two prejudices against a minimalist Eliminate lifestyle:
- Minimalists have only 100 things in their lives: We occasionally read about "hardcore minimalists" in the newspaper. Depending on their personal attitude, minimalists naturally also have significantly more than 100 things. However, those who really only own 100 or even fewer items simply show how few things are actually needed to live.
- A minimalist spends no money and is a "penny-pincher"That's easy to say, but it's not usually true. As a minimalist, you simply make sure that you spend your well-earned money on useful and necessary things that add value.
Advantages: Why live a minimalist life at all?
Minimalism. All well and good. But what are the major benefits of minimalist living? In order to really get this across, I would like to give you a brief insight into my personal opinion on today's consumer behavior.
Driven by thousands of marketing campaigns, we are pushed to buy these days. We "enjoy" a wide range of choices. Ownership is a real substitute for identity for many people. My house, my boat, my car, my watch.
Too many people become actors:inside by showing (especially on social media) their Replace actual life with a make-believe worldthat has nothing to do with reality. They share things with (mostly) strangers that don't actually add any value to their lives. This indicates desperation and insecurity rather than a truly fulfilling life.
This is another reason why I would like to introduce you to some of the biggest advantages of minimalism below.
1. More money in your pocket through minimalism
Who lives minimalist, also spends less money. Only logical, right? Buying fewer useless things means having more money left over for the really important things in life.
You're also likely to have less debt if you don't have a big car or a huge, luxurious apartment. To live without a car, means not paying expensive car insurance and also saving on gasoline or repair costs.
2. Be happier through minimalism
Fewer possessions - but more experiences and memories. Minimalism gives things more meaning. The people around you also make you who you are. As a minimalist lowers your stress level and you have fewer obligations. Property also needs to be repaired, cared for and maintained, for example. Those who live a minimalist lifestyle enjoy great freedom. The Things are much easier to planif they are manageable.
"If property had simply pleasures, we could stand it; but its duties make it unbearable."Oscar Wilde (more at Minimalism Quotes)
Possession is always a burden in a way. The more you own, the more you worry about your possessions. You definitely have Less fear of lossif you are already satisfied with the bare essentials. As you need less money, your work pressure also decreases. Minimalism ultimately makes you happier - and helps you to only own things that you consider important and valuable.
3. minimalism saves you time
Minimalism allows you, for example, Less cleaning and tidying up and helps you with this, Find things faster.
Because your minimalist lifestyle gives you more space in your home. You are more organized because minimalism gives your life more structure. No untidy cupboards, no information overload, no chaos. You will definitely become calmer and calmer.
With a cleaned out closet and a minimalist closet, finding the right outfit is also faster. You are freer and detached from the obligations of society. It lies in the Psychology of minimalismthat it makes you more independent. Use the time you gain, for example, to be outside in nature more often.
4. Healthier living through Minimalism
Your minimalist lifestyle allows you to focus on the things that promote your health. For example, you get clearer skin and reduce the risk of getting sick. Through minimalism you learn to value your health and enjoy it. After all, you are focusing on the really important things in life.
Owning little means automatically, having more space, time and money and having to worry less. This overall package not only makes you happier, but very probably also healthier. I can think of absolutely no reason not to live a minimalist lifestyle.
Tips: 10 ideas that promote minimalist living
You now know the major benefits of minimalism, but how do you put it into practice? How do you live a minimalist life - and how do you get started? Here are some valuable tips that you can put into practice right away!
1. glue the sticker "No advertising" on your mailbox
Put a sticker with "No advertising" on your mailbox. This way you can not only avoid paper and Avoid plastic wastebut will also less burdened by the pile of advertising brochures in your mailbox.
2. lay TV, smartphone & co. aside
I basically look No television I only use my TV when we're having a Fifa evening on the Playstation. In the spirit of minimalism, you should also use your TV once in a while. Remove from the apartment for a few days and see if you really need it. Today's television programs don't really give you anything except new fears and a great potential for dumbing down. If you feel the same way, you can sell your TV.
Also the Smartphone is a real time killer and basically replaces thousands of things. You should really only use it for essential things. A digital detox will help you to be minimalist with your cell phone too - and, if necessary, to use a Fighting cell phone addiction.
3. clear your PC desktop on
Yes, you heard right. You can also tidy up your own PC desk. In a very minimalist way. Is there a nicer and more reassuring feeling than a sparkling clean, tidy desktop? 😉
4. Meditate daily
Minimalism also means focusing more on yourself. Meditate for 15 minutes a day and focus on what makes you strong and say goodbye to things that may be weighing you down. I can recommend the "Calm" app, which allows you to select different meditation courses and set regular reminders.
5. Do without the Internet sometimes
The Internet in particular makes our world so fast-moving. We are flooded with information and we also need a lot of it. simply time out. Instead, simply take more time for yourself, switch off for a while and invest in your mental regeneration.
Also read a few Books that bring you closer to your dreams and desires. For example, about minimalism? I can definitely recommend the following books, which you can get under the respective link:
- The minimalism project - 52 practical ideas for having less and being more*
- Minimalism for parents - Making parenting fun again*
- Digital minimalism - Better living with less technology*
6. Go out into nature
The Connectedness to nature has been lost to many people. But there are few things as calming as spending time in the fresh air. Living a minimalist lifestyle also means regaining our focus on nature.
7. Spend time with friends
Spend more time with the people who make you happy. You will quickly realize that good, honest and genuine friendships extremely important for your well-being - and that material things are of less importance.
8. Cancel unimportant appointments
Do you sometimes have appointments that you actually think are completely superfluous? Do some meetings give you no added value and just steal your time? Then don't be too embarrassed to cancel an appointment. So learn, say no to be able to.
9. Make clear decisions
Admittedly, making clear decisions is sometimes not so easy. But a "yes" has never helped anyone. It simply means insecurity. If you want to live a minimalist life, you should limit yourself to a yes or no. This will give you clarity and take some of the pressure off you.
10. Limit your social media activities
Social media provides new stimuli every second and means stress for many people - at least subconsciously! Stressful is both the content itself and the mass of information.
If you want to live the minimalist lifestyle, think carefully about which social media really add value to your life and when. Often it is simply boredomthat drives you to Facebook, Instagram, and other entertainment platforms.
Methods: 4 methods and approaches for minimalism beginners
You now know some basic tips. But how do you start tidying up and decluttering your own home? Some people find it easy to separate things, others find it very difficult. Separation also has to be learned.
You will certainly be happy afterwards, but getting there is often not as easy as it first seems. To help you, I have put together the four most effective approaches to minimalist living for beginners.
1st Eat The Frog Minimalism - Worst first!
The title is almost self-explanatory. With this method of minimalism for beginners the first thing you do is part with one of your favorite things, which you can do without in the future if you take a closer and more honest look at it.. Give it away or sell it to someone who hasn't read this article yet. 😉
This is a tough but effective start to the minimalist lifestyle. You will quickly realize that you don't need many things to be happy. With this method, the worst is already behind you at the start. Thus you will find it much easier to separate from less important things in the future.
Good to know: Eat The Frog is a method that can also be applied to many other things in life. For example, to your daily work routine. Tasks that weigh you down the most should be completed right at the start of the day. That way, you won't be pushing this ballast around all day and can work much more freely and efficiently. work more productively.
2. minimalist basket method - store backwards!
To start your minimalism with the basket method, you just grab a big basket. Now you're basically going shopping, only backwards and without a shopping cart.
For this minimalism method, you simply go through all the things in your home and put the superfluous items in the basket. Be honest with yourselfso that you really get rid of as many unnecessary things as possible. If this becomes too stressful for you, simply spread it out over several days.
When the basket is full, you can safely Give away or sell some. That way, you still make some money with things that no longer had any added value for you anyway. Actually quite cool, isn't it?
3. minimalism in the box - life out of the box!
The cardboard box method is a minimalist approach where you simply can't cheat yourself. To start decluttering using the box method, you simply ALL your stuff from your apartment into several moving boxes.
The boxes will remain in your now rather empty apartment and you will be living out of the boxes for the next few days. You should therefore sort the contents well so that you can always get to them quickly. Put the things you need during this time back in their usual place. All the things you don't need can be given away, sold or disposed of.
4th Minimalism Pile Method - A heap of misery!
Even though I haven't used this method myself, I would have liked to have seen the picture. Because with minimalism using the pile method, you bring all your discarded things in one pileto realize how many superfluous things have accumulated in your home over the last few years.
But before you throw everything away, give it away or sell it, you should re-evaluate the importance of each item in your life. Does it have no added value and doesn't make you happy? Then you probably don't need it.
I sorted out using the basket method, as I found it very easy to "clean out" that way. Of course, you know best which approach is the best way to get rid of things. Minimalism shouldn't stress you out, it should make you happier.
Don't throw everything away without thinking, but also give away, donate or sell things that have been sorted out. You can find items online at eBay Classifieds (or other Zero Waste Apps) sell. Also at the flea markets your city you get a lot going on.
Bonus tip: Learn minimalism easily online!
Often you don't even know where to start. Maybe you feel the same way. To solve this problem, there are the right good online courses.
For example Mucking out made easy* or Order in the household in 31 days*. Such offers make it easier for you to get started with an orderly household and take you by the hand in your start into minimalism.
I can basically offer you the courses offered by Haushaltsfee* and wish you maximum success with the implementation!
Almost every closet offers extremely high potential for minimalism
Experience has shown that it is particularly easy to clear out your own closet. In Germany each adult owns an average of 95 items of clothing - without underpants and socks!₁ That's a lot - but THE chance to get off to a good start with minimalism. After all, no one wears all the clothes they have - so you can start mucking out without having to walk around naked 😉.
With the amount of unworn items in most closets in this country, it's no problem to clear them out. At the end of the day, you only keep the clothes that you really like. And this new order that you create in the cupboard can gradually be transferred to the whole apartment.
Additional Tip: It's best to create a capsule wardrobe straight away. This is a fairly perfect basic set of as few but very versatile items of clothing as possible that can be easily combined with each other. This means you need fewer clothes - but can still put together lots of different outfits. This is an important step towards a sustainable closet.
4 ideas: How do I stay a minimalist?
We tend to always take the path of least resistance and fall into old habits. Accordingly, it also takes some time until the minimalist thinking and acting has consolidated in your everyday life.
So how can you help yourself to live as uncomplicatedly and truly minimalistically as possible in the long term? I've got a few more tips for this, valuable tips for you!
1. lend, exchange & repair
You don't have to buy everything (new)! For example, many companies and portals allow you to borrow things like cordless screwdrivers, wood saws, coffee machines and even smartphones. This is how you save the high acquisition costs and you won't have any trouble if you want/need to resell the device at some point.
Maybe you can find someone to swap with? And not all broken things are the same. Things can often be easily repaired. So let yourself not simply tempted by the path of least resistancebut consider whether you can find an alternative to buying a new one. Be sure to read my article on the Zero Waste Lifestyle by.
2. exchange new for old
If you are sure and convinced about buying something new, then make it a rule that you give away or sell an old thing in return. This way, the number of things in your possession is always balanced and you continue to get rid of superfluous things. This is an important rule of minimalism that will help you to think and live minimalistically in the long term.
A good example of the principle of "swapping instead of buying" is the fashion sector. If you no longer like an item of clothing, someone else might like it.
It works in a similar way with books: have you read through a book? Then swap it for another book that you haven't read yet.
3. enjoy overview & structure
Learn to appreciate your new "manageable" lifestyle and enjoy the freedom of not owning too many things. The minimalist life has something liberating about it, at least for me. Something that makes me happy. At some point, you automatically think more carefully about every potential purchase decision. You weigh up whether you really need this thing - and if so, whether you can get them used and cheaper.
4. keep things visible
Let your things not disappear in the most different drawers of your apartmentbut try to keep your possessions open and visible. This will prevent you from unnecessarily buying new things that you may already own.
I used to have a wardrobe where I simply "threw" all my clothes. As a result, I had absolutely no overview and didn't know how many unnecessary and never-worn shirts and pants were actually lurking in that pile.
So I always keep my things visible to ensure a minimalist life in the long term. Quite automatically you also value the things in your own possession much moreif you see them regularly.
Minimalism: something for you too, guaranteed!
I can say that with certainty because the principle of minimalism really is suitable for everyone. Everyone can reduce their personal possessions and get rid of superfluous things in their lives in order to be happier in the long term and have more space, time and money. Minimalists pay less, lower their stress levels and focus on the things that are really important.
I hope that this article about the minimalist lifestyle has helped you and that it has made you feel more comfortable again. focus on the essentials instead of living in abundance.
Switching to minimalist thinking has definitely helped me, because I'm definitely happier. Just give it a try!
As a perfect complement to this article, as well as a guide to more time, money and satisfaction in life, I would like to conclude with the Book "The Minimalism Project" by Christof Hermann to the heart. If you like, get it here*.
Do you have any questions, tips or your own experiences with minimalism that you would like to share? Then I look forward to your comment.
Stay minimalist and happy,
PS: Minimalism and mindfulness are closely interlinked. In the article about the mindful lifestyle so the next step is to pick up some more tips.
₁ Greenpeace e.V. (2015): Disposable clothing, available at https://www.greenpeace.de/publikationen/20151123_greenpeace_modekonsum_flyer.pdf. [16.12.2022].