Everything you need to know about minimalism

It is not just a trend of 16 million hashtags; it is a real movement of life with many benefits. Here is a simple guide to minimalism!

In a society governed by consumerism, the burning desire to possess EVERYTHING, some people choose the path of simplicity. They live a refined life, which goes far beyond the simple fact of not having as many clothes! Minimalism is a state of mind in which all these mental charges, all these unnecessary burdens that we sometimes carry within us (and at home), are removed, to only keep the essential things.

Minimalism, a millenary trend

To all those who sum up minimalism with Marie Kondo, know that she’s only one of the contemporary figures of this movement!
Jesus, Buddha or Henry David Thoreau had preceded her well before. Over the centuries, we have witnessed that this emancipation from the unnecessary in many philosophical and religious beliefs.  (◡‿◡✿)

The common thread of this thought has been the same for centuries. As Epicurus, the famous ancient philosopher said: 

“He who is not satisfied with a little is satisfied with nothing .”

Minimalism, a state of mind or even a philosophy.

For the contemporary minimalist movement, it is a bit the same thing: we differentiate the quality of life from consumption. 
Quality of life is not just about the number of clothes or houses you have, but about the values, you believe in. 

Some will even go as far as saying that consumption leads to alienation, prevents happiness since it creates a feeling of addiction, and therefore of frustration every day! Brilliantly explained in the documentary "Minimalism, A Documentary About The Important Things," the behaviour of humankind towards material goods is a bit like that of an animal on the hunt... Always striving for something new, we quickly get tired of the object so desired last year.
Be careful. Minimalism is not about depriving yourself of everything. You have the right to buy, as long as a real need explains it!
We must choose the material goods that surround us by taking a closer look at - what is really important? -. 

3Being minimalist, an environmental commitment

Less consumption means less waste, less pollution, less production. So an environment that is better respected and preserved.
Driven by the fear of an irreversible ecological crisis, many are acting at their level to have a positive impact on the environment. 

Living in a minimalist way is already an intense action full of consequences, which challenges the model of our societies.

Becoming minimalist, a financial resolution

Who has never regretted this impulsive shopping afternoon? You know, the one who makes you anxious until your next paycheck... It's after afternoons like that that that many people have joined the minimalist movement. 

Yes, being minimalist can only save your wallet. 

You can already sell your existing clothes (this top not worn for 3 years with the tag on, these 8-inch heels boots you can't walk with), or give them to associations that genuinely need them.

5 tips to become minimalist

1. Understand that we do not neglect pleasures!

Most unwilling to become minimalist explain it by the fear of no longer having any pleasure. 

Don't worry about it! The objective is not to live unhappy by eating on the only plate you have kept. The goal is to feel freer, have more choice and do activities you may never have thought of. You'll feel less led by consumer society, continually chasing the latest innovation, but you'll be more aware that it's rarely material things that lead to happiness.

The idea is to get rid of the bonds with material things and to make peace with the things that make people grow. It is choosing to go hiking rather than going to a shopping centre for example. (◕‿-)

2. Make an overview of your life

Analyze your purchasing patterns, observe all the stuff kept in every corner of a house... It helps to understand our relationship to consumption and our attachment to objects! 

Childhood memories, never-used gifts, trendy latest pants.

To have the real motive to adopt a minimalist lifestyle, we must first realize that our current way of life has some apparent flaws.

3. Act!

Once you’ve completed the analysis, it is time to ACT. And we thank Netflix for providing us with Marie Kondo's KonMari method on a ready-to-use basis. By combining tidiness and personal development, Marie Kondo links tidiness and mental peace. For her, the tidier your house is, the better it goes in your head.
His method seems quite simple: 

  1. Gather ALL our objects in the same room, sorting them by category (this is often the moment when we get scared).
  2. Take each of the items in our hands, and see if they give us "a spark of joy". If so, we KEEP it! Otherwise, we say goodbye nicely (taking care to guarantee him a second life!).
  3. Define a place for each object, so that it is visible (and that they do not disappear into the darkness at the bottom of the closet).
  4. Fold our clothes correctly, according to a well-defined method. 

You can also take inspiration from minimalist influencers, who explain step by step how and why they chose this way of life! You can follow, for example, "The Minimalists" on Youtube.

4. Hold on and share the good news!

This day is fundamental: it is the first visible step in making a change in your lifestyle. But as you know, bad habits can quickly get the better of you! We buy back to fill the void created by sorting clothes. We take a lot of non-vital things from the grocery store.

Even if relapses will occur, the most important thing is to stay the course to make the most lucid decisions. 

And to increase your chances of success, we encourage our loved ones to adopt this philosophy: we explain our intention to them, we give our best advice... and we let the change happen! 

Above all, we don't forget the purpose and values behind minimalism. Once again, it is not to not possess for the pleasure of not owning, but to question the real need to have these objects.

5. Adopt skip-care, the beauty minimalism

Minimalism exists in skincare products. If the trend of k-beauty recommended using 10 to 12 products morning and evening to have beautiful skin, we are now moving towards treatments that concentrate several benefits in a single product, to reduce the range of treatments.
The essential needs you need to address: cleaning, moisturizing and correcting. 

This return to the roots is beneficial for your skin, your planet, your wallet… and the tidiness of your bathroom. ♥‿♥

Now, you have all the keys in hand to move towards a minimalist lifestyle: to all those who have already started, we would like to know your feedback on social media.