Minimalist Living is all the rage these days. Few months back, it was a mystery to me but as I am trying to delve into it, its becoming simpler.
Having less money to spend can be painful but nothing else can teach you some indispensable Life lessons. It brought me closer to Minimalist Living.
For the next 365 days, we will keep our expenditures low on unnecessary household things, ready to eat food items and entertainment purchases.
Its not that we will zero out on the fun but we will try to enjoy in a way where we consume less. We were already cutting out our expenses because times were tough , but now when it becomes a routine- we will continue practicing this habit of less Consumerism and Minimalist living.
I once said- “Shopping makes me happy even in saddest of the times“. But when I think over it now, its not true. I realize that its a hollow statement because when I was not in the best of my moods, every other thing seem joyless and shopping is no exception.
For our generation, Spending is becoming a favorite pastime. We are so much involved in buying that we are not ready to handle any financial emergency.
Almost everyone has this wish to die without any debt, leaving a nice inheritance to their children. But who knows when its the time to bid farewell. I want to live my Life in such a way that if I die even today, my Soul would not be burdened by the outstanding debts.
More things means more maintenance, more management and less time for yourself.
Start here to follow minimalist living –
Make a list of Items you do not really need
Start from basic things- tissue paper rolls, plastic zip pouches, paper sticky notes etc. The list may vary for you but I think you get my point.
Think of Alternative Ways
Repair before replacing the worn and torn out things.
Fill your free time with a walk or a hobby rather than with a trip to the mall or the purchase of the latest gizmo.
Gift your loved ones -the experiences rather than things.
Win over the attractions
Do not fall prey to the luring advertisements and teach your Kids the same.
Limit your visits to stores offering everything-under-one-roof .This force us to indulge in compulsive buying
To consume is a human need but excessive consumerism is an evil. It may appear normal to us due to the consumption culture that surrounds us but its not.
It would need intentional efforts to break this vicious circle as we are already living the blindfold life of consumerism from long time now.
Not only limited to my own buying, I also want this habit to extend to my Kids starting with buying less toys and decluttering them. Its a battle within ourselves and each one has to win this independently.
No research done till yet can prove that buying really makes you happy but yes, multiple researches clearly shows that buying less makes your life less stressful.
1 year is not enough to attain minimalist living but today is when, I begin this Lifelong journey. Welcome 2017.
My upcoming posts would tell the stories about minimalism at various levels.
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