living with less ii – the minimalist mindset

The second installment of my minimalism series is here already. Weeks ago, someone asked me on instagram if I will be having another blog post about minimalism, and here we are now. I actually wanted to write more about this but most of the time, I will start with a paragraph but I will just leave it on my drafts and never return to it. (inspiration, where u at????)

Lately, I have been listening to a lot of podcasts and audiobook about minimalism, particularly from The Minimalists. I learn a lot from them and they are really an inspiration to me.

steps to minimalism

There is no specific step in transitioning to being a minimalist. It doesn’t matter how hardcore you are in minimizing your clutter, or when you’re evaluating the value of your material possessions. In contrary to my previous post where I said that minimalism is a lifestyle, now I believe that minimalism is more of a mindset.

As long as you have everything you need, and you know that these things add value to your life, then you are good to go. You are a minimalist.

Take a look at your office desk, or your vanity table. Look at all of the things that you have. Do you own 20+ pens? Do you own 2 sets of makeup brushes? If so, re-evaluate these things. Does it add value to your life? Does it spark joy? Does it serve its purpose? Maybe you are just collecting these pens just because they are cute, or cheap that’s why you purchased them. Is it necessary to have 2 sets of makeup brushes (sure it does loljk) when you just use one at a time?

minimalist mindset

The perfect situation in which we can experience the minimalist mindset is when we spend or purchase. Yes, we are surrounded by malls, bazaars and other shops where we can get items from. We can’t go on a week (especially when we are in an urban area) without going to the mall, and mindful purchasing is exactly what we need. Say for an instance, you saw this really cute and “omg this is so me!”mug. You paid for it, went home, and saw a whole other mug collection of yours sitting on the cupboard, waiting for them to be used. But you only drink coffee once a day, and you only use your favorite mug that you recently bought. What will happen to the other mugs that you purchased months ago? And that, my friends, is how you accumulate clutter.

Here’s the thing. If you have a minimalist mindset, first thing that will come to your mind is, “Do I really need it?” or “Will it add value to my life?” Well, maybe yeah, buying this really cute mug will definitely motivate me to get up in the morning and get that fresh brew of coffee. But come to think of it, your mug at home is serving its purpose really well. It’s not chipped, it houses your coffee like how it should be. Why don’t you let it serve its purpose until it wears out? Or until it gets chipped or broken? Not only will it save you money, but also, avoiding small purchases can help you save the environment too (hello, zero-waste!).

 

I don’t even know why I came up with a mug as an example. But this is what we tend to do, we keep on hoarding and hoarding until it gets out of hand. And seeing all of these clutter will stress you out. But hey, like I said earlier, if collecting things add value to your life, then go do it. But maybe there are some items that you should let go for you to have more headspace and freedom in life.

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8 thoughts on “living with less ii – the minimalist mindset”

    1. Same goes with our house! Most of our mugs were gifted by friends. We haven’t let go of them yet, but we are trying our best to use them until they wear off. 🙂 Thank you for reading, dear!

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  1. I love how you approach minimalism and put it into words for people to follow. A lot of people might think it’s hard to become a minimalist but we can start with small things to win big. It’s not only about letting things go but setting up a mindset to know when enough is enough so we don’t take more in. This is a very good article. Thank you for sharing it!

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    1. Thank you for reading! I too, was intimidated when I was transitioning into a minimalist. Bec I thought you really have to live minimally. But then if you know your essentials, you can eliminate the rest. 🙂

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  2. I am totally laughing at your silly jokes in your paragraphs and I certainly agree with you! I am a shopaholic who really wants to change my mindset and lifestyle. And I also got into the minimalist podcast and watch all sorts of minimalist bloggers’ videos to find inspirations. My cluttered house gave me so much anxiety and I just don’t want to live with the mess anymore. All these amazing people and ideas motivate me to start decluttering & change my way of material consumption. It is true that when we let go of things we feel relieved. And it is absolutely necessary to get rid of things and hand them to someone who can use them. Passing on items also means you’re sending that positive vibes to others instead of dumping them in the landfills. Thanks for sharing your thoughts! I hope you find peace and happiness within the journey!

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