MINIMALISM | A BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO SUCCESS

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How many things do you have at home and on your computer? Do you need all of that stuff? Does it make you happy? Since I gave up my apartment and left Germany, my life feels so much better. However, you don’t need to be a Digital Nomad to benefit from minimalism.

Minimalism as a lifestyle

Even though I loved my apartment, it felt like a big relief to sell all the furniture, books and other items I simply don’t need anymore. Having said this, I didn’t sell everything. Some valuable things are stored in a family attic.

I’m at the beginning of my minimalism transformation. But it already feels so good that I want to inspire and motivate you to take the time and ask yourself a few questions.

Think about:

  • How many material things do you own?
  • Do you really need 20 T-Shirts or do you wear always the same ten?
  • Do you have a basement or attic filled with stuff you didn’t touch since ages?
  • Are you even aware of all your possessions?
  • How often do you go shopping and why?
  • Do you buy things because you need them or just because you like them?
  • Or do you shop out of boredom?
  • How is advertising influencing your behavior?

Mindless Consumption

More than ever, we get confronted with advertising and fancy things which make our life easier – that’s what the brands claim at least. But is our life really easier than ever? Or isn’t it more complicated and full of stuff we could live without?

No wonder that minimalism seems to be a new trend. But in my opinion, it isn’t just a trend. It’s a lifestyle. Nevertheless, many people are confused about the term. When I started to discuss the topic on Facebook, I got confronted with:

“I don’t like the idea of not having things to call your own.”

“But what is with my beloved books?”

These are two common questions and worries regarding minimalism. Sure, minimalism can be defined as an extreme spareness and simplicity. But who said you can’t own things anymore? Minimalism isn’t only about material things anyway. Here are some areas of your life which you can declutter:

Minimalism ideas for all-day life

Digital devices

One of my favorite categories! Be honest: Do you feel happy or often stressed out by your smartphone due to an information overload and old unanswered messages? And what about your (sheer amount of) desktop folders?

It’s time to simplify your digital life! Here is how:

  • Delete useless apps and software on your computer
  • Turn of push-notifications if they aren’t important
  • Minimize folders and icons on your desktop
  • Delete old inbox messages

All of that helps you to get a better focus and get less distracted. Digital distraction is one of the main reasons for procrastination.

For more productivity tips read my article HOW TO BEAT PROCRASTINATION AND STAY PRODUCTIVE.

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Avoid cheap and fast fashion. Buy less and timeless pieces.

Wardrobe

What do you really wear and like? I’m pretty sure you have T-Shirts, shoes or accessories which you never use and just use up space.

Why don’t you donate them to make somebody happy who can’t afford a shopping trip?

Another tip: Only buy a new item, if you get rid of a similar one. Don’t only add and maximize. Be more critical with new fashion. Stick to timeless pieces. Avoid fast and cheap fashion.

Get inspired by the interview of my digital nomad friend Mariel Jumpa, the founder of Slow Fashion World.

Furniture and decoration

Imagine how you would feel if you gain more space simply by reducing furniture which is filled with things you never really use. Which objects are just cheap dust catchers in your apartment?

Media

DVDs, books and CDs – they can take up a lot of space, right? How often do you use them? Why not get rid of the ones, you really don’t like or use anymore?

If you’re in love with your collection, keep it! But present it at least in a nice way. Don’t just store them in a box under your bed which never gets your attention anyway.

Food Storage

If people have a big kitchen, they tend to store so much food that they loose the overview – which leads to expired dates and pure food waste. Check all dates, eat what you already have. Before you buy new food, check your storage first. Save space and money – don’t be a prodigal.

Nutrition

Yes, even your diet can be cleaned up. I promise, you will feel so much better if you cut out white industrial sugar, processed and junk food or even meat.

Get inspired by my article WHY BEING VEGETARIAN IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN YOU THINK.

To eat clean gives you more energy and a better body shape. Keep in mind, I’m against a radical or extreme lifestyle. I also eat ice cream and bakery cake or chocolate. But if I do, I enjoy every little piece. I don’t eat that stuff daily and mindless.

Cosmetics

Do you buy new shower gels, shampoos and face creams because you get easily bored? What about you invest in a few quality and timeless products only? Piling up bottles and tubes waste space and you should anyway not use too old cosmetic or makeup which could harm your skin and health.

If you want to do yourself an even bigger favor, use organic cosmetic. You have no idea which ingredients are actually harmful? My friend Kelly Bonanno created a free guide for you:

The Savvy Girl’s Guide To Looking Younger Without Toxic Chemicals In 10 Easy Steps

Enjoy the read and new knowledge!

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Decluttering your life helps you to focus and de-stress.

Media

I got rid of my TV many years ago. Because I felt distracted and wanted to focus instead on my own business, doing more yoga and reading books.

I admit, watching TV once in a while helps to unwind. Said that, I rather prefer to watch documentaries and choose specific movies – to avoid mindless zapping through boring TV channels.

Friendships and Facebook contacts

How many so called Facebook “friends” do you have? Do they matter? Do you communicate with them regularly? Are you networking actively? Once in a while I go through my Facebook friend list and delete “dead contacts”.

When I observe over a long period that a contact isn’t interacting with me and a full year went by without any conversation or interaction – I simply delete that contact. It doesn’t make sense in my eyes. A “dead” contact doesn’t make me happy – what about you?

Same goes for “toxic” friends. People who spread negativity and a bad vibe, steal my energy and drag me down. If they have a serious problem, I’m willed to help and support. But sometimes you can’t help them. Some people seem to enjoy their negativity. I don’t. Period.

Learn to say no

Do you agree that our (life) time is precious? I’m 35 years old now and I want to establish Wellness Nomads as a highly inspiring platform to improve peoples lives. Creating content and filling multiple social media platforms requires a lot of discipline, focus and time.

If I would say yes to any spontaneous meet up, reply immediately to messages all day long or skype every day with a friend, I would not accomplish much.

I rather prefer to spend quality time with my friends and network contacts. If I dedicate my time, I do it mindfully and with a full focus. Both sides benefit from it. Imagine I would pay only half of my attention to what you have to say and play with my smartphone while you talk to me.

Minimalism documentary

How do you feel now after reading about minimalism – motivated to declutter?

Wanna get more inspiration? Just recently I watched Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things and I got highly inspired by the two main characters Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus.

These two guys run a blog called The Minimalists. I promise you will not be disappointed reading their articles.

Minimalism challenge

Joshua and Ryan even came up with a 21-day challenge to simplify your life. Check it out and tell me if you like it.

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Conclusion

Minimalism is a choice. It’s a lifestyle. You don’t need to give up all things and live with a backpack only, haha. No. I simply want to encourage you to reflect your lifestyle choices and daily habits.

Are you mindful or do you spend money because you’re bored or want to impress friends? Why do you buy things? Do they have a purpose? Do the things you have make you truly happy or do they distract you and steal a lot of time?

When you start to simplify your life, think about your biggest priorities and commitments. If you eliminate useless distractions and stuff, you will gain more freedom, time and focus.

De-cluttering means de-stressing.

Invest your time wisely, spend more time offline, leave the house and get active. Meet friends and move your body. Follow your hobbies, who knows if this leads to a business in the end? Minimalism can improve your life to the better – if you want.

I want to close this article with one quote by Wu-Man – a Chinese Zen Master:

“If your mind isn’t clouded by unnecessary things, then this is the best season of your life.”

Stay balanced, Kathrin

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22 Comments on “MINIMALISM | A BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO SUCCESS”

  1. That’s a great perspective on Minimalism. I’m guilty of owning too many things and I’ve always noticed how the clutter makes life so complicated! I’m a shopping addict and have been working on being more mindful when I buy. Loved reading the article!

    1. Hi Ankita,
      I’m happy you read my article which is about one of my favorite topics. Neither I’m a perfect minimalist, it’s a long process with a lot of reflection involved. That you’re already aware of your habits and that you want to change them into mindful behavior – is a first great step towards a more simple and happy life. I hope you find your balance and enjoy what you own.
      Love, Kathrin

  2. Nice article! I admit I’m a sucker for books. I can thin them out but to me they are like music. Old friends that I so enjoy. Thanks for new things to ponder and ways to take action. Really good.

    1. Thank you, Lori!
      This is a huge topic, I could talk endlessly about it. Regarding your books, I don’t see any problem. You appreciate them, you love them. Keep them and arrange them in a way that you and others feel inspired and grab one from time to time out of curiosity.
      All the best, Kathrin

  3. Dear Kathrin :o)

    That’s a nice article and a good step into a topic, many people don’t know much about.
    I’m also at the very beginning and you are right, it’s a lifestyle. It’s not a trend which ends, if there’s another “cool way of life”.
    It’s a reflection on ourselves, on our environment, on our world we want to live in. consumption or sustainability or many other ctitical aspects. It’s our choice!
    For me Minimalism doesn’t mean, to get rid of all the things and pieces, we own. Some make us happy when we’re watching them, for example.
    But we should think about twice when we buy new things or if we can spend other ones and don’t throw it away.
    So, I totally agree wtih you! ;o)

    1. Lovely Verena,
      again, I’m so glad, that I was able to inspire a bit. Minimalism is such a huge and interesting topic – I love to think and talk about. There are endless possibilities to simplify our lives. To make our lives easier and more meaningful. Nowadays we get easily distracted which has a bad impact on our focus and social interactions. I agree, getting rid of everything isn’t the solution. When this article helps to spread awareness so that people start to reflect their daily choices and actions – I’m more than happy!
      Thank you for reading and commenting.
      Kisses, Kathrin

  4. I really do love the whole idea of minimalism. It is one of my goals to be close to being a minimalist. I do think life would be much simpler if I didn’t have all of these clothes and clutter in my tiny apartment! Thank you for the tips and inspiration!

    1. Hi Jeanne, I’m glad you feel motivated and inspired! Just take action in small steps very soon to see the first results and you will feel even more motivated to go on. It’s my own experience 🙂

    1. Yes, Anissa! Actually, we all don’t need so much space – it’s really just about being happy with less and make the best of what we have.

    1. Hi Kasia, thank you for reading! I’m glad to hear you already this kind of lifestyle. It brings peace, right?

    1. Hi Evelyn, yeah! Happy I was able to inspire in the right moment. Hopefully, you soon have a kind of home and lifestyle you feel really happy with. All the best, Kathrin

  5. Thank you so much for sharing this post. I love the idea of minimalism. I will definitely be trying these tips 🙂

  6. I loved your post but I have one question in regards to media. When you got rid of your TV, did you still watch shows on your laptop or computer? I feel like these days, I watch more shows online than I do on my TV.

    1. Hi Daniella, that’s a good question, thanks! I personally don’t like to spend too much time watching shows and series because I need to run a business and rest well, also rest my eyes from the screen. I love to watch a good series, but I need a lot of time to finish it. I’m not watching daily. It’s all about balance 🙂

  7. I love minimalism in art and well, as a lifestyle it is a challenge, but a great step to meaningful life. When you start thinking of all the clutter you have around you and thinking of the actual things you use everyday, some surprises may pop up out of nowhere 🙂

    1. Hi Lily, you’re right! When you start to reflect what you have and really need/love, you can start decluttering like crazy. We have too many things, just material things which are not needed and just get dusty.

  8. I am really interested in trying the 21 day challenge. I have a lot of things I don’t really need or have the space for and I’ve realized that when my space is cluttered I can’t think clearly. This article was needed! Thank you for sharing.

    1. I’m glad to inspire you, Miss Monet! That was my intention, to open the eyes of my readers. Start today, with something small. Don’t wait!

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