Being a minimalist means buying less, owning less and in the end – needing less. Some minimalists claim to be happier after this lifestyle switch. Would you try it?
How to make the change
Take a look at your home, your wardrobe and basically go through everything you own with the question “Do I need this?”. If not, donate or sell it. The theory is that the less you own, the less you feel you need. This lifestyle also applies to buying new things. Keep everyday items minimal and only buy the few things you really need.
Why make the change
Minimalists don’t use more stuff than they need, and therefore use up a lot less resources. It’s well known that Steve Jobs, the founder of Apple, was a notorious minimalist and hardly kept any furniture at all in his apartment. Maybe being minimal can help you declutter your mind and use your energy for more important things than taking care of your stuff?
Be a climate ninja
Try to get by with owning less than 100 things. Deciding which items to keep can be quite a cleansing process which will help you let go of old habits and beliefs.
When you’ve embarked on the journey to a more sustainable life it’s easy to get angry and disappointed at others who simply doesn’t seem to give a sh*t about the planet (and people and animals). To stay motivated it’s crucial to find strategies to deal with disappointments.
Marketing and media surrounds us everywhere and there are a lot of voices telling us what to do, what we need to be healthy and what the ideal human should look like. Finding a way to keep these voices at bay and tune into yourself can be very helpful to a planet-saver.
This might be a no-brainer for some of you, but having a friend to support you is key when it comes to changing your habits. And also saving the planet together is a lot more fun than trying to do it on your own.
Many of us live and work in cities, surrounded by buildings, traffic and asphalt. If we don’t take time to connect with nature it’s easy to forget that everything we eat, wear and use in our daily lives comes from the raw materials of this earth.
Changing your habits isn’t always easy. It can be frustrating and overwhelming, and you might start to question yourself along the way. This is a sign that you need to relax and take a break from planet-saving for a while.