Table of contents 2 | You Might Be a Minimalist 4 | Consume(r) 6 | I Want To Buy Something 9 | Carry Light 12 | Simple Thinking to Declutter 14 | On Sentimental Items 16 | Manifesto 18
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You Might Be a Minimalist...
If you have an empty storage room
If walking through department stores makes you uncomfortable
If a friend ask you to go shopping, and you would rather go to dentist
If you have more free time than ever before
If you donâ€™t have a junk drawer
If clutter makes you crazy
If you follow less than 100 people on twitter, or 100 friends on Facebook
If you schedule time for nothing
If you nap
If you read a book, then give it away
If words like trinket and souvenir make you cringe
If youâ€™ve thought about living in a tiny house
If there are less than 50 things in your closet
If you spend more time thinking of ways to reduce your things than ways to make money
If you enjoy having nothing
There is in most of us an underlying desire to buy cool stuff. It stem from insecurities, but it is exploited by corporations and advertising. Weâ€™re living in world of media where things are magnified and exaggerated to bring us to consume more. Unfortunately, it means that we are always spending more, which means we must either get into debt or work more to earn more. When they really start to think about it, though, most people realize that the physical things they own are not the most important parts of their lives. Excessive consumption promises happiness, but never delivers. Instead it results in a desire for more. It is time to step back and realize that excessive consumption is not giving the promised happiness and fulfillment. Consumption is necessary but anything excessive is never good.
I WANT TO BUY SOMETHING do I really need it?
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BUY IT TO LAST
be more conscious of impulses when ready to buy something.
pause and breathe to let physical desire wane.
itâ€™s okay to buy things; we still do it, but do it consciously.
Carry Light How much things do you carry around every day? It’s something we don’t often think about, but each item we carry around is a little burden, and little burdens add up. Example of things people carry around: • Wallet, contains money, lots of cards, stamp card, bills • Purse, contains grooming items, makeup, tissue, etc. • Laptop with charger and mouse • Case with files and papers • Cell phone, and another cell phone • Books • Keys • Notebook • Pen(s) • Coffee mug • Snacks and candies The things fill up our general fatigue. Sometimes we have to carry all around because it’s necessary. But it’s nice to walk around without things weighing you down. It’s less of a burden.
1. Reducing needs a. You can switch to lighter wallet and carry just the essentials like some cash, credit card, and ID. There is a lot of slim wallet such as money band and money clip. b. Move cosmetics and grooming to travel size container.
2. Put each item to the test 3. Consider each item whether you use them everyday 4. Check on things we carry just to feel safe and ended up not ever needing them
Simple Thinking to Declutter 14
do you use it regularly?
does it have sentimental value?
is it worth money?
DONATE RECYCLE TRASH IT
On Sentimental Items Life events mostly accompanied with things for keepsake. Things like movie tickets, a bracelet from your childhood, your birthday day menu, all tidbits of items we collect. Each of them bring us to our past life, either itâ€™s a good or bad memories.
Of course it was difficult to let go, but I realized quite a few things about our relationship between memories and possessions during the entire experience: 16
We are not our stuff We are more than our possessions.
Our memories are not under our beds, but within us.
Holding on to stuff weighs on us mentally and emotionally. Letting go is freeing.
You can take pictures of items you want to remember or scan old photographs.
An item that is sentimental for us can be an item that is useful for someone else.
Bibliography mnmlist.com www.becomingminimalist.com www.theminimalists.com www.minimalstudent.com
bemorewithless.com inoveryourhead.net/ www.sparefoot.com/storage-tips
“Too many people spend money they haven’t earned, to buy things they don’t want, to impress people they don’t like.” Will Rogers
ÂŠKeshia Anindita 2014