Posts tagged Minimalism
Capsule wardrobe: Minimise your wardrobe without minimising your style

Having a capsule wardrobe does not mean that you have to change your personal style - it gives you even more freedom to be YOU!

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How to become a minimalist in 10 easy steps

Anybody can become a minimalist. It is not about the amount of things you own - you can be a minimalist if you have more than 4 forks and 2 sheets. You can live a minimal life even if your entire life, and all your possessions, doesn’t fit into a backpack. Kuddos to you if it does! I will need a MUCH bigger backpack. My life is full. Not really full of stuff, but full of life, laughter, hard work and lots of memories. And my stuff is the road that leads me to these things. So if you feel less than, please stop!

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Easy zero waste swaps to begin your zero waste journey painlessly

When we first started on our zero waste journey there where a few things that we felt were so big and took so much commitment that we felt totally overwhelmed. This of course meant that we put of changes because we just could not deal with them at that moment. I can’t even remember what those things were, but looking back I do feel a bit silly. We made it a lot more difficult than it should have and could have been. Why? Probably because we are scared of change, and we were terrified of giving up our convenience - no matter in which form that might have been.

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Can simple be minimal, and minimal be simple?

Although one could consider these two concepts two sides of the same coin, they are definitely not the same. If taken literally, they are not even similar. Simplicity implies to remove or reduce complexity, while minimalism implies removing or reducing quantity. Sometimes the two can link or contribute to the success of the other, but it is not always the case. To me, minimalism deals with my possessions, while simplicity deals with my thoughts and emotions. That is what attracted me to the simple life – the chance to remove complexity from my thought processes in order to free up brain-space to focus on other things. Let me explain.

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Zero waste celebrations - Greening Christmas - How to cloth wrap using the Japanese art of Furoshiki [Christmas series]

As part of our drive to waste less, I have decided to try my hand at cloth wrapping. A Japanese tradition used for over 1200 years, cloth wrapping is referred to as Furoshiki, and it is traditionally used to transport clothes, fresh produce, gifts or other goods. The word translates to “bath spread”, referring to the historical use of carrying dirty clothes to the bathhouses in these cloth ‘bags’. The whole practice is an embodiment of Japanese beliefs in beauty, versatility, practicality and thoughtfulness. Furoshiki “bags” used to be used instead of plastic bags. What makes it great is that you can adjust the size of the bag depending on how you fold it, and even a big bag folded from a big cloth can still be folded small enough to fit in a pocket or handbag when it is not used. It can also be used to carry different sized objects, even those with funny or difficult forms.

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