Posts tagged Minimalist
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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Why kids do not need that many toys - do them a favour and minimise!

Growing up, my 2 brothers and I had a few selected toys. I cannot even remember what they were other than my favourite teddy bear, and a bike. I remember riding around the farm, chasing the chickens, sneaking up on the cows, running through the cornfields (and itching like crazy afterwards). We played until it got dark, and woke up the moment the sun peaked out. The days were long but we were never bored. Even when we moved to the city, we still had our bikes. No computers, very limited television. We had ourselves and our imaginations and that was more than enough. Looking at my girls’ toys I wondered what went wrong. When did I forget my childhood and the joy we had? Enough. That was my decision. I wanted them to also experience the satisfaction in creating their own fantasy world, and know within my heart of hearts that it is their toys that are keeping them back. So I started to quietly and sneakily remove toys. These were donated to children’s homes, re-gifted, or simply thrown away in the case of the broken ones. Here and there they have asked for something that is now gone, but after fake-searching for a few minutes they forget about it and find something else to play with. Usually from the kitchen.

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How intentionally minimising will lead to a mindful life, which is the ultimate aim

By practising minimalism and owning less, we are able to simplify our lives. This, in turn, creates the time and space needed to become more mindful. Allowing us to be present in the moment. By focusing on being mindful and present, we become more intentional about what takes up our time and space.  And that is what it is all about – intention.

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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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Gift guides: Minimalist and almost-zero waste gift ideas for eco-conscious moms

For those who do not know, from this year Husband and I have started following the minimalist guide to gift giving. We decided to do this because of a few reasons, and have a few suggestions of what to give for your eco mom (or any female for that matter)

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Gift guides: Minimalist and almost-zero waste gift ideas for toddler girls

For those who do not know, from this year Husband and I have started following the minimalist guide to gift giving. We decided to do this because of a few reasons, and have a few suggestions.

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