How The Idea Of Minimalism Provides A Fillip To Sustainable Living
Updated: Dec 2, 2021
‘Minimalism’ has become the word of the decade with the reason being it is the most suitable way of shifting towards a more eco-friendly way of living. For those who have been living under a rock and don’t know what all this fuss about minimalism is, then let Elite Voyager educate you about this unpretentious method of conducting your life.
What is Minimalism?
The answer to this is rather complicated as minimalism does not have a unique definition, but its core idea always remains the same which is “less is more”. Someone who understands what sustainable living means, knows that it can only be achieved when we start reducing the wastage that we generate in our day-to-day life. The art of minimalism allows you to lower your needs and wants, making you declutter your materialistic belongings and move towards creating a space that only contains the things that you actually care for.
In one of the renowned minimalist books called “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” by Marie Kondo, it has been said how sometimes we attach ourselves to unnecessary things, for example, an ugly lamp that has no use in your home, but you have still kept it because someone gifted it to you. The solution to this problem is that we either donate it or turn it into something useful, adding to the productivity of the surroundings.
Can Anyone Be a Minimalist?
Yes, of course. The only investment that minimalism wants is that of your time and patience, nothing else. You can’t overnight turn into a full-fledged minimalist, because there is nothing as such. As said earlier there is no perfect definition of minimalism and that is the beauty of it. You can design your own way of being a minimalist (keeping the core idea in mind). If you want to become a minimalist for environmental reasons then engulf your whole process around that only, like, get rid of using unnecessary plastic in your home, instead of buying packaged food, shop from your local market and start cooking at home, twice a week try to make most of your travels either through public transport or bicycle. All these little things will add up, giving you a unique personal definition of minimalism.
How is Minimalism promoting Sustainable Living?
Whilst minimalist influencers promote many things, all those suggestions have one thing in common, reduce, recycle and invite more plants rather than plastic to your home. This does not mean that you start throwing away your stuff and putting plants in place of them, but it just simply means to create a balance between nature and your space. In the fast-paced lives that we live in today, the only time that we get to be in nature is mostly when we are on a holiday. This lost touch with the environment can sometimes lead to negligence towards rising global concerns like climate change, global warming, etc. With the help of minimalism, overall awareness is created, guiding us in making more conscious decisions.
You can start slow, with one step each day towards reducing your daily wants and turning towards a life that is more happy, healthy, and filled with the green lush lands to explore. Pick up a notebook and start planning your journey today.