Minimalism may be synonymous with simplicity. But becoming a minimalist may be far from simple, at least in the beginning. Depending on your lifestyle, making a switch to living with less may seem like a daunting project — one that many tried but failed to sustain over time.
But if you are thinking about making less of an impact on the environment as you used to, taking a minimalist approach may just be the way to go. Following the principles behind minimalism in art and design, minimalists opt for a pared-down lifestyle where one of the goals is not to accumulate but to keep as few possessions as possible. And in many ways, the habits that let minimalists enjoy a simple life are the same ones that help become better citizens of the planet. So if you are thinking of embracing a green lifestyle, doing some of the things minimalists do may just be a good way to start.
Buy less to reduce by building habits of recycling, reusing, or repairing the things you already own. Or you can consider borrowing what you can from family, friends, neighbors, and people in your community, if possible. Swapping items with others is also a great way to have something “new” without accumulating more.
Choose reusable over single-use items like non disposable plastic plates or glasses. Invest on a good quality to-go ware that you can use when ordering take-out food from fast-food chains and restaurants.
Focus on the essentials – not on what you think you need. You might be surprised by how short the list can be.…