How Minimalism & Eco Practices Go Hand in Hand
As I've started stepping more into an eco friendly mindset I've begun to realize that a big part of it is prevention. Becoming more aware and mindful about what we buy will naturally mean that we'll buy less of what we don't need. Just like meditation, which is clearing the mind of excessive noise, minimalism can release a different form of clutter that cleans up more than just your house.
What does minimalism even mean?
Minimalism is the idea of living with fewer material possessions. It's about reducing the "stuff" in your life and is a process that looks very different to each individual. Maybe your goal is to live in a house with only the essentials like a couch and a chair in your living room with bare walls. Maybe your goal is to just to surround yourself with possessions that have a purpose and provide you with joy. Either way it's moving towards a more mindful way of living.
What's the problem?
As a person who struggles with anxiety, I can always tell when I'm not in a good head space. I purchase mindlessly trying to fill a void or spend money on items that will "fix me" or my situation. In essence, trying to find answers to questions I don't want to ask or deal with. Procrastinating with other things when I don't want to face something. I've been told by friends and family that I'm easily distracted (putting it mildly).
But when my space around me is open, clean, and free of clutter I feel like I can breathe. Sure I have less things to distract me, or help me take my mind off of things, because I'm starting to realize that organizing my "junk drawer" for the third time this year might not be the best way to spend my time.
When I have too much I get overwhelmed with an inventory of things. I buy things that I already own but have misplaced, I hold on to things JUST IN CASE. It's not too often we use our "just in case" items. When I have too much, I spend so much time cleaning that I feel like there just isn't enough time to get everything done.
When moving towards living with less it helps with more than just clutter, it can also help open up your schedule. It's important to say no sometimes to things we really don't want or need to do. Also, financially buying less, getting rid of or selling things we don't need can make a big impact. What would you rather spend that money on? Which leads to the question, what is most important in your life? Where do you want your priorities to be?
Why do it?
We live in such a materialistic world, where bigger and more is better. Depending on what we buy and own, we are sometimes categorized socially, looked up too or looked down upon. Minimalism allows us to step back from that and find more meaningful sources of fulfillment, connection and happiness without caring what others think. Am I saying that owning things is "bad"? Definitely not, as long as the items you have spark something in you or are useful to you.
So if you decide to go through your own minimalist journey, remember to not focus on what you're throwing out, but actually weaning out things that don't bring joy or value to your life. LESS STUFF = LESS WASTE. This will help us shift to a more circular economy where we focus more on prevention instead of recycling.
Are you looking to start a journey in reducing your "stuff"? Here at Ez Eco we are putting our "feelers" out for anyone looking to do an Eco or Minimalist 30 day challenge. Contact us if you're interested! Stay green my friends.
As my favorite minimalists Joshua Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus say "Love people, use things, because the opposite doesn't work"
Here is a Ted Talk featuring Josh and Ryan that really spoke to us. Enjoy.
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