Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Minimalism - For a Clearer Mind, Stronger Body, & Greener Space



Do you wish you had more time for meditation, exercise, and cooking? Do you feel like you cannot afford to buy organic or eco friendly products? If you feel like you are constantly making to do lists, cleaning, organizing, and battling finances, then minimalism - the habit of being attached to and owned by fewer things - may be your answer.


Clearer Mind

1. Eliminate the thoughts that are clouding your mind. This includes finances, debt, and to do lists. How much of the day do you spend thinking about everything you have to do and everything you do not have time for? How many of the thoughts racing through your mind are about money? Less stuff = less to keep up with, less expense and more free time.

2. Have more time for mediation and self study. With a minimalist lifestyle you have time to develop a regular meditation practice where you will discover what is next for you on your path. 



Stronger Body

3. Eliminate unnecessary products that may not be safe for your skin or environment. Make a list of all the products you have in your home; toothpaste, hair care, baby products, and cleaning. Is it a long list? When we consider how many ingredients are in each product, how much research would be needed to know what each ingredient is and what the risks are?

4. Have more time for regular exercise and cooking. When we do not wake up overwhelmed and stressed from the beginning, we are able to set the day’s attention with movement that rejuvenates, strengthens, and gives us a balanced ground to continue the remainder of the day. We have time for meal prep and enjoying the taste of each bite. Food becomes a sacred period in our day.



Greener Space

5. Eliminate unnecessary things you are buying. Do you often purchase things because they are a good deal? Do you really need them? Or do we purchase things just to have them? You may buy them with the best of intentions, but how often do you actually use them?

6. Have more money for organic food and higher quality products. When you buy less you have more money to buy the things that matter most. Buying organic or eco friendly doesn’t become a question of possibility.

Minimalism is a simpler way of life that gives you the opportunity to spend your time doing what matters most.

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35 comments:

  1. I like that with less stuff I have to devote less time to cleaning and organizing. Which I hate and don't do anyways, I just feel guilty about not dusting. Thanks for posting. Hello from Fat Tuesday.

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    1. I agree Melissa. I like a clean house but I don't like to be cleaning all the time. We don't have bookshelves or "dust" collectors as my husband calls them. We have one spot I dust. It's our tv stand. There's no DVDs so it's a super quick dust job. I love that the less we have the more time I have.

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  2. I love this post. It is something I strive for because I notice how much lighter I feel with less things. You have me thinking again. I came from the Shine Blog hop and found myself drawn to your title.

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    1. There's a blog - http://www.becomingminimalist.com/ you may enjoy and find helpful in feeling lighter with less things.

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  3. Great post! I too am on a simple living/minimalist journey. I love that your list wasn't just about decluttering our possession but included other things like stronger bodies & greener spaces. I notice a lot of people on focus on the possession piece and miss the whole picture. Visiting from Homeacre Hop.
    Sarah @ Living Intentionally Simple

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    1. It's much more than just de-cluttering :)

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  4. If we all went back to what we needed verses what we wanted, we would be richer, wiser and more well off at peace with our surroundings, etc.

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    1. I completely agree with you Michelle :) minimalism sets the entire town for my life in amazing way.

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  5. I am happier with less stuff. I want to purge our basement because it feels cluttered and it contains lots of things we don't use or need.

    Great thoughts here!

    Thanks for sharing and for linking up to the #SHINEbloghop.

    Wishing you a lovely weekend.
    xoxo

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    1. It's so freeing to purge things we do not use. :)

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  6. We are frequently busy with the wrong things, aren't we?
    I am for living a mindful life and staying focusing on the now to enjoy life fully.
    #gdaylinkparty

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    1. I agree Debbie. There's so many more things to live for than material items. :)

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  7. It all boils down to priorities, doesn't it? Taking the time to really consider what is important in one's life is key. I recently wrote an article about simplifying, one of my favorite subjects. We really can eliminate so many negative factors in our lives if we just pay attention.
    Hope you are enjoying something wonderful this weekend. Caio!

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    1. Hi Daisy, do you have a link to the article you wrote on simplifying? Would love to read it!

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  8. These are all wonderful and terrific ideas. I find that I should be doing all of them and have to make a conscious effort to try this. I do think my stress will be reduced.
    twinkle at optonline dot net

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    1. Owning less things = less things owning you and more time for what really matters :)

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  9. Great tips which are all so important to our health and the health of the environment. Thanks for sharing on Real Food Fridays. Pinned & twitted.

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    1. Such a great point Marla that it's not only gear for our health but also the environment!

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  10. I am a minimalist at heart. Although my office and art room sometimes doesn't reflect that, giggle. I am getting ready for a big purge. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop. Watch for your feature on Monday! xo

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    1. I think there's so many different ways to make minimalism work that it's discovering which route is best for you :)

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  11. Very nice post, thanks for sharing with Hearth and soul blog hop,

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  12. Great post! Pinned and tweeted. We appreciate you taking the time to party with us. I hope to see you tonight at 7 pm.. Happy Monday! Lou Lou Girls

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    1. Thank you for sharing this Kimberly!

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  13. Thanks so much for the reminder that less really does equal more.... more time, more energy, and more living! So glad you shared with us at Talented Tuesdays!

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    1. It's so amazing how much more life there is with less Amy :)

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  14. Love this! There is something relaxing and refreshing about uncluttered, well organized, spaces and good clean eating. Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty - we're looking forward to what you have to share next week. :)

    ~Lorelai
    Life With Lorelai

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    1. I feel so much better in a clutter free environment :)

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  15. Great tips! Thank you so much for sharing at Waiting on...Wednesday! Hope to have you back tomorrow!

    Holly @ iwillservewhileiwait.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you Holly, I appreciate your support!

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  16. I love too many vintage treasures to be a minimalist. lol! I do try to clear out stuff that I don't use, but I truly am a collector! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. I just recently read about collections and minimalism. What I got from it was that its important to enjoy the collection and not have too many different types of collections.

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  17. What a great post. I'm working on minimizing and decluttering everything! It's the best way to live. Thanks for linking up and sharing with us at Funtastic Friday. Hope you join us again this week.

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    1. Thank you Sherry, glad to hear your enjoyed it. Minimalism sets the tone for our lifestyle :)

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