Living on little: How to cross the threshold?

Today we live in a materialistic and individualistic world. We work hard to have money, to buy more or less useless objects without even having time to take advantage of them. In this particularly grueling routine, exasperation is common and more and more people are drawn to minimalism.

Minimalism: what is it?

This term little known twenty years ago is becoming a real trend, as evidenced by blog articles on the subject or documentaries like those published on Netflix.

Minimalism is not about living on the street with one outfit, but restricting yourself to have only the essentials. It is about consuming less and better. Take the example of children’s toys. How many parents end up having three large trunks full of plastic accessories while the little one spends 90% of his time with the same two cars?

This observation applies to all objects: clothes, new technologies, food, toiletries …

How to analyze the current situation?

The problem is similar to going on vacation. At the beginning, we always say to ourselves that we will only take the essentials … and end up with a suitcase that cannot be closed because we have taken all the accessories that “could” be used.

Play a game. Take a sheet of paper and go through all your cupboards. As soon as you find something that hasn’t been used for more than six months, write it down. On another sheet, list all those that are used several times a month. Usually, the first list is several pages long, while the second is relatively concise.

The idea then is to part with everything that is unnecessary. Don’t throw it all away; instead, try to sell them or give them to people who need them.

However, making this effort is not an end because living on little should not be a constraint or represent an annual spring cleaning. It’s a state of mind.

Possession-based education

Since childhood, being happy and living simply are rarely the goals set. Parents, teachers and all of society urge you, with drivers, to follow a unique path: to have children, to raise as much money as possible, to work hard to take advantage of your old age, to accept the discomfort at work. , etc.

To live on little, you have to part with all this education and go beyond. Awareness is instantaneous in most cases, but it doesn’t last. Very quickly, we resume old habits.

For this reason, a clear and strong change must take place in addition to the material separation. It could mean moving outside of the city center, discovering a new passion such as outdoor sports and meditation… Stressing in other areas of your life will also lead to radical change. Food is often a key point. Fewer mass-industrialized products, a return to garden vegetables and to the preparation of its dishes perfectly respond to the concept of minimalism.

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