If you haven’t heard of Minimalism it is a tool or philosophy in which you cut out the excess in your life so you can free up time and energy to focus on what really matters to you. There isn’t an ideal time of the year to start living a minimalist lifestyle, but if you haven’t already I recommend you give it a go this holiday season.
GIFT GIVING DURING CHRISTMAS
Put a minimalistic spin on gift giving this Christmas. Clothes, electronics and furniture can be nice presents but do you truly believe these items have the power to fill the void? Maybe, maybe not. What about giving experiences instead? For instance, surprising your loved ones with a nice dinner, a scuba diving course or an e-book. They will remember it for years to come and you wouldn’t be creating more clutter for them.
GIVING YOUR TIME TO HELP OTHERS
Search for a not-for-profit organisation in your community, to whom you relate to and offer your help. Make sure your set of skills is useful to them and just go for it. A few days or even a few hours of your time can make a huge difference in somebody else’s life. Be minimalistic in a way that others will benefit from your actions and make their Christmas one to be remembered for years to come.
DECLUTTER YOUR HOUSE
Getting rid of stuff that no longer serves you will provide a cleaner atmosphere in your house and make the things that are really important to you stand out. Why not give the unnecessary stuff to someone for whom they will provide greater value? It’ll make you feel much better about yourself and your house will look much more organised and be easier to live in.
UNPLUG - GO OUTSIDE AND ENJOY MOMENTS WITH YOUR LOVED ONES
Modern society provides us many benefits, especially in regards to communication. Internet, mobile phones and countless gadgets have become so intertwined in our daily lives that it is hard to imagine a life without them. But a life without them, from time to time, can be more beneficial. By unplugging from these distractions we can live in the moment and also avoid anti-social behaviour. This month, try to spend less time on the phone, especially when you are at the table or spending time with friends. The people that are really important to us need our attention more than anything. Reducing our time online can increase not only our free time but also the quality of the time we spend with the people that we care about.
Becoming a minimalist isn’t an easy task. However, the festive season is a great time for change and building positive momentum can have long lasting benefits. Focus on what really matters to you. Real relationships. Contribution. Being in the moment. Having more space in your house and your mind. Remember - less can be more. It all depends on you.
Written by Sávio Meireles
Savio is an independent traveller and dynamic communicator, with a passion for unconventional travel and Lifestyle Experiments. He is currently making the transition to the Digital Marketing field and working on becoming Location Independent. Savio is originally from Brazil and has been living as an expat in Australia since 2011. Contact him at [email protected] or on Twitter @saviomeireles.