Minimalism: it’s pretty simple.

Minimalism isn’t a crazy anti-establishment protest, but a template for simple living. In the last three months I have donated or thrown away about 70% of the clothes in my wardrobe, leaving myself with no clutter. Aside from the tidy aesthetic that many people enjoy, the task of choosing what to wear has become extremely simple and more satisfying, as my wardrobe consists of only my favourite clothes. Minimalism is essentially living a decluttered life. From clothing to relationships and even Facebook friends lists, if something no longer adds value to your life, let it go. I’m not against consumption, but I do believe that it is important to realise the difference between consumption and compulsive consumption. Are you buying something for the sake of it, or is it something that you genuinely want or need? If you are ever unsure, I’d give it a few days and see if you still feel the same about the product a few days on.

Less clutter. More meaningful living.

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Decluttering Social Media

Social media use takes up a large proportion of our time. From the minute we wake up until we fall asleep, we are constantly refreshing our news feeds. Why do we do this? Because we don’t want to miss out on anything. We need to see everything that our 678 friends are doing, the posts they are liking and the people they are interacting with. Take a look at your Facebook news feed and see how long it takes until you see something that was worth seeing. It’ll probably take a while; after scrolling past photos from your old classmate’s cousins wedding and numerous adverts, you might find something worth seeing. Perhaps it’s time to declutter your Facebook. Scroll through your friends list and delete everyone that you don’t keep in contact with, either online or in real life. Be ruthless, most of your “friends” probably don’t even realise they have you on Facebook in the first place. After working through your friends list, go back to your news feed and refresh it. Hopefully your feed is much simpler and consists of posts that you actually want to see (apart from adverts but there’s not much you can do about them).