6 Ways to Practice a Minimalist Lifestyle – Do and Do Not

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What is a Minimalist Lifestyle?

The minimalist lifestyle is a re-understanding of oneself and a re-definition of freedom.

Please take a deep look at yourself, understand what is most important thing to you, and then use your limited time and energy to pursue it in a focused way to maximize your happiness.

Toss things that don’t work, perceive mental activities that cause trouble, and live to achieve maximum mental freedom.

Minimize Your Desire

  • Know your genuine desire, don’t get distracted by external trends, don’t blindly follow the trend.
  • Devote all your energy to your most pressing desires, such as professional advancement, caring for your family, caring for your friends, pursuing good food, etc.

Spiritual Minimalist

  • Understand, select, and focus on 1-3 spiritual activities that you want to engage in and thoroughly learn and improve.
  • Don’t blindly waste your time and energy.

Material Minimalist

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  • Throw away, give away, sell or donate anything you haven’t used in your home for more than a year. Magazines and books you read, clothes you no longer wear, gifts or decorations you received earlier.
  • Don’t buy things you don’t need after you know your wants and needs.
  • When you do have what you need, buy the best and make the most of it.
  • Don’t stock up on cheap, substandard goods.
  • Use cloth bags instead of plastic and paper bags.
  • Replace a mountain of Rollerball pens with only a good pen.
  • Use China cups and steel cups instead of paper cups.
  • Use a computer to write, use less paper. Get in the habit of scanning and archiving paper documents.
  • Integrate and streamline cables and charging equipment.
  • Don’t double buy electronics.
  • Cut down on your traveling wardrobe; you don’t need two outfits a day.
  • Streamline your cards, keeping only one debit card and one credit card.

Informational Minimalist

  • Simplify the source of information input, reduce the use of social networks, instant messaging.
  • Stay away from the Internet and mobile phones regularly to avoid harassment.
  • Not paying attention to entertainment and social news that has nothing to do with you.
  • Reduce the number of email subscriptions.
  • Use fewer but better Apps. Delete the apps that are not used for a long time.

Express as a Minimalist

  • Write and speak as simply, directly, and clearly as possible.
  • Use nouns and verbs. Use fewer adjectives and adverbs.

Work as a Minimalist

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  • Use effective GTD methods without procrastination.

What is GTD?

Getting Things Done, also known as GTD or the GTD method, is a self-management method developed by David Allen in which you record all your personal and professional tasks on to-do lists. Since you no longer have to expend any energy on remembering these tasks, your mind is free to concentrate on the task at hand.

  • Clean up your email, so it doesn’t pile up.
  • Focus on one thing at a time and avoid multi-tasks as much as possible.

Live as a Minimalist

  • Slow down.
  • No ineffective socializing.
  • Exercise.
  • Dress simply.
  • Eat fewer foods that contain additives.
  • Drink plain water and fruit juice instead of carbonated drinks and fruit juice with lots of chemicals.
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There are many ways to practice minimalism, but the key is to take action.

Thanks for reading my article,

Tell me which of above did you practice, and what positive impact did it have on your life?

I am more than happy to discuss what we can do more instead of buying more. Feel free to share your inspirations.

If you are a relatively shy person instead, feel free to contact me via rita@lamicall.com

Good days!

10 thoughts on “6 Ways to Practice a Minimalist Lifestyle – Do and Do Not”

  1. In short, before doing anything, think: Have I found the most critical and important part of it and done it in the most effective way?

  2. There is no standard for living minimalism.

    In my own case, I understand minimalism as the way I want to live my life, and I focus on it all the time. That’s what I mean by minimalism.

  3. I’m in the fashion industry (excuse me guys).
    This article reminds me of a case that I’ve seen.

    Bill Cunningham has two photo columns at the New York Times. One is called “On the Street,” which is a series of snapshots of New York City over the years. The other, called “Evening Hours,” is his capture of New York’s upper class culture, the charity dinners and lavish parties that he targets, and through these seemingly lavish scenes, he’s also documenting trends in fashion.

    With his huge reputation in the fashion industry, Bill might have been expected to have a lot of garments, but he didn’t. He was wearing a blue suit he’d only paid $20 for. Bill liked it because it had “lots of pockets, it was easy to clean, and it was a nice color.”

    His philosophy inspired me to build a minimalist wardrobe.

  4. Thanks foor mentioning human greed. It is greed that makes people want to do things, since they will be rewarded for their efforts.
    Good talk.

  5. The essence of greed is that we lose the sense of security in this seemingly materialistic and spiritual world. But the sense of security is not given by the outside world, is from the inside out, to their own.

    And when you are truly determined and able to understand yourself, you will let go of greed and become minimalist. Slowly get rid of the things you don’t need and cut off unnecessary connections to the world.

  6. Thank you so much for sharing Rachael!
    Totally agreed! At the end of the day, minimalist lifestyle helps you to seek for a joyful way of living.
    Good day.

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    Rachael Connell

    Minimalism should not be about having very few things, very temperate interpersonal circle, very concise life concept. Not so much for their own restrictions. Minimalism is that each time you pass is used explicitly (not correctly) and joyfully.

  8. Thank you so much for sharing your story, I guess it’s the redundancy that makes you uncomfortable.
    Good day.

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    Carmelo Kyam Anthony

    I had the privilege of visiting the home of a woman in one of my classes, the daughter of the founder of Comcast, who, along with her wealthy family, was a regular benecontributor to Upenn.

    The lady herself was highly cultured, refined and not American at all. A design critic herself (too headstrong a profession), she has a sprawling collection at home of the classics of design history, from the first Machintosh computers to world-renowned chairs. Her decor and style is the most insane I’ve ever seen, and I bet it beats every home improvement magazine nowadays.

    But when I entered her collection room and saw the walls and floors filled with designs that, by themselves, would have graced a space, I felt immense boredom. I suddenly thought, “What’s going on here?” It felt so real. The mass-produced collections, which are more consumer goods than art, record nearly four decades of consumption history.

    When I look at them from the perspective of onlooker out of time, I realize that human material civilization has developed to such a high level, still can not avoid impermanence. What’s the difference between a pop, a classic, a symbol of taste, and a chimpanzee decorated with beautiful shells?

    🥰Thanks for sharing this list, I really enjoy reading through it.🥰

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