Only for some time have I been concerned about distracting objects in my studio and my apartment at the same time. I've been doing this for a long time, but I am only now becoming more aware of many things.
1. Minimalism - liberates thinking
I've never owned that much, and yet; i feel it is too much. Often I already had the thought, give away and sell everything and see what happens then. I like this thought and won't let go of me.
I've been clearing out the clutter for a few months now, and that works pretty well for me. What everything had to go:
- I have minimized old photos to approx. 20%
- Certificates from elementary school
- Electrical devices that I use once a year, such as a footbath bubbler
- Fake flowers ... the sight cost me thoughts every time:
- Is it beautiful or kitsch? I can now use these thoughts for something else
- Small fur rugs, such dust catchers
- Storage boxes - only one so far, I'll admit
- Drawing utensils that I no longer use
- Lots of odds and ends
- Cups that don't fit at all or are defective
- Plastic objects
- Chairs, I don't know why I have so many chairs
For myself I like mucking out; my roommates tend to be the collectors and feel that their habits are disturbed.
Do some research on the topic Minimalism there are many very valuable articles on the Internet, especially via Youtube. And from the topic you automatically come to:
2. Zero waste
There are actually people who produce only one jar of garbage in a quarter of a year. So neck waste would be a significant step forward for me. It's not that difficult, just a few steps are a start:
- Bathroom products are made in-house and all the colorful plastic bottles are disappearing - what a treat for the eyes and also removal of superfluous chemicals from skin and hair.
- pure soap is available for shampoo and conditioner
- Plastic toothbrushes are being replaced by bamboo toothbrushes
- Toothpaste is easy to make yourself with coconut oil and turmeric and a peppermint oil.
- Cleaning agents can be completely replaced by baking soda, vinegar and citric acid
- You take vessels and bags with you when you go shopping
- There are also unpackaged shops, farms, markets
To some loved ones Habits unfortunately you have to renounce:
- Delivery service
- McDonalds, the garbage is awesome :-(
- Chips, chocolate ...
- Coffee to go ...
- Compesting is necessary
3. Buy used and build yourself
I love to get hold of old furniture and spice it up, here is a chest of drawers:
I found this chest of drawers on eBay classifieds, it is rather semi-optimal restauriert: Painted very thick and missing a varnish, the black knobs are not exactly my cup of tea ... and at some point I gave this chest of drawers a beauty treatment and here is the beautiful piece:
What have I done?
I sanded off the excess of paint, added new ceramic knobs - for such cases I have a collection at home - and stuck a sticker on the front. I got the sticker from a Dawanda shop.
I think that gives the chest of drawers the icing on the cake.
I've already restored a lot of furniture ... used furniture is fascinating, it has history and so much can be made of it.
4. Zoom out
Living in a smaller area frees you from many objects and you gain time. I actually dream of one Tiny House - a small mobile one Woodhouse. The hardest part of a project like this is finding a parking space.
Let's see, I could well imagine living like this ... it's a dream of mine, downsizing means less commitment, less work, more freedom. Speaking of which ...
5. Beemohr knits in a short way
My company also works with as little waste as possible:
- my Knitters work in Germany
- we knit almost exclusively according to the order received, the warehouse is narrow
- we use Hand knitting yarnsthat are far less pretreated than industrial yarns
- You can hang the model in the fresh air after wearing it and don't have to wash it immediately
- We ship in small boxes that correspond to the size of the bolero, wrapped in light tissue paper
- I try to use cardboard boxes again
6. Purchases are carefully considered
- Ever since I've been mucking out, I've been wondering why I bought some things
- Only a little is allowed to come in, but valuable
- I only have one credit card left, and that's only because some companies - in business - cannot debit without a credit card
- I almost only pay in cash; On the one hand, I would like the cash to be preserved in favor of freedom and, on the other hand, you have a much better overview
- I haven't seen commercial television for years, unfortunately GEZ is still due, but there are ways here too (see Schrang TV)
- I don't have any subscriptions, and I'm mostly bored with the program
- A landline phone is no longer needed today
I also buy something new, true to the motto:
- valuable and little ...
++ Bolero jackets from Beemohr are knitted with love and made of valuable yarn, they can also be worn after the wedding. Knitting and knitwear go well with the Minimalism - I agree.
6. Here are a few more book tips
- "Zero Waste" by Shia Su
- "That can go away!" by Fumio Sasaki
- "Magic Cleaning" by Marie Kondo
... that's just a selection, I've read many, many more and seen many YouTube videos. Have fun on the road to simplification - it's worth it.