Minimalism seems to be all the rage lately. There is a certain buzz around the idea of cutting down on consumerism and materialism and for good reasons. It is no secret that we are overindulgent consuming creatures at times. Somewhere along the way in our evolution, we have completely lost track of what we are consuming and why. We have lost the roots of our needs.
When we go beyond our basic necessities what impact does overconsumption really have anyway?
There are environmental impacts that we can no longer ignore, problems with debt, greed, and selfishness. Over consuming while in the short term may fill a void, in the long term can lead to feelings of emptiness and dissatisfaction. Consumerism temporarily fills a void that is unfillable, making over consuming a cycle that cannot be aided through action.
Our perspective on need and luxury have been skewed in ways that leave most of us overly attached to the products we have in our lives.
Although minimalism in the extreme sense is not for everyone there are small things you can do to reduce the impact that material things have in your life You can reduce the junk, the clutter and help yourself get back on financial track.
To help you start you can stop buying crap you don’t need. Seems easy enough and in many ways, it is easier than you may think.
Here is a list to help inspire you to make those major or minor changes in your life. I hope this helps you save a buck and become a more mindful consumer.
For more ideas to help you live a full and simple life check out the post 89 Items to Remove from your Home and your Life.