Get Your Glow Back – Episode 66 – With Kristina Rasmussen
What does living minimally mean to you?
Removing the clutter and distraction that gets in the way of living how you truly want to.
Helps you to feel more free and have flexibility to do the things that you want.
Not one size fits all, what is the right amount for you or the right way to use it in your life is key.
There are so many cheap, plastic, small toys that children seem to want to hoard, how do you manage to say no or raise your children to have a minimalist mindset?
As long as you give your child love, support and just being there, there is so much stuff that is unnecessary
Avoid certain aisles in the supermarket if possible and toy stores
Set simple boundaries from the beginning, when they are older allow them to tell you what they really want and make a long term plan to get it rather than instant gratification: I want, I get
Buy second hand toys and get your child practicing that they can pick up a second hand toy when they pass their old toys onto someone else – every time you want a new thing, an old thing has to go.
Educate your child from early on about environmental awareness so that they can understand why.
If someone wanted to get started on minimising their wardrobe where is the best place to begin?
The average British woman buys 59 items of clothing each year, she has twice as many items in her wardrobe today as she did in the 1980 and she has around 22 unworn items.
Understand your personal style foundation: what is important to you? What makes you feel good? Colours that you are most attracted to? What would you like to showcase on your body? How does it fit with your lifestyle?
When you know this you can design your wardrobe as a personal collection of clothes that will make you feel like you are looking into your wardrobe as a little boutique of your perfect taste.
Start with the easy things, set 20 minutes to clear out a small area and build up to go through the difficult areas.
We live in a society that constantly bombards us with messages to buy more and consume more, How do you deal with the impulse to buy things, are there some questions you ask yourself before making a purchase? What are the things that inform your decision making?
Online shopping bombards us, we see around 5,000 ads daily and makes us addicted to the instant gratification of buying, when the reward is disappointed, we buy even more. Learning that more doesn’t make us feel better really helps make a shift to a minimalist mindset.
To shift towards a more minimalist mindset try to go for a month without shopping and really tune in to what your triggers are, why you are really wanting to buy etc.
Set up a self care account – every time you feel an urge to buy something put that amount of money into a self care account to be used for something that makes you feel great, try to use it on experiences more than stuff
Use shopping lists and stick to them
You say the key to living a simplified life is to find out what our true needs are, what practices and experiences have allowed you to discover your own true desires and what advice would you give to someone who is just beginning this journey of self discovery?
Write down what would you like more of, what would you like less of, what are your values and priorities, what in the past 5 years has actually made you happy and actually made you feel alive.
Make a list of what things take up too much of your time
One criticism of minimalism is that it leaves little room for nostalgia and items that have emotional value, how do you decide what stays and what goes and deal with the emotional connection we have to so many of our things?
Start with the least emotional, easiest things first when minimising. Give it a test run of a month if something is hard to get rid of by putting it away for that period.
Keep a limited number of items but make the most of them and put them on display to be enjoyed and taken care of.