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A Minimalist Update

Being a minimalist is hard. It’s hard because I am teaching myself new things and basically overhauling what I have grown accustomed to all my life. I have started this journey more than a year ago but looking at where I am now, it doesn’t seem that I have gone far.

Tips: How to Sell in OLX

Ever since I started on this goal of being a minimalist, I have been trying very hard to sell or discard of the extras in my life. One of the solutions I have found is selling via OLX. OLX is a Philippine based buying and selling website. You can post free ads of everything and anything under the sun. If you’re wondering, here are the steps I follow to sell my used stuff. Make sure you have an account and log-in. Click ‘Sell Your Item Now’ button Fill-up the necessary information. Remember to be descriptive and try to include all the details buyers would want to know Click ‘Submit Ad’  Pretty simple right! But here are some of the lessons/tips I have learned so far to successfully sell my things. #1 Try to be as descriptive as possible When selling my books, I always follow a format for my description. Here, I put in all relevant information a potential buyer would want to read. Title: Perfect You Author: Elizabeth Scott book is being sold for 150. …

Tidying and the KonMari Method

I just recently reviewed the book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. As much as I thought the author was a little too much for me, I have to hand it to her. She knows her stuff! So here are few key lessons I’ve learned through the KonMari Method: #1: Sort by category Kondo emphasized to tidy by category and not by room. You also need to follow a certain order when doing this. Start with clothes, then books, papers, miscellaneous items and lastly things with sentimental value. #2: Discard. Discard. DISCARD! You need to discard everything you have that doesn’t spark joy in your life anymore. Don’t go half-heartedly, instead go about discarding full forced and without regrets. Remember to discard by category. Never ever start with mementos or thing that hold special meaning with your heart or else you’re bound to fail. Kondo advises that you don’t let your family see what you discard. She gives this perfect example of when a client’s mother saw the numerous bags her client will be …

Tips on How to Pare Down

If I had to define what paring down means, I would define it as the act of letting go the the extras in your life.  It’s one of the things I love about minimalism. The contact desire to pare down. Having started on this journey,  I don’t think I’ve ever wanted to say, “I’m done. That’s it, paring down is over.” There’s just tons of things you could let go of. And when you pare down with an open heart and mind, you’ll be surprised with the results. Here’s what I’ve learned about paring down so far: Don’t feel attached – Remember that you are only letting go of material things. The memories that come along with it do not have to be thrown out as well. Just keep going – Don’t look at the ‘trash pile’ and think to yourself that you can’t survive with what’s left. Remember that you were able to put a thing in the trash pile because you know in your heart that it has already served its purpose and …

Kat’s Guide on How to be a Minimalist

Pare down until you can’t pare down no more Be creative! Try to earn money while paring down STOP BUYING STUFF Visualize your space. Create dream boards, save pictures, use Pinterest! Find new homes for your stuff (sell or give away) or use it all up Read magazines/blogs to get inspiration Be curious and try different things Say NO to strorage Accept that it takes time. Enjoy the process and learn as much as you can Do what feels right/works for you! Minimalism is not about deprivation. Rather, minimalism is about getting rid of life’s excess in favor of the essential. – The Minimalists (@TheMinimalists) These tips have successfully helped me in my goal to try and live a minimalist lifestyle. Of course I am no pro and I still have a long way to go. If you have ideas or questions please do drop a comment! 🙂

Minimalism and Me: An Introduction

I first chanced upon minimalism back in college when I was looking for themes for my then blog. I thought it was only about the color white, minimal to no ads and black and white photography. Never did I know that minimalism was more than that. Fast forward a decade after, I got to read the blog Zen Habits and I was introduced to a whole new world. I guess it’s important to note that the blog Zen Habits doesn’t really talk about minimalism but it does scratch the surface. Anyway, it was just through that blog that I was introduced to minimalism as a lifestyle. (ps. I was reading this post) Minimalism is a tool that can assist you in finding freedom. Freedom from fear. Freedom from worry. Freedom from overwhelm. Freedom from guilt. Freedom from depression. Freedom from the trappings of the consumer culture we’ve built our lives around. Real freedom. –The Minimalists To tell you the truth, minimalism scares the living shit out of me. Imagine living with only your essentials and depending fully on …