All posts filed under: Minimalism

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 …

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 …