Minimalist Living

13 July 2017


A Minimalist Living is basically life running under the "less is more" perception. Simple Living.

We started this kind of approach the moment we had our eldest son. Like every family, life began from the very bottom. We get by from paycheck- to- paycheck. This kind of situation taught us to become wiser and smarter. We saw the positive effects in "having less" in all aspects. Lifestyle is the key player in our lives. Its impact takes effect on us in an instant. Sometimes it stresses us out and there are moments that inspire us.  As our family moved forward, we continued to apply the "less" perspective in everything we do. 

We buy items that are only needed.
We use air-conditioning on "as needed" basis only.
We choose not to buy a new car because our old car is perfectly fine.
We buy food as to what is just needed in a week to avoid wastage.
When we go out, we bring food to snack on so we don't have to spend so much.
Less shopping.
We watch movies that are worth watching on the big screen.
Don't get too sentimental.
Don't ponder too much.
Don't over think and
Live in the moment.

At Home

  • My goal everyday as a stay at home mom is to make and keep a well- balanced home. It all starts within the four walls of our house. Having a conducive environment at home helps one overcome the mess that is outside, like a downpour of work.
  • The reason why we bought a condo is because it is more manageable. Less maintenance, less headache. It's smaller than a house but it is still spacious enough to decorate and play around with the interior. A basic square cut is always recommended so in times you want to rearrange or redecorate your condo, it's easy.
  • Get rid of old items especially those that are not being used. Toys, clothes, shoes etc... Not only you get to declutter but you also get to wear or keep newer things. In our case, we donate to the church my parents work for. 
  • Avoid excessive decorating. 
  • Have plenty of storage and store items you want to keep properly
  • Build a personal space in a corner of a room.
  • In the kitchen, I also have the basics. Baking tools are on a set basis only.  When I got my KitchenAid mixer, I gave my old stand mixer to my mom. 
  • I have 2 sets of plates one for formal dining and another for everyday use.

These are just examples, the list goes on.

Benefits:
Less clutter, less stress to the eyes and mind.
More room, more space for meditation or quiet time.
Less clutter, less dirt, less bugs and pests.
A clean house dictates clean living or a healthy lifestyle.

Food

  • The main goal is to avoid wastage and to equip your kitchen with your preferred essentials.
  • Buy the ingredients or items for cooking that are often used. In a week, I was able to practice to come up with a menu good for 4 and that becomes basis for my grocery list both perishable and dry goods. Not only you avoid wastage but you replenish your fridge with fresh goods at least every week.
  • Establish what is needed to be bought in bulk and in minimal amount. 
  • One of the things I love about the products we have here in the Philippines is the "value pack". It gives the exact amount you need in one cooking or recipe.
Closet/Clothing

  • Let's say, for some of us, it is when we go shopping we greatly damage our budget or savings. One of the perks of being a homemaker is that you're not required to dress up everyday. Shopping for new items for events and gatherings is one of the benefits I enjoy with having less or just the basics in my closet.
  • For whatever season it may be, "invest" on the basics and just do mix and match.
  • When it comes to footwear, storage can be an issue. Shoes have a life span whether it is often used or not. I personally have "one pair" of what I think is essential. A pair of flat shoes, strap- on/ sandals, flip flops, slip-on, walking shoes, running shoes and I always have a heavy duty pair like Dr. Martens.
  • Accessories, make- up, perfume: Basic, what you prefer of course,  and just enough to consume at a certain period of time so you can treat yourself to a new set again.
Most of this basically hits on the amount we tend to buy and keep for a long time.

Travel

  • One of the things I keep in mind when I travel anywhere with my family is to pack light. On our recent trip to America, even if we were given an allowance of 2 50lbs each (x4), aside from our personal bags, we opted to check- in 3 large suitcases only: 2  for our clothes and a luggage filled with pasalubong/ gifts. With kids in tow, it's always best to travel light especially for long haul flights.
  • It's a different case when you've done shopping at your destination. For us, we ship the items we shopped for ahead of the time of our departure.
  • Wear the most comfortable clothes and shoes, the set of clothing you're willing to let go or you'll often use throughout your travel so you don't have to pack it.
Social

This is going to be more on a personal perspective.  In 2015, my husband and I got rid of our personal Facebook accounts. Many wondered, a lot made speculations... and it's just Facebook! Whatever accounts we have now are just active for communication purposes only. We don't post stuff, we don't like or make comments.

For me, the only active accounts I have is Instagram that is on private and with chosen few as my contacts plus my blogs.

The moment we deactivated our accounts, it felt like a huge chunk was taken off our shoulders. We did not even realize that it brought that level of heaviness until we got rid of it. The thing we don't like about social media is prying, and there's too much negativity going on.

We choose the people we hangout with as well. It's cool to have a few friends that you can trust and be open with, than a lot you barely know or a bunch that give you second thoughts.

When it comes to social media or on mingling, filter your activities. You don't have to get rid of your accounts, just filter everything and be wise on what you post and share online.

Simplify your world online.

Like I said, this is on a personal perspective. It works for us without hurting or stepping on anyone.

The main reason why my husband and I are able to achieve goals and meet them on our specific timeline is because we live with the "less is more" theory. It works for us and I am very grateful for that. I'm a stay at home mom and yet we accomplish things as if I'm also earning. Being a minimalist helped us achieve our goals and dreams as a family even if with just one person working. Not only we get to save more money but it also teaches our children how to live a simple life. No one is getting deprived, it's just simplifying things. 
It gives a humbling feeling that radiates assurance and respect for all things in life.

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