Minimalism is a popular lifestyle movement that claims owning fewer belongings allows you to become happier. People realized that their "stuff" consumed their life and decided they wanted to live in a simpler way to soothe their overall stress and dissatisfaction. They reevaluated their needs vs. wants and chose only to own what is essential and bring them joy, effectively reducing their consumerism and thoroughly decluttering their homes.
Ways to Declutter and Reduce Waste
Minimalism and zero-waste lifestyles often overlap since less spending results in less waste from products and packaging. As you begin your spring cleaning to tackle all the clutter in your home, keep the things you need and remove the unnecessary. Don't just throw your items away, though. Donate, recycle, or empty them as best you can, and then swap them for more sustainable options. Here are some minimalist hacks to declutter your home in eco-friendly ways and reduce your waste!
Get Rid of Paper Towels
Switching to cloth napkins and kitchen towels is a fantastic zero waste idea that takes hardly any effort on your part yet saves you a lot of money overall. You can easily repurpose old fabrics like towels, curtains, and duvet covers instead of throwing them out, so you can avoid purchasing paper towels every couple of weeks. Using cloth napkins is more eco-conscious since they can be washed and reused, and they also offer more colors and patterns than regular ones.
Avoid School Supplies
School and office supplies can be some of the worst sustainability offenders. Instead of buying a new packet of pens that you don't need every few months, invest in a refillable fountain pen. With just a bottle of ink, it will last you for years. Declutter your desk by getting rid of unnecessary papers, but make sure you use both sides before recycling them.
Change Food Containers
Clingwrap, baggies, aluminum foil, and paper bags all contribute to the earth's pollution. Instead of using disposable plastic food containers that won't ever break down, try stainless steel, beeswax wraps, and cloth bags. You can even try making your own beeswax wraps and cloth baggies from repurposed fabrics.
Simplify Cleaning Supplies
Contrary to what advertisements say, you don't actually need a different cleaning product for every surface in your home. Castille soap, vinegar, and baking soda can be used for nearly any task and can be purchased in bulk. You can also use old cut-up bed sheets or t-shirts as cleaning rags.
Clean out the Closet
Minimalism is most famous for its capsule wardrobe, where you condense your closet to contain only items you enjoy wearing. Get rid of anything that doesn't fit, is broken or ripped, or doesn't make you feel confident; and keep clothes that match your style and can be paired well with anything. It's best to refrain from participating in fast fashion and instead shop at thrift stores. You can even rent clothing and accessories online now, making it even easier to practice sustainable minimalism!
Following a minimalistic lifestyle is a guaranteed way to shrink your carbon footprint and reduce your overall waste. As you declutter, you'll realize just how little you really need and how easy it is to switch to sustainable products. You could even sell any unwanted belongings easily online, via social media, or having a garage sale. Garage sales can be fun and more effective with additional items if you partner with friends or neighbors. We appreciate you for making choices that are not only cost-effective and beneficial for you, but for the environment and future generations to come. Mahalo!