How can I lose fewer things?

Live minimalistically: less is more!

The lipstick, the great bag, the current cell phone - of course, we are attracted to beautiful new things. But the younger generation, especially in the cities, is increasingly disengaging from consumption. My house, my car, my designer furniture - these are no longer status symbols for her. Instead, mini-houses or apartments are in demand, car-sharing is operated and grandma’s chest of drawers is spiced up again by hand. The greatest status symbol today is time, as study results confirm. Accordingly, experiences with friends and family make you happier than one more thing bought. Minimalism is doing without things we don't need, and living minimalistically is in.

Where does the minimalist trend come from?

The minimalism trend is actually not a trend at all - because this movement has been around for a long time. Starting with the art movement in the 1960s, which is the counterpart to Expressionism. The works of minimalism consist only of reduced shapes and colors. Nowadays, the minimalist design style is more popular than ever: whether in interiors, in fashion or even in technical devices. We find simple design with a few, selected simple shapes and colors in all categories.

Living minimalist in your own home

“Minimalist living” - we probably all think first of the often sterile living style that was celebrated in the 1990s. Yes, that is apparently minimalism in its purest form - some find it uncomfortable, for many aesthetes this is the only true form of living. It doesn't have to be so “exaggerated”, but it makes sense to deal with the thought: What do you really need to feel good and to be happy? At the latest when cleaning up or doing the annual spring cleaning, we are confronted with things that we don't actually need. Or have too much. What do you not hoard ?! Do we really need the tenth place mat, the hundredth Tupperware box or the third tableware for a special occasion that occurs once every 10 years? And how many chests of drawers, cupboards and showcases did you buy to store all the things that you don't actually need? Get some air, create space in your own four walls and mainly surround yourself with things that are important - that is what minimalist living is all about. Minimalism not only creates space in your own four walls, it also clears your mind. Then that has something to do with being tidied up overall - give it a try!

Living minimalist at work

We live to work. For a long time this sentence was considered the dogma of our society. Anyone who sat in the office for a long time was considered ambitious and made a career. But the current figures speak a different language: Over half of all employees in Germany feel stressed and drained. That also changes people's perception. Today dropouts are seen who fulfill their dream or travel around the world. It's not for nothing that the sabbatical, a year off from work, is so popular.

Living in a minimalist way also means taking it easy - for example only working part-time. Sweden is doing it right now and is testing the 6-hour working day - with the same pay. This will probably not prevail in Germany without a salary waiver. And many job entrants are willing to do this, preferring to demand flextime and time off and foregoing their own home or car. Thanks to the Internet, there are more and more jobs that make being in the office or in the country superfluous. Traveling around the world and working at the same time - these are the dream jobs today. Then all you need in Germany is a registration address.

Live a minimalist everyday life

The trend towards simpler things has long since arrived in everyday life. Apartments are being sparsely furnished, book walls have given way to Kindle, record collections to MP3 players, entire kitchens to the open kitchen. Equipment such as lawn mowers or drills are borrowed. This saves costs and storage space. You can trade clothes, toys and even services in barter rings and exchanges.

In cities, more and more people are saving their cars and bicycles. They replace car sharing and call-a-bike systems at a mini price. Instead of going to the canteen or snack during the lunch break, employees bring their self-cooked food back to the Henkelmann. This kind of minimalist life saves money, time and also helps the environment. Handicrafts are also very popular: sewing, knitting, crocheting and handicrafts.

Even if something breaks, you should first try to repair the item and not throw it away or replace it right away. Anyone who repairs something also practices manual skills and can be proud of their work afterwards. "Do it yourself" is the motto, and everyone is happy about a new tip or a nice idea. Not a bad development, is it?

Shop minimalist

It is best to use unpackaged and fresh food. There are more and more unpackaged shops that do without plastic packaging and the like entirely. There you can put the food in containers you have brought with you and do something good for the environment. Go shopping at the weekly market, where the groceries are also available fresh and unpackaged.

Living minimalist at home

According to statistics, every German owns around 10,000 items. Sounds like a lot at first. But a look in the wardrobe or kitchen cupboard shows that it is easy to get there. Everything was too much for the American Dave Bruno. In 2008 he decided to live a minimalist life from now on and to prove to the affluent society: less is more. And so he mucked out his possessions until he was down to 100 things. With that he now lives happily, contentedly and freely, as he says. What else does he have? A tent and a camping stove, for example. He also kept the skateboard. After all, living in a minimalist way does not mean living without fun ...

His example caused a sensation: Everywhere people are imitating him, parting with ballast and bringing minimalism into their lives. That we suffer from too many things was shown in Germany as early as 2004 by the huge success of the book “Simplify your life” by Marion and Werner Tiki Kassenmacher. The clean-up bible today is called “Magic Cleaning” by Marie Kondo. The bestsellers show that there is a great need to organize household and life more clearly and simply. That too is one side of minimalism.

The advantages of minimalism at a glance

  • You produce less waste by consuming less.
  • Less ownership also means fewer worries (e.g. about a house, car, etc.)
  • You learn to appreciate the consumer goods you need and focus on the really important things. That also means less fear of loss and more gratitude!
  • You get to know yourself better, because with less possessions you sometimes have to improvise and constantly be able to assess yourself well.
  • Little ownership allows more flexibility, for example when it comes to traveling or moving. You are less bound.
  • Saving money is probably one of the greatest benefits of minimalism!
  • More space definitely speaks in favor of the reduced trend.
  • If you have less stuff, you automatically have more order at home.
  • You consume more consciously, think before you buy something and question the necessity.

Minimalism: Tips and information on the Internet

Minimalism knows no boundaries. He is also present on the Internet and gives us a lot of suggestions:

The minimalist: Michael is a German blogger and minimalist. In 2010 he turned his life inside out and wrote about it on his blog www.minimalismus-leben.de

Swapped: There are many online file sharing sites. The principle: exchange instead of throwing away, e.g. B. with books, DVDs and CDs: z. B. www.tauschicket.de

Small houses: An absolute trend - the so-called mini houses. The size varies, starts at 18 square meters and goes up to a maximum of 100 square meters: www.tiny-houses.de

Saving food: Millions of tons of food end up in the trash every year. Why not swap instead of throwing it away? For example at www.foodsharing.de

Date: 15.05.2020
Author: Lena Radke