Minimalism for advanced users: the cardboard method


Yesterday I wrote about minimalism for beginners. Now it's turning to minimalism for advanced users. For this rather radical method, you need moving boxes. The more things you have, the more boxes you need.

The whole thing works like this: You put everything you own in the moving boxes. Best sorted so that you can find things quickly. The boxes stay in your apartment. For the next few days, you'll only live out of the cardboard boxes. Everything you need in the time can be put back on the shelf or in your closet. Everything else comes off.

You will quickly notice which things you need, and want and which are superfluous. Most items are forgotten as soon as they are packed away. A good sign to see: it can go away.

Sort things out - but sustainably


Done with sorting out? Then it's now a matter of getting rid of things. Please don't just throw everything in the bin, there are better options.

In many places, there are weekly flea markets. You can sell your discarded items here. In this way, you can extend the product life of your items and even earn a little money in the process. On the Internet, for example, this can also be done via clothing circles or eBay classifieds.
If selling is too time-consuming for you, you can also donate or give your things away. There are Facebook groups like "Giveaways" in almost every city. You can even have your things picked up very easily.

There is often the opportunity to donate what has been rejected to social institutions. Just google it (or better: use the sustainable search engine Ecosia). You can find out where you can best hand in your sorted and donated clothes here: Donate clothes - where it really matters.

Internet platforms help to find the right place for almost every donation in kind. Also important: is the proper disposal of old, discarded, or broken electrical devices.

This is how you stay minimalist


Once you've got rid of everything that is superfluous, the real challenge comes: to stay minimalist.

Important step: make everything as visible as possible. From clothes to groceries to books. Don't stow your things in the far corner, your closet, or the top shelf of the storage room. Because only when you have your things in view do you know what you own and don't buy new things unnecessarily.

And before you buy something new: borrow, swap, or repair. A drill that you can borrow is sure to be owned by someone in your neighborhood. In return, you can share your lawnmower. A small hole in the T-shirt can be sewn quickly, and in the event of major damage, a visit to the tailor is often cheaper than new pants. The same applies to shoes or watches, for example.

Another tip to stick to the minimalist life and not pile up tons of new things: For every part that is bought an old one is lost. So the number of your possessions always stays the same. This can be applied particularly well to clothes, books, or decorative objects.

Do you know other minimalism methods or do you have tips on how to live consciously and minimalistically? Write to us in the comments!

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