Embracing Minimalism (little by little)

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Back when I had afternoon tea with my two favourite vegans, we were chatting about podcasts and Nicole recommended the Minimalists. She also mentioned that their documentary was available on Netflix, and I made a mental note to check both out. Minimalism was something that I had seen mentioned here and there, but never really delved into until then.

I had just started commuting and needed something to keep me entertained, which seemed like a perfect opportunity to enter the world of podcasts. I started with the Minimalists and I was immediately hooked. They explain everything in a very approachable way and emphasise that minimalism is personal: it’s not about how many things you own, but about your intentions and your values. Not long thereafter, I watched their documentary. In the same evening I watched The True Cost, which I had been meaning to watch for a very long time.

I’m always seeking to improve myself, which is both a good and a bad trait (I recently took the enneagram test and found out I’m type 1, which I might write a blog post on…), and I knew I had to change my habits. I’ve known about the issues of fast fashion for a while, but used excuses like “I’m a student, I’m too poor to buy responsibly” to justify shopping at H&M. But The True Cost was the final drop.

Minimalism seemed to be the perfect way to deal with the negative impacts of fast fashion and consumerism, while simultaneously improving my own life. I’ve always been very tidy and organised, and clutter stresses me out. Owning less stuff, striving to buy less and to buy responsibly would not only improve my own wellbeing and inner calm, but also reduce my impact on the environment and minimise my contribution to sweatshops. Ideal.

Striving is the key word here. I’ve just started my minimalism journey and I have a long way to go. My wardrobe is mostly decluttered, but that doesn’t mean I’m done. Moreover, minimalism is personal; I love my books and will not get rid of all of them. I’ve donated and sold some — ones that I know I’ll never reread and don’t really like anyway — but because my books bring me joy and value, I’ll keep a hold of quite a few of them.

For me, minimalism has also triggered a renewed interest in green beauty. I went cruelty-free when I became a vegan, but now I’m making an even more conscious effort to choose green, sustainable products that are good for both me and the environment when I need to replace something I’ve run out of. Even this is a difficult journey though, because “green” and “sustainable” are quite subjective terms…

In the end, I try to tell myself that my attitude is key. With both minimalism, sustainable fashion and green beauty, I’m still trying to figure it all out and I will make mistakes along the way. But it’s a journey I’m excited to have embarked upon.

Here are some blogs, etc that have inspired me:

The Minimalists — both their articles, their podcast and their documentary (available on Netflix) are great.

The Private Life of a Girl  — Sophie writes about minimalism, sustainability and green beauty.

SophsChoices — Another Sophie, who writes about zero waste, minimalism and veganism, and also has a great youtube channel.

If you have any tips on bloggers or youtubers who talk about minimalism and/or sustainability, please let me know 🙂

Mimmi xx

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12 thoughts on “Embracing Minimalism (little by little)

    1. It’s such a good documentary, isn’t it? I really recommend the podcast as well. They do repeat themselves a bit but you don’t need to listen to all episodes anyway. xx


  1. Yay, I am so happy you love the podcast and documentary. I never thought I’d get into minimalism but I just misunderstood it before and stereotyped it into thinking it was all about having hardly any things. I never understood the reasons behind it and why it can create a more meaningful and valuable life. Now I understand it and work towards creating a more minimal and meaningful life, all thanks to the Minimalists 🙂 xxx


    1. Same here, that’s exactly what I thought, and as someone who can be quite sentimental I thought it could never be for me. So glad you recommended it 🙂 x


  2. Ah I am also really into the whole movement and have been on my journey since the beginning of the year. I particularly like how there is no particular way to embrace it and as it looks different to everyone it’s really inclusive.

    I really love the following blogs on the topic which you might also enjoy:

    I’m always looking to discover more but the above are definitely my favourites. Joshua Becker at Becoming Minimalist also links to a lot of other people on his Twitter feed so that’s a good way to find more.

    Enjoy your week Mimmi!

    S x


    1. That’s what I love about it as well – that you can tailor it to your own needs. Thanks for the tips, I’ll check them out! Hope you’re having a good week so far 🙂 x


  3. I’m trying to do the same kind of thing at the moment – the Minimalists documentary really hit home. I think you’re right, attitude is key (especially since everyone’s intentions are different) and then hopefully the rest will follow 🙂 xx


  4. I really should watch the Minimalists documentary. I started listening to their podcast recently and really enjoyed how they focus on what minimalism means to each person individually rather than just make it a competition about who owns the least. I need to watch The True Cost too as I’ve started trying to only purchase second hand or from ethical companies that don’t mass produce. It’s really difficult though and so tempting to just give up and wander into H&M…

    – Sarah


    1. I really like that about them too. It makes me feel like I can actually do minimalism, even with my book collection. The True Cost is difficult to watch, but I definitely recommend it. I’m trying to do the same thing as well (while also just buying less!) and it really is tricky… I wish information was more readily available! x


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