When people started calling shopping their hobby, move and more movements against consumerism emerged. One of them is the minimalistic lifestyle. Some people took it especially radically and, for example, decided to live with no more than 100 things, others chose not to spend a penny within a fortnight and so on. These examples sound really extreme.
Nevertheless, the minimalistic lifestyle, especially during the quarantine and COVID-19 virus may be especially beneficial. Blogger Kotryna Baranauskaitė, known as Kotryna Bass, who is one of the founders of project “Nebegėda”, inspires to select the purchases logically, but not as drastically as mentioned in the previous examples. She was encouraged to retain only the most essential items at home by life itself: several changes of places of residence, a few different towns and the passion to travel.
Getting to know yourself
First of all, according to Kotryna it is necessary to get to know yourself “and to find out what you really enjoy, instead of buying it for the sole reason of having seen it somewhere, for instance, on Instagram”.
No hoarding of things
One of very important pre-conditions for consuming less is the ability not to get attached, since the first things to be disposed of should be the ones that depress, occupy space, are no longer used, you do not seem to find the perfect location for them for more than a year and in general they do not contribute to the quality of your life.
No seeking solace in purchases
“The main ultimatum which helps to lead a more sustainable life, is no longer buying because you are tired, want to feel better or simply need to feed your ego”, claims K. Bass. Very frequently the purchases become a sort of solace for us, when there is no sufficient time for holidays, when our friends make us sad or we are not successful enough at work. It is a faulty practice, since most often such purchases soon turn out to be unnecessary and we start regretting the money spend of those things even more, which in turn contributes to feeling even worse.
Saving on some items
Conversations and various researches pertaining to this subject prove that leading a more minimalistic style of life, the things that are more durable and unique become the first choice. Therefore, the presumption that leading a minimalistic style of life assists in saving up, is not entirely correct. But instead you will soon start noticing that you are surrounded by purified quality at home: “I do not save money on good home textiles, excellent quality scents and good wine”, K. Bass lists her priorities.
More attention to quality
Kotryna ascribes home textiles to the things, which she does not save on: “Sleep is very important to a working person, who’s on the road of self-creation, therefore clean, good-quality bedding is a necessity”. She and her family select only linen bedding: “Linen is an excellent fabric. It allows the body to breathe, to remain cool, if it is hot and stay worm when it is chilly. We no longer try out other types of bedding fabrics”.
Resisting fashion trends
Especially women frequently find themselves stumbling, when they are required to combine sustainability and fashion trends as well as changes in what is trendy. Thus, introduction of certain rules is necessary for retaining a healthy balance. Some women choose to stop buying fast fashion items, others wear only second hand clothes and another group decide to follow the rule “three clothing items per month”. Whereas Kotryna when buying always considers what can be matched: “It is important to find your own style and the clothes you like, also to have a neat wardrobe and to always be aware of what clothes hang inside it”, K. Bass shares a piece of advice.
Level of philosophyWhen the ability to assess every single purchase item is acquired, another step forward means other choices and the analysis thereof: “that includes both defining your own needs and renouncing the unnecessary emotions, people or works. Making every step with a perception that less is more enables to enjoy life much more”, Kotryna Bass singles out a few more very significant components of the minimalistic style of life.