Several months ago the idea to become the minimalist came to my mind. Everything began with a desire to follow styles. One wonderful morning I woke up with an acute sense of need to change an image, so to get rid of the most of the habitual clothes which became to me …
The main forces were thrown on fight against an infinite horde of things in clothes. At the same time not only a considerable part of things, but also former thoughts and feelings as if at once lost any sense and become to me strangers got laid off. I realized that they became that heavy burden, a barrier on the way to new life. Baggage which to drag was already too much for me.
The book by the young Japanese writer Marie Kondo “Ordinary miracle, or Cleaning which will change your life” became a really valuable opening for me. After her reading, my life began to flow in a qualitatively new course.
It turned out that a minimalism essence at all not in asceticism. Not in asceticism and its extreme manifestations as I considered earlier.
What basic vital principle of the minimalist? The answer is simple: to live in an environment of the things bringing to the owner true joy. Being guided by this simple idea, I began to get rid gradually of everything that more I didn’t please, and … became happier. The reserved harmony of a situation in which center I comfortably settled down allowed to forget about vanity and to do a favorite thing.
If the theory about which I talk already begins to be pleasant to you, adopt her five basic principles.
Find out what is the cornerstone of your vital scenarios
The quicker you realize the reason which convinced you to put life in order, the better. Look around, think about what it is possible, to begin with. Make the list of things or habits of which would get rid without regret.
Imagine a situation in which you want to appear, think over that will form the basis of your new lifestyle. It will help to place correctly priorities, so and to decide on the purposes.
Be not afraid to do everything and at once
Act contrary to a common opinion that it is more best less and better.
According to the principles described by Kondo, the economy of vital forces, in this case, won’t do good to your good intentions. For example, house cleaning will quickly tire you if you are limited to borders of only one room. Only having crossed for her threshold, you come to be there where yet hands didn’t manage to reach — in the antecedents.
Grab everything that will get to you under a hand, get rid of unnecessary things on the run. Thus you will be able to change a mentality and to achieve almost instant results, without putting anything away for later.
Planning house cleaning, divide the process into several parts
It is known that the sapper is mistaken only once. The operations procedure and sequence of rooms won’t play a crucial role in our case. For example, fans of reading are distinguished by feature to leave books in the most unexpected places on all houses.
At the same time to find the necessary book a time — a difficult task. In this case, Kondo suggests acting step by step. For a start distribute objects on several conditional groups: clothes, books, documents, personal belongings and so on.
Having collected all available clothes in a certain part of your house, resolutely get rid of that that isn’t pleasant to you anymore or doesn’t approach by the size. Be not afraid to be overzealous, now in your clothes, there will be only the most favorite things.
The same treats also books: leave only what you want to read or more than once read with pleasure, and remained to distribute to friends or define in the regional library. I prefer books in an electronic format therefore I didn’t face a problem with their storage and the organization.
Expiration date — a concept universal. It is known that everything has a term. Also various pieces of paper aren’t an exception: warranty cards, cash vouchers, instructions and other documents. There is no need for years to store them in a table box, especially in our century when all this already is on the Internet. Be engaged in objects which can be carried in category “for kind memory” in the last turn, otherwise they will take away from you too much useful time.
To all the place!
The Japanese director Kosay Skin even shot the short film with the same name. And it isn’t accidental. Having got rid of a burden of unnecessary things, find a corner for each of the list favorite and demanded. It will help to use your vital space most effectively.
We will tell, you don’t know where to store magazines. Having bought one on an entrance to the subway, you will leave him on a table as soon as you appear at home. Be not surprised if in some of the days of magazines becomes more: they found to themselves “house”. Having thought of everything in advance, you will forever save yourself from similar problems.
Be able to leave
At last, we came to the most concerning the question which probably you already to yourself managed to set more than once: how to define, the thing is necessary or not? Mary Kondo answers him with restraint inherent in Japanese: “Tokimeki”. The sense is approximately the following: the thing is good if it forces the heart to fight quicker.
Conforming to this simple rule, find time “to communicate” to each of them. Take in hands, feel, listen to the feelings. If everything is good, you don’t hurry to leave a thing.
After all, the minimalist you can not become, but live in an environment of what you love — a luxury which you can afford.