Disclaimer: Originally published in October 2018. It is being republished since it still remains an interesting topic till today. 

As a frequent user of Pinterest, I am aware of the latest trends in various fields of my interest, one of which is lifestyle.

Previously, I was influenced by the Scandinavian-origin trend of hygge- a sort of rustic comfort vibe, decorating a house with fairy lights, fluffy rugs, and book nooks. It was on one of my multiple Pinterest surfing escapades that I stumbled upon, minimalism– living with less, and spending less.

As someone who lives in a small hostel room with limited resources, embracing minimalism seemed a sensible option.

My minimal shelf

I started reading inspirational quotes that urged me to make more out of less- one quote which changed my finance management was “Don’t save what is left after spending, spend what is left after saving.”

Ever since then, I have been setting aside about 3000 rupees at the beginning of every month, and have not gone broke in months, as I now always have a reserve.

I also joined various Facebook groups for like-minded people on a minimalist journey and discovered ways to save money and space. I sold bags I hadn’t used in ages on Olx, donated clothes I rarely wore and made room in my cupboard, keeping only what was useful to me and what I couldn’t live without.

I began reusing and recycling a lot of things I would have previously thrown away, such as the containers in which food I order is delivered in, and by painting them in attractive colours, I have turned them into storage boxes and flower pots.

My minimal desk

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I also find myself caring less about the fancy tags associated with big brands, and looking more towards durability at a lower cost. I find that I’m able to manage my personal expenses at roughly Rs. 4,000 a month (things like clothes, books, personal care items, and snacks), with an additional Rs. 2,000 for food.

My life is a lot simpler- I feel a sense of peace at not taking part in the rat race associated with online sales, buying the most popular brand and following fashion trends just because everyone else is doing so.

My minimal wardrobe

I spend less time online, and more time reading or writing after having minimised the number of apps I use.

I’m living life at my own pace, and am much happier for it. I have also “decluttered” my social life, by keeping only those friends on Facebook whom I know are actually a part of my life, and who actually care about how I am and what I’m doing.

Minimalism is not about living in poverty. It’s about living with only what makes you happy, both materialistically and otherwise- and creating an uncluttered home and mental space that allows you to be your best self.

Image Credits: Author’s Own

Sources: Country Living, The Minimalist

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