about minimalism

‘The secret of happiness, you see, is not found in seeking more but in developing the capacity to enjoy less’
Socrates

what is minimalism?

Minimalism has traditionally been associated with art and design but can be applied to anything which has been stripped to its essentials.

For me it’s a lifestyle choice. A conscious decision to identify what’s essential and get rid of needless things. It’s all about simplifying your life and focusing on the things that make you happy and have the most impact in your life.

the benefits of minimalism

Minimalsim isn’t all about less. It is a path that can actually lead to more.

    Here are just a few benefits of leading a minimalist life:
    - more time for the activities and people you love
    - more pleasure & enjoyment
    - more freedom & control of your own destiny
    - spending less money – more potential for savings and financial freedom
    - healthier
    - contentment & happiness
    - less stress
    - using less resources – more environmentally friendly

how do I become a minimalist?

Minimalism is one of those things that it seems easy to like as a concept but difficult to put into practice.

Here are the 4 key steps to get you on the road to minimalist central.

i. realise that you already have enough
This is the most important part – finding contentment with what you have. It may sound hard but trust me, it is extremely liberating.

ii. start cutting back on clutter and possessions
You can do it in a weekend or two or over the course of a few weeks. It’s up to you.

iii. simplify your schedule
Feel like there are never enough hours in the day? Cut back on your commitments. Give yourself the gift of time to focus on the important stuff.

iv. slowly edit everything you do with a minimalist mindset
The path to minimlaism is a constant process – a journey if you like.

but what has this got to do with food?

Excellent question. In the process of becoming a minimalist, I’m finding that I’m simplifying most areas of my life. So it was only natural that minimalism has pervaded my kitchen and of course my blog. For more on how I classify minimalist home cooking have a look over HERE.

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For more on the benefits of minimalism and how to embrace it check out Leo Babauta’s blog mnmlist.com or buy his brilliant new ebook The Simple Guide to a Minimalist Life.

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Jo May 19, 2010 at 11:20 am

I am in the process of decluttering my life – starting with stuff – and I am heading off to Barcelona on Sunday with my husband and two children, so I am very happy to have been sent a link to your site by a friend. Have just bought Barcelona food guide and looking forward to looking through your site in more detail when I get home!

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