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Simple, Clean Living: Minimalist Tips For A Healthy Lifestyle

Simple, Clean Living: Minimalist Tips For A Healthy Lifestyle

This week marked two holidays: National Simplicity Day and National Clean Beauty Day! To embrace this week, we’ve created some simple and clean living tips for a healthy lifestyle that will benefit everyone. Since beauty and simplicity comes from our minds and bodies first, we’ve included tips to not only create a fulfilling lifestyle, but also to easily maintain it as well. No more one week diets, short spurts of cleaning, and then giving up until the next time you feel fired up to give your life a nice clean! Borrowing from top minimalist lifestylers like Marie Kondo and our own experiences, we combine minimalist living with some realistic practicality! 

1. Stop Planning + Start Doing!


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If you’re a chronic procrastinator who is great at planning, researching, and browsing your phone for tips and information, then stop everything you’re doing! (...Or not doing.) The sure-fire way of getting your life going in the direction that you would like it to go is to start doing. If you’re unsure of where to start, then start with a certain category (like shoes) and work your way through all the various categories inside your home. Make your project manageable and set goals for yourself along the way. This way, you can actually see results and get the ball rolling! 

2. Stock Up On Healthy + Delicious Snacks 

The worst way to start eating healthily is to eat foods that aren’t tasty to you but have health benefits. You’re setting yourself up for failure when you know that you can’t maintain such a diet. We recommend you start small! Start with your snacks and move your way up to your meals, desserts, and more. For example, if you’re a chips lover, consider replacing them with something similar like these seaweed snacks. Crispy, savory, and easy to carry, these seaweed snacks are perfect for your sudden cravings or hunger pangs. As always, make healthy eating an enjoyable and worthwhile decision!

3. Learn to Let Go + Only Keep Things That Spark Joy!  


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This is also known as Marie Kondo’s KonMari method. Kondo encourages people to organize by category and only to keep things that spark joy. This includes letting go of the things that no longer spark joy, even if they were once sentimental pieces. What we love about this method is that it also encourages self-reflection. As a huge procrastinator and romantic sentimentalist, letting go of things is personally the hardest step for me. What has practically helped me to get rid of all the “junk” in my house is to ask myself if I have reached for these things in the last few months. I also try to place myself in a bigger picture and ask myself if this is something that I really need as well as asking myself why I want a specific item. Go ahead and answer these questions out loud! Sometimes, spoken word gives you a reliable way of knowing if your reasoning makes sense (or sounds like nonsense even to you). 

4. Stop Buying. Start Reusing! 


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Instead of throwing things away without thought or constantly buying new things, consider repurposing and upcycling the stuff you already have. This does not mean finding excuses to hoard everything, because “one day they’ll be of use.” Instead, think practically. This is also a good moment to let your creativity run wild! Alternatively, if something you don’t want is in good shape, donate, donate, donate!!!  

5. Quality > Quantity


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While we also absolutely love affordability, we definitely consider quality during this process. This doesn’t mean that you have to save like crazy and buy extremely expensive items only. However, reconsider getting those $5 tops that are bound to be in your trashcan after only a few wears. Instead, op for those local stores that make handmade goods for a slightly pricier cost. What’s great about this lifestyle is that it also corresponds with our environment, and often, moral shopping! 

6. Give Everything A Place + Clean Immediately.


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Instead of throwing clothes and other items into a certain area, give each item a designated place. It’s not only aesthetically pleasing, but it’ll also help to locate your items and figure out when something needs to be restocked or replaced (but first, consider reusing!). We’ve also all been in the place where we’re making dinner and by the time we’ve eaten it, we’re just too tired to clean anything up. Make your job easier and save yourself piles and piles of dishes (or other piles) by cleaning them up as you go, in the moment. We promise this will help you immensely in both body and mind! 

7. Routines Are Your Friends.


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While some people hate routine and love to live spontaneously, that only really works when you’re not stressed out about your lifestyle and the clutter inside of your body, mind, and living space! If you feel stressed lately or emotionally unwell, consider a routine. There are actually many health benefits to a routine, including less anxiety, increased productivity, and for some, a sense of internal peace. This doesn’t mean that you have to plan every hour of your day, but adding little bits of routine can be immensely helpful. For example, consider adding a relaxing tea session for yourself every morning before heading to work. Some say that even the tea preparation process is a healing and reflective time when you’ve become accustomed to it! 

8. Practice Mindfulness and Meditation.


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Many people conflate the two and many people have different definitions of each term. We like Joseph Goldstein’s definition of how they differ: while mindfulness is “the quality and power of mind that is deeply aware of what’s happening,” meditation is an activity (much like running or cooking). Of course, you can work towards being mindful and there are also several types of meditation that target mindfulness and many, many other things. One thing in common between the two is that the practice of both mindfulness and meditation has led to healthy lifestyles, self-reflection, increased empathy, and much more. We definitely recommend you give this a try and incorporate it into your daily routine!