5 reasons why minimalism is good for me

I was recently talking about minimalism with someone and tried to rationally explain why I personally like having less these days and why I’m so interested in minimalism I read books about it and even write a minimalism blog. I came up with 5 main reasons. Number one: It makes my life easier. Minimalism makes any busy situation easier and can be a huge help for families with small children. My kids are now teenagers and I wish I had made our life more minimalistic many years ago. I’ve always been interested in a simple life style and think we have…

No shopping (wardrobe update)

Becoming a minimalist is not the hardest part. It can be a lot of work, depending on if you live alone or have a big family, are organized to begin with or live in a chaos. It means going through every area of your life, organizing your whole house, grouping everything you own, considering what is important and what is not and finding ways to give away your extra belongings. Maybe doing all this several times to have the result you are finally pleased with. The biggest challenge is still to maintain the ideal situation. If not careful we are quickly…

Music

My favorite way to experience music goes well together with my minimalist life style. Music is best experienced live. Nothing, absolutely nothing beats a good live gig. The pic above was taken a couple of weeks ago at a new music club in Helsinki. This is something I do together with my husband. Our favorite local artist, a small special venue, good time spent together. I store very little music in any form. I’m a huge, huge fan of one particular international artist and travel to see gigs and different music events all around the world. Going to concerts (I…

Saturdays

I love Saturdays. My ideal Saturday includes a late family breakfast and otherwise no plans at all. Absolutely nothing, just being at home and doing whatever I want. Reading, daydreaming, updating my blog or watching films with my family. No fixed plans, no schedules and definitely no shopping trips if I can avoid them. My family calls our usual late Saturday breakfast “Saturday brunch” but it’s nothing fancy, just a big, quite healthy breakfast style meal including porridge (oatmeal), bread, boiled eggs, cheese, juice, coffee and something extra like pancakes, waffles or breakfast muffins. I put everything casually on the…

Well-used

A few decades ago things were made to last. I have a small blender bought when I was at school age more than 30 years ago and I still use it every time I make vegetable soup and almost fear the time I have to replace it, quality like that is now hard to find. In my childhood we used everything as long as the item worked (remarkably longer than these days) and after that it was repaired and used again. We didn’t have money to buy things just for fun so every purchase had to be carefully considered. Now products…

2017

Finding a balanced approach is getting easier and I hope to be more active with my minimalism blog in the future. I realized already in the beginning that I can’t write about traveling during my trips. It made me feel too busy and I automatically drop things too busy or overwhelming. Also, traditional travel blogging doesn’t feel my style at all. I don’t need once in lifetime experiences all the time and one after another, traveling becomes more interesting if it makes the world open in front of us in an ordinary way. The same goes with minimalism. Everyday simplicity is way…

Maggie

This my dog Maggie May. She came to live with us from a Spanish dog shelter almost 8 years ago. She had been a family dog and had just recently arrived to the shelter so they asked us to take her to find her a new home as soon as possible. We said yes and impatiently waited her arriving on a cold winter day just before Christmas. We loved her immediately. We were told she is a senior dog but seemed to be in her prime age and has been – considering her age – in a good health all…

Minimalism film

Minimalism, a documentary about important things is a documentary discussing the current situation with consumerism (find it here and buy easily on Vimeo here). I’ve already written about minimalism in my blog and people who read this are probably familiar with the concept as well so I’m not going to explain what minimalism means, I just write a couple of thoughts I’ve had in my mind since watching the film. The documentary follows the Minimalists, Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus, on road during their book tour and introduces a bunch of minimalist people including bloggers and entrepreneurs as well as researchers…

Light

I like having four clearly different seasons. Autumn is my favorite. I like the weather and the colors and especially the energy burst after long, lazy summer days. The best thing in living in north is the light and how it keeps changing throughout the year. I’ve visited Iceland only once but fell in love with the place the moment I was out of the plane and saw the cold December light. In Helsinki the soft light at summer nights is the prettiest. I grew up near the Arctic Circle in Northern Finland. During winter time it was dark when…

Traffic Jam

The title says traffic jam but what I’m actually talking about is mental clutter and the moments our brains are so busy we suddenly feel totally stuck. I have a vivid inner life, it runs in our family. We often have family conversations that can look totally normal – like we were talking to each other, listening and even giving rational answers but in reality we all are focused on our own thoughts. My mind takes freedoms to go wherever it likes. I do my everyday things and at the same time my mind is planning a trip, writing a…