When I was a kid I used to obsess over things. Things that often got lost or broken. I wouldn’t get dressed in time for school because I had too many outfits to choose from. I had too much so nothing made me happy. It took me over 20 years to recognize my obsession as unhealthy and make an effort to better it. I decided to adopt a minimal lifestyle. Like any addiction, you make space for something new in exchange for the old habit. I started giving clothes away and collecting data on my hard drives to counter. Hoarding photos and mood board images like an idiot. Every year has been a new experiment in getting rid of things but at the same time making the right exchange for things that matter. Here is my seasonal list of life essentials.
Sometimes I feel like I shouldn't have to share certain things with adults but after running a business for the past few years, I've come to realize that kids don't invest in smart tools. Storage cloud systems for starters. Every kid we get in has some basic Dropbox plan with no streamlined way to share their content. Here is a hint: if you are a creative, get the tools to share your creativity. Whether its Dropbox, Box, or even Google Drive, find a method that translates or your work will get lost.
Shopping can be easy if you make it that way. Piaule's product drops are like a slow pouring molasse. We wait for good products because we know that delicate thought went into the discovery. We get it and love the way that Piaule approaches shopping. Minimal and clean.
All plants are good and fall in the minimalist guide of things you can obsess over because it's a living thing. Like a pet. Save money on air cleaners and things that require energy to give you life. Save even more money by shopping the produce section and learning how to enjoy plants in their whole form. Yes, plants are one of the most essential additions that any minimalist can splurge on. Treat yourself to things that you need over things you want.
Gallon Water Bottle
Look, I don't have time to guess the amount of water that I have consumed each day. A lot is not a number. This is the most eco and economically-friendly option. Think of it as a water weight and start curling in your free time. That's the key to being a minimalist, using one thing for many things.
You don't realize you need this until you find it on the internet and can't stop thinking about it. This is a great solution for people who like to keep it smart and sustainable on the go. Impress your friends with how conscious you are these days.