Just prior to starting Minimalist March, the concept of Zero-Waste had been circling the office I work in. Even before the month starting, I realised that I also wanted this to be a Mindful March. I’m pretty confident in saying that it would be very difficult for me to live a zero-waste lifestyle at this point in time. However, this doesn’t mean that I can ignore how much waste I am creating.
I wanted to address this predominately because Minimalism and Zero-Waste seem to be arch-enemies. It does make sense, we are seeing documentaries, blogs, etc. of these people ‘disposing’ of items that don’t ‘spark joy’ (just another huge secret, I haven’t read the book…). For this reason, I tried to be more mindful over the course of the month. So what does this mindfulness look like over the course of Minimalist March?
- All items of reasonable quality – go to the op shop, make a stock-pile for a garage sale or are gifted to others.
- All items that are ‘decluttered’ are thought about. Why did I purchase it? Is it a problem area?
- A focus on Digital Clutter, clutter isn’t always physical.
- All groceries are bought with better intentions. I have told myself not to buy food that I am continuously throwing out. This will be assisted by the use of shopping lists (not something I usually do).
- I have challenged myself to go to the Farmer’s Market at least once this month.
- Cooking more with a ‘use what’s left in the cupboard/fridge’ mentality.
- Composting my scraps.
- Using items more frequently over the course of the month; I’m talking all those I bought thinking I would use (face masks, make-up products, etc.) I want to use these up before getting to the appropriate decluttering day.
- Beauty Ban until further notice. For someone with no real skin care routine, I sure do own a lot of facial cleansers and unfortunately the same goes for makeup and hair products. For this reason, I will not be allowing myself to purchase any of these items until I have used the products I already own.
- As always, trying to be more mindful of my spending habits. Thinking about why I purchase particular items and the benefit or value they are truly adding to my life.
I will be posting Week One’s progress of the declutter on Thursday. I hope this post can assist you in completing a more Mindful Minimalist March.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on this topic. Do you think Minimalism and Zero-Waste can coincide? Is there a way to be zero-waste when starting a Minimalism journey?
Baby Sloth x