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I have written about my questioning around simplicity, owning and buying less stuff, minimalism etc. a lot on this blog lately as you may have noticed. I have taken inspiration on sites and blogs such as Life Edited, Zen Habits or becoming minimalist, and I have also discussed about the whole thing with my friends and family. On that last part, I noticed during these real life discussions that there is one common reaction: "these are great ideas, but how do you put them in action in real life? Are these really more than just words?"
This is a very good question, because putting an idea into concrete action usually is a difficult step to take. Thinking about it, here are a few illustrations on how I edited my life recently towards owning and buying less stuff, with small but concrete examples. This is modest, but no matter how long the journey is, there is always a first step.
The broken sunglasses
The storing boxes
The coffee machine
In the end, I stopped and thought: what is this, changing the coffee machine as ours still functions properly? That sounds awfully like perceived obsolescence... So instead, I decided to give another chance to our current coffee machine and go buy different types of expresso coffee capsules. And these capsules' coffee really is delicious, so I finally abandoned my project to buy a Nespresso coffee machine. Regarding the cups, I remembered my uncle offered me a beautiful coffee set with small cups, hand-made and decorated with a japanese painting. I had totally forgotten about these, and decided to get them up from the cellar into the kitchen below the coffee machine... Money saved: 170€ for the machine, 50€ for the cups, plus the extra price of the Nespresso capsules which are more expensive than the Dolce Gusto's.
I am of course, only at the beginning of the journey, and I still have a lot of habits to change, a lot of editing to do, and a lot of questions to investigate and try to understand. But I am quite motivated by these first steps to keep turning ideas into concrete actions at my level. What do you think about these small actions? Any suggestions on how to go further in that direction?