You don’t need an Instagram feed full of perfectly folded towels to be a minimalist…

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Let’s talk about minimalism.

As it turns out, you don’t need to have studied philosophy, gone vegan or have a man bun to be a minimalist! Apparently, it’s more than an aesthetically pleasing fad. Minimalism isn’t just for the guy you see bragging on Facebook about how he quit his job and now travels the world while living out of a book bag.

Anyone can be a minimalist. Your sister with a guest bedroom full of old junk can and yes, even you. You don’t need to quit your job and sell your house to achieve this, you just need to change your perspective on the things you own. Do you actually need three different sets of China? Your holiday guests will survive without the “good china” I promise…

Let’s be real, you’re probably a hoarder without even knowing it. Are you still holding onto ten different outfits that your child wore as an infant? Piles of birthday cards from every year of their life? It’s time to let go…

The basic idea of minimalism is to get rid of those excess things you have sitting around your home so that you can focus your time and energy on the things that really matter to you.

Would you rather spend your Saturday afternoon cleaning out your garage, or spending time with your loved ones? Would you rather spend €20 on your eighth pair of shoes, or provide food for a child in need? Our homes are not just containers for stuff.

Donating the things you don’t need is now easier than ever through the Buego app. Once you’ve said your tearful goodbye to that old tennis racket you swore to yourself you would use (It’s not going to happen-let it go) just upload a picture of it on the Buengo app marketplace and choose the charity which you would like the proceeds donated to. I know, I know letting go is easier said than done, so we’ll talk more about that later.

For now, closeout those online shopping tabs and take a look around your home. The fulfilment from decluttering your life and helping charities will far surpass the instant gratification we so crave from the thrill of a new purchase.

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