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What 2020 has taught us about simple living

7 tips for embracing a minimalist life with maximum joy 


One of the things we have noticed and loved as a silver lining of 2020 is a return to simple living. Admittedly, at first it was forced (and still is in a lot of places around the world, hey to our friends in Melbourne), however, there are things we really got behind, like no forced social or sporting commitments, making meals from what was in the cupboard instead of feeling like we had to duck off to the shops, having time to declutter, tidy and get organised. We loved our more minimalist approach to living, and as we adjust to this current socially distanced way of life, these are the things we are taking with us.

1. Identify what you love

Think about the elements of isolation that you loved and make them a priority – was it having the time to plant those herbs you’ve been putting off for months? Was it more time making food from scratch? Or was it your daily walk? 

2. Declutter

There’s no need to do a complete Marie Kondo and discard anything that doesn’t spark joy, however regularly assessing what you have and whether it’s still of use will keep your clutter (and sanity) in check. 

3. Evaluate commitments

If anything, COVID-19 has taught us the joy of not rushing around. Rather than booking up the calendar months in advance, we’re planning on learning the art of saying no!

4. Write lists

It sounds simple, but the habit of writing a daily to-do list helps manage any sensations of feeling overwhelmed or overcommitted.

5. Buy local 

There’s no doubt our restaurants and cafes have taken a huge hit during this time. But purchasing a daily coffee from your local barista will help keep them and their business afloat. Same goes for local suppliers, like grocers, neighbourhood restaurants, butcher or fishmonger.  

6. Community connection

There’s been no better time to connect with your local community. In those early weeks it was comforting to ask strangers how they were doing as they walked by. Community composting or gardens are a great way to meet your extended neighbours. It’s also a great start to living more sustainably and get insights into your suburb from locals in the know. 

7. Volunteer 

From delivery drivers to simply lending an ear to help others stay socially connected through this uncertain time, there’s plenty of ways to help others. Facebook groups and Seek Volunteer are a great jumping off point.


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