Basic principles of minimalism

Just like most of the people on this planet today, I feel extremely attached to my material possessions, and sometimes feel like I’m only working so I can buy more. The consumerism has reached new peaks in my life, determining me to feel anxious whenever I was entering my home, a place clustered with insignificant things, with little to no value.

I was kind of reluctant at the beginning regarding this concept, but the more I read about it, the more I got fascinated with what being happy is all about. It is not about possessing as much as you can, but it is about what you are, without these possessions.

Japanese people were amongst the first to adopt the basic principles of minimalism, getting rid of almost all their possessions, and remaining with the bare minimum necessities for a comfortable life. I have given this lifestyle a try for a month, and here is what I’ve discovered.


Personal style

Some of the most influential and richest persons in the world (including Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and Mark Zuckerberg) are easily recognized by their simple clothing choices. Jeans and shirts or turtlenecks have become the icons of a minimalist wardrobe, which comes with plenty of benefits. Giving up my full closet and adopting the same outfit day after day seemed like the toughest thing to do at the beginning, but it became extremely comforting after about a week. Knowing exactly what I’m going to wear the next day really released me from an unnecessary tension, and offered me more time to think about what truly matters. If you’re looking for inspiration on what type of items to keep in your daily wardrobe, this article was extremely helpful for me.



Have you ever thought about the amount of food you end up wasting at the end of the month because you’re unrealistic about your true alimentation needs? Based on my childhood experiences where diversified eating was more of a luxury, I found it quite easy to get rid of my old dietary habits, and adopt a minimalist approach for my lunch as well. The key idea is to try to become a more rational buyer, and only choose those foods that you know you will end up eating. If you want to make sure you only eat organic foods and still pay a small amount of money for it monthly, I suggest building and harvesting your own mini garden.


Interior design

It takes a great dose of courage and a bit of madness to get rid of most of the useless possessions surrounding you and crowding your apartment. I know, most of them preserve sweet emotions or sentimental value, but all of them are in the past. If you want a clear and productive mind, try getting rid of some of the objects that darken your soul and remind you every day of the past. After all, you only need a bed, a desk, and a closet.


3 healthy salads you should check out


Every person in this world appreciates a healthy salad from time to time. Indeed, we like to eat all sorts of sophisticated recipes. However, when you come home from work and you don’t have time to make a fancy dinner, a salad should do the trick. Plus, you can use almost anything you have in the fridge and it takes less time to prepare it because you don’t have to cook for hours.

If you’re out of ideas for your lunch or dinner, you can check out the following paragraphs. There are some healthy recipes that require only a few common ingredients.


  1. Rye berry salad with smoked trout

We all crave for delicious nutrients and this easy breezy recipe is exactly what you need to savor, no matter the season. It has only 215 calories per servings and it gives you a nutrition bonus of Vitamin C that helps your cells fight the anti-aging process.

Typically, rye berries are milled into flour during the process of making bread. Because they have a unique taste, they go well with this whole-grain salad that features a seed vinaigrette. If you like, you can add some roasted chicken and an arugula salad to complete the meal.

In order to do this salad, you need 3 cups of water and some rye berries, cider vinegar, caraway seeds, and one teaspoon of honey. For seasoning, you’ll need whole-grain mustard, salt, pepper, and olive oil. Don’t forget about the slivered red cabbage and smoked trout, for the flavor. Once the rye berries are boiled, combine the vinegar, honey, mustard, and other spices in a large bowl. Then, add the drained rye berries and cabbage. You can sprinkle some walnuts on top.


  1. Sweetcorn salsa

For those of you that don’t eat meat or you’re gluten intolerant, you could try this vegetarian salad made with fresh corn and jalapeno peppers. The coriander, feta, and lime are the bonus part because they create a complete meal that nourishes your body to the fullest.

All you need is 4 fresh corn cobs, 2 chopped tomatoes, a small chopped onion, some red pepper, one avocado and the jalapeno pepper for extra spice. Just make sure you deseeded and chopped it finely before preparing the salad. A handful of coriander should be more than enough along with the juice of 3 limes. Unless you’re lactose intolerant, you can put a little bit of feta cheese to create a better texture.


  1. Fruit quinoa salad

If you’re craving for something sweet, you must give this salad a go. Boil and simmer some quinoa until it gets tender and soft. Once you drain the excess water, add the peaches, the chopped hazelnuts, and the mint. Whisk together the olive oil and the lemon juice. Pour the seasoning over the salad and mix.