50 Things and Habits I Got Rid of During Extreme Minimalism

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Minimalism is a life-changing journey. I started from being a shopping addict four years ago and now I am an Extreme Minimalist practicing sustainable living. I am grateful for where I am but it’s also important for me to reflect on the things I was able to let go. This allows me to appreciate the process and focus less on the goal, which is what Minimalism is all about.

50 things and Habits I Got Rid of During Extreme Minimalism

1. 90% of my wardrobe. Downsized from about hundred clothes to twelve clothes.

2. All shoes except one sandal and one sneaker.

3. Shaving blade. Going all natural!

4. Bathroom trash can.

5. Disposable menstrual products.

6. All makeup except one plant-based lip balm and a mineral eyeshadow.

natural beauty routine

7. Hardcopy books. Went paperless with an ebook reader.

8. All the furniture in the house.

9. Got rid of jewelry except a wrist watch.

10. All accessories except one sunglass, one pair of gloves, a bandana and a hat.

11. All disposable pen and kept one refillable fountain pen.

12. Bobby pins and hair ties. Switched to two wooden barrettes.

13. Mattress bed. Sleeping on a hammock instead.

14. Shower curtain.

15. Hair dryer.

16. Shampoo, conditioners, facial cleansers, and other hygiene products. Using a single bar of soap for everything.

17. Headphone and speakers. Practicing mindful listening and enjoying the silence more.

18. All animal products. Simplified my diet and consumption to plant-based.

19. Single-use paper towels and napkins. I don’t have to constantly buy any of these since I use reusables.

20. Laundry machine and dryer. Doing laundry by hand except for bulky household things like duvet covers. For those, I use a communal laundry room.

21. Backup underwear and socks. Currently have three socks, one tube top bra, and four underwear.

22. No more TV. Canceled all online streaming subscriptions too.

23. Switched to Electric Vehicle. Completely zero-emission.

24. All clothes hanger except four.

25. Plant collection. Kept only the ones I really loved. Starting gardening soon at a community garden instead.

26. Craft and art supplies. Using one sketchbook and a digital drawing tablet.

27. Contact lenses and solutions. Downsized to using just one eyeglasses and one prescription sunglasses.

28. Pillow. Using a rolled blanket if needed.

29. All paper and printed photos. Completely paperless except citizenship records and identification.

30. Extra kitchenware. Kept spare bowls, cups, utensils, and plates for only two more guests.

31. Phone apps that are distracting. Kept only a few that are necessary for work.

32. Toxic relationships. I intentionally chose not to surround myself with those who drain energy.

33. Quit my full-time job and transitioned to a flexible work-from-home freelancer.

34. Majority of my bag collection except two travel bags, one crossbody bag for everyday use, and one hiking backpack.

35. Toxic beauty products including chemical hair dye and nail polish.

36. Alcohol and drugs.

37. Collection of film cameras and gears. Currently using a digital camera so I can be paperless and chemical-free.

38. Spare beddings and sheets. Keeping only what I use at the moment.

39. Disposable plastic bags, plastic wraps, cups and containers. Simplified to using just reusables so I can minimize my impact on Earth.

40. Home decors that I didn’t love.

41. Travel luggage and suitcases. I travel lightly with one backpack.

42. Started paying off student loan debt.

43. Decluttered files in my computer. No apps on the desktop screen.

44. Medicine. Switched to holistic remedies and natural living.

45. Seasonal things like holiday decorations, parasol umbrella and inflatable tubes for the summer. I focus on keeping the things that I use everyday or can’t live without.

46. Vacuum cleaner. Doing all cleaning by wiping the floor with a rag and swooping with a tray.

47. Caffeinated beverage to lessen anxiety.

48. Gaming device.

49. Wall clock. So I can be more in the present moment without worrying about the time. I just use my phone to tell time.

50. Containers and dividers used for additional storage.

Thank you for listening

Minimalism is a life-changing journey. I started from being a shopping addict four years ago and now I am an Extreme Minimalist practicing sustainable living. I am grateful for where I am but it’s also important for me to reflect on the things I was able to let go. This allows me to appreciate the process and focus less on the goal, which is what Minimalism is all about.

50 things and Habits I Got Rid of During Extreme Minimalism

1. 90% of my wardrobe. Downsized from about hundred clothes to twelve clothes.

2. All shoes except one sandal and one sneaker.

3. Shaving blade. Going all natural!

4. Bathroom trash can.

5. Disposable menstrual products.

6. All makeup except one plant-based lip balm and a mineral eyeshadow.

natural beauty routine

7. Hardcopy books. Went paperless with an ebook reader.

8. All the furniture in the house.

9. Got rid of jewelry except a wrist watch.

10. All accessories except one sunglass, one pair of gloves, a bandana and a hat.

11. All disposable pen and kept one refillable fountain pen.

12. Bobby pins and hair ties. Switched to two wooden barrettes.

13. Mattress bed. Sleeping on a hammock instead.

14. Shower curtain.

15. Hair dryer.

16. Shampoo, conditioners, facial cleansers, and other hygiene products. Using a single bar of soap for everything.

17. Headphone and speakers. Practicing mindful listening and enjoying the silence more.

18. All animal products. Simplified my diet and consumption to plant-based.

19. Single-use paper towels and napkins. I don’t have to constantly buy any of these since I use reusables.

20. Laundry machine and dryer. Doing laundry by hand except for bulky household things like duvet covers. For those, I use a communal laundry room.

21. Backup underwear and socks. Currently have three socks, one tube top bra, and four underwear.

22. No more TV. Canceled all online streaming subscriptions too.

23. Switched to Electric Vehicle. Completely zero-emission.

24. All clothes hanger except four.

25. Plant collection. Kept only the ones I really loved. Starting gardening soon at a community garden instead.

26. Craft and art supplies. Using one sketchbook and a digital drawing tablet.

27. Contact lenses and solutions. Downsized to using just one eyeglasses and one prescription sunglasses.

28. Pillow. Using a rolled blanket if needed.

29. All paper and printed photos. Completely paperless except citizenship records and identification.

30. Extra kitchenware. Kept spare bowls, cups, utensils, and plates for only two more guests.

31. Phone apps that are distracting. Kept only a few that are necessary for work.

32. Toxic relationships. I intentionally chose not to surround myself with those who drain energy.

33. Quit my full-time job and transitioned to a flexible work-from-home freelancer.

34. Majority of my bag collection except two travel bags, one crossbody bag for everyday use, and one hiking backpack.

35. Toxic beauty products including chemical hair dye and nail polish.

36. Alcohol and drugs.

37. Collection of film cameras and gears. Currently using a digital camera so I can be paperless and chemical-free.

38. Spare beddings and sheets. Keeping only what I use at the moment.

39. Disposable plastic bags, plastic wraps, cups and containers. Simplified to using just reusables so I can minimize my impact on Earth.

40. Home decors that I didn’t love.

41. Travel luggage and suitcases. I travel lightly with one backpack.

42. Started paying off student loan debt.

43. Decluttered files in my computer. No apps on the desktop screen.

44. Medicine. Switched to holistic remedies and natural living.

45. Seasonal things like holiday decorations, parasol umbrella and inflatable tubes for the summer. I focus on keeping the things that I use everyday or can’t live without.

46. Vacuum cleaner. Doing all cleaning by wiping the floor with a rag and swooping with a tray.

47. Caffeinated beverage to lessen anxiety.

48. Gaming device.

49. Wall clock. So I can be more in the present moment without worrying about the time. I just use my phone to tell time.

50. Containers and dividers used for additional storage.

Thank you for listening
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18 Replies to “50 Things and Habits I Got Rid of During Extreme Minimalism”

  1. Can you do a what’s on my iphone post/video? It would be very enlightening to see how minimal your apps are

    1. Thanks for the suggestion and I would love to share how I organize my digital devices like my phone and laptop. I will share in upcoming videos in the future!

  2. Just watched your apartment tour video on YouTube- it was amazing!!! Where did you get your hammock?? Looks super comfy!

  3. Like your natural looking clothes. an you give a source? thanks, karen

  4. Beautiful, I see so many videos and you tubers, but I must say, you have really really inspired me. I would love to watch more and more videos and content on your channel. Can you please create a video and share how you switched and decided to adopt minimalism. Also, your daily routine and how you practice mindfulness during the day. Thank you so much and stay blessed! Neha

    1. Thank you for finding inspiration in my journey my friend. I a happy that you want to see more of my practice. I will definitely create more personal and intimate videos where I share my own thought process. Thanks for the suggestion and the constant support!

  5. Hello, thank you for sharing your journey. I am also in the process of extreme minimalism. Watching you video reminded me of myself. I still have to work on my warthhrobe, winter can get down to -3 while summer can get to 90 degrees where I live.
    I don’t have a television, or a microwave in my home, or a WiFi router. lBut for my elders who visit, I still have to find a suitable seat for them.

    1. Hello and thanks for sharing your journey with me! So good to hear from you and all the progress you made. I am so happy to know that you already made all the tough decisions and are on the way to a Extreme Minimalist lifestyle. Love it!

  6. I have been thinking to start living minimal since a long time.. this is really a good source of inspiration for me. Thankyou so much..

  7. Can you please tell me where your wooden hair barrette, body brush, and clothing are from?

  8. Hello dear Youheum,

    Im from Germany i lik youtube Channel and also your Site, im also going to be a minimalist.
    Can you tell me please wich soap do you in the kitchen und for Bath.
    Thanks

    Miriam

    1. Hi Miriam,

      ich bin ebenso aus Deutschland. Sie nutzt die “Kiss my Face – Olive” (siehe Instagram) und vorher regionale Seifen. Die Kiss my Face habe ich hier nicht gefunden, doch ich nutze aktuell eine Seife mit nur 2 Inhaltsstoffen: die “Pure unscented soap” von Niugini Organics.

      Weiterhin viel Freude am Minimalismus 🙂

  9. What bar of soap do you use? I’ve tried a few but have trouble with sulfates. Any chance it’s sulfate free?

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