Mindful Monday: time to take a deep breath and stop. running. around.! Gigot is here with some Mindful inspiration. Introducing today: Ugmonk.
One of the reasons why we tend to get stressed, overwhelmed and start brooding is that our lives are so full. Full with activities, new plans, needs, and just a lot of stuff. Items you need for daily activities, or stuff you buy to fill a void when it’s scary to fulfil your real need. Quick solution? There aren’t any, but a good suggestion would be to start to minimize.
For example with this t-shirt.
Jeff Shelldon, founder of Ugmonk puts it this way: “Minimize what’s not important so that you can maximize what’s most important.” The ‘minimize shirt’ is a perfect example of his love for typography and minimal design. What started as an entrepreneurial experiment, turned into a full businesses, designing and selling t-shirts, prints and more. With many family members on the team, and supporting a good cause in the process, Ugmonk’s founder manages to remain pretty mindful. (yup, there’s a video!)
How would adding another t-shirt to your possessions help you to become more of a minimalist you ask?
First of all, it serves as a small reminder to you and people who see you wearing it on the street, that you wish to minimize, and that there is such a thing as too much stuff. Just as the Hoy calendar serves as a daily remember that it is simply today, and there is no need to start worrying about the future and reminiscing the past. As silly as this may sound, I speak from experience when I tell you that even the smallest reminders help.
Secondly, this shirt could be the perfect start for your new ‘capsule wardrobe‘. Minimizing, decluttering, simplifying and making space for what matters most for you is hard work. Where to start?
I began with shifting through my clothes, and can wholeheartedly recommend Project 333. It’s pretty straight forward: every 3 months you select 33, good quality items you’ll be wearing that season. The rest you’ll (temporarily) box away, or donate. That means no more (mindless) shopping, unless you want to add a new item and say goodbye to something else. It saves a lot of time and money, and it’s surprisingly easy to still have plenty to wear.
As with virtually any topic, there is an overload of information to be found with a quick google. on how to minimize your wardrobe, or any other part of your life. Minimize the time you get stuck on reading about it though, it would defeat the purpose of living more mindfully, and decluttering after all isn’t rocket science. Happy Mindful Monday!