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• It’s about the whole spectrum One thing I have learned so far is that it isn’t always about reducing in the materialistic sense of the word. If you have less stuff, but the same amount of stress, take your time to find out what else you can do to minimalize the external stimuli in your life. What I do when I want to relax and be calm, is meditating. One year ago I wouldn’t believe you if you had told me that closing your eyes and just focusing on your breath could help with creating a life with less stress and less noises. Nowadays it’s a daily routine. For me it’s a rule that I won’t do anything for school or work after 10PM, so I have the time to read a book and to meditate. I wake up at 5:50 in the morning everyday, no matter at what time my first appointment is, and I make sure I have all the time to prepare and enjoy my breakfast. 3 or 4 times a week I also do some running. So when it’s time to go to college or work (usually around 8), I’ve already done a lot of things that helped me to having a day with less stress and more calm. I really recommend the app ‘Headspace’, which can truly help you to build a routine. Keep in mind what the goal is of your own process. It’s probably to find calm, not just to give stuff away. Note: your mental and physical health can increase each other, more than you think (infographic made by me, but feel free to share it) #dutchminimalism #minimalist #minimalism #simplifying
New CD almost finished! The new compositions by @anthony_fiumara @remycomposes @aartstrootman and @magnoliasforears sound amazing! Can't wait until the 3d of november release concert @novembermusicnl and to share it! #newalbum #soloalbum #saxophonist #selmerparis #yanagisawasaxophone #vandorenreeds #newmusic #contemporarymusic #minimalmusic #dutchminimalism #studiocharlatan
• ‘Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?’ - T.S. Eliot I really remember the moment I bought this book, written by Fumio Sasaki. It was in a little bookstore in my hometown. I don’t know why it attracted me (maybe it was just the cool illustration), but when I started reading it, I was astonished. ‘How is it even possible to live with just a few pieces of clothing, a chair and a single plate?!’ If you just started with minimailism, I would not specifically recommend this book. It’s mostly about people who gave almost all their stuff away, which can make you scared, in case you’re afraid of the whole process (which is quite normal). After the book I’m currently reading, I will probably dive more into the world of Japanese minimalism (what this book is about). Especially since I also started to meditate, I became more interested in and attracted to this culture of essentialism and compassion. Ask yourself what your own goal is with minimalizing stuff, so you can keep in mind why you started. But don’t be afraid when you become better and more radical in the process. That’s normal when the outcomes of something are satisfying. For me, my books are one of the few things I don’t like to give away. And exactly for that reason, I want you to read this book. It will teach you to say goodbye to the items. And if you’re really missing it... there’s a huge chance that you can buy it again. But usually that’s not the case. It’s definitely worth it. That’s actually the conclusion of the book, and also what I’ve experienced so far. #japaneseminimalism #fumiosasaki #dutchminimalism #essentialism
• Just let things go... When you decide to start with minimalism, be prepared for some difficult moments. With this post, I hope to give you some tools to become a little bit better in reducing the amount of stuff you have. First of all I want to note that minimalism isn’t just about throwing away what you have. For me it’s about questioning myself and discussing what I really need. Ask yourself what kind of value your books, cd’s or clothes add to YOUR life. Your books won’t tell other people how intellectual you are and your cd’s won’t tell them how your taste of music does match so perfect with that intellectual idea of yourself. Accept that the items you bought one day, will not be with you the rest of your life. There’s a huge chance that you don’t like most of your stuff anymore. If you’re afraid that you’re gonna regret letting things go... it’s never about letting it go. You just regret that you have things you do not use. Of course it’s a sad idea that you don’t use an item that you were so crazy about the moment you bought it. But let it go... Don’t invest in those things anymore. Try to give things away if you have the idea that somebody else will be happier with the stuff than you are. This feeling of creating a little bit more freedom in your own life, and adding a little bit value to someone else’s life, at the same time, will probably give you so much satisfaction. Usually the way I do this, is: 1. Ask friends if they’re interested 2. Try to sell the item online (Ebay/United Wardrobe/Marktplaats) 3. Bring it to the local donation/recycle container It happens quite often that I skip 1 and 2. That really depends on the individual item. I try to make a rational choice by determining who gets the most value out of it. (The picture shows some items I will give away this week) A list with more practical tips will follow in a next post #minimalism #reducingstuff #minimalist #essentialism #minimalisme #dutchminimalism
Click on the tag in the foto for my own official food/recipes page! I'm so exited to post a lot of my food pictures ☀️❤️🌱
This month, we toured the Dutch-minimalist apartment of @kaylaco_87 ! Read the full article at our #linkinbio . • • • #dutchminimalism #minimalism #fargominimalists #fargond #SOMA #furniture #exposedbrick #DowntownFargo #interiors #homedesign #homedecor | 📷 by @jalanpaul
This month, we toured the Dutch-minimalist apartment of @kaylaco_87 ! Read the full article at our #linkinbio . • • • #dutchminimalism #minimalism #fargominimalists #fargond #SOMA #furniture #exposedbrick #DowntownFargo #interiors #homedesign #homedecor | 📷 by @jalanpaul
Join us as we tour the Dutch-minimalist apartment of @kaylaco_87 ! Read the full article at our #linkinbio . • • • #dutchminimalism #minimalism #fargominimalists #fargond #SOMA #furniture #exposedbrick #DowntownFargo #interiors #homedesign #homedecor | 📷 by @jalanpaul
Also in the February issue, you can tour the Dutch-minimalist apartment of @kaylaco_87 ! Read the full article at our #linkinbio . • • • #dutchminimalism #minimalism #fargominimalists #fargond #SOMA #furniture #barcart #exposedbrick #DowntownFargo #interiors #homedesign #homedecor | 📷 by @jalanpaul
Join us on a tour of the Dutch-minimalist apartment of @kaylaco_87 ! Read the full article at our #linkinbio . • • • #dutchminimalism #minimalism #fargominimalists #fargond #SOMA #furniture #exposedbrick #DowntownFargo #interiors #homedesign #homedecor | 📷 by @jalanpaul
Also in the February issue, you can tour the Dutch-minimalist apartment of @kaylaco_87 ! Read the full article at our #linkinbio . • • • #dutchminimalism #minimalism #fargominimalists #fargond #SOMA #furniture #exposedbrick #DowntownFargo #interiors #homedesign #homedecor | 📷 by @jalanpaul
Distel - Puur (Enfant Terrible, 2013) Again, it's creeping me out how ridiculously quickly time flies. It's been almost 5 years since Puur was released. And it has been one of my absolute favourites of that year. Ulterior minimal wave with pinches of industrial and d'n'b of the cold and spooky kind: yup, this is proper angstpop. Puur is so hostile and nightmarish it could easily have been released on Galakthorrö. However, Distel's sound isn't very harsh, but rather groovy and urban. A record best relished alone, on high volume and with just little light around. It's dark and highly atmospheric and certainly one of my favourites of the genre. Although this is the cover of the regular edition, it's actually the numbered first press limited to 50 copies. But as the latter version's artwork is simply pitch black carton, I thought it looks a little more interesting when picturing the common artwork. Unfortunately my edition came without the additional 7'' of the second run. Highly recommended piece! #vinyloftheday #distel #puur #enfantterrible #angstpop #minimalwave #industrial #drumandbass #dutchminimalism #æter #scramasax #recordoftheday #vinyljunkie #vinylporn #vinylcollector #vinyl
This image, captured by the wonderful @jalanpaul for @designandlivingmagazine Feb edition, tells the story of our #minimalism loft apartment in #downtownfargo and tells the story of the diamond-in-the-rough space, transformed into the cozy, stylish space it is today. All it too was a leap of faith, trust, and a decorative touch of elegance. Check it out on page 54!
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