Self-Care and Minimalism

Sunday is my laundry day.  Since I live in an apartment with no laundry facilities, this is what works for me.  I take a weeks worth of laundry and a current read, book or magazine, some tunes then I  spend about an hour at the laundry mat.  I fold my clothes there as well, because they tend to get wrinkled if I don’t or I never fold them.

Since I minimized my wardrobe, I pretty much have a ‘uniform’.  I do this so I can wash all my clothes in cold, I have less decisions to make and to simplify my life, frankly its just so much easier.  Black T-shirt, black jeans, black socks, black sweater, occasionally I wear a hat to spice it up, or a printed Tee if I’m feeling it.  My wardrobe is a work in progress, finding out what works, what doesn’t, getting rid of T-shirts that are stained or have holes.

All of the above things are typical minimalist things.  Capsule wardrobe, owning less and using community items like a washer and dryer, the minimalist ‘uniform’, lessening the amount of decisions you make in a day.  But these things are also a form of Self-Care.

I do all these things for two reasons one, I want to simplify my life on a day-to-day basis so I can spend my time and energy on the things I value and two, because I care for myself and all these things are how I show myself I care.

As a society and culture, we like to show that we care for others.  But really how do we care for ourselves in a healthy way?  Well how I do it is, I wash my clothes, I work on having less so I have less I am beholden to, I take care of what I have, I respect my things and myself by taking good care of all I own.  But I also continue to own less so I am more able to take care of what I own and then I can buy better quality items because I am purchasing less.

I think it is important to recognize that even a small thing like folding the laundry is actually self-care, because it is something done intentionally for our betterment.

How do you show yourself, in everyday ways, that you care?  Can you get better?  How?  Can minimalism help you take better care of yourself?  Is it taking a walk, folding your clothes, making a lunch to take to work, or is it minimizing your closet?  Or is it cutting out social media so you can…write, create, draw, dance or some other thing that only you can do for this world?  We need everybody creating and using their voice!

Practice some self-care today!

Cheers,  Riley



Author: the1slowminimalist

Writer, Poet, Buddhist, Licensed Massage Therapist and nomadic wanderer.

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