What do you think, materialism or minimalism

Living in a minimalist way: 83 things that you (and your home) can easily do without


Less possessions = more happiness? This is what the concept of minimalism promises. Own less in order to create more space for the essentials. Sounds good. Even so, we often find it difficult to part with things. But let's be honest, we could easily do without one or the other in our household, right?

Speaking of which - what do you value, how many things do you personally own? On average, each of us has 8,000 to 10,000 things at home. At first glance, that's a lot, but it adds up faster than you might think. 100 years ago it looked very different. At that time there were an average of 180 things in a German household. But how many of the 10,000 things do we really need? Is It Really Happy to Have Less? And most importantly, where do I start?


It's that easy: Get your free Monkee checklist to sort out!



Minimalism instead of more consumption

Consumption is more natural for us now than ever before. Numerous innovations in this area such as one-click shopping, personalized advertising or installment payments also make spending money easier than ever and seduce us to spend more and more money. In spite of this, or perhaps because of it, there has been increasing awareness of this, especially among young people. The trend is towards more conscious consumption. We are concerned with where our clothes come from, under what conditions they were produced and with what materials. In addition, we are again placing more emphasis on regionality and seasonality. Organic and unpackaged shops (“shopping without plastic”) or the farm shop at the farmer's home village are in high season. According to experts, the willingness to pay for such products has increased significantly in recent years. And not least because of the media coverage. Numerous scandals about factory farming or the waste of food raise our awareness and make it increasingly difficult for us to turn a blind eye to our responsibility as consumers.

Even in the textile industry, the trend towards sustainability and environmental awareness has slowly arrived after years of soaring fast fashion. It is not only since then that schoolchildren have also become more aware of environmental impacts for our environment. Another advantage of globalization can be seen here: grievances in international suppliers and production facilities of global companies are increasingly being uncovered and noticed.

The alternative: Less and, above all, more conscious consumption. Minimalism, which means concentrating on the essentials and getting along with as little as necessary, is no longer just an issue in architecture. In the meantime, it has become more and more of a way of life for many. And those who own less also have to worry less about their possessions and have more time, space and, above all, money!


Free yourself - but sustainably!

Did you know that materialism and too much consumption can even make you sick? The two American psychologists Richard M. Ryan and Tim Kasser have found in a large number of scientific studies that people with very materialistic values ​​show poor psychological and physical well-being. Among other things, they showed less zest for life, more stress symptoms and depressive patterns than people who did not place so much emphasis on material things.

To part with things liberates, but often it is also difficult. Still it is necessary. Especially when a lot of new things are added every year on Christmas and birthdays. From clothing to decoration to dishes, a lot of it is meant nicely and also looks nice, but most of it you don't need at all and then just stands around at home, gathering dust and taking up space. We often keep things because we think we might need them at some point. But if you're being honest, how many times has this happened to you? You could make a lot out of it. For example, give it away to people who really enjoy it. Or you sell them. Numerous online platforms such as ebay or Kleiderkreisel make this super easy. Or have you ever heard of upcycling? From old to new! This is also a great activity with children and your useless things not only get a personal touch, but also a new, meaningful purpose.



Take the first step!

Live minimalistically - very few people can go from 0 to 100. It doesn't have to either. It is important to keep taking small steps. And mucking out is the first step towards a minimalist life and more conscious consumption. Marie Kondo also made mucking out a real trend. She advocates only keeping things that you really enjoy and always asking yourself: does that make me happy? In addition, designers and architects have increasingly relied on Scandinavian concepts such as Hygge or Lagom in recent years. And finally, Swedes are among the happiest people in the world. So, what are you waiting for?

You can also practice separating yourself from things. The more you break up with something, the less you have to overcome yourself every time. And believe me, mucking out really feels liberating. You just have to start with it. To make this easier for you, we've put together a list of things that each of us owns way too many of.


Sorting out checklist

We have created a checklist for you here with all the areas that you should look through and sort out. Bet you too will find more things that you no longer need than you think! You can also easily have the checklist sent to you as a one-page, free PDF for printing. Simply enter your email address and click the link in the email * sent to it. Then you can print out the list and check off any areas that you have already looked through and sorted out.

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Furnishing and decoration:

  1. Unnecessary stools / armchairs
  2. Old balcony / terrace furniture
  3. Old dressers
  4. newspapers and magazines
  5. decoration
  6. Candles
  7. Vases
  8. Lanterns
  9. pillows and blankets
  10. Magnets
  11. Remains of furniture such as remaining screws, assembly aids, etc.
  12. Telephone books
  13. Dead plants
  14. Plant pots
  15. Tools / garden equipment


Textiles, clothing and accessories

  1. T-shirts
  2. Pants and skirts
  3. pullover
  4. Coats and jackets
  5. Socks
  6. underwear
  7. Shoes
  8. belt
  9. Ties
  10. Different clothes
  11. Jewellery
  12. Bags
  13. Other accessories
  14. Bed linen
  15. pillows and blankets



  1. dishes
  2. Cookbooks
  3. Cooking accessories
  4. Kitchen appliances and accessories
  5. pots and pans
  6. Bowls and storage
  7. Tupperware
  8. Pitchers
  9. cups
  10. Glasses
  11. cutlery
  12. Old bottles
  13. (Jam) jars
  14. plastic bags



  1. Expired medication
  2. Make up
  3. Hair accessories
  4. Toiletries
  5. towels
  6. Cleaning products
  7. Shampoos and shower gels
  8. Old blow dryers, straighteners, curling irons, etc.
  9. Make-up removal products
  10. Perfumes
  11. Nail polish and remover
  12. Room fresheners and fragrance sprays
  13. Deodorants


Life and leisure

  1. Books
  2. Old photos, notes
  3. Craft accessories
  4. pencils
  5. Old pads and stationery
  6. CDs
  7. DVDs
  8. Old headphones
  9. electric wire
  10. Computer accessories
  11. Old cell phones
  12. Games
  13. Computer games
  14. Old batteries
  15. Manuals
  16. Coupons
  17. Unused gifts
  18. Old school books
  19. toy
  20. Cuddly toys
  21. Bows and wrapping paper
  22. Sporting goods
  23. Car accessories
  24. Pet food
  25. Animal accessories, toys
  26. miscellaneous


The minimalism challenge

A little tip: If you find it difficult to part with your possessions and throw things away, the minimalism challenge can help you. During this challenge, you part with one more piece every day. So on the first day of one, on the second of two, on the third three and so on until you end up having 400 things less. 400 things might sound like a lot at first, but believe me, once you start you will be amazed at how much you can do without. Above all, the challenge also includes small things such as a pen or a bobby pin.




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