How Minimalism Has Taught Me To Consume Less

Minimalism has taught me to consume less and in this post, I share ways it can help you too! @thefeliciarenee

One reason why I became a minimalist is to let go of things that are not fulfilling to make space for things that are. I realized that I was consuming too much content not only on tv, but also through podcasts, YouTube channels, and social media in general! So I’ve decided to take a minimalist approach to consumption in order to fill my life with things that add value.

I go through spurts of not watching television as much, but instead listening to podcasts more. Lately, I’ve decided to stop watching so much television. I have about four shows that I watch on a weekly basis, but other than that I let everything else go. I was watching about twenty at once (which, to me) is way too much. It was taking up valuable time from my blog, reading, and studying for a higher degree. So I knew that letting go of television would give me space for it.

Minimalism has taught me to consume less and in this post, I share ways it can help you too! @thefeliciarenee

minimalism has taught me to consume less:

1 | by focusing on what truly matters

It’s so easy to get caught up in the daily activities of life and just go through the motions. Instead of truly focusing on what you care about and what matters. When I started decluttering my digital life and looking at who I follow on Instagram. I realized that I was just following people just because and not caring about consuming their content. I’m a content creator as well and I want my followers to be interested in what I’m putting out. Since I wasn’t in their content, I decided to no longer follow them.

Once you start focusing on what truly matters you’ll be able to let go of everything that is not necessary and essential in your life. Trust me – it’s hard, but in the end it’s so worth it!

2 | by finding what actually brings value to my life

I love podcasts. I think everyone I come into contact with knows this. There are so many podcasts to listen too. Some will make you laugh, some will tell you a story, and others will add value to your life, or business.

I’ve written two posts on podcasts: one last year and one this year. I hope to write another installment next year too. But a lot of those podcasts I’ve mentioned I don’t listen to at all anymore. They were perfect for adding value to the season of life that I was in, but now they no longer do, which is okay! It’s okay to let go of things that don’t add value to your life to allow things that do in. What you determines adds value to your life either digitally, or audibly is your decision. What you consume is all your choice!

3 | by changing how i view consumption

I used to look at consumption as a means to an end. Like, we all have to use beauty products and be on social media. So I might as well consume everything I can in order to learn to be the best, know the most, etc. However, I realized that I shouldn’t consume content just because, but I should because I enjoy it!

I love beauty products, especially body care and skincare more than makeup. I mean, if you read my posts on beauty that’s where they’re centered. It’s because I enjoy taking care of my skin and using products that are clean since I’ve educated myself on the toxicity of products. However, I have more of an 80/20 approach, but I won’t get into that now.

I’ve also taken a different approach when it comes to social media. I don’t want to be on social media just because I have a blog. Instead, I want to be on social media because I enjoy it. I enjoy connecting with y’all more than through my blog posts. The authenticity and community that social media brings is what I enjoy most!

4 | by realizing that consumption goes beyond the digital realm

Consumption can be seen as beauty products, food, or social media. You can edit what you want to adhere to and what you don’t. Since I’ve looked at all aspects of consumption in my life I’ve realized that I want to live an even simpler, but sustainable lifestyle. I’m becoming even more intentional when it comes to what I consume beauty wise. I’ve made this decision for myself because there is always an ad trying to sell us something. Trust me, I don’t think that there is anything wrong with making purchases. We all need stuff to live, but we don’t need to purchase things just because we saw it in an ad.

Once you start evaluating what you consume in general and you’ll notice that you can simplify that aspect. Digital consumption is a great place to start minimizing. Especially if you’re beginning to develop negative habits. I’ve noticed some in myself, which is one reason why I’ve decided to lessen my consumption. Because if you’re noticing yourself become jealous because you wish you had all of the things someone else has on Instagram. Instead of living in negativity why not unfollow that account and listen to a podcast on positive thinking? You’ll be amazed at what little changes like this can make.

5 | dealing with FOMO (fear of missing out)

When I started lessening my consumption I looked at every aspect of my life. TV shows, social media outlets, products, purchases, and more. I began by deleting apps that I wasn’t using on my phone. Then, I started unsubscribing from YouTubers that were only talking about purchasing items that I wasn’t interested in. However, I noticed that I would constantly go back to watch their videos. I never enjoyed watching them, but since I was subscribed for so long I felt like i had too.

Then I realized, I don’t have to do anything that I don’t want to do. I don’t care about the hottest trends, or buying a lipstick color that was too light for me. Neutral colors, stripes, and plain tees are a few things that I love. So I came to the conclusion that I was afraid that I may miss out on something. But then I remember this: we can’t consume everything. Because if we do we’ll drive ourselves crazy. We’re always going to miss out on something so it’s better to focus on what you care about instead of trying to consume it all.


in what ways do you consume less in your life?

xx, tfr.

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  • Awe, thanks Daniela!

  • I really loved this. I’m def not a minimalist, but I’ve always hated having “too much” – it’s just a simpler life when there’s less clutter to tend to.

    • Well that sounds like minimalism to me haha, but I know exactly what you mean!

  • Kristen Jones

    Love this Felicia! As I’ve started to declutter my home, it’s time to move on to other aspects of my life—social media, for sure.

    • Oh yes! Social media is super hard! If you need some tips, I have a post on digital minimalism that might help!

  • This is awesome, Felicia. Minimalism is something that I strive for focus-wise, but am not in an area of life where I can minimize everything in my life. I long for the day when I have the flexibility to purse minimalism 100%.

    • Well, to me – you’re already a minimalist! Because to me, minimalism is whatever you make it! I don’t listen to other’s ideas of minimalism I make it into what works for me and where I am in life at the moment.

  • Rachel Ritlop

    YASSS! It’s important to realize that things aren’t what makes us happy. Good for you!

  • Daniela S.

    Beautiful post! I need to learn so much about this! <3

    https://danielasoriano.com/

  • Daria Ed

    Beautiful blog.

    Keep it up x

    Great job!

  • I have slowly been moving towards being a little bit more minimilistic. I own a lot of stuff and as I’ve gotten older I hate clutter. I’m becoming much better at getting rid of things I do not need. Great read girl!

    • Ah, thanks! I hope it’s going well for you! It’s a journey, but a fun one!

  • Anna Hubbard

    This post was very interesting for me to read! I’m very intrigued about minimalism, and according to your response to Jenny’s comment, I’ll have to check out some of your other posts about it!

    • Yeah! I’d love to know your thoughts. And of course you can connect me too!

  • I’m so with you about minimalism helping you to focus and learn about consuming less. Before, shopping was something I would look forward to. But now I know there are so many other important things to my life that I want to make time for. I love not spending my entire life working, cooking, cleaning, etc. I like having time aside for my passions in life and what brings joy to my life!

    • Yes! I never thought I’d include minimalism in something as simple as consuming too many podcasts. But as soon as I realized I was diagnosing myself with things I don’t have it was time to take a step back & reevaluate.

  • I’m currently sorting through my clothes and finally getting rid of things I don’t wear or don’t bring me joy. I’m always holding onto clothes because I think I might need them but in most cases I haven’t worn them in years and if I do I feel bad about myself because I don’t like them.

    • I know exactly how you feel! I’ve been there before. You just have to give yourself grace then you’ll be able to let go of the things that just don’t matter to you anymore. It’s all a process.

  • This is such a good read! I’m very interested in learning more about minimalism.

    • Ah, thanks! Well, I have a lot of posts on it, or if you have any questions feel free to contact me on social media!

  • i love this! my experience was a little bit opposite of yours. I started with consuming less (especially with clothes and other consumer goods) and over time I realized that I had become very minimalist in the things around me. it wasn’t until we started decorating our recent home that I realized how minimal the things I own are.

    • Oh nice! We’ve had a similar experience then! Lately, it’s just been about consuming too much media for me. BTW, I’m loving your home decor posts.

  • These are all important lessons to learn. Minimalism has taught me so much as well!

  • Great post! The last one especially resonated with me, as you shouldn’t ever feel obligated about anything. Once you can let go of the fomo mentality, it really does help!

  • Great post! I’ve been trying to get better about minimalism. Having moved a few months ago, it definitely helped me toss a bunch of things I didn’t need!

    • Right, we have so much sometimes and just get used to it instead of truly thinking about if we even want all of it.

  • Heather Rene

    FOMO is so real! I never thought I’d experience it (since the acronym became a “thing”) but I’ve experienced it all my life – we just didn’t have a cute name for it. I will say that I have slowly become more minimal, especially in style. I have my own style & I’m just not worried about being the most trendy – but just being me! A new perspective can change everything!

    • Yes it can! Perspective is everything! I love that.

  • The fear of missing out is definitely one of my problems. I am really trying my best and I see things so differently now. My house needs a rehaul. Haha. I actually did a post similar to this on my blog today on my journey to becoming a minimalist. You can always check it out (https://www.onepotliving.com/minimalism-how-i-found-joy-living-with-less/) . I’d love to hear your feedback and get some of your advice. I love your blog and I am an avid reader. Thank you!

    • Awe thank you so much! You don’t know how much that means to me! I’ll make sure to check it out!

  • The fear of missing out can be a major concern for many people. It can easily lead to overconsumption of media.
    I suffered from this. I worked for a Cable TV Provider and was receiving all the services they offed for free. I also was a news junkie.
    Overconsumption of media became a lifestyle for me. I would go days with getting much done in my life.
    I left the industry, became a Minimalist and removed all TV’S from my home. I now mainly consume media on my phone and computer. I don’t miss the physical TV and I don’t have a fear of missing anything.
    I now enjoy more time to do what I love on my schedule. I do believe some Podcast are laced with crack causing people to become hooked and over consume. Be careful. LOL

    • That’s great! Once you let it go after a while you realize that you don’t even need all of the media or anything that you thought you did.