Living with Less: How to Simplify Your Life
Now that you know the basics of minimalism and how changing your lifestyle can completely change your life for the better, you may be wondering how to actually get started on this journey. You don’t need extra money, actually, you should slim your wallet today.
You have been exposed to a lot of information about the minimalist lifestyle, and may feel pressure to quickly transition into full-blown minimalism. However, very few people can just throw all of their possessions away and start fresh. Deciding to throw away or donate your belongings is not an easy task, as we come to accumulate a lot of stuff that holds sentimental and monetary value. Although you may struggle every now and then, you will find that switching to minimalism will become easier as you begin experiencing the benefits of changing your lifestyle.
Write down everything! Writing down your goals, expectations, and struggles will help affirm your mission to becoming a minimalist. Start by making a list of all the reasons why you want to switch to a simpler lifestyle. Next, make a list of all the things that are causing you stress that can be fixed by becoming a minimalist. This could be debt, a full schedule, too many mugs, whatever is causing you to become fed up with collecting material things. Lastly, you should definitely write down your goals for transitioning to minimalism and what you want to gain from the lifestyle. Whenever you are doubting your decision or are faced with the urge to make an impulse buy, you will have these written lists to remind you of your mission and purpose.
Throw away any duplicates! Believe it or not, many people accidentally end up owning a number of the same exact items. This only adds to the unnecessary clutter. Walk through your house and get rid of any duplicates your see: two sets of the measuring cups, copies of the same movie, books, etc. You only really need one of everything, and even that is sometimes too much of a minimalist. Place all of your duplicates in a box and place it out of sight for one month. If you find that you did not need anything that was in the box or even forgot what you had put in the box in the first place, then get rid of it!
Maintain a permanent clutter-free zone. Becoming a minimalist does not mean throwing away everything you own and completely emptying your house. Start your transition into the lifestyle with a small gesture; such as clearing a space in your home that is a clutter-free zone. This could be a table in the living room, a desk, or even just a drawer in the kitchen. From this small space, you can gradually expand your clutter-free zone to an entire room.
Limit what you travel with. Minimalists love traveling because it just reinforces the belief that you really don’t need much to get by. The next time you go to pack a suitcase for a trip, try packing for half of the time you will be away for. For example, if you are traveling for six days, pack for three. Doing laundry while on vacation may not seem ideal, but it is easier than carrying over- packed baggage.
Get rid of your clothing! We all have clothes that we hope to wear one day when the occasion arises, but the truth is that the red shirt with the price tags still attached will probably never be worn. Clearing your wardrobe is one of the easiest things that you can do when first deciding to become a minimalist. Start by limiting your clothing options to fifty things: including shoes, accessories, underwear, etc. Once you realize how much you don’t wear and don’t need, donating the rest will feel much easier.
Limit your meal options. Of course, you do not have to stick to the same meal plan for years on end to be a minimalist. But you can seriously cut down the grocery bill by keeping your meal choices limited. Preparing breakfast, thinking about lunch, and making dinner take a lot more time and energy than its worth. Cut down your stress and food bill by keeping your meals simple. Try eating the same thing for breakfast and lunch all week, and then having three or four dinner options that you can cycle through during the week. If your family does not enjoy this experience, let them know that it is an experiment and talk together about how to make future meals more minimalistic.
Save $1000 right away. Saving money is not always as easy as it sounds, but once you save the first thousand dollars, you will feel less financial stress and feel secure in case of an emergency. An emergency fund simplifies all of your potential worries: paying off a debt, a hospital bill, monthly payments, etc. Saving may seem to take forever to do, but you can easily accomplish conserving a thousand dollars in just forty- five weeks. This can be accomplished by completing the fifty-two-week challenge in forty- five weeks instead.
Hundreds of Galician biologists work in the area of health without being considered health professionals
These professionals claim that all those who have completed the specialty of health biology, or a specific masters of two years in the same field, are recognized as health professionals
The General Council of Official Colleges of Biologists of Spain has asked the central government to amend the Law on Health Professions (LOPS) to include biologists working in the field of genetics, human reproduction or forensic field, Since this group is not considered a health professional. Only those who have passed the BIR, that is, the resident internal biologist exam, similar to the MIR of Medicine, are included. This means, say those affected, not being able to access the career, or that their work is always subject to another degree. In Galicia, says the dean of the Galician school of biologists, José Pelayo Míguez, there are hundreds of graduates in this situation, between 200 and 300, he calculates, although the claim is identical throughout the state.
What these professionals demand is that all those who have completed the specialty of sanitary biology, or a specific masters of two years in the same field, are recognized as health professionals as it is with other degrees. And, they defend, more than 80% of the members of numerous genetic or forensic research groups have this training and work in the field of health.
Biologists regret the defenseless situation in which this profession is found, especially after repealing the royal decree that allowed to obtain the health specialty of genetics, and that would enable the students who opted for this branch to be considered sanitary.
The schools of biologists regret that the doors are closed to biology professionals so they can contribute to the National Health System. The representatives of this group will hold a meeting in September in Madrid to address this claim.
The City opens the deadline for the aid to the books of the new course
Bats become library “guardians” balancing culture and nature
The most well-known and most spoken colony of bats in Portugal is the one that lives in the Joanina Library, University of Coimbra, and since the sixteenth century has been in charge of preserving its hundreds of volumes so that they are not devoured by insects known as “bibliophages”.
Each bat that inhabits the valuable Library of Coimbra (Heritage of Humanity), can in just one night get to hunt 500 insects that fly between the copies.
For this reason, those responsible for the library, built under King João V – hence the name of Joanina – ensure that their volumes have been perfectly preserved, despite the numerous cracks and ventilation circuits through which the insects pass.
Every night, before the closing of the library, a baroque masterpiece where the specimens of European culture are preserved between the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries, hundreds of volumes are preserved with leather blankets, so that the copies are not deteriorated with the feces of the bats.
The certainty of the colony’s existence, where two bat species coexist, was recently confirmed by the Portuguese researcher, Jorge Palmeirim, who, despite not seeing the animals, was able to measure the sounds emitted by them when they fly at night.
Especially important is the hunting of the woodworm, whose larva digs sinuous galleries very apparent in the books and can do real damage both in papers and in the leathers of books.
Those known as “moths”, companions of the woodworms, are also hunted for bats, because, instead of making galleries, they end up consuming the sheets of paper, preferably of the old books.
However, the increase in specimens and the passage of time have meant that bats are not enough to protect the books of the Biblioteca Joanina, one of the main tourist attractions in Coimbra.
According to information given by the university to the Efe Agency, a new anoxia chamber of six cubic meters of capacity was recently acquired to handle the bibliographic fund.
The objective of the chamber, which cost about 70 thousand euros for the university, is the disinfection of books, thus avoiding the action of insects.
In the three floors of the Joanina Library, 60,000 volumes of different materials are preserved, all edited until the end of the 18th century, and together with the General Library of the university, 1 million volumes are accounted for.
In addition to books, the Joanina Library holds newspapers, magazines, very particular manuscripts and special collections, among the highlights, are a remarkable collection of old maps and an extensive and unusual set of musical documents from the 16th and 18th centuries.
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