3-Step Process To Transform From A Hoarder to A Minimalist

I’ve always been a hoarder. Growing up, I was influenced by my mother to keep everything that might come in useful one day. From old boxes that were used to carry the groceries once, to old exercise books dating back to my grade school years.

Over the past 5 years since I’ve moved out, I’ve been gently trying to get rid of my hoarding past but it wasn’t much of a success.

In truth, the issue is because I was bringing more into the house than I was taking out.

Recently, we had to move and the new place didn’t have a garage where I could hide my past life choices that hung around in the form of knick-knacks, clothing and an assortment of things in mysterious black bags. The ‘out of sight, out of mind’ mentally quickly caught up with me and I found myself drowning in my own crap.

In the past few weeks, I’ve been ruthless discarding a majority of my belongings. Some were easy to discard while other things still sit in the corner, awaiting curation.

From this experience, I’ve come to realize that minimalism isn’t just about having 10 items in your wardrobe or only a set of dishes for each family member. Rather, it’s a lifestyle that acknowledges what is essential and gives value to the things that we surround ourselves with.

While there are many guides out there about becoming a minimalist, there isn’t very much content about how to move from being a hoarder to a minimalist.

So that’s why I’ve decided to create this 3-step guide that I’m currently enforcing on myself. So far, it’s working well and might match your situation and needs.

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What is textured vegetable protein?

My first encounter with textured vegetable protein was at my great aunt and uncle’s vegetarian home restaurant in Thailand. The vegan and vegetarian food culture out in Asia is strong and has an ecosystem of fresh produce. The abundance of locally grown fruits, vegetables and herbs make a fantastic place to eat non-animal based meals.

I don’t go back to my birth country very often, but when I do, I’m always enlightened by the way food is prepared, cooked and consumed.

In the world of vegetarians and vegans out in that part of the world, textured vegetable protein is highly accepted and is sold in giant sacks for anyone that wants to bulk buy.

But what is textured vegetable protein? What does it taste like? and how do you cook with it?

I’ve recently started to foray into textured vegetable protein as part of my regular diet and here are my findings.

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How to Grow Snow Peas

Personally, I love snow peas. I grew up with them when I was in Thailand. It was a staple in my daily dose of vegetables. Over in New Zealand, snow peas can be a bit expensive in the shops and you only get a little bit.

It’s not exactly value for money.

Several years ago, I ventured into growing snow peas in pots on the veranda and they did quite well. The overall investment was about $50 in total and I had a continuous harvest all throughout winter. There were four snow pea plants in each container and I made a tower out of bamboo and string for it to climb. I didn’t really do much research for this and just pushed the seeds into the container and watered it regularly.

This year, I’ve decided to give growing snow peas another shot at our new place. Over the past few weeks, I’ve been doing some research on growing snow peas (even though I’ve already grown them before) but this time, I want to see if I can increase the yield.

When it comes to sustainability, you don’t have to be sustainable in all areas. In the beginning, you only need to start off with one. For me, my personal goal is to become sustainable in my vegetable consumption and reduce my carbon footprint by growing my own vegetables.

The first thing on the dish is snow peas.

And because I eat quite a bit of vegetables in general, I’m going to need a good and consistent supply. Here are the results of my research.

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How to slowly become self-sufficient

The issue with trying to live sustainably is that we often binge on the lifestyle of others before truly understanding our own personal needs. This can lead us to go out and spend on the things we think we need, resulting in stuff that we don’t actually use.

However, the thing with living sustainably is not about buying a set of fantastic Instagramable glass jars. It’s about how we go about living our day to day life.

a guide on sustainable living in 2020

Sustainability is an issue that we collectively face. Over the past few years, I’ve attempted to reduce my waste footprint but failed miserably.

In the last few weeks, as I reassess my personal situation, finances and where I want to be in life, I’ve come to the conclusion that I might just be doing this whole sustainability thing all wrong.

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