Picture: Osman Kalim his ‘Baumhaus’ at Berlin.

During my burn-out I made a life-changing realization: everything I owned didn’t bring purpose, meaning, fulfillment… The more I owned, the more I kept on buying. I found out that the pressure of society for having a perfect life including nice house, good job and working as hard as my boss wanted me to do, took away my freedom. I found out that living with less money gave me so much joy. 

I realized I didn’t need this stuff to feel happy. I needed time. The time to plan my own day, to live without pressure in a way where I – as a sensitive person- could use my own strengths to fulfill my needs.

This journey towards minimalism has been more life-changing than I expected. The possessions that we have in live defines us more than we realize. In our socialisation, we learned that we needed to work hard so we could have a great career and that we needed a lot of money for our needs. I discovered that we don’t need money to life. We need freedom and guess what: you can’t buy freedom. You can only buy a break (a holiday). You need to find freedom in your daily routine to ‘set yourself free’.

What did I learned after a few years of minimalism?

1. Owning less reduces stress

It seems like the more we have, the more we need. Owning less reduces stress. You don’t feel the urge of buying and missing out anymore. Cause, in the end, you will have enough for the basic needs in life: a place to sleep, something to eat and something to wear.

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2. Routines are not always useful

‘Hi Kim, Do you want to go shopping? Sure!’ Every time I did, I bought something that I didn’t need. I always loved to buy clothing. I just love fashion and expressing myself true the way I look. I decided not to go one a shopping hunt but a supermarket adventure shouldn’t be a problem. I was wrong. Every time I entered the store my head was exploding.

‘Am I sure that I don’t need anything? What if I come home and found out that there aren’t any fruits left? What if I wouldn’t have food for breakfast? What if…?

Well, then you will just eat something else. And guess what: the supermarket is just a 5 minutes walk away… It’s not that I’m in the jungle or something. Stay focused and don’t accept any excuse. You don’t need stuff to be happy. I’m sure that you will have enough food in your fridge or cabins. Be the boss of your mind, don’t be distracted by fancy deals.

3. Minimalism doesn’t mean: living without joy

A lot of people think that I don’t own anything or can’t even buy a thing that I like in stores. Well guess what: living minimal doesn’t mean that you can’t buy anything. Minimalism is less about the things you remove and more about the things you add. Since I live more minimal, I traveled more, worked less and found a perfect (little) house at my favorite city.

A nice extra benefit of living more minimal is that you will save a lot of money. Hello, new travel adventures!

Don’t forget: own your stuff, don’t let it own you!


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Hoi, Ik ben Kim!

Ik heb besloten om er vol voor te gaan en mijn dromen waar te gaan maken – ben bewust kleiner gaan wonen – startte in 2015 mijn eigen bedrijf – maak sinds kort video’s op YouTube – draag alleen nog maar duurzame mode én coach ondernemers om vol zelfvertrouwen online te (gaan) ondernemen.

Bloggen is mijn lust en mijn leven. Via deze blog wil ik jou inspireren om bewust na te denken over de stappen die je maakt in jouw leven.


  1. Comment by H*

    H* Reply August 11, 2016 at 9:05 am

    This is a very inspiring piece you wrote. I recognize some of the feelings. When I refuse to buy something (for example: plastic or clothes) I sometimes feel the need to fill this ‘blank’ with buying something else. Kind of pathetic, right, and I am really trying to get rid of that feeling. I don’t think I will be a real minimalist ever, because I am quite nostalgic and just love to be surrounded by stuff that remembers me of special moments. On the other hand, we can define our own rules and live as minimalists in our own way, I guess. I love to spend my money on experiences instead of stuff, that’s a great start.

    • Comment by kimbuining

      kimbuining Reply August 12, 2016 at 9:25 am

      Yes, I think that’s so true. There are no rules wen it comes to living minimal. Just follow your heart.

  2. Comment by Keybykim

    Keybykim Reply August 11, 2016 at 9:15 am

    Ik snap je gevoel helemaal Kim, mooi dat je hiervoor hebt gekozen!

    • Comment by kimbuining

      kimbuining Reply August 12, 2016 at 9:25 am

      Dankjewel Kim!

  3. Comment by Rachel Kromdijk

    Rachel Kromdijk Reply August 11, 2016 at 2:39 pm

    Wat mooi dat je toch hiervoor hebt gekozen! mooi geschreven

    • Comment by kimbuining

      kimbuining Reply August 12, 2016 at 9:25 am

      Dankjewel Rachel.Leuk om te horen :)

  4. Comment by Junior Smyre

    Junior Smyre Reply August 23, 2016 at 8:20 pm

    When de-cluttering your life, happiness naturally comes because you gravitate towards the things that matter most. You see clearly the false promises in all the clutter, it s like a broken shield against life s true essence. You will also find happiness in being more efficient, you will find concentration by having refocused your priorities, you will find joy by enjoying slowing down.

    • Comment by kimbuining

      kimbuining Reply August 23, 2016 at 8:21 pm

      Wow, love how you describe this. Really feel the emotion and feeling. Thank you!

  5. Comment by Nikita

    Nikita Reply March 13, 2017 at 3:08 am

    I agree with all of this! Stuff stresses me out. And that’s something that’s so hard to get people to understand. But I like being able to pack up my life. I like having an uncluttered house, and not worrying about dusting. And most importantly, I like using my money for experiences. Anyways, the world could do with a lot less waste!

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