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Clean Living in the Tropics - November

Clean Living is being mindful of what you put in your body, mindful of keeping a healthy home and work environment, and mindful of your environmental footprint.

By Lina Paselli

With the end of the Dry season, I experience my annual urge to simplify, declutter and minimise my life and surroundings before the Wet season kicks in – and before everything that hasn’t been moved for the past six to 12 months officially dies.

If you want to become more minimalist, create time for yourself and focus on the things that are truly important to you, you can start by making your list of non-negotiables – including all the things you want more time to do.

High up on my list is meditation. Now that I have fewer material possessions and have downsized to a smaller space, I have more time to meditate and still my mind. This has been life changing in so many ways.

Downsizing has allowed me to live more outdoors rather than in, feel more connected with nature and I’ve had to really choose the items I need. To do this, I asked myself do I need or do I want this. And that’s the beauty of minimalist living: you get to look at your life – your job, family, lifestyle, needs and desires – and determine what minimalism looks like for you on a very personal level.

Once you’ve minimised the amount of things you own, you can start to limit what you bring into your home. Create a bright, creative and open space that you love living in and reflects who you are, what your lifestyle is and how you want it to be.

Minimalism doesn’t have to be complicated. Make these easy changes to your lifestyle, and you’ll enjoy living with less in no time.

Lina Paselli is the joint owner of Clean Living in the Tropics, an online publisher dedicated to championing clean living individuals and businesses in the Top End. Lina is also the co-founder and General Manager of award-winning Malak Marketplace, Darwin’s premier organic, sustainable farmers’ market and eco-tourist destination. She also owns Paleo in the Tropics.


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