Melbourne Minimalist Meetup Notes (June, 2017)

by Nyamka Bayanmunkh in , ,

Thank you for all who came to the meetup and shared their stories and tips with the group.  

For those who were unable come to the meetup, here is a compilation of our shared insights and recommendations. I have categorised them for convenience.

Melbourne Minimalist Meetup June 2017 Notes



Get free E books and  Audiobooks via BorrowBox

Did you  know you can use your library card to borrow audiobooks and ebooks via your local library membership? The Stonnington Libraries use an app called Borrowbox where you can sign in with your library details.

P.S. Someone mentioned that interlibrary loans will now have a fee of three dollars. Order those interlibrary books before they get expensive.

Get locally grown (& imperfect produce) from Ceres.

After watching War on Waste people were interested in finding a different source for their groceries besides the major supermarket chains.  An alternative if you are in Melbourne is Ceres Fair Food. Ceres Fair Food is an online grocer and a carbon neutral food delivery service. They support local farmers and local communities and the produce is always fresh and delicious.

Looking for a better butcher?

Try Cherry Tree Organics. They are organic butcher delivering organic meat straight from the farmer. You can visit their online shop and have your meat delivered straight to your door.  There is also Kenny’s in Hawthorn which was recommended at the Meetup.

Don’t have a composting bin?

Try Richmond Market on Gledhil street. A meetup member said that the market has compost bins available to the public. The bins get taken to farms and get turned into compost.  Also, Victoria Market has a green waste recycling bins that are open to the general public as well as vendors.

Request to the community: let’s write to other markets to ask if they can make composting available.


Want to monitor your spending?

Try Pocketbook. You can link your bank accounts see how much you are spending. You know what they say “That which is measured, improves.”

Want carpool in Europe?

Bla Bla Car was recommended by a meetup member who used it in Spain. However, the carpooling service only available in Europe at the moment.

Confused on where to go for ethical fashion?

Download Good On You.  It’s an app that has ethical ratings for brands so consumers can shop with brands that has the same values as them. Customers can also send a compliment or a complaint to brands using the app. I think it is a good tool for having our voices heard by brands.

Meditate using apps

During the June Meetup, there was more than one person who mentioned the importance of meditating and the ease of meditating with apps.  These are the apps that were mentioned plus some of my favourites

1 Giant Mind


Smiling Mind

Stop, Breathe & Think


The Barefoot Investor

A book for those who want sort out their finances and get their head around things like Super.

It’s especially fantastic for families, couples or friends as the book is divided into little exercises to be done as a pair. Great for when one person is more into finance stuff than the other. This makes talking about money with your partner/family much easier.  You can also do it on your own too.

Donut Economics

Another book that was mentioned was on the topic of finance and economics. This book look like a book for those who don’t know much about economics and wants to see how economics affect our day to day life and the wider world that we live in.


The movement of zero waste overlaps a lot with the idea of minimalism. Simplicious by Sarah Wilson is a handy guide for those who are interested in reducing their waste and reusing more.

Listen to

The Minimalists Podcast.

Many of you may already know about the Minimalists blog but did you know that they had a podcast? Their podcast is weekly and you can subscribe to them via Itunes as well other podcast streaming services.


War on Waste

On ABC iView until 9:33pm on 18 Jan 2018. Craig Reucassel known from The Chaser’s War on Everything hosts a three part series on waste in Australia delving into how much waste we produce and what we can do about it. It’s informative, practical and funny. Definitely worth watching it with your family and friend as a night of edutainment.

Do you know whether takeaway coffee cups are recyclable or not? You’ll find out on the show!


The Minimalists Game.

Every month is a new chance to play the #Minsgame a game of decluttering. Here’s how it works

Questions to the Community:

Is there a tiny/minimalist home rental service/website/app?

Is there a local tool/utility sharing service similar to toy libraries?

Is there a zero waste challenge similar to the Minimalist Game?

Words of Wisdom

Lastly here are some words of wisdom from the meetup

Don’t force other people into minimalism.

Replace FOMO (aka Fear of Missing Out) with JOMO (aka Joy of Missing Out).


Until next time,