Overwhelmed by clutter

A friend of mine had the sad, but necessary task, of helping an elderly relative move into some sheltered accommodation. Her relative needed to downsize so she asked me to give her a hand. I was quite excited – a de-cluttering project!! Right up my street. However, when I got to the house, I felt…

Winter capsule

Well, my transition wardrobe didn’t last very long! That’s life – I’m all about dressing appropriately. However, as an experiment, it worked out well and I may consider it again for uncertain weather. Now – onto the winter capsule. You know the drill: Take everything out of the wardrobe Give it a good clean and…

5 tips for Christmas conversations!

Last year, I wrote about how I had left it a little late to have meaningful conversations with loved ones about exchanging gifts, or rather not exchanging. So, I did my best to gift consumables or experiences and accepted any gifts with love and gratitude. I had a lovely Christmas and I felt blessed and…

Transition capsule wardrobe

So, this is something a bit different for me. A transition capsule wardrobe. Part of me is going ‘hang on, is this cheating?’. The other part of me is going ‘of course not – my capsule needs to work for me – end of’. I follow the lovely Courtney Carver over at Project 333 and…

What’s a good age to start being a minimalist?!

My friend came to visit me recently and brought her young, teenage daughter with her. My friend and I chatted, and her daughter sat quietly, contentedly scrolling through her phone. Obviously a You-Tube fan, she asked her mother about a new nail varnish she had seen on one of her favourite channels. This led to…

Flawlessly flawed!

I am a perfect minimalist. I consume very little. I appreciate each and every item I own. I don’t shop any more. I count my possessions to ensure they don’t exceed a number I have in my head. I apply my minimalist principles 24/7 in all aspects of my life. I only ever ….. Oh…

Invest to save

I was slightly taken aback one day when someone said I seemed to spend an awful lot of time on my wardrobe and clothes in general. I think I probably do – but only at certain times. I feel I invest a lot of time up front to save it later on. By thinking about…

Shopping my pantry

I’ve written previously about ‘shopping my wardrobe’ before buying anything new. It helps me to: Stop wasting money Not make unnecessary purchases Find new and creative ways to wear existing pieces Be more appreciative of what I already own   So, I decided to apply this principle to food shopping! It was becoming all too…

Clothing duplicates

Who says you can’t have too much of a good thing?! When I was doing my first major clothing de-clutter, I found I had a lot of duplicates.   For example, I actually had … Readers of a nervous disposition, please turn away now! 5 pairs of black trousers!!   Now, if you had asked me,…

Method for mindfulness

My lovely friend, Dawn, recently gave me a gratitude journal. In essence, it’s a method for increased mindfulness, wrapped up in a cute little notebook. Minimalism helps me be more intentional, focused, appreciative and mindful, both of what I have and what I am. But it’s all too easy to forget my numerous blessings amongst…