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…

Autumn capsule sweet spot

There are now two key points in the year when I luxuriate in a post-shopping haze. When my spring/summer and my autumn/winter capsules have been broadly sorted out. I do enjoy filling the gaps in my capsules with some careful, intentional shopping. But, oh the relief, when this has been achieved. And this from someone…

Minimalism and memories

I recently met with a lovely group of ladies in the village where I live, and we discussed minimalism and the capsule wardrobe. We exchanged ideas, different points of view and our philosophies on the role that clothes can play in our lives. It was a thoroughly enjoyable evening and it reinforced for me, once…

Minimalism and decision-making

I was always a bit rubbish at making decisions. Or was I? So difficult to decide 😉 I think I was probably overly fearful of doing the wrong thing and then not being able to rectify it. But, as in so many other ways, minimalism has given me fresh insight. When I was de-cluttering and…

5 tips for de-cluttering your wardrobe

There’s definitely an autumnal chill lurking underneath this lovely September weather. So, yay – autumn capsule time! This week, I’ve been refreshing my wardrobe in readiness for autumn. I took my usual steps of reviewing my summer capsule, letting go anything which wasn’t working for me and selecting clothes for my autumn capsule. This process…

Summer capsule review

Recently, one of my favourite bloggers, A Small Wardrobe, invited her readers to join in a wardrobe diary challenge. The objective was to record each item of clothing you wore over a month and then review the findings. That way, you could see how many different items you actually wore, why and when you wore…

Minimalism and mindfulness

My brother and his children visited me recently from Ireland. I was so excited to see them.  I planned everything out, booked some events, shopped for food, cleaned the house, got bedclothes ready and finally the day came. When I saw them walking up the drive after a long journey, I flew out to meet…

Second hand shopping

I wrote a few months ago about trying to shop more sustainably and ethically, especially in charity shops.  I’ve added a few more key pieces to my wardrobe that I wear and love. Cream, embroidered silk top:  It looks like a neutral under a jacket but take the jacket off, and it’s quite a dressy…