When I started my journey to simplicity, I found minimalism to be the greatest tool at my disposal. At that stage, I hadn’t read Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying – indeed I don’t think it was even available in English at that point. But I agree with her that starting with clothes is the easiest point.
I’ve been doing that for some time now and am in the flow of seasonal capsule wardrobes. But there’s so much more than that. Once you start to look at your belongings and questioning their value, it’s hard to stop. Having recognized that I had too many clothes, I recognize I have far too many other ‘things’.
I downsized my make-up (I now just have one of most things e.g. within my modest make-up bag, I have one mascara, one foundation, one eyeshadow palette …) and it makes getting ready in the morning so much quicker.
I downsized my skincare routine – I skipped some steps and my skin didn’t seem to suffer! I made my products multi-task – the world didn’t fall apart! I stopped double-cleansing my skin (i.e. morning and evening) and my skin looks so much better as a result.
I also tried to switch to cruelty-free products as much as possible, although that proved a lot more difficult. Not in my using different products – but in being able to establish which products are cruelty-free – it’s all a bit hazy. A company can be cruelty-free but may have a parent company who isn’t; they may purchase raw materials from a third-party supplier, who carries no such guarantees. For a while, I didn’t understand the implications of companies who sell to China, until I read the small print (i.e. animal testing is required by law). Having fewer products makes this easier to navigate, but some companies don’t make it as clear as they could.
My latest step is to swap from disposal facial cleansing pads to re-usable ones. It’s a small step but this whole journey is simply a series of small steps. Rather than using a pad once and then throwing it out, I am using these lovely eco-pads – they’re much softer and they seem to wash quite well.
Everywhere I look, I see something I need to attend to. There’s so much! The tagline on my blog ‘Journey to Simplicity’ has been chosen with care! I don’t think I’ll ever be able to say I have reached Destination Simplicity but it feels satisfying to at least be travelling down that road. Have a good week 😊