*See update at bottom of post – a fellow blogger with a similar outlook posted today!!
My lovely friend came to visit a couple of weeks ago. She stepped in, her arms full of beautiful sunflowers. She went into the kitchen and looked through a couple of cupboards for a vase.
She spun around to me.
‘But where’s all your food?’ she asked.
I nodded to the cupboard she had opened. ‘In there – and the fridge, of course’.
‘But – that’s all? Where’s the rest of it?’
Until then, I hadn’t realized the extent that minimalism had been having on my food shopping habits. I used to be great for storing items, bulk-buying in times of special offers, thinking I was being clever with my money. If a supermarket put the word ‘value’ on a sign, I was there.
But it turned out to be such a false economy. To a certain extent, it was useful to buy some items in bulk – I mean, paper towels aren’t going to go past a sell-by date. But I don’t like buying paper towels any more, I prefer to use and re-use cloths. I realized this when I looked at a tower of about ten packets of paper towels that I still had to use up!
And I was mortified to throw out so much food at the end of the week. Thinking I was being clever and resourceful with my money, but in reality, just wasting it and wasting food. Awful! However, foods that didn’t have a short lifespan, like chocolate, biscuits, cakes seemed to disappear more quickly than the ‘buy one, get one free’ bags of spinach!
This one has been a struggle, but I’m much better at walking by apparently ‘good value deals’ these days, knowing that they’re not really. I don’t want to be the person who gets taken in by the clever marketing and then: throws – out – food.
Nowadays, I meal-plan every week. Far less goes to waste and I don’t need to stockpile. Guess what I realized? Apparently, shops are open every day of the week. Who knew? I was acting as though the snows were coming and I wouldn’t get out for another four months.
So, I don’t have much in my cupboards but I use what I have. I decant food into jars and label them. Oh, I’m not a Myers-Briggs ‘J’ for nothing! But that way, I like the clean look of the food cupboard and it’s easy to spot what’s there.
Has minimalism affected you in unexpected ways? I’d love to hear. Have a great week 😊
*Breaking news ….. What a coincidence! The lovely Laurel at Little Black Domicile wrote a post today called ‘How spending more may jumpstart the road to minimalism’. She showcases some amazing photos of how we’d all like our food storage to be, with beautifully laid out walk-in pantries – and then shows how it can often end up! But she has some fabulous ideas to turn this around! Check out her blog and follow her. She cleverly takes the concept of the incredibly useful little black dress and applies it to the home, with some fantastic interior design ideas.