Happy new year to you all 🙂
Another year and another step on the journey to simplicity! In my last post, I wrote about some of the cul-de-sacs and detours I find myself taking from time to time. This can be frustrating so it’s just as important to note the tiny breakthroughs along the way.
It’s good to start the new year on a positive note!
I visited my family in Ireland over the holidays and for the first time in a long time, I was checking in luggage, rather than just having a cabin bag.
But I was bringing some presents to my nephews and niece, which were a bit bulky. So needs must.
My first thought was: ‘What a pain, having to wait by the luggage carousel. I’m not used to that any longer’.
But full disclosure ……
My second thought, that followed very closely behind was: ‘At least I can bring more stuff then.’
Wait a minute – more stuff??
I squashed that thought as fast as I could. Just because I had more room didn’t mean I automatically needed more ‘stuff’. So I used the same principles I use when only carrying hand luggage; my ever-reliable packing cubes were called into play; my make-up and skincare was minimised; my clothes were carefully chosen with many mix-and-match options.
My reward was the rustling of the packing cubes on the return journey, as they fell from one side of an empty suitcase to the other!
It could have been so easy to slip back into bad habits but thankfully I didn’t. Or maybe minimalism and packing light has become one of my new habits – I hope so.
What breakthroughs have you experienced? Have a great week 🙂