Packing breakthrough!

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!

2017-07-09 Red suitcaseI 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.

I know!!

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.

2018-01-07 Packing cubes

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 🙂

  8 comments for “Packing breakthrough!

  1. January 9, 2018 at 1:13 pm

    Good for you, Lisa – looking forward to reading about how it all went! Lxx

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  2. January 8, 2018 at 10:10 pm

    Good on you for holding yourself accountable! In the end, the sound of those packing cubes rustling around must have been very rewarding indeed! 🙂 I usen’t to really understand the idea of packing light and I thought I had to pack for every contingency and wear something different every single day of the trip. Oh how things have changed! It’s nice to look back and feel the relief of no longer thinking and living in that mindset.

    I had a little ‘moment’ yesterday when I had to pull myself up. I barred myself from buying new things for a year but I’m reaching the end of that year, so I found myself wandering into a shoe store and trying on a pair of sandals that I thought looked cute. Luckily, my minimalist mind kicked in and I remembered how far I have come in this time. Would I actually wear the sandals, considering I have all the footwear I need? Probably not. Would my life improve in any tangible way because of the sandals? Definitely not!

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    • January 9, 2018 at 8:27 am

      Hiya Lisa, how lovely to hear from you 🙂 I used to be someone who packed for every conceivable situation, thinking I was being organised and prepared. Until one day I asked myself how many of these ‘situations’ actually occurred and the answer was, of course, none!! Fair play to you for resisting the sandals if you felt you wouldn’t actually wear them. I’m following your buy-nothing-new project with interest!! Lxx

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      • January 9, 2018 at 10:05 am

        Ooh yes, it’s all those ‘what ifs’ playing tricks on our minds! I guess our brains are wired to plan for the worst case scenario and it really does take a long time to get past that kind of mentality, I think.

        Thanks so much for your interest in my project 🙂 I’ve got through so far with only a few slip-ups but at the moment things are looking good and I’m sure I’ll be able to get through from now until the end without a single new purchase! Hurrah!

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  3. January 8, 2018 at 3:29 pm

    In interior design it is very hard to relay to clients the importance of “empty” space. Some schools of thought call it negative space. Why not call it positive space? So much more uplifting! This last year I did check luggage more often than a carry on. My reasons are because I dont want to hoist any extra weight above my head and do think that fewer cabin bags make the flight experience a bit quicker. Nice post to get us all thinking for the fresh year!-Laurel

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    • January 8, 2018 at 4:12 pm

      Hi Laurel, lovely to hear from you :-). I’m really interested in your term ‘positive space’. Much more inspiring. I’ve only ever heard the term ‘negative space’ and it obviously carries those negative connotations. I love a bit of space and emptiness – so restful! Lxxx


  4. January 7, 2018 at 3:48 pm

    I know the feeling of having extra space and wanting to just fill it up! Whether it’s my counters, or a shelf I literally JUST CLEANED OFF. I get so frustrated with these thoughts. I’m glad you were able to squash yours back down and stick to the plan!

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    • January 7, 2018 at 4:06 pm

      Hiya Steph, thanks for stopping by. Good to know someone else is in the same boat! It’s so easy to slip back, isn’t it? It requires constant vigilance!! Good luck with those empty counters and shelves 🙂 Lxx

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