In order to simplify one aspect of my life recently, I decided to duplicate some items.
That was a hard sentence for an aspiring minimalist to write!
In my travel case, I have decided to keep a permanent stock of toiletries and make-up, in mini versions. I have already downsized these considerably and don’t have too many anyway.
However, after each trip, I would unpack everything but never use them again, because they were so handy for travel, so I kept them separate.
So instead of the constant packing and re-packing, I just leave them in the case. I find this very convenient as:
- I won’t forget to pack something
- It saves time and effort
- It saves space in my bathroom
I keep all other essentials in the travel case too – passport, packing cubes, chargers …. and it makes packing so much quicker as I don’t have to keep going over the same ground, time and again.
It also helps to address an area of anxiety for me, which hopefully is groundless. I live in the UK and my family is in Ireland. I always have this idea at the back of my mind that if I ever did need to rush back home to Ireland, I could grab my case, know that many essentials are already there and years of capsule packing and knowing what to bring would enable me to be out of the house in minutes. I feel reassured by this, like a safety blanket!
So, when I return from a trip, I do a quick check that I’m not running too low on any item and if I am, I sort it out a.s.a.p. That means I start the next trip fully prepared.
For me, minimalism helps me sort my priorities. It’s not an exercise in restriction or constraint. It’s something that helps me focus on what’s important. And sometimes duplication is a benefit, not a drawback.
Have a great week 😊