Minimalist packing

Mr. Minimal-Lol and I went away for a long weekend together. The familiar packing scenario started out as usual but then took an unexpected turn.

Him (anxiously): ‘You’re not taking many clothes’.

Me (cheerfully): ‘No, but it’s fine, I’m bringing a capsule and I’ll have plenty’.

Him (apprehensively): ‘But what if it rains?’

Me (smugly): ‘I’ve checked the forecast – it’s sunny for the next four days’.

Him (guardedly): ‘Don’t expect me to only take a little bag like that. I don’t know how you do it’.

Me (through gritted teeth*): ‘That’s fine, my darling, you do what you want – I’ll be fine’.

*An oft-repeated scenario in the M-L household. See my previous post on a minimalist living with a maximalist!!

But wait – a new development!

2018-01-07 Packing cubesI begin packing my clothes into my handy packing cubes as per usual. Mr. M-L picks one up and says, startled ‘hang on, these look quite handy’.

Dear reader, it was as though I had never used/mentioned/packed with them before!

So, he borrowed some for the trip, which enabled him to fit all his clothes into a small bag – who knew?

On the holiday, he extolled the use of the packing cube. He eulogised, he praised, I would even go so far as to say, he waxed lyrical. To the extent that a fellow holiday-goer advised me to get some too! (See ‘gritted teeth’ above!).

But it did show me that:

  • You can’t make someone follow a lifestyle or an approach – it has to make sense for them – in their own time.
  • By all means, do your own thing, but don’t expect others to always follow, just because it makes sense for you.
  • If they are inspired to try something different, try not to gloat or say ‘I told you so’ – this may have happened with me and Mr. M-L! 😉

Have a great week 😊

  17 comments for “Minimalist packing

  1. August 9, 2018 at 6:08 am

    Teeheehee! This made me laugh out loud, Lorraine! Sounds like Mr M-L is so wholly converted that you may even have to fight over the packing cubes the next time a long weekend comes around! You are so right that lifestyle changes have to make sense to others and can only occur in their own good time. I think if things are imposed on us and we feel like someone else won’t let us live life on our own terms, we only become resistant and resentful. I believe the ripple effect takes place quietly and subtly – as you say, no gloating or ‘I told you so’!

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    • August 9, 2018 at 10:23 am

      Hi Lisa, so glad you enjoyed the post. You make a good point about people becoming resistant and resentful if changed is imposed on them. There’s a saying that goes roughly – ‘Those you persuade against their will, are of the same opinion still’!! It’s very true. Hope your studies are going well, Lxx

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      • August 9, 2018 at 8:41 pm

        Thanks lovely Lorraine! xxx

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  2. July 31, 2018 at 6:44 am

    Packing cubes. I like the sound of them. They may just tap into my tidy ordered nature. I am waiting to see how Mr Minimal packs next time. Priceless conversation – made me chuckle xx

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    • July 31, 2018 at 8:37 am

      I’m sure you can picture that conversation all too clearly, Nik!! I think you’d get on very well with packing cubes – I find them so handy! Lxx


  3. nexi
    July 30, 2018 at 9:42 pm

    Where did you find the packing cubes – they look very efficient.

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    • July 30, 2018 at 9:59 pm

      Hi there, thanks a million for reading 🙂 I got these packing cubes on-line a couple of years ago. If you do a search for them, literally dozens spring up! I like these ones as they have a mesh front so I can see what I’ve packed in each cube. Also, I’m sure when I was last in TK Maxx (TJ Maxx in the US), they had loads in the travel section. Lxx

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      • nexi
        July 30, 2018 at 10:33 pm

        Thanks… I’ll look out for them! Your blogs been a real help – we’ve recently downsized and are also in the middle of clearing out the home of an elderly relative. You can imagine!

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        • July 30, 2018 at 10:38 pm

          Gosh, that sounds quite hectic! Thank you so much for your kind comment – it’s so nice to hear my blog has been of some value to you! Good luck with the ongoing de-cluttering, Lxx


  4. July 29, 2018 at 10:22 pm

    This could be me and my husband. So true you also have to just let some things go when you talk about long term relationships. I can feel
    You. When hubby finally discovers what I have actually been doing for the last two years. Face Palm!


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    • July 29, 2018 at 10:25 pm

      So true, Kathy. But it’s all a bit of a hoot, really! You just have to laugh 🙂 Lxxx


  5. July 29, 2018 at 1:38 pm

    This is priceless…especially the traveler relaying back to you! We see this happen all the time in our design firm. One part of the pair pours heart and soul into a project…and the other, whose been negative nellie the whole time, becomes the greatest cheerleader. I have to say I have never used a packing cube, but do use a series of small zippered bags for smaller items. I will learn more about the cubes now!-Laurel

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    • July 29, 2018 at 2:07 pm

      Oh how funny, Laurel! Turning from negative Nellie to the greatest cheerleader!! That just about sums it up. To be honest, I just laughed at the whole thing!! Zippered bags sound very similar to the packing cube principle – I’d say they’re very handy! Enjoy the rest of your weekend, Lxx


  6. July 29, 2018 at 11:21 am

    Lol your husband sounds like he took credit for the genius of it. Your ending was fabulous btw. So true and a wise reminder.

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    • July 29, 2018 at 11:23 am

      Hi Erin, thanks for reading and commenting – glad you got some value from it, Lxx

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  7. July 29, 2018 at 11:18 am

    So true! You’ve got to let people get there on their own. Many thanks for this, Lorraine, your packing conversation made me smile.

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    • July 29, 2018 at 11:20 am

      Thanks Julie! Always so supportive and thoughtful 🙂 Lxx

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