Minimalism and decision-making

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I was always a bit rubbish at making decisions.

Or was I?

So difficult to decide 😉

I think I was probably overly fearful of doing the wrong thing and then not being able to rectify it.

But, as in so many other ways, minimalism has given me fresh insight.

When I was de-cluttering and then sorting my autumn capsule, I realised that I was doing in an hour and a half, what used to take me a whole day. I’m more familiar with the approach now, of course, but I also make decisions more speedily, which helps with the process.

I sometimes refer to having a ‘de-cluttering muscle’ and I think there must be a ‘decision-making muscle’ as well. The more you use it, the stronger it gets.

Making decisions about whether to keep or let go clothes sounds quite trivial. But clothes can have sentimental value, they can determine how you feel about yourself and they are part of your identity – maybe not so trivial, then.

I have rarely, if ever, regretted letting go of something. So that has taken a lot of the fear out of making clothing-related decisions. It then becomes easier to apply this in other aspects of my life.

I recently made a decision about a change of job. I found I was more clear-sighted than I would once have been. I didn’t dither as much. I didn’t take the decision lightly but neither did I angst too much about it.

I don’t know if it will work out. But I do know that it won’t be the end of the world if it doesn’t.

I found that fear of change was hindering me to the point of almost bringing me to a standstill. It seemed easier to stick with what I knew, the way it used to seem easier not to take the time and trouble to sort my wardrobe out.

The American educator and counsellor, Jessie Potter, is credited with the phrase: ‘If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got’. Well, I’ve decided to do something different – and clothes are only the start.

Have a great week 😊

  21 comments for “Minimalism and decision-making

  1. December 7, 2018 at 12:53 am

    Just starting a series on decision making. I’d be very interested in your comments! Indeed, no easy answers!


  2. December 5, 2018 at 4:34 am

    “‘If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.” Consistency! Haha. I’m also hoping to be good at decision making. This is one of my weaknesses as I tend to not look at the bigger picture hence I’m making the wrong move. 😔

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    • December 5, 2018 at 10:26 am

      Hiya Pearl, thanks so much for reading and stopping by. Decision-making is so difficult, isn’t it – but I think a lot of it is rooted in fear. At least we both recognise it – that’s the first step! Lxx


  3. November 18, 2018 at 2:49 am

    Wow, great post! Coming out from my comfort zone, including making decisions, is always a challenge. But it’s always a step to progress, means I’ll be better. Thanks for sharing this!

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    • November 18, 2018 at 8:06 am

      Hi Rachel, many thanks for stopping by 🙂 I’m so glad you found value in this post! Lxx


  4. November 11, 2018 at 10:15 pm

    Oh I really like this post. Thank you! You may like a few of the ideas on my blog it is about simple living, Thank you again! kenza.

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    • November 12, 2018 at 4:08 pm

      Hi Kenza, many thanks for reading and commenting. I will certainly visit your blog – it sounds right up my street 🙂 Lxx

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  5. September 22, 2018 at 12:34 am

    I know this feeling! I used to be paralyzed by indecision as well. I think the more you consciously make decisions, the more you realize most of the decisions you make are really not a big deal (except for the job!), and you learn to find happiness in what you choose. I think that’s a problem people have today, they look at what they could have chosen rather than be happy with what they did choose. I agree with your point on minimalism – I definitely helped me get more comfortable with making decisions, especially when I thought clothes were my life! Great post!

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    • September 22, 2018 at 8:53 am

      Hi Kasey, thanks so much for your lovely comment. I especially loved the idea of learning to be happy with our choices, rather than angsting about what we didn’t choose. Lxx


  6. Mr Minimal-Lol
    September 18, 2018 at 11:51 pm

    Just hoping as Mr Minimal-lol that I don’t get de-cluttered at some point or tucked away as part of a seasonal capsule.

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    • September 19, 2018 at 8:41 am

      You’ll just have to make sure that you always add value and spark joy, then!! 😉 Lxx


  7. September 18, 2018 at 6:29 pm

    Brilliant post. Certainly agree with the discussion about doing what feels right. Once you open a door you see lots more doors to peep through too. You will be fantastic in your new job. They are lucky to have you xx

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    • September 18, 2018 at 7:55 pm

      Hi Nik, thank you so, so much for your lovely, warm comments. Your own decision-making in that regard was a direct inspiration for me! L xx ❤

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  8. littleblackdomicile
    September 18, 2018 at 12:59 pm

    Making decisions quickly frees up so much “space” in our minds for more meaningful things. We advise clients to be confident in each small decision and not second guess or rethink decisions about their home’s interior design. Like a wardrobe that works….plan the work and work the plan and be open to opportunities that present themselves. Nice post.

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    • September 18, 2018 at 3:19 pm

      Oh, second-guessing, Laurel – that’s the killer!! You’re right about the space in our minds – physical clutter is so much more visible and therefore easier to get rid of – but that mental clutter …!! Lxx


  9. September 16, 2018 at 11:34 am

    I have a post that I’ve been writing called, “You get what you give.” So funny that you closed with that lol. What you call minimalism, I call simplifying. It does become easier to apply this philosophy to all areas of life as you practice it. Hope you are well L.😀

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    • September 16, 2018 at 11:38 am

      Hi Erin, lovely to hear from you 🙂 I think you and I are definitely on the same page, regardless of the terminology we use – whether we use the word ‘minimalism’ or ‘simplifying’, I think what we hope to achieve is the same. And you’re right – it’s all about the practice! Lxx

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  10. September 16, 2018 at 10:58 am

    I think the more in tune we become with ourselves, and clearly minimalism is part of that attunement for you, the easier it becomes to make decisions. We become used to self-referring, rather than other-referring, as we instinctively know what feels right to us. Great stuff here and I loved your opening gag, thank you for making me chuckle.

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    • September 16, 2018 at 11:36 am

      Hello lovely Julie, so supportive as always 🙂 I like the phrases you have used in your comment about ‘self-referring’ and ‘other-referring’ and they describe much more eloquently what I used to call ‘dithering’. I felt I trusted others’ opinions and therefore decisions more than my own. As you say, it’s all about becoming more in tune with our true selves. Thank you for your insight, Julie, Lxxx

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      • September 16, 2018 at 11:38 am

        To be fair, I think I got the “self-referring” thing from the wonderful Deepak Chopra – so it’s him you need to thank!

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