I’ve written previously about ‘shopping my wardrobe’ before buying anything new. It helps me to:
- Stop wasting money
- Not make unnecessary purchases
- Find new and creative ways to wear existing pieces
- Be more appreciative of what I already own
So, I decided to apply this principle to food shopping!
It was becoming all too easy at the end of the week to think that a complete food shop is required, rather than looking at what I have already. I’ve started to shop my pantry!
The biggest obstacle was having fixed ideas in my head about what breakfast/ lunch/ dinner should comprise. Flexibility is key with mixing and matching food – a bit like clothes, then!
Once I had let go of the rigidity of thinking what I was supposed to eat … the possibilities were endless.
I don’t need to tell you that there are so many ways of using up leftover bits and pieces – soups, stews, frittatas, salads, stir-fries, casseroles …… they’re all brilliant for vegetables especially. Meals like these often figure in the Minimal-Lol household when we’re preparing to go on holiday and I want to clear out the fridge.
Mr. M-L has been known to mutter darkly about feeling like a human dustbin at these times. I ignore these mutterings (!) and continue to be creative with my leftovers.
When I started my minimalism journey, I thought it was all about the clothes. It has been fabulous for my wardrobe, but it applies to so many aspects of my life now. I find I can’t really be minimalist is one respect but not so much in another. It’s becoming a lifestyle, not a way of sorting my clothes.
Anyone else identify with this? Have a great week 😊