Taking my own advice

Advice 2From time to time, I am asked to give a little talk about minimalism or capsule wardrobes at some local organisations. I absolutely love doing this. It’s terrific to hear how others react to these ideas, what they might take away and try themselves and, sometimes, why they would never do it! That’s fine – I always make it clear that I’m not on a crusade to convert anyone – simply to share ideas to see if any of them resonate.

I recently met a lovely group of ladies and shared some ideas with them about having a capsule wardrobe. I spoke about my own journey and it struck me, during my talk, how useful it was to have a ‘refresher’.

When I was talking about what prompted me to explore minimalism, how it has changed my life and what I do differently, I reflected on how easy it was to let some things slide. Old habits can creep up unawares.

While I would never go back to my old ways, nor ever want to, I feel I need to be more mindful of my evolving way of thinking and not take it for granted. A bit of reflection every so often does no harm.

The following 5 tips are those that I find most useful as reminders:

  • Evaluate your lifestyle – your real lifestyle and not your fantasy one!
  • Think about how well your current wardrobe fits with your style.
  • Dress for yourself, not for others’ ideas of what you should be wearing.
  • Have a sensible balance between basic pieces and dressier pieces – especially important for this time of the year.
  • If you’re wearing 20% of your wardrobe 80% of the time, ask yourself why and then do something about it!


Hope this refresher helps! Have a great week 😊

  8 comments for “Taking my own advice

  1. December 22, 2018 at 9:13 pm

    Great advice. Feel things are slipping myself. Been forced to wear capsule (travelling) wardrobe and will continue when finally return home. Also, still have things in my case I haven’t worn yet so that will be trimmed radically too. 🙂

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    • December 22, 2018 at 10:23 pm

      Hi there, I’ve been following your travel blogs with huge interest – your photos are always amazing! It’s great that you’ve been travelling with a capsule and still have unworn items. That’s a great start for when you return home and, of course, for when you travel next. Thanks so much for reading, Lxx

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  2. sadiewolf2014
    December 17, 2018 at 5:46 am

    Hi, great piece! I am curently travelling on 7kg hand luggage only which is similar, I hope to complete a post about it this week! All the best.

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    • December 17, 2018 at 5:59 pm

      Hi there, thanks for reading and commenting 🙂 Wow, 7kg is impressive – will be so interesting to find out how you got on! Lxx

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  3. December 17, 2018 at 3:20 am

    Love the 80/20% concept. It is so true in so many aspects of our lives. For me, the 33 item rule is more of a commitment than I want to do, however, I can easily review and keep out that unnecessary 80%! Great post!

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    • December 17, 2018 at 5:58 pm

      Thanks Laurel – it’s all about making it work for you 🙂 Lxxx


  4. December 16, 2018 at 2:08 pm

    Concise and actionable – the best kind of advice!

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    • December 16, 2018 at 2:21 pm

      Thanks Cristy, kind and supportive as always, Lxx


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