Category: Minimalism

Minimalists and maximalists

More is more! The mantra of the maximalist!  I should know – I live with one 😊 Now, the lovely Mr. Minimal-Lol has a lot of sterling qualities! But de-cluttering is alien to his nature. His happy place is the garage, which is full of clutter, odds and ends, useful things, apparently. He takes great…

Minimalism and food storage

*See update at bottom of post – a fellow blogger with a similar outlook posted today!! My lovely friend came to visit a couple of weeks ago. She stepped in, her arms full of beautiful sunflowers. She went into the kitchen and looked through a couple of cupboards for a vase. She spun around to…

Handbag capsule

Some time ago, I wrote about a handbag I owned but didn’t wear.   I loved it but never seemed to reach for it. I only have three handbags so something didn’t seem right. I decided to include it in my autumn capsule, pleased that I would be using it properly. After a few wears, I…

Letting go

This is a picture of a candle, with a burnt wick. Nothing to see here, right? But sometimes it’s the little things that can make a difference. I feel I’m an old hand at de-cluttering now. Clearing out clothes was fine – in fact, very liberating. I thought books would be hard and they were…

Small steps to simplicity

When I started my journey to simplicity, I found minimalism to be the greatest tool at my disposal. At that stage, I hadn’t read Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying – indeed I don’t think it was even available in English at that point. But I agree with her that starting with clothes is…

Minimalism and perfection

Sometimes I get side-tracked by the pursuit of perfection. Here’s my dilemma …. I love reducing the number of items I have – living with less – clearing the clutter. It helps my outlook, my contentment levels and my appreciation for what I have. But I can get locked into a mindset that looks like…

De-cluttering my books

Emboldened by my success in de-cluttering my clothes, some months ago I started to de-clutter my books. The wise Ms. Kondo, in her Life-Changing Magic of Tidying advises de-cluttering books, after clothes, and this is good advice.  If I had started with books, I would never have moved past them.  But de-cluttering my wardrobe has…

Minimalism and shopping

So, I have three handbags: Cross-body bag Large tote One with top handles which I got in the US about 8 years ago I love that one so much that I rarely use it!!   I annoy myself when I write that.  If a friend told me about a bag she loved but didn’t use, I…

Letting go of clothes with sentimental value

I think de-cluttering is like a muscle.  When you’re not used to de-cluttering, it seems too difficult and even overwhelming to start.  I found I needed to build up gradually, although I know of those who cheerfully threw themselves in the deep end.  But the more I de-cluttered, the easier I found it.   My de-cluttering…

Why minimalism?

Three years ago, I went through a difficult time, when a dearly loved one was ill.  I felt helpless, angry, upset, out of control and frightened.  Then, I realized, it wasn’t about me.  My focus and energy needed to be channeled where it was needed most but everything seemed so complicated.  It wasn’t really or…