Category: Minimalism

Value and joy

Lately, I’ve heard so many people discussing Marie Kondo and her Konmari method. I know she’s not strictly a minimalist but anything that helps people live with more intention and purpose is great in my book. There seems to be some criticism and scepticism about the ‘sparking joy’ thing. (Marie Kondo suggests that the standard…

Are you busy?

Are you busy? Today? This week? All the time? Being busy is seen as such a badge of honour these days. I’ve noticed that when I ask someone how they are, the word ‘busy’ usually features quite early on in the conversation. I get it. Life is hectic and there are chores that always need…

Channelling change

I’ve been an (aspiring) minimalist for over four years now and there have been a lot of changes in my life as a result. And, as is often the case with significant changes that take place, after a while – they’re not so significant. They become normal. This is good – this process helps normalise…

Decluttering toxic relationships

Yes, I know – I went there!  But hear me out! You see, for years, I thought there were some people in my life who were just ‘difficult’, who had their own way of doing things or whose values didn’t align to my own. But who was I to judge? What made me right and…

The more of less – Part 2

Last week, I wrote about how de-cluttering my belongings, ended up with me feeling as though I had a lot more. This is just one of the many benefits of minimalism – as I have only those items I truly love, I use them a lot more. Fewer things = more usage; more things =…

The more of less, Part 1

Is there some weird universal law I haven’t heard about?! When I started to de-clutter my belongings and ended up with a lot less, I seemed to, conversely, have a lot more. And I don’t even mean the intangible things like time and space (more of that next week) – I mean actual physical items.…

Extra space -v- clutter storage

I popped around to see a friend of mine a couple of weeks ago. You know that feeling when you can just tell that you’ve walked right into the middle of something! My friend looked exasperated and told me she’d just had yet another row with her son about his desire to turn the garage…

Minimalism and emails

Minimalism is catching!   What started out as an effort to streamline my wardrobe to give me one less area of stress in my life, now permeates almost all of it. I find it impossible to apply minimalist principles to one area only and compartmentalise others so that minimalism won’t touch them! For example, I was…

Hit that pause button!

As many of you will know from my little bio on my blog, I practise yoga. Our lovely yoga teacher often advises us to stop, pause and just notice what we are doing or how we are feeling. I try to carry this excellent piece of advice over the threshold of the yoga class and…

Minimalism Mastermind!

In the UK, there was a BBC television quiz programme called Mastermind, where the quizmaster used to say ‘I’ve started so I’ll finish’ if the buzzer, signalling the end of a round, sounded mid-way through a question. I’ve applied that principle to some ideas and goals I have. For those of you interested in Belbin,…