Category: Minimalism

Shopping my pantry

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…

Method for mindfulness

My lovely friend, Dawn, recently gave me a gratitude journal. In essence, it’s a method for increased mindfulness, wrapped up in a cute little notebook. Minimalism helps me be more intentional, focused, appreciative and mindful, both of what I have and what I am. But it’s all too easy to forget my numerous blessings amongst…

Minimalism and memories

I recently met with a lovely group of ladies in the village where I live, and we discussed minimalism and the capsule wardrobe. We exchanged ideas, different points of view and our philosophies on the role that clothes can play in our lives. It was a thoroughly enjoyable evening and it reinforced for me, once…

Minimalism and decision-making

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…

Minimalism and mindfulness

My brother and his children visited me recently from Ireland. I was so excited to see them.  I planned everything out, booked some events, shopped for food, cleaned the house, got bedclothes ready and finally the day came. When I saw them walking up the drive after a long journey, I flew out to meet…

Loyalty cards

So, here’s something I minimalised recently – loyalty cards. They take up very little physical space – but whoa, the mental energy they take up far outweighs their tiny footprint. I used to have to rummage through my purse to find my debit card amidst the many loyalty cards I had. The amount of times…

Minimalism and relationships

For me, minimalism is letting go of physical and mental clutter to make space for the most important things. Although, these ‘things’ usually turn out to be people and experiences, rather than actual things! If you asked me who the most important people in my life are, I’d say my answer would be very much…

Enough!

When reviewing my summer capsule, at one point I paused to anxiously survey the contents of my wardrobe. Would it be enough, I wondered? Here’s the thing … The answer to that will always be a resounding – Yes. We have more than we think We need less than we imagine We always have enough…

Organization and clutter

I’ve always had a bit of a thing for organizing. It brings out my (never very well-hidden) inner control freak. I used to take a lot of pleasure at looking at my carefully arranged clutter, my well-housed junk and my orderly rubbish. At no point did I ever pause to think if I should even…

A more meaningful life

Steph at Make More Meaning recently asked me to contribute a post to a series she has created called Meaningful May. She is exploring different aspects of what brings meaning to our lives and in what ways. Thanks for including me in this lovely series, Steph.   I have been reading about and actively pursuing…