Category: Minimalism

Capsule collection of cookery books

Some time ago, I wrote about downsizing my collection of books. For some reason, I overlooked my cookery books when I was doing this. It may have been because they are stored in the kitchen and were out of sight and therefore out of mind. Or it may have been because they are such a…

Being a ‘real’ minimalist!

I was quite amused recently when a work colleague turned around to me and said, in a disappointed way, ‘oh you’re not a real minimalist, then’! So, to back up a bit …. I had been speaking to a couple of people about transitioning to my spring capsule. Winter has seemed quite long this year…

The stress of choice

I’m now so used to having a small number of items to choose from when getting dressed, that I find too much choice quite stressful. I went shopping with a friend recently and was taken aback as to how hard I found it. I’ve forgotten how to browse – which, to be honest, I don’t…

Minimalist make-up

One thing I’ve minimalized quite a bit is my make-up collection. See, even that word – ‘collection’! I had different types of foundation, mascara, lipsticks, blushers …. I had foundation for winter; I had foundation for summer. I had mascara that lengthened, that volumized, that did both and very frequently, did neither!   But –…

Sustainable shopping

I had a chance to review my most worn winter clothes, when I was replacing them in my new wardrobe. They are pieces of which I never tire, the colours are easy to match, and they make getting dressed each day easy and effortless. I thought I’d write about why I reach for them so…

One year blogging

Today marks my one-year anniversary of blogging. I started this blog to chart my journey to simplicity and the lessons learned on the way. I have read a lot about minimalism over the past couple of years and I don’t think I ever say anything too original or ground-breaking. But it is a true account…

New wardrobe, new perspective!

After the disruption inevitably brought about by the replacement of our wardrobes, peace has once again broken out in the Minimal-Lol household! The new wardrobe and chest of drawers are now in place. Living in the midst of clutter has become a dim and distant memory.  Whew! (The photos below are to just give you…

Minimalist shake-up

Some months ago, I heard an ominous grinding noise coming from the wardrobe. The central rail which I had noticed was coming loose but cheerfully ignored, had slipped down on one side. This was the final nail in the coffin. The wood in the wardrobe had become warped, the doors no longer closed properly, one…

Minimalist mindset

When I was home in Dublin just before Christmas, I overheard a couple of people speaking Irish. This doesn’t happen very often anymore and I love to hear it. I was reminded of a lovely quirk of the Irish language which implies how quickly emotions can pass. The Irish for ‘I am happy’ is ‘tá…

End of year minimalist ramblings

A few minimalist musings at the end of another year …. I’ve made a lot of progress this year in my journey to simplicity – but there have been many detours, cul-de-sacs and roundabout routes. I want to build on these experiences and progress more next year. To help me do this, I’ve reflected on…