Category: Minimalism

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…

A minimalist Christmas

So, at the risk of stating the obvious – it’s Christmas! And may I start with sharing my favourite decorations this year – home-made cards from my nephews and niece – how cute are these?! There are so many different brands and flavours of minimalism and I think this becomes even more obvious around Christmas.…

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…