Fewer clothes = right clothes!

Regular readers will know I’m a fan of the capsule wardrobe – a limited number of pieces that I can mix and match easily, in a workable, flexible way. I’ve moved away from having ‘specifics’, that is a top that only goes well with one skirt. Or trousers that I can only really wear for…

Travel toiletries

In order to simplify one aspect of my life recently, I decided to duplicate some items. I know! That was a hard sentence for an aspiring minimalist to write! In my travel case, I have decided to keep a permanent stock of toiletries and make-up, in mini versions. I have already downsized these considerably and…

Summer capsule 2018

Last week, I wrote about my summer capsule and how I use the Marie Kondo principle of ensuring an item ‘sparks joy’, before deciding to include it. I got a couple of queries regarding the detail of what was actually in my capsule, so here goes … 1 pair of jeans 3 pairs of trousers…

Sparking joy in my summer capsule!

This capsule has been a long time coming! I’m conscious how easily I could veer off course and turn this post into a weather update! But the weather has been so mixed lately that I’ve hesitated to put away the warmer clothes too soon. And mostly, that’s worked out. Except, of course, for the few…

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…

Packing for Pisa

Packing for a weekend away is the easiest way to experiment with a capsule wardrobe. When people say to me, ‘oh, I could never that’, I point out that is exactly what they do when they go travelling or on holiday. As an experiment, it’s fool proof – well, almost. You’re limited to a certain…

Capsule wardrobe and the hanger rule

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about a wardrobe guideline that I found very useful when curating my clothes – one in, one out. When you’re doing a capsule, it’s so helpful to have recommendations that can be added into your own framework. There was another recommendation that initially I was very excited about.…

Minimalist skincare on holiday

I’m meeting a friend for a long weekend soon – abroad, as we used to say. (I grew up in Ireland – when you’re on an island, everywhere else is abroad!).  As always, I will take hand luggage and make each clothing item earn its place in my bag. The same will apply for my…

Minimalism and Wabi-sabi

Some time ago, I wrote a post on ‘Minimalism and perfection’. I was getting a little frustrated with my outlook. When you are actively trying to reduce the number of things you own, it’s easy to fall into the trap of believing that anything you do choose to own, needs to be perfect. But there’s…