Tag: Minimalism

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…

Second hand shopping

I wrote a few months ago about trying to shop more sustainably and ethically, especially in charity shops.  I’ve added a few more key pieces to my wardrobe that I wear and love. Cream, embroidered silk top:  It looks like a neutral under a jacket but take the jacket off, and it’s quite a dressy…

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…

Shoe shakedown

For some time, no matter how often I de-cluttered my wardrobe, inexplicably, the shoe section remained intact. No rubbish bin cast a shadow over its existence; its ongoing survival was undisputed; it always lived to fight another day. It wasn’t that I didn’t know it needed de-cluttering. But I’m one of those awkward people who…

Minimalist packing

Mr. Minimal-Lol and I went away for a long weekend together. The familiar packing scenario started out as usual but then took an unexpected turn. Him (anxiously): ‘You’re not taking many clothes’. Me (cheerfully): ‘No, but it’s fine, I’m bringing a capsule and I’ll have plenty’. Him (apprehensively): ‘But what if it rains?’ Me (smugly):…

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…

A minimalist abroad

I travelled to Amsterdam for four days recently with two good friends. My packing process runs like a well-oiled machine at this stage. I checked the weather, had a rough idea of what we would be doing each day, decided what to pack for four days, and then halved it! (That’s a tip from Courtney…

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…