Tag: Simplicity

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…

5 tips for de-cluttering your wardrobe

There’s definitely an autumnal chill lurking underneath this lovely September weather. So, yay – autumn capsule time! This week, I’ve been refreshing my wardrobe in readiness for autumn. I took my usual steps of reviewing my summer capsule, letting go anything which wasn’t working for me and selecting clothes for my autumn capsule. This process…

Summer capsule review

Recently, one of my favourite bloggers, A Small Wardrobe, invited her readers to join in a wardrobe diary challenge. The objective was to record each item of clothing you wore over a month and then review the findings. That way, you could see how many different items you actually wore, why and when you wore…

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…