Toying with Minimalism

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Since I got back from Denmark, I’ve felt calmer and more focused with an added need to rid my life of anything and everything that I don’t need or love.

As mentioned in my Christmas & Minimalism post, within my business we’ve started piecing together a plan for how we can live and work abroad for a bit at some point, so I think this has had something to do with it. I want to make life as simple as possible, and I definitely don’t want to waste time and energy cleaning, moving and looking at things I’m not bothered about.

Earlier this year we redecorated our bedroom and I have absolutely loved walking into that room and it being cleaner, clearer and more minimal. It brings a sense of peace and calm; now Im trying to replicate this throughout the house and wardrobes.

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I also came across this beautiful blog on Twitter, A Small Wardrobe, and it inspired me to ruthlessly get rid of clothes and shoes. At this point I’ve halved my clothes and shoe collection; some have been sold, given away and some I’m keeping separate just to check I don’t miss/need anything.

I didn’t feel too overwhelmed by the process, I just wanted to get rid! Although I did take it a step at a time. Here’s what I’ve done so far, in case you want to try it yourself.

1  Threw away all out of date/old make up and cosmetics

I have my essentials in my make up bag and a little draw with a few nail varnishes and lipsticks in. The only other things stored in my dressing table are my spare glasses and some perfume.

2  I took all my clothes out my wardrobe and tried them all on

I put the ones that fit and look great back in and the others got sorted into charity and eBay piles. I had another little pile of things I wasn’t sure I wanted to get rid of so they’ve gone in a separate cupboard for now.

3  Ditto with shoes

I used to work as a designer for a footwear brand so my shoe collection was very extensive. I boxed up 3 pairs (that I designed) to keep but not wear, I put ones I need back on the shoe rack and the rest got sorted into charity and eBay piles.

4  Cleared the bathroom

I threw away everything I didn’t need from the bathroom and now all that’s in the little cabinet is coconut oil, baking soda, essential oils and nail clippers. I have one soap in the shower, one by the sink and toothbrushes/toothpaste in a holder. I put two clean towels in there and folded the rest up and put them in the airing cupboard.

5  Recycled old paperwork and cards

I had about three big folders of papers so I sorted through it all (yawn) and have condensed it into one. The leftover folders went to charity.

6  Got rid of duplicates

This applies largely to the kitchen. There were so many cups, plates and tea towels that never got used so I kept a select few and put the rest in the charity bag.

7  Scoured the surfaces

I went around the house and looked at all the ‘stuff’ on each of the surfaces and asked myself ‘does this have a use?’ and ‘do I love this?’. My desk, dining table and window sills are now much clearer and it makes the whole room look better.

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In addition to all the clearing I’ve decided to go on a shopping ban! I haven’t been a big shopper for a while now but I’ve still bought stuff. The aim is to only buy necessities and Christmas presents between now and January. I’m hoping to be able to save a bit of money and make a bit from selling as well.

Would you ever give your home or wardrobe a minimalism makeover?

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6 thoughts on “Toying with Minimalism

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  2. I’ve been doing the same thing in my room, and I love how neat it looks without a bunch of storage boxes holding things that I don’t need ! I feel like it’s nice to be a minimalist in such a materialistic society.

    -Aby
    a-blog-for-thoughts.blogspot.com.mt

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