As I have been saying I have been watching heaps of minimalist youtube videos and also reading blogs. I love so many of the concepts within these. Life being less about owning and more about doing. Simplifying life. Making time. Making space. Feeling Free. I think I would like to take our own journey a step further. For us we are by no means minimal but we are a family in a , relatively small house, that has to be conscious of what we own. We are also a young (ish) family on a single income so all savings are welcomed.
I have been thinking a lot as it seems becoming more minimal is a really personal journey. Everyone’s definition of minimal is varied and to what extent they want to follow the lifestyle is also varied. I do not think we want to rush on in. In fact I doubt we will ever become truly minimal. I tried this a few years ago and, honestly, it just made me a bit sad as choosing clothes, accessories and makeup for the day is one of my fun points. However I am also someone for whom to many belongings feels stifling. To clear out is cleansing for me and I would like to remain on top of this. Some of the areas I have identified which could be addressed are written above. I think this year my main goal is to limit spending, to find what works and to clear out as I go.
1.Tupperware- I freakin love this stuff and have acquired lots since Milly was born. I have gained without loosing the stuff which is stained and we don’t use. I need to have a clear out.
2. My Clothes- I have just done one clear and gotten rid of the breastfeeding tops finally. In a few months I need to clear through all the undies and get rid of breastfeeding stuff and see if the old stuff fits. This may mean a few new bras. I also need to look at my clothes, some of which I am so bored of, some of which are just not going to suit my new shape and some of which I just don’t wear. I am reluctant to rush in and do this as I don’t quite know what my post breastfeeding shape will be and have not quite reached goal.
3. My makeup and skincare- By my standards I have a LOT of this right now which I really need to work through and use, chuck or giveaway. I am not going to get rid of things I have not yet trialled I am going to give myself the time and space to try things and pass them on if they are not for me. I found limiting yourself to early on means you don’t try new things and can miss out on looks you may enjoy or products you may love. There is a fine line for me between minimal and stuck in a rut.
4. Jewellery- I love jewellery. I do not by any means have masses but there is plenty. I need no more. What I will do is pack away sentimental jewellery, which I do not wear, for storage and sell any unused costume jewellery.
5. Body products- I have a stash of this the size of Europe. Last year I culled all the creams as I really don’t like these and now I have a real stash of body oils to get using.
6.Nails- I have a gel nails kit and my regular nail stuff. I do use a lot of this but could lose a few colours which are not faves.
7. Pantry- I would really like to do another run down of our cupboards over the next month to use it up. Then I will do a clear out to get a good idea of what we actually like and use. I am still keen for a new recipe each week.
8. Millys stuff- I am pretty on top of this but with her first birthday approaching I may need to give her toys a sort out. As we are hoping for another baby we are loaning all her stuff to our friends who are expecting and once we are finished we will permanently pass them on.
9. Miscellaneous items- cd’s, dvd’s, knick knacks, books. I am going to work through all of this and get rid of things which are unnecessary.
10. Finally lifestyle- keeping it simple, keeping spending low, prioritising experiences over items and keeping life simple yet fun.
As a note I am subscribed to the look fantastic beauty box for a treat each month and I also have popbasic credit for new clothes which was part of my Christmas present so these are exempt
What are your rules of minimalism? Also, mums what are the rules for your children- it feels odd dealing with other peoples items?