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Reclaiming need

We need to earn money. We need to use that money to buy things. What things? Clothes, food, cars, houses, tricks and trinkets, experiences and memories. But looking around, I can’t see much evidence to back that up. I can’t see why we need to be working long, stressful hours. I am blind to the… Read More Reclaiming need

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One Empty Wallet Round 2: why I’m repeating my year of buying nothing in 2015

  One Empty Wallet Round 2: why I’m repeating my year of buying nothing in 2015 A few years ago, I bought nothing for an entire year. At first it was easy, but by the end of the year, with holes in my shoes and after walking out of my job, the concept of buying… Read More One Empty Wallet Round 2: why I’m repeating my year of buying nothing in 2015

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Buying for the sake of buying

  I can’t stop spending. By cutting down on buying things I don’t need, I thought I’d have so much spare cash I wouldn’t know what to do with it.  I’m not spending on many ‘things’…so why don’t I have any spare money at all? In fact, I’m worse off than at any time previously.… Read More Buying for the sake of buying

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The Filing System- how to have a proper clear out

My problem was the sentimentality. INFP problems. Attaching emotions to inanimate objects. Coming round after 5 straight minutes, with an object still clutched in my hand, realising I’d been off daydreaming about when I bought it, and then my thoughts had gone off at a tangent again. Again, again. I didn’t want all this clutter.… Read More The Filing System- how to have a proper clear out

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The lure of shiny things – a Minimalist ode to shoes

The lure of shiny things  Good grief those shoes. Those shoes. I mean, oh my goodness. Orange and pink and shiny, oh so shiny. The designer box, the silver logo sparkling, catching the light. If only I bought those shoes. My life would be complete. Those beautiful, desirable, golden-stiletto heeled shoes. Oh wow. So this… Read More The lure of shiny things – a Minimalist ode to shoes

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Stop buying stuff

Stop buying stuff I want to talk for a bit about my other, other work. I’m involved with a charity, based at a warehouse. We get donations every minute of every day. We sort, sell and re-distribute the majority of items and are grateful for every single thing that comes through the door, from designer… Read More Stop buying stuff

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How to make your friends into Minimalists

Once you start on the journey into minimalism, it’s only natural to want to share this amazing discovery with everyone you know. Many couples become minimalist together, and there are minimalist and simplicity bloggers such as Joshua Becker and Leo Babauta-who have families, kids and homes to look after too. I loved the new-found freedom… Read More How to make your friends into Minimalists

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What does a Minimalist do?

Filling in the spaces-what does a Minimalist do? So, just what does a Minimalist do? After reducing all the unnecessary clutter and creating nice shiny empty shelves? After donating all their old books and music and games and items and clothes and shoes and make-up? After clearing out the attic and shed and wardrobes and… Read More What does a Minimalist do?

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First steps in minimalism-consciously choosing to decrease your possessions

Want to decrease your possessions and become a minimalist? Here’s the answers to a few questions. Where do I start? What do I have to do to be a minimalist? That’s what I wondered as I started to read my first book on simplicity. (Leo Babauta’s The Power of Less, in case you’re wondering). That’s… Read More First steps in minimalism-consciously choosing to decrease your possessions

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One Empty Shelf’s Year of Buying Nothing – 2012

2012 Part 2 You may have read elsewhere on One Empty Shelf about my year of buying nothing, which I did in 2012 and which was such an adventure. I blogged throughout on the first incarnation of One Empty Shelf, and reading through my old posts has brought back the lessons, the struggles and many… Read More One Empty Shelf’s Year of Buying Nothing – 2012