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Return to minimalism – a journey

  Return to minimalism – a journey. Over the past few years, I’ve had quite the journey with becoming minimalist. From those tentative few days, opening my wardrobe and staring desperately at the collection of high heels balancing precariously on shelves higher than my head, to now, settling into a sort of soft, simpler life,… Read More Return to minimalism – a journey

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After-effects of buying nothing

After-effects of buying nothing Last year, I challenged myself to buy nothing. Once you get used to buying nothing but food and the odd deodorant, your brain seems to re-wire into a state where it seems strange to buy things. I certainly felt this way, beating myself up for any slip-ups I made. Luckily I… Read More After-effects of buying nothing

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Make your friends jealous

  Make your friends jealous So at work we listen to commercial radio. Sifting through rails of clothes, preoccupied by fluffy jumpers and size cubes, something seemed to nag at my attention. An advert, something I usually manage to tune out, was niggling at the periphery of my hearing. I zoned out of jumpers and… Read More Make your friends jealous

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Necessary

Necessary So we get comfortable with simplicity. We read and listen and learn that minimalism isn’t about giving up everything, about giving away joy. We just keep what is necessary for our happiness, for our lives, and let the rest go out into the world. But sometimes it’s easy to fall down, it’s easy to… Read More Necessary

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Year of Buying Nothing: buy nothing 2015 round up

It’s over! The experiment that was ‘buy nothing 2015‘ is done, wrapped up, and completed. So how did it go, and what did I learn? The first few months were plain sailing. Thinking myself an experienced veteran of the buy nothing movement, I found it quite easy at the beginning of the year. Then my… Read More Year of Buying Nothing: buy nothing 2015 round up

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As a minimalist, should I use my husband’s stuff?

  As a minimalist, should I use my husband’s stuff? My husband and I have been together for 14 years, married for 5 years this year. Over that time we’ve both changed a lot, me pursuing management then minimalism, him pursuing bioscience and photography. I’m fiery, scatterbrained, impatient, love big thinking and hate minute details.… Read More As a minimalist, should I use my husband’s stuff?

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Letting go of expensive things

  Letting go of expensive things. So, recently I sold my favourite bag. A grey, suede beauty of a handbag, a consumerist goal, a representation of better times and traditional success. I kept my beautiful bag in its maroon dust bag, gold tree motif displayed proudly in the corner, and talked to it now and… Read More Letting go of expensive things

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#BuyNothing2015 – falling off the wagon

#BuyNothing2015 – falling off the wagon.  So, this last month has been a total, epic write off. I bought things, I bought many things, I bought things I didn’t even need. What happened? I’ve no idea, but here I am on the other side of my spending splurge, a little shaken, a little confused, but… Read More #BuyNothing2015 – falling off the wagon

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Maintaining Minimalism – tips to keep going

Maintaining Minimalism – tips to keep going.  I’m over 3/4 through buying nothing for a year and now, it feels normal. Like shops are for other people and things are meant to be used until they fall to bits. Joy is found in eating fresh food, grown from the garden; in a sunrise, in a… Read More Maintaining Minimalism – tips to keep going

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It’s all about the outlook

It’s all about the outlook  Over the past few months, I felt an inkling that something was wrong with my minimalism journey. Buying nothing this year was taking its toll and I had started to notice the lack of ‘things’ in my life. I felt like I was living through a hardship, a test, a… Read More It’s all about the outlook