Shopping for Comfort It’s hard to quit that shopping thing. To walk out, willingly, and detach ourselves from the main principle underlying our society, rejecting the status quo and creating a new normal for ourselves. It sounds far-fetched, even radical. Is this what we’re doing when we start to embrace minimalism? To an extent,… Read More Shopping for Comfort
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
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?
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
#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
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
“I’m not buying anything next year”. “Huh?” “Next year? I’m not going to buy anything new”. “…….You’re what?” “It’s an experiment, I’m not going to buy any new things for all of next year” “Er…huh…what? You’re not going to what?” And so begin many of my recent conversations. Conversations where people have asked me if… Read More “Huh?”
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
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?
A Minimalist’s Guide to Mindful Consumption Can you be a minimalist and still go shopping? What happens when your jeans finally wear through, knees poking out through ripped, faded denim? Can you buy a summer wardrobe? What if your computer breaks? Do you use a car? Do books count? Do digital downloads count? How can… Read More Mindful consumption – a minimalist guide to consumerism