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#buynothing2015… buying nothing for a year, month 9!

Buying nothing for a year… Month 9 update Woah. It’s 9 months since I started this challenge of buying nothing for a year. 9 MONTHS! Wow! With only a quarter of the year left, my thought are turning to next year and the lessons I’ve learned from this journey over 2015. I have to admit… Read More #buynothing2015… buying nothing for a year, month 9!

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How to live with someone who isn’t a Minimalist

Minimalism is not an easy thing. It’s not easy to begin a journey to dramatically reduce the amount of ‘stuff’ you own. It’s not easy to start to question why you bought that stuff in the first place. It’s really not easy to let that stuff go, especially stuff you have an emotional attachment to.… Read More How to live with someone who isn’t a Minimalist

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Summer clothes

Use the transition between winter and summer wardrobes to cut down on excess items I’ve got a vac bag hidden under the bed in the guest bedroom. This bag contains my out of season clothes and also a few sneaky items that I just know I’ll fit back into one day. Dresses from 14 years… Read More Summer clothes

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How to declutter your handbag

Because it’s officially spring now, I decided to take the spring cleaning one step further and venture into the dark recesses of my handbag… I think my handbag is coming up to it’s 14th year in my possession and it’s pretty much as good as new, the leather just a little worn, the handles just… Read More How to declutter your handbag

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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. What’s… 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

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 morning I opened my cupboard… Read More The lure of shiny things – a Minimalist ode to shoes

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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 to high street,… 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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How to declutter your mind

Many people are attracted to minimalism as a way not only to get rid of too many physical objects, accumulated over years, but to clear their mind, to give themselves more space to find what truly matters, and to quiet the whirling thoughts that so many of us experience nowadays in this hectic, 24/7 world.… Read More How to declutter your mind