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Ten things I’ve learned about Minimalism

Ten things I’ve learned about Minimalism.  I first wrote about minimalism back in 2011 on a little blogspot blog, back in the day. I journeyed through packing, donating, decluttering, inspired by Leo Babauta and The Minimalists. I bought nothing for 2 years, in 2012 and again in 2015, and wrote about how this impacted my… Read More Ten things I’ve learned about Minimalism

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Mellow Minimalism

Mellow Minimalism – Reflections   My last big ‘minimalism’ push was a few years ago now, when I spent a couple of years buying nothing. Since then I haven’t really posted that much about minimalism. I wanted to write a little about what I’ve been doing in that time, the effect it had on my life,… Read More Mellow Minimalism

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Reflecting on Minimalism

My head is quite full at the moment. Full of questions about global warming, about eating or not eating meat, about the magic of nature, about the relentlessness of time. My mind wonders about symmetry and music, my feet feel soft sand and icy water, my skin takes in the caress of a breeze, the… Read More Reflecting on Minimalism

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Shopping for Comfort

  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

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Replace: minimalism beyond the clear-out

  Replace: minimalism beyond the clear-out  So, decluttering. Becoming a minimalist. Simplifying. The minimal movement is becoming more and more popular, as we begin to feel the effects of ‘peak stuff‘ and yearn for something more than another shopping trip, another credit card bill. Minimalism, with its image of empty, shiny counter-tops, statement art pieces… Read More Replace: minimalism beyond the clear-out

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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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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