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Minimalism

“Minimalism is the process of identifying what is essential in your life and eliminating the rest” (Quote by: The Minimalist Vegan)

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When I think about it, I’ve always had a little minimalism in me as there are areas in my life where I keep it very simple. I only use practical clothes that I know I can wear several times and that goes with other items in my closet. My style is very simple and more on the basic side rather than stylish and what is trending.

I don’t have a overflow of underwear and socks, I don’t like to spend money on it so I use what I have until it is worn out. I only own one handbag at a time and I have no more than 3 pair of shoes as I prefer comfort shoes. No high heels for me ๐Ÿ™‚ My makeup are very simple as I mostly only use mascara, white eyeliner and one lipgloss or one lipstick.

So you see, when it comes to myself and my style…I am pretty minimalistik.

I didn’t realize it before I recently decided that I want to simplify my life.

But even if I’m pretty minimal with my own shopping and style, I do have areas that I know I can do better with. We have stuff in our home that I want to declutter, cause I want to enjoy my free time much better. So tired of cleaning, tidying daily and put stuff on place (that get messy straight away again), when I wish to come home, relax and enjoy my time after a day of work. Both me and my husband are working full time.

I know I can reduce the time on tidying to be less and make more time for other things. This is part of the mindful lifestyle I’m looking for ๐Ÿ™‚

We have stuff that we keep “just because” and we need to declutter and get rid of those things.

Our youngest daughter doesn’t have to have like 40-50 stuffed toys/animals when she only have a few favorites. I don’t need to have books on my shelf that hasn’t been read and I problably will never do. (My mother will be happy as she will get some :))ย And we sure don’t have to have overfilled kitchen cabinets with 20 drink glasses and 30 jars with spices (several with double or triple with the same spices) and ugly old plates which we rately uses.

So yes, we do have spaces in our home that sure need decluttering. I want our things to be only stuff that we really care about, that we easy can find and use on a regulary basis. Tired of having meaningless stuff that take over and that just stressing me out.

Yesterday I did a little decluttering with my underwear, makeup and skin care. Today I got rid of a old toilet shelf storage with wheels that we’ve had about 11 years that’s been just a dump place for toilet crap and dust ๐Ÿ™‚ I was so tired this evening after work, dinner and a shower. But I decided yesterday that today I will throw it out and what a relief it was when I found new place for my husbands things who were on that shelf and I could get rid of it.

He were a little nervous about where his stuff were supposed to be, but now he think it looks better too ๐Ÿ™‚ So glad that I did it cause as I felt tired I could push that task for later and I don’t want to do that anymore. When it only takes 5-10 minutes…why wait?!

I will take small steps forward to make our life more simple in our home and save money by using more simple supplies and use more natural products. Declutter what I can and be more aware of what things we actual bring into our home. No wasting money on bargins we don’t have use of, just because it’s a good price. No, it’s time to make good choices, save money, be careful and make good decisions.

Fewer things that we love. Less Is More and it is so true.

Are you a minimalist? If so, what made you to take that decision to start with that lifestyle? ๐Ÿ™‚

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10 Comments

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    Phayteaโ€™s Pulse
    September 20, 2018 at 7:44 pm

    Iโ€™m home this weekend and will be spending my time decluttering…. I try to keep only the things I need but sometimes they pile up again but I know when itโ€™s time to give some away. Lovely read

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      mindfuljia
      September 20, 2018 at 7:59 pm

      Yeah I totally know what you mean. I’m going to not let the stuff pile up and hopefully just let us have the amount of things that we really use and enjoy having.

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    Elisha
    September 20, 2018 at 7:57 pm

    I am not by nature, but I strive to be in some areas because I know how gratifying and sensible it is. I like this! I will admit, however, thereโ€™s no chance of me becoming a minimalist in the shoe department. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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      mindfuljia
      September 20, 2018 at 8:08 pm

      I can honestly say that as we are a family of 5, we have a big house and we sure have and need some things ๐Ÿ™‚ But being minimalistic you can be it in different ways, I’ve learned that there is no right or wrong in minimalism, because we have that lifestyle in different ways ๐Ÿ™‚ My goal is to have less clutter, enjoy all the stuff we own, make consious shopping decisions (no over spending) and simplify with more natural products.

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    Marielle
    September 21, 2018 at 5:24 am

    I want to practice this as well, but itโ€™s not really easy for me. Itโ€™s hard for me to get rid of things that I think I might still be able to use later…

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      mindfuljia
      September 21, 2018 at 5:52 am

      I think you are not alone about that ๐Ÿ™‚ But there is a way for you to try. Those things yoรบ are not sure about you can put in a box or the storage you need and put it in the basement or somewhere that is still in your home, but not for you to see. But you will still know that you have it if you someday need it. You can give those things a deadline, like if you haven’t used everything within like 3 months…you get rid of it or get rid of those things you haven’t touched in that box.
      You don’t need to throw everything straight away, in this way you give those things a chance to see if you really need them and are hesitate in the beginning.

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    Farrah Less
    September 21, 2018 at 3:08 pm

    I enjoy clutter free and organize environment esp. when I am at home.

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      mindfuljia
      September 22, 2018 at 3:20 pm

      It sure is nice with clutter free environments.

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    Christine
    September 26, 2018 at 10:40 pm

    I once took a class on minimalism, which is when I started being more conscious of what I kept. We had hundreds of books around the house–that were such a pain to move. Plus, they collected dust and cat fur. Eventually, and after that library class, I decided to keep about 20-35 of my favorite titles and donate/get rid of the rest. Our house is definitely cleaner.

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      mindfuljia
      October 4, 2018 at 9:22 am

      I’ve had this dream of having my own small library in our home, but I believe it’s much better to just own those books you really enjoy and not only have a lot of books that you don’t touch, read and maybe just have bought cause you may think you could read sometime and because they were cheap. It’s much better to surround yourself with the things you love and use ๐Ÿ™‚

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