Dumping Grounds

I can’t count the number of times I’ve had an item in my hand that I know I can’t get rid of but I just can’t bear the mental decision of having to find a place for something. Sometimes there are those items that fall into the too hard basket. This, I find is a…

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Why my Desk isn’t Minimalist

At my home, it’s an ongoing process of purging unwanted and unnecessary stuff and in particular- knick knacks. Travel souvenirs, gifts, figurines, collectables and pieces of my childhood. After years of hoarding these sorts of items, I now find that most are unwanted dust gatherers that cause me additional work and anxiety. However, I thought…

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My Non-Minimalist Friend

A very good friend of mine is not minimalist. She loves stuff, she loves to shop, buy things, be given things and keep things. She like to have lots all the time. In that respect, we are the complete opposite and you know what? that’s okay. I have many friends like this, who say to…

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Use Things

Over the years I have been given things and bought things that I have never used, but kept. The reason being is that I thought that these items were ‘too good to use’. I didn’t want to use them up, wear them out or get them dirty. Which seems ridiculous when you really think about…

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Pursuit of Perfection

I am a perfectionist, I like everything to be ‘just so’ and things tend to gnaw at me when that’s not the case (a frequent occurrence as we do not live in a perfect world). It’s something that troubles me at work as well as at home and it’s on my mind at the moment.…

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Starting Easy

On your minimalism/de-cluttering journey, it’s important to start easy. Starting with the easy items makes the process seem less daunting and gives you some motivation because you can see progress. Starting with emotional items will only cause you to become frustrated and disheartened by the whole process. The below is a list of the top…

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The Digital Keepsake

I am often asked for photographs depicting my minimalist journey. Whether it be before and after photos of room transformations, piles of stuff that was removed/donated or just general images to show how far I’ve come Well, I actually don’t have any photos, but there is a reason for this. I can’t bear to take…

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Where does it all go?

Having large amounts of stuff to get rid of has left me with a feeling of guilt. What do you do with it all? The thought of throwing everything straight in the bin would be so easy, yet I couldn’t bear to do it. The thought of all my stuff ending up in landfill leaves…

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Passing Years and Possessions

“I don’t know if you feel it but as I get older I just feel I don’t need all these things anymore” My best friend said this to me the other day and I found it very eloquent. So much so, I asked her permission to share part of our private conversation with the world.…

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