The State of Retail

It seems as though every couple of weeks, the media reports how retail is dying, sales are down and stores are closing. Many media sources use the advent of online shopping to blame the mass failure of many staple stores which have been around for many years. I, however feel differently. Part of the reason…

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Minimalism and the Video Store

I know that I have written a few posts about my birthday, but well here is another one! One of my friends gave me an extremely thoughtful minimalist gift that I thought was a great example to write about. Let me explain. In a gift bag, she handed me a variety of my favourite gluten…

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Buy Nothing

This past weekend I was at a friend’s house for a catch-up with a small group of close friends when mid-meal there was a knock on the door. My friend who was hosting made the comment “oh that must be someone picking something up” (I thought this was strange). She then proceeded to open the…

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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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Small Frugal Wins – The Birthday Card

My boyfriend and I try to live fairly frugally. We aim to find the best deals and we both get a real buzz out of finding a bargain (when it’s something we need of course and not just a bargain for the sake of buying because something is cheap). We both really enjoy sharing small…

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Momentum

They say the more you practice something, the better you get. I find this concept similar to living minimally and de-cluttering. The more I get rid of, the easier I find to get rid of stuff. Removing one item from my home is hard, but removing many is easy…why is that? Looking back at my…

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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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