The Ikea Phenomenon

My boyfriend and I needed some new pegs to hang out the washing with. He is a particular fan of the ones from Ikea so we decided it was time to head out there into the Ikea jungle (yes, I call it a jungle) and make a purchase. It was planned and didn’t exactly break…

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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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Consuming Less

Last night my other half and I had burgers for dinner (frugally home made of course) but a decision I made at the time really got me thinking about the idea of consuming less. In my day to day life I try to shop less, live with less and purge my home of useless stuff…

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Value for Money

I have often talked about finding bargains and living frugally but I don’t believe so far I have mentioned value for money. Finding value for money is something that is very important to me as there are some instances where I don’t believe the cheapest option is necessarily the best value. Value is so much…

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Receiving Minimalist Gifts

I know it’s late January, but there still seem to be some Christmas discussions floating around as I catch up with various groups of friends after the holiday period. One conversation recently got me thinking about one of my favorite minimalist gifts. In a previous post here, I discussed the minimalist gifts I gave (among…

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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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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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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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New Year’s Resolutions

Now that we’re halfway through January discussions of new year’s resolutions is something that comes up not about who’s setting them but who’s actually still sticking with theirs. I thought this might be an interesting topic of conversation, but why you might ask? Well, because I won’t set a new years resolution, ever. Post Christmas…

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Pondering Mindfulness

On my walk home from work one day recently, per usual I was rushing. Trying to get home as quickly as possible from work, gradually walking faster and faster trying to escape the day. It wasn’t until I was halfway home that it suddenly dawned on me that I had nowhere to be. Why was…

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