Unexpected Small Expenses

Going out and about in summer can be a costly exercise. The reason I say this is because we all get thirsty and this can result in unexpected expenses both financially and health wise. There have been occasions in the past when I have been out shopping or running errands where I’ve come to feel…

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My Minimalist Birthday

Recently it was my birthday and one of my friends asked me the question on the day- are you having a minimalist birthday? I thought about this for a moment or two and then decided with a resounding yes that I was. Might I add, this was for several reasons and no it’s not just…

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But aren’t you a Minimalist?

There are some occasions where I want to keep something I shouldn’t or where I want two of something I know I don’t need (yes or buy something that is a pure want). Sometimes my decisions aren’t always logical and there are occasions when certain decisions may not reflect the fact I classify myself as…

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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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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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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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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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