Inspired by minimalism

simple minimal wardrobe

From Buzzfeed.

I believe I mentioned earlier in the year that I had found a minimalist blog that was ticking all kinds of boxes for me. Well, my admiration for the idea of having ‘just enough’ has snowballed since then.

I find myself looking at piles of stuff I’ve used my hard earned money to buy with utter disdain. A glance across my room reveals at least 10 items I could purge instantly.Yesterday I realised I hadn’t stepped foot in a clothes shop this year. And, whilst I was fortunate to visit the house of some lovely strangers recently, seeing their devotion to multiple disciplines and the mountains (or shed loads) of stuff that came with that devotion left me in a cold sweat.

But it’s not just me. De-cluttering is in vogue. You can barely peruse Buzzfeed high brow websites without stumbling across an article about famous Japanese de-clutterer Marie Kondo. Her idea that anything that doesn’t “spark joy” from within or that isn’t absolutely necessary should be thanked and thrown away is simple, yet apparently revolutionary.

Well I come to you with good news. My desire to not feel as though I’m drowning in my frivolous consumerism is really starting to pay off. Literally. This morning I made $290 from selling jewellery, clothes and accessories at a market.

$290

And I can’t even remember what I sold unless I really think about it. I had mountains of ‘fun’ jewellery that i just loved waving goodbye to. I also have a couple of hundred dollars made from clothing consignment sales yet to be collected from friend’s shop. So i’m feeling richer and lighter all at once.

But that’s just my clothes. I need to purge cosmetics, endless bits of paper and just STUFF that seems to be lurking everywhere.

Here are some great links i’ve found on minimalism recently:

This living with less infographic explains how much time we work to shop and then maintain what we’ve bought. Frightening.

This list explains why duplicates are unnecessary (I only have one set of sheets and one towel- I win!) and why you need to actually purge instead of just re-organising over and over.

And this link details how you should declutter your home.

I’m also taking inspiration from the tiny but perfect apartment in Melbourne I stayed in last year.

collect moments not things

Finally, if you want to shock yourself into de-cluttering look up the show Hoarders. It is truly the stuff of nightmares.

Clutter. How do you feel about it?

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9 Responses to Inspired by minimalism

  1. Jess Carey says:

    God I love this! Thanks for the links too! This is something I struggle with every time I come back from travels – “if I get rid of the stuff I don’t need and stop buying stuff I don’t need, I’ll be able to live more calmly and simply like I do when I’m travelling and I’ll be able to afford to travel more! But Asos is having a 75% off sale…” IT’S SO HARD!! I’m printing out those links as I type and setting aside a weekend to consciously simplify, thank you for the encouragement 🙂 🙂 That’s so great that you managed to get rid of stuff you don’t actually miss and make some money from it too!!

    • Bec says:

      I do exactly the same thing when I travel Jess! I get really inspired by the fact that I can live with one suitcase of stuff for so long and be totally fine. Then I lose momentum before my holiday tan even wears off. I have unsubsribed to ASOS emails and sometimes I browse the site and just click ‘save for later’ but I don’t end up buying anything. It can be kind of therapeutic. Glad I could be of encouragement, we can keep each other on track 🙂

  2. courtalkek says:

    I’m trying to get better about this as well. I donated a bunch of things last week and am selling clothes at the market on Sunday. It makes me so happy opening my drawers and seeing small, neat piles of things I actually wear.

  3. I literally just finished going through everything in the upstairs of my house yesterday. This post, and that gorgeous closet, make me want to start all over! I guess we never stop making progress.

  4. Mandy says:

    Hi if you are purging work clothes, you could bring them back to melbourne and drop off at ‘fitted for work’ a charity that dresses disadvantaged women who are going for job interviews or starting their first job. Their drop off point is at QV. They also accept jewellery and accessories, coats etc.

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