Five more things I've done on my minimalism journey

This week has seen glorious weather in the Lake District. The kids are off school for the summer and it’s been a joy watching them outdoors playing with their friends. I feel so lucky that they get enjoyment from playing outside and turning off those gadgets. In between watching them over a coffee, and telling them to be careful (the BMX stunts were getting a little too hair-raising), I’ve been continuing with my decluttering. These are just five more things I’ve done recently on my minimalism journey.

1. We’re going on holiday soon; I’ve practised “packing light” so we can travel with less. This is what I’ve done:

  • Packed only what we’ll need, without the “might needs” or the “just in case items”. Too many times, we’ve come back from holidays with half a suitcase of clean clothes. Clean clothes we’ve transported, carried around with us, and brought home for no reason at all.
  • Used a smaller suitcase. There’s nothing like limiting your space to focus your mind. I’ve packed one medium size suitcase for three of us for a week (excluding footwear – hiking boots are separate!) Instead of packing seven outfits, we packed two full outfits each and extra tops, underwear etc. Like at home, we’re sure to be able to wear the same clothes more than once and will find a washing machine if needed.
  • Worried less – unless you’re going to the back of beyond, you’ll be able to nip out and buy any important items that you’ve forgotten.
  • Enjoy – don’t stress over the packing. I used to spend ages deliberating over what to pack, purchasing new clothes, “smaller” toiletries…it’s much easier to pack what you have and focus on enjoying your time away.

2. Β Take your time and don’t put pressure on yourself to declutter. There’s no point saying to yourself that you’ll declutter that wardrobe, that cupboard or spare room on Tuesday if Tuesday turns out to be filled with wonderful sunshine or you’re feeling under the weather. Get outside in the sunshine inside or rest up, the house can wait! When I feel like decluttering, I can be like a whirlwind and achieve so much…..not feeling it? Then I’ll just procrastinate and deliberate over the smallest item!

Five more things I've done on my minimalism journey

3. Get realistic. For me, it was asking myself how many cook books I really need. In all reality, I just cook from one, this well loved Jamie Oliver book. The pages are crumpled and splashed, but I know that every recipe works for me and my family. With this in mind, I’ve donated some of the cookbooks I’ve never used to charity. I’ve also challenged myself to try a few new recipes from this book that I’ve not made before, just to mix things up a little.

 

4. Try to leave each room better than you find it. This one’s really easy. When I remember, I try to make one small difference to each room, each time I leave it. Perhaps I’ll put something back in its place, take something upstairs or recycle junk mail as it comes through the door. Simple, quick steps that help me get where I want to be.

Five more things I've done on my minimalism journey

5. The biggest success this week was my bedroom. I’ve had a super good purge, and now all the surface tops are clutter free. It feels so light and airy now, not to mention being really quick to clean. (I really dislike spending my free time cleaning!) On the plus side, there’s also more room for the cat to relax.

 

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about the progress that I’ve made on my minimalism journey. I’d love to hear about any tips that you have, or how you’re getting on with decluttering your home. Please leave your comments below πŸ™‚

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25 comments on “My minimalism journey – progress update”

  1. Enjoying following your decluttering journey! Especially like the tip about leaving a room better – such an easy step, and counters our tendency to believe it has to be all or nothing.

    • Thanks, Rae πŸ™‚ It’s amazing what you can achieve by making small changes, isn’t it? Hope you have a great weekend x

  2. You are definitely inspiring me to think about decluttering. It is terrifying how much junk we have. We moved into our house two years ago, shoved a load of stuff in the big cupboard in the spare room and haven’t really looked at it since.

    I love Ministry of Food too. I used two others regularly but probably need to do a bit of a cull as, while I like some recipes, Ministry is a go to.

    • Thanks, Steph πŸ™‚ I think lots of us are guilty of that when we move, I know I have done exactly the same thing!

      I wonder what your favourite recipe is from the Ministry of Food…I think mine has to be the lasagne, it’s pretty failsafe, even for me!

      • I think my current favourite is the beef and ale stew but the bacon braised cabbage is always a big hit, too. I have to admit, I don’t think I have tried the lasagne! One to pop on the list!

        • Oh, we love the beef and ale stew, too. We also make the chicken stew, they’re so easy, aren’t they! I haven’t tried the bacon braised cabbage so I’m going to look that up, thanks for the tip x

  3. One medium sized suitcase for three people, that’s impressive! I’m not sure where you’re going on holiday, but if you have to grab a taxi or lug stuff up hotel stairs, think how easy it’ll be with just one suitcase (plus footwear) instead of three large suitcases.

    Decluttering can be overwhelming to me, so I always do just a little at a time. I actually set a timer to tell myself when to stop. This week I’ve worked some more on our scary garage.

    • I like your timer idea, thanks πŸ™‚ How’s the garage going? That’s an area that I need to tackle, too, and I’m not looking forward to it!

  4. I thought I was living a minimalistic-ish lifestyle. And then we started packing to move and I was overwhelmed by the amount of clutter I had. I desperately need to declutter!

    • It’s all in the open when it comes down to packing, isn’t it? Until then, it’s easy to ignore all those items tucked away in boxes, drawers or wardrobes. I can fully relate to that! I hope the move went well for you and you’re enjoying your new home x

  5. I’ve actually got to start packing for my summer holiday tomorrow and soooo need to do the minimalist thing too. I’m determined this year to only take just about enough, plus we do have a washer there too so this will make it easier. I’m quite looking forward to the challenge…and avoiding the excess luggage weight fee too πŸ˜‰

  6. I love these tips, they are actually achievable. I love the idea of leaving a room better than you found it. I desperately need to declutter the kitchen, but I feel so overwhelmed by it. I’m just not motivated and keep putting it off. It’s like you say, when we are in the mood it’s easy to do, so I need to stop stressing about it. I will do it. I love a clutter free home, but that feeling of having to do it, takes all the fun out of it.

  7. I’m a little OCD with cleaning and tidying and with a 3 month old and 2 year old at home alllllll day, it stresses me out a little. I’m constantly battling between tidying and cleaning our home, vs being with and playing with our children. They aren’t at nursery so some time playing alone is not so bad, it can’t be from me all day but then I still end up feeling guilty each evening that I haven’t seen them enough. It’s a constant battle, I’ve resorted to ‘little and often’ which seems to strike the balance right for me!

    • I can imagine that it’a a real juggling act, Kelly. You sound like you’re doing a wonderful job, though. If I’m feeling overwhelmed, then I enlist the kids to help me. My two are older than yours, but I get them to help with simple chores like putting laundry away, matching socks or polishing πŸ™‚

  8. We recently relocated to a town closer to London so we’ve had to sacrifice living space in order to be closer to work but honestly it’s been the best thing. We no longer have room for clutter. Everything we own has a purpose and a place. Even my head feels more organized.

    • Hi, Leigh-Ann, your story sounds so similar to ours. We downsized to be in a nicer location, too. I’m so pleased that it’s worked out for you, you sound so happy πŸ™‚ Thanks for stopping by.

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