Flirting with Minimalism

Sunday, January 1, 2017

*Wearing some of my favorite wardrobe repeats this season*
Sweater: Vero Moda (similar here)

Since we just turned the page on 2016 and are now welcoming 2017, I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to talk about my relatively recent lifestyle change: minimalism. Now, I wouldn't necessarily call myself a perfect minimalist, however, about a year ago I began to adopt the minimalist way of thinking. Since I'm kind of a "cafeteria minimalist", I like to refer to this way of thinking/acting as "flirting with minimalism" (hence the blog title). What is minimalism you ask? Basically, it is the act of living with less. In other words, intentionally downsizing the quantity of possessions that you own. 

What attracted me toward this lifestyle was the freedom to be able to move from city to city (or house to house), without feeling overwhelmed by all of my possessions. About a year ago I had no idea where life would take me, but I knew that I didn't want to feel confined to my "things". I realized that I was spending so much money on items that I rarely used and that I was sort of burying myself in all of my "stuff". I also wanted to adopt a habit that would grant me financial freedom, regardless of my projected income; this lifestyle will truly allow you to "live a champagne life on a beer budget". 

The following are a few tips/suggestions that I have learned in this journey toward minimalism:

  • You only need 1 of everything. This especially applies to your wardrobe. You do not need 10 navy sweaters, trust me.
  • Speaking of your wardrobe, this post I made about a year ago should help you out. Some of the tips here will be repeated.
  • Never go shopping without a list. The stores are designed to distract you from your initial "mission", and you have a high likelihood of even forgetting why you took the trip to the store in the first place.
  • Just stop buying all the cooking products. You do not need a sausage maker - unless of course making this food is something you do frequently, then by all means keep this in your life!
  • If you don't absolutely love it, chuck it. Read this book and it will change your life.
  • Inspire yourself and create a Pinterest board including "minimalist home" images.
  • Joining the minimalist Youtube community will help you remain motivated as you adopt the minimalist lifestyle.
I hope these points have inspired you to "flirt with minimalism". I would love to hear about your experience with minimalism!

Tell me your thoughts on minimalism


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