It has been a little while since my last blog post, so today I’m updating you on how my minimalist/simplicity journey is going these days.
- We moved into a new apartment in October last year, and around January we finally got it looking the way we wanted. It is not spartan by any means, but has just the right amount of furniture (for us). We recently ordered a few things for the sunroom, so hopefully that will be ready in just a few weeks. It will be really nice to finally have the outside space ready, and I can’t wait to snuggle up with a glass of red wine and watch the sunset.
- We have become a lot better at not buying food items that we don’t actually use, mostly because of our lack of cupboard space. No more weird sauces and condiments that we use three times and then re-discover two years later.
- The Boyfriend and I will never agree on how much kitchen stuff is enough. He cooks because he loves to cook, I cook because I like to eat. We compromise and I try to be understanding, since this is a relationship and not a dictatorship. Plus I get delicious food, so I really can’t complain.
- I still have a way to go when it comes to clothes and shoes. However, I do use all of them. I will cull them when they fall out of favor or wear out.
- I got rid of nearly half my makeup collection since my last makeup post. I gave a lot away to friends, and was left with a small-ish bag of “maybes”. I offered the contents to my mom and sister when they came to visit a while back, thinking it would make the process easier if they wanted an item or two each. They took all of it, and I am so happy they did. It has been a slow and steady makeup declutter, but I feel like I’m getting closer to an amount that I can be comfortable with.
They took all of it!
- Do you know the term impostor syndrome? I feel like that a lot in terms of my simplicity journey. I try to remind myself of how far I’ve come and of how much redundant stuff I owned just a few years ago. It’s a process.
- Have started using Google Calendar to block out how I want to spend my time each day, in order to give myself a realistic view of what I can actually achieve. I also stopped making endless to-do lists, and am instead focusing on just a few important tasks each day.
- Last year I kept a list over everything I bought clothing-, makeup-, gadget- and thingamabob-wise, and I’m doing the same for 2017. I’m not happy with the amount I ended up with last year, so I’m trying to do better this year. So far so good.
- I deleted my Twitter and Pinterest accounts. My Twitter-feed was full of negativity and drama, and I hadn’t really used Pinterest for the last year-and-a-half or so. I don’t miss them.
- I started saving up for my biennial Big Dumb Purchase: An Acne Velocite leather jacket. I’ve wanted one ever since they hit the market 5-6 years ago, and now that we have bought an apartment I feel like I can save up for one with a clear conscience. Do I need it? No, but I have wanted it for literally half a decade, so guuurl, I’m getting one as soon as they hit stores again this fall.