All posts filed under: Minimalism

Minimalist Insider: 4 Personal Questions About Appreciating Life’s Moments

Too often we let the day rush by without taking a moment to stop, think, unwind and appreciate the wonderful little things that it has contained. At the end of 2016, I took part in this fantastic yearly review exercise published by one of my favourite bloggers, Anuschka Rees. It is a really valuable collection of 50 questions to inspire you to appreciate all the big and little things that occur in twelve short months. Though, by early Spring, I have found that I have slowly started slipping into a routine of letting Monday become Friday without much thought for the in between. It was time to readdress, re-evaluate and remind myself of the discoveries, excitements and adventures of the first quarter of 2017. However rather than sitting down and bullet pointing it all like I did as a year-end project, I have decided to do a weekly series of four questions and answers. I will post some of them online, if you enjoy reading them, in the hope that it inspires you to slow …

Minimalist Mothers’ Day Present & Gift Ideas

Too often we gift because we think we should, because there’s that obligatory expectation to deliver a hand-wrapped token of love for whatever occasion is marked on the calendar that day. I used to gift without thinking. Sometimes, I hadn’t even considered what use the recipient would get from my present, or the meaning behind it. With Mother’s Day just around the corner, there comes another time where we will want to treat those we love to show our appreciation. However we shouldn’t be fooled into thinking that an expensive material item is a fair exchange and demonstration of our love for one another. Take this Mother’s Day as an opportunity to spend time and make memories that will last a lifetime. Much longer than a set of luxury bath bombs or overpriced flowers that won’t outlast the week. If you are looking for minimalist gift-giving ideas but are unsure where to start, this list might give you some inspiration… Go on an adventure Does your mum love to walk, explore and get lost in …

Living In The Now – Did You Get The Most Out Of Today?

Life is a long journey, however if we spend too much of it focusing on future plans, goals and fears, we won’t leave much time left in the day to just enjoy and experience it. Today, in February, I was going through my calendar and organising annual leave for weddings, holidays and more right up until December. I got so caught up in thinking about what was coming up and how excited I was for it, I forgot to reflect on the time and all the hours that were flying by. I spent the week dreaming I was back travelling like this time last week. I spent the days wishing I could be home so I could write. I haven’t fully appreciated three whole days so far this week by focusing on the past, future and wishing away the hours, and by doing it, I am missing opportunities to be as happy as I can be. We only experience moments once. We might have lovely memories to reminisce. We might have future dreams to imagine …

Minimise Your Makeup Collection And Feel More Confident

I found it easy to minimise my wardrobe, and still rotate 33 items on a regular basis for a refined capsule, functional collection. Same with my possessions. Deciding to unclutter my home, drawers and shelves was an easy decision and I wouldn’t ever go back. Even though I had lived with less for years, I still had one incredibly cluttered, expensive collection that was eating away at my happiness without me even realising. My makeup collection. I was so easily taken in watching hours of YouTube tutorials, seeing two for £30 offers on the counters of departments stores, and concepts that a new lipstick shade could improve my whole look for a night out. There was always something I needed. Perhaps a new highlighter would help hide my naturally round face. A different eyebrow shade would make my penciling in look more natural and defined. For someone who had managed to avoid the traps and pitfalls of gratification buying for a long time with clothes, I was blind when making the same mistakes with beauty …

These Three Questions Will Help You Know If Your Home Is Too Cluttered

Let’s play a quick game. I want you to scan the room you are currently reading this in, assuming you are at home, and quickly ask yourself three questions about what you see in front of you. How long ago did you use the item in question? If I were to give you the money you paid for it right now to trade it, would you buy it again? How long until you think you might replace it? Too many items in our homes are collected, cultivated and purchased without much thought. You might buy in a sale for that ‘bargain feeling’. You might splurge on the latest ‘must-have’ trend for your home, to find you actually don’t cherish it that much. Far too often, we buy to mask other needs or emotions. That instant burst of happiness when you hand over the cash in return for a shiny new sofa/ shoes / scent, that in reality, is very short lived. I have known people buy a trendy cookbook to show others they eat healthy, …