I’ve read two Minimalist books, and now I bear the consequences

Here I go again, but this time with a graver post than you might expect.

A few weeks ago, I listened to Marie Kondo’s much-praised book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up (I say listen because I found a free audio-book version on YouTube. If you look it up, you might be lucky, and it’s still online). Today, I gulped down in two sittings Leo Babauta’s minimalist productivity book The Power of Less. Both books shared a few common things.

Firstly, they both fall into the category Non-Fiction, which I rarely read. The fact that I did means that I was really curious about them. They both fulfilled my expectations of what they contain. Both led to the same conclusions about my current life.

But let’s start from the beginning. Continue reading

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I’m not weird, I am the future.

Rant Warning! (Don’t say I didn’t tell you.)

This is to the people who make me feel like the world’s greatest weirdo, by judging me, calling me names, joking about me, boycott me, or just look at me funny, I’ve now composed a little letter I wrote to you, in the hope that one of you accidentally finds this blog. Here it is: Continue reading

60 Days After: Shopping Ban Review

Wow, has it been 60 days already since I announced by shopping-ban? I should have called it “Shopping-and-Blogging-Ban”, but the last part of that came about rather involuntarily. If you hung around until now, reward yourself with a nice orange juice (you deserve it!), and get ready for my Shopping Ban Review: Continue reading

The Day I’m Going to Stop Buying Things and Start Being Happy

When you’re advocating a cause for a long time, you better put your money where your mouth is. If the thing you’re advocating happens to be non-consumerism, you better put your money anywhere – just not into another purchase!

I’ve been thinking about this for a long time, but I always felt I wasn’t ‘prepared’ enough. I needed guidelines and make sure that the list of things I can buy really includes anything I could really need. But as I know notice, that’s entirely besides the point! Anyway, I’m doing it now, from Ash Wednesday (what a fitting date) to 3rd April: a 60-day shopping ban! Continue reading

Update on my Capsule Wardrobe, or: How I accidentally developed a colour palette

A few months ago, I decided to give Project 333 a try, in which you basically commit to only wear 33 items of clothing for 3 months (read details & rules here). It’s been a great experience which has helped me to simplify my wardrobe. I’ve chosen not to continue with the actual Project 333, but stick to a capsule wardrobe with only consciously purchased, valued and good quality pieces. Of course, without keeping count, my wardrobe has expanded a bit in the last time (also due to the fact that having just one pair of jeans is poor planning).

After my birthday (which was recently), I set out again to piece together a winter wardrobe; adding new bits where old ones broke and haven’t been replaced. Coming home after one such “shopping”-trip, I suddenly realised that the red pair of jeans I bought was exactly the same colour as my only skirt. And then an epiphany came upon me (can you say that?):

All the clothes I recently bought and the ones I loved the most were all the same three or four colours! Continue reading