The beginning of this year seems to have passed in a frenzied blur so far. I’ve put all my spare time into starting a blog which just didn’t seem to be going in the right direction. I was blogging about a lifestyle I wasn’t sure I wanted or enjoyed. The accumulation of more things, of clothes, toiletries, makeup and home ware, of finding the perfect handbag, the right face cream and the next book to read (well to add to my pile of unread books). I was frustrated and confused as to where I wanted to go, it felt as though there wasn’t time for real living. Getting through another full time working day only to get home and start again with the tidying, cooking and washing was draining. I was falling into bed at night shattered and miserable knowing that I was going to repeat the cycle the next day. Something had to give and that’s when I began searching online for how I could possibly live a more simple life and reduce the stress I was feeling everyday. I came across a site that talked about living a minimal life and everything I read was like a light bulb switching on in my head! I was living with clutter, nothing had a place and there was far too much of everything. I’d thought accumulating new things was making me happy but in reality it was just my way of compensating for the stress I was feeling. The shopping process was exciting, it gave me an initial buzz and opening the package and seeing new things when they arrived was great, until I had to find somewhere to put the new tops and books and makeup. Clutter, clutter, clutter. Download the Minimal Wardrobe Planner Workbook
I spent the next weekend giving my office/closet a really good sort out. I bagged up three bin liners of clothes I hadn’t worn in months and donated them to charity. I shredded all my old paperwork. I tided up my desk and drawers and sorted out all my toiletries. It felt good. I didn’t need all those things, some I couldn’t even remember purchasing. I used to get a monthly beauty subscription box and most of the items I’d received in it were building up in my top drawer unused. I didn’t need all those products. That was the start of my new lifestyle journey. I sat down after the clear out and breathed a sigh of relief. It felt good.
I’m at the beginning of my minimal lifestyle journey and I’ve realised that I have a passion for this, I want to improve my everyday, I want to clear the clutter in my home and my mind. I’ve found the reason for blogging, because if I can improve how I live then I want to document my progress and it may inspire others. It’s a struggle coping with the over commercialism today’s society brings, and the pressure to buy more and more stuff. I’ve made the decision to take a step back and aim for a stress free environment. This is my journey to a happier, healthier lifestyle. Download the Minimal Wardrobe Planner Workbook