Minimalism Tidbits

Monday, February 22, 2016

I dislike the idea that there is a "correct" way to live a life of minimalism and simplicity. In fact, I do some very "non-minimalist" things in my life. And you know what? I'm perfectly okay with that because it works for me.

Here is a list of the "bad" things I incorporate into my life:

I have books. Some minimalists will tell you not to buy books and to use only e-readers. I do have an e-reader, but I just love the feel and smell of a book. Besides, I don't have to charge a book or worry about it dying. I buy books that are cheap (think yard sale prices), I exchange them with friends, or I go to the library. I also use my One for One rule with books and I try not to have over 15 books at one time.

I use a paper planner. This kind of goes along with why I like books better than e-books. My husband and I do share a Google Calendar, which is great because we currently don't live together right now. However, I find that I get more things done when I physically have my planner in my purse with me.

I don't have a set amount of clothing. Some minimalists use a capsule wardrobe, and I've done this in the past, but I found that it just doesn't work well with me. Again, I use the One for One Rule when it comes to clothing. I think I don't use a capsule wardrobe because my work clothes also double up as my casual wear. I dress pretty simply and comfortably. However, if you'd like to try a capsule wardrobe, I suggest trying Project 333. Ive heard a lot of good things about it!

I do treat myself to something physical every once in awhile. For example, about a month ago, I took a licensing exam that I had been studying for the past year for. To treat myself for passing the exam,  I took myself out for lunch and treated myself to a new backpack for work. The backpack was buy one get one free, so I gave the other one to a good friend of mine. I made sure that I was under budget on my treat myself day and that I donated something in place of the items I purchased.

Much to the sometimes chagrin of my husband,  I'm a big crafter. I've gotten much better over the years with keeping up to date on the materials I have and trying to actively use them. Anything I don't use or haven't used in months, I'll either donate to charity or friends who could use the extra supplies. My crafting system isn't perfect, but I am actively trying to do the best I can.

I hope this post helps you to realize that minimalism is like life, it's what you make of it.