Minimalism is many things. For me, it is both an aesthetic and a way of life. In many ways, I was always a minimalist, but there are elements of my life that do not reflect that as effectively as I would like. Therefore, while I do not subscribe to the extreme form of minimalism that embraces living with next to nothing and counting all the things, I have become a proponent of the kind of minimalism that embraces surrounding yourself with things that serve a purpose, even if that purpose is merely to bring joy. I refuse to call it a journey, but it is definitely a process of constant awareness and self editing.
The hardest part has been letting go of my compulsion to shop. I have no trouble with caring for things and making them last, but I have my triggers and one of them is my mother. She has a habit of shopping for the sake of shopping, as well as holding on to anything and everything because of the guilt associated with it. I had that guilt for a long time. It becomes ingrained in you; particularly, when you no longer have any use for an expensive item. I’ve started working on these habits, and encouraging my mom to do the same. Consequently, I’ve become more selective when I do buy a new item. Will it serve me for a long time? Is it worth the cost and quality? It has definitely curbed my spending on “cheap” thrills. Now, that’s not to say that I don’t shop sales or buy affordable clothes and shoes. I do. I just buy things that I really need or want.
In an effort to simplify and remain stylish, I’ve made a few “investments”. These 5 things have made life easier in the mornings when I’m rushing to go to work.
Cambridge Satchel Co. 13” satchel in moss – This bag will last me forever and has forced me to limit what I carry in my bag. I can also use it for work or play. The style is classic and so me.
Igloo lunch tote – I’ve gone through multiple lunch boxes, none of which seemed right. This one is pretty and perfect (I have a different design than the one pictured)
Mighty Wallet – Mine features Catwoman. It’s purple and sleek and fabulous. It also fits anywhere and is recyclable.
Invisibobbles – These are strong but they don’t make my head hurt and don’t snag. Plus, I can use them for just about any style, including updos.
Fitbit alta – I had a One for 3 years. I loved it, but I really wanted something I could wear on my wrist. It’s sleek and stylish, and has replaced my watch on most days.
What are some of your minimalist accoutrements? I’d love to know 🙂