video: sparking joy – working on conscious consumerism

I’ve been thinking about the things I buy — the things that add to my life and the things that make me cringe at the waste (mostly of space and money). I’ve been making a concerted effort to shop mindfully and really think about the things I bring into my life. Where will they fit in my home? How will they add to my state of being? Will they last or will I regret the purchase in 6 months? It’s a challenge, particularly because I have no one to answer to but myself (part of the reason I decided to document this process in the first place is to hold myself accountable). I’m learning and growing. There are some things I’ve purchased recently that I should have checked myself on, but I bought them anyway. I’ll try harder next time.

Now that I’ve rambled long enough, watch the video to learn more about the things don’t buy anymore and the things I’m working on as I move towards a more conscious lifestyle.

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video: books and minimalism, spark joy

I love books. Lots and Lots of books. But I’m also an aspiring minimalist… learn how I deal with the urge to collect.

How do you tame your book collection?

video: sparking joy – in my bag

I recorded this before the shiz hit the fan… so I give you *dun dun dun* a minimalist’s what’s in my bag video 🙂

Next week may be a little off-kilter. I’m starting the claims process and things may get a little rough. Enjoy and let me know how you handle your bag situation.

sparking joy: minimalism and makeup… current state of my collection

I’ve done a lot of culling in the last year. This is still a fairly large collection, but it’s a work in progress as much as anything, so let’s call it my current, edited makeup collection.

Product list below.

Missed my intro to the series? Watch it now.

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vlog: sparking joy, or my kind of minimalism

I rave about KonMari often enough on this blog; now, I’m taking it live! This is the first in a madcap series on my kind of minimalism (or how I fought the urge to have more stuff).

Let me know if you’d like me to explore a particular aspect of the KonMari process, or share your thoughts on living with less 🙂

Next in the series… MAKEUP! Or how I quit my lipstick buying habit.

5 things: minimalist accoutrements

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.

5 things: minimalist accoutrements

 

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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 🙂

the view from Sunday: shoes and paper clutter

I finally did it. I took a good, hard look at my shoe collection and donated everything that made my toes pinch, my feet ache, or my legs feel like falling off at the end of the day. I started with a proper sort. Laid everything out and inspected each pair, thinking about more than just worn out-soles and scuff marks.

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The result is a much neater shoe rack and a closet I can actually walk into without tripping over my feet. My wardrobe is also starting to come together; it’s much easier to go through my things and make choices now that I’m focusing on basics and quality.

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Then I decided to tackle the paper clutter. I really should have done this months ago, but I kept putting it off (through sheer cowardice). I dumped everything out and sorted through all the piles, deciding what needed to stay and what could be sent to the shredder.
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Armed with a sharpie and some tape, I labeled my new categories and filed what I need to keep. The result, a happy file case and a bag full of stuff that can be shredded and recycled. 🙂
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My list of to-do’s is starting to look more like a list of accomplishments. I also sorted through some of the plush toys I had sitting in the corner of the bedroom (mostly gathering dust), and went through my art supplies, tossing dried paints and old sketchbooks that I don’t like to use. I have a little pile waiting for next week, but it’s all becoming much easier to manage and less time-consuming with every sweep.