Ok, so I might be a little late to this trend, but I decided to give it a shot. Minimalism. What is it and why is everyone going crazy about it? Also, how can it improve my life?
First of all, I would like to point out that, unlike my previous 5 days challenge (5 days of hygge, you can read it here), where I tried it for 5 days straight, this week’s post is more like a plan, like a list.
Monday – purge the wardrobe
I decided that the best place to start is also the messiest, in my case, my closet. I’m going to go through all of my clothes, try all of them on, and decide which ones I’m going to keep. The rule is simple: if there is something that doesn’t fit me anymore, or I don’t like it, or I keep making excuses to not wear it… well, it’s going in the donations pile (I never throw away clothes, especially those which are in good condition, I prefer to donate them).
Once my closet will only be filled with clothes I’m willing to wear, it will be much easier for me to decide what to wear each morning.
Tuesday – empty the junk drawer
Don’t fool yourself: we all have a junk drawer. It may be in the kitchen, in our bedroom, in the living room, or even in the hallway of our home, but it exists nevertheless. You know it, I know it, there’s no point in denying it.
When I say “empty”, I don’t necessarily mean clear it out completely, but throw out anything that doesn’t hold value to me, anymore. Like old receipts, broken pens, wrappers, bottle caps, broken chords and other stuff which I clearly cannot use.
Out with the old, and in with the new.
Wednesday – throw away old digital devices
By “old digital devices” I mean that old, ancient, non-functional camera and/or phone which is in all of our junk drawers, just as a reminder of how far technology has come. And while that is true, I’m not going to hold on to broken items because they cannot fix the present (that was deep, huh?).
I will always have the good memories they brought me, and that is something that no one can take away from me.
Thursday – clear out makeup collection
This has been long overdue. I might be a makeup hoarder, because I refuse to let go of old, dried-up products (eye drops can revive a mascara in no time), in hopes that it will somehow magically come back to life. That ain’t gonna happen. And God knows how many times I have scrambled through my makeup bag, searching for at least one foundation which is not dry, expired or clumpy.
This Thursday I’m going to sort all of them in two piles: the ones I’ll keep and the ones I’ll throw away. After that, the ones I’ll keep I will further divide into those I actually use (because I use almost the same range all of the time) and the ones I rarely use, which can go to my sister, because the colors are more suited for her skin tone.
There. That wasn’t so hard, was it?
Friday – batch cook
There is nothing more wasteful that buying groceries for the whole week ahead, and then eating out instead, leaving all the food you just bought to rot in your fridge.
This happened to me more times than I wish to admit, so instead of letting the groceries go bad while I order food from Domino’s, I’m going to cook in bulk. Sort of a meal prep, but not exactly for a whole week (because I don’t think my food will last that long without going bad), but for a few days.
This way, I won’t have to cook every day of the week and, also, I won’t be tempted to go out to eat, knowing that I spent all that time cooking.
To end on a positive note, click here to download the minimalist checklist I designed for a week’s worth of little changes, which will bring the minimalism move into your life. Baby steps, though, because we all know that we cannot change completely who we are in just a week. It takes time, effort and will power.