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First steps into minimalism

Dec 26, 2016
First Steps into Minimalism | The Wandereuse

Over the past year I have moved back and forth between Spain and Norway, in addition to a short-time move to Portugal for work. When you move away for one year with three 20-kilo suitcases and three carry-on bags, you start to wonder about the amount of things you own, and how many of them you actually use. Additionally, I have spent most of the year living in a shoe-box-sized room while keeping most of my belongings in another building (cheers to the student life). I thought it was a very inconvenient situation until I realized I didn’t miss most of my stuff anyway.

Durante este año he vivido un poco a caballo entre España y Noruega, además de haber pasado un par de meses viviendo en Portugal por trabajo. Cuando te mudas para un año con tres maletas grandes de 20 kilos y tres maletas de mano, te empiezas a hacer preguntas sobre la cantidad de cosas que tienes y sobre cuántas realmente utilizas. Además, la vida de estudiante me ha llevado a vivir en un sitio mientras mis cosas estaban en otro lugar, lo cual me pareció bastante inconveniente al principio hasta que me di cuenta de que ni siquiera echaba tanto de menos mis cosas.

First Steps into Minimalism | The Wandereuse

Although I haven’t properly set myself on a journey to minimalism, I have started to think about this more and more, specially now during the Christmas time, when I have found myself wishing for no gifts.

Some things I realized this year + goals

Make-up is for me one of the biggest sources of clutter. I keep buying new makeup before I’m done with the old one! I know this is not entirely my fault, as it is how our consumerist society is set up, but still. Goal: I will use up everything I own before buying any new products!

I don’t need stationery. I own a lot of stationery because I used to think it’s so cute that I needed to have it all. Truth is, I don’t. Goal: It’s almost 2017, apart from my computer I only need one pen and one journal. I will get rid of everything else (read: give away).

I never end up using any of the pieces of clothing I don’t give away “just in case”. Goal: I will be decluttering my closet and giving away everything I haven’t worn lately by the end of this week. (I already feel relieved by how much lighter my suitcases are going to be the next time).

I don’t enjoy conventional gifts. I have been shying away from this thinking it was rude to tell people I didn’t want any gifts. I don’t need them to spend time and money on something they think I will like. I’d rather have my loved ones call and spend some quality time together than getting gifts. And, as I always say: if in doubt, buy flowers! Goal: I will be consistent in doing exactly this for my loved ones, and insist on how much I appreciate this approach! 

First Steps into Minimalism | The Wandereuse

Less is more

Clutter just makes me inefficient and it makes me procrastinate so much!! I realize it is a hard journey to minimalism and living with less things, but I am willing to give it a try. And you? Have you ever thought that you had too many things? Do you have experience with this lifestyle? Let me know by posting a comment down below or dropping me a line at hello@thewandereuse.com.

 

First Steps into Minimalism | The Wandereuse

First Steps into Minimalism | The Wandereuse

23 Comments

  • Reply karen Dec 26, 2016 at 5:31 PM

    Love your mentality about minimalism. Less can definitely be more, and it also feels more fresh and clean without all the clutter. Helps ground us more as well, right?!

  • Reply Jasmin N Dec 26, 2016 at 6:51 PM

    Less is definitely more 🙂 Glad to read your experiences!

  • Reply Brandi with Big Fit Fam Dec 26, 2016 at 7:34 PM

    It is so hard to live a minimalist life these days. But I am sincerely trying to get rid of anything unused in our home, I can’t stand the clutter, or the toys, clothes, etc. that lie around never getting worn or used. …Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Agnes Dec 26, 2016 at 8:35 PM

    I am definitely someone that has too many unnecessary things and could benefit from trying a more minimalistic approach. Willing to give it a try.

  • Reply Laura Dec 26, 2016 at 8:56 PM

    I have been thinking about minimalism for a long time now and this was a good post to read, taking the first steps. I love the idea of minimalism but the idea of transforming to it terrifies me so i keep staying stuck.

  • Reply LeAnn Dec 26, 2016 at 9:28 PM

    I can completely relate to this and have been working on decluttering myself. I moved across the U.S. with 2 suitcases and a carry-on. While I have things in storage back home, I have gotten rid of a lot of the stuff I had collected over the years and tend to save things that are close to my heart such things from the ladies that mean so much to me in my family. This motivates me to tackle the closet in my apartment that I share with my hubby. There just isn’t enough room and it’s time to let go! Gorgeous photos btw!

  • Reply Angela Tolsma Dec 26, 2016 at 11:33 PM

    I love love your goals. I have never much taken this approach to most of my life. Pairing down my closet and life in general. The only thing I haven’t been able to pair down is my books. Because I reread them too often to get rid of them.
    The gifts one is an interesting one. I struggled with it this year receiving far too many things I didn’t want all because I wasn’t sure how to say, don’t buy me anything. It’s hard to do.

  • Reply Courteney Noonan Dec 27, 2016 at 1:40 AM

    I definitely need to incorporate minimalism into my life! I’ve managed to declutter my wardrobe a lot and half it in size but I still feel like my room is full of stuff I don’t use x

  • Reply Vic B. A. Dec 27, 2016 at 1:49 AM

    I think it’s part of growing up. 🙂 Being in adulthood has also help me set my mind to focus on quality over quantity. Not only does it make a place look good, but it also helps one feel good.

  • Reply Melanie Frost Dec 27, 2016 at 2:50 AM

    I love this post. Decluttering is a great way to live a less stressed life. I am also guilty of hoarding makeup. But recently I’ve started gathering products I will never use again and I just give them to my girls at work. They don’t mind that the products are slightly used and they really appreciate them.

  • Reply Kait Dec 27, 2016 at 3:56 AM

    Minimalism is a direction that I need to head in! Less is more sometimes!

  • Reply alex Dec 27, 2016 at 1:30 PM

    Minimal/less is always more, and you also learn how to appreciate less than always go for more and more and more. good to read your experiences! 🙂

    X, Alex
    http://www.lexpander.com

  • Reply Sabra Dec 27, 2016 at 2:47 PM

    There’s a tiny house movement in the U.S. that seems to be the pinnacle of minimalism. I don’t think I could ever live in 200 square feet even if it was just my husband and me. We cook too much!

  • Reply kittylimon Dec 27, 2016 at 5:29 PM

    Clutter is one of my main problems, it can make your home look untidy even when it’s not and a lot of it just goes to waste. I’ve made it a goal of mine to declutter my home too and that includes clothes and shoes i’ve been “keeping just incase” lol

  • Reply Di Dec 27, 2016 at 6:46 PM

    Yes to everything you wrote here! I stopped doing gifts about 5 years ago. Best thing ever! Instead I do dinners, movies and fun things like that. Give me your TIME not your $$. Clothes are next on my list!

  • Reply Brittany Dec 28, 2016 at 3:19 AM

    I love that! Less is more! It’s so true. We’re about to make a big move and I’ve found myself going through everything and purging! It feels great and I love getting rid of so much. I want our life to be clutter free. q

  • Reply Taylor Mobley Dec 28, 2016 at 4:44 AM

    Oh boy. I can do SOME less is more but not with makeup. I love love love makeup. I actually have an entire room in our home completely dedicated to it. WHOOPS! I can’t help it!

  • Reply Tara Holland Dec 28, 2016 at 6:36 AM

    I love the idea of living a minimalist lifestyle but find it hard to let go of the things I have collected over the years. I do realize that it is holding me back and just cluttering up our lives though.

  • Reply CourtneyLynne Dec 29, 2016 at 1:52 AM

    Good for you!!!! I really do admire those that can minimize. I’m a makeup hoarder myself and I just don’t think I could ever part with my obnoxious collection lol

  • Reply Judith Francois Dec 29, 2016 at 4:38 AM

    I love the idea of minimalism, it gives you time to focus on the most important things in life.

  • Reply Toughcookiemommy Dec 29, 2016 at 4:47 AM

    I agree with you that less is more. Lately I have been trying to purge our home of extra clutter and it is really making me feel better to be rid of all that excess stuff.

  • Reply Adaleta Avdic Dec 29, 2016 at 6:52 PM

    Makeup will always be a big source of clutter for me. It’s inevitable, when beauty is just a huge part of my content. I have been so much better at giving things away which is nice! We watched the Netflix documentary on minimalism, and it was quite interesting! xx Adaleta Avdic

  • Reply Vaishnavi Dec 30, 2016 at 10:29 AM

    True. true. true! My hubs is an accomplished one at that. I’m headed to minimalism too – not fully there yet. So this is so inspiring to me – sound tips!! 🙂

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