We recently celebrated 1 year of minimalism and in the anniversary post I mentioned what we purchased in the last 12 months. But there’s also a lot of stuff that we didn’t buy. When we were still in the decluttering and minimising phase, we tried to switch everything we can to a reusable option. I wrote a blog post about all the new habits we were trying out, but the emphasis was on space optimisation and environment, but truth is, we also saved some money. While I’m writing this, I have no idea how much, but let’s do the math together. Kitchen paper towels I wouldRead More →

I remember August 2016 very well. In just a few weeks I experienced all possible feelings – anger, frustration, depression, exhaustion, and then freedom, relaxation, happiness and tranquillity. That’s what decluttering does to you. I was tired and took some personal time from work with the sole purpose of resting. So I was home, just hanging around and one day I got very frustrated that we had a pile of clothes on the exercise bike. I looked around and there were so many things. And the more I looked, the more things appeared. And so it started. It took us about a month to declutterRead More →

I was unsure if I should post this or not, we haven’t told too many people that our house was broken into, we try not to consider it a big deal. And honestly, it’s not, because they didn’t steal anything. There was nothing to be stolen. Here’s the story. We embraced minimalism almost 1 year ago – we sold, donated, recycled or in extreme cases threw away, most of our possessions. We kept the essentials, the things we use regularly and the things we love. You can read about our adventure here. Mid-March this year we left our London flat to escape to the countryRead More →

For quite a while now I changed completely my way of shopping. Actually, the way I look at prices. How do we pay for stuff? With money. How do we get the money? By working – around 8 hours a day, from 9 to 5, Monday to Friday. The more stuff we want, the more money we need. So the more we need to work. It’s an exchange of our time for money, an exchange the robs us from our freedom. We’re almost never home during the week and we spend the weekend cleaning, cooking and organizing. So when do we spend quality time withRead More →

When we massively decluttered last summer, the room that needed the most work was the kitchen. It’s the smallest room in the house and just so you can have an idea of its size, just one person can be in at a time. So to do a purge, we first had to decide what we use most and what makes cooking easy for us. And this is what stayed. 1. Electric kettle For any recipe that requires hot or boiling water, we have it available at the touch of a button. We also use it to make coffee – we just pour boiling water overRead More →

I don’t think humans are meant to multitask. And still, we do it all the time. Or at least we think we do it, but end up not giving the proper time and attention to neither of the activities we’re involved in. “Not being in the present moment” is a very trendy way of saying this. We try to do 2 things at the same time, but do we really? For example, if we’re in a meeting and we also catch up on emails while someone’s talking, are we really listening to that person? We think we do and then we leave the room thinkingRead More →

We started our minimalism journey this summer. You can read a few previous blog posts on the matter to see how we decluttered: Becoming minimalists Declutter phase – Clothes Declutter phase – Bedding Declutter phase – Books & DVDs The true cost of your unwanted things Declutter done – what’s next? But what’s been happening since then? This is a continuous learning journey – we keep experimenting, acquiring new habits and adapting them to our own lifestyle. There’s no right way that will work for everyone. Here’s a few things that we’re working on: 1. We’re still selling stuff This is never ending! We wentRead More →

We’ve been decluttering and sharing our story for the past month. A month! That’s a lot of time spent cleaning. Now that we’re happier with the remaining possessions, what shall we do next? You might say “nothing”, but doing nothing will probably cause the clutter to come back. It’s like a diet – if you only keep it for 2 weeks that’s how much the results are going to last; if you turn it into a new lifestyle, you’ll enjoy a healthy life forever. So we’ve come up with some ideas in order to keep things from piling up again and continue our journey toRead More →

Read the previous posts on the matter: Why are we becoming minimalists Declutter Phase 1 – Clothes Declutter Phase 2 – Bedding and towels Declutter Phase 3 – Books, DVDs & Magazines Money Yeah, of course, you paid for them. But that’s not what I had in my mind. After deciding what stays and what goes, we’ve put everything in one room. I was going through the items and realized that some of them are in perfect condition and some of them are new. So I installed a sale app on my phone and posted some of my stuff. I did the math and if IRead More →

Previous posts Why are we becoming minimalists Declutter Phase 1 – Clothes Declutter Phase 2 – Bedding and towels After fixing our closets and towel drawers, we also took care of shoes and accessories and then started looking at books, DVDs, CDs and decorations. Compared to other stuff, they just sit there. They occupy space and nothing more. Books Books are a sensitive issue because since we were kids we were taught to love and respect books. We don’t throw away books and we shouldn’t borrow them to friends because they might forget to give them back. Forget everything and let go. We gathered them all inRead More →