What is Minimalism?

Shower bar and safety razor

I’m a minimalist, but what is it?

A minimalist to me, is someone who lives with only the things you need. That doesn’t mean you can’t have nice things or things you want.

Its just the act of mindfulness and making decisions.

I make a decision every time I buy something now,

Is that draining?

sometimes

but it’s also incredibly liberating

I have one shower bar and one razor. I don’t have to think about anything other than those two items when I shower.

I have a small amount of clothes but I know full well I wear them all, and because of that I open my closet, grab something to wear- know that it works because I’ve catered my closet to that- and then move on with my day.

Easy.

I’m a person that has a very over active mind: I plan, I do and I think… a lot. Due to this I have to make my everyday life more manageable. So to do this I eliminate having too much choice with things I don’t really appreciate.

and instead have little choice with the things I know I love.

It’s all about investment.

the quality of everything is better because for every two tops I could have, I buy one for the price of what I’d spend on two.

This results in a much neater, higher quality, longer lasting and environmental closet.

and it works so well for me

It literally makes me happier as a person.

Now I’m not saying you should be a minimalist, I’m… believe it or not,

quite an extreme person with things like this…

but this is something maybe we could all be a bit more mindful and decisive about -regarding the things we buy…

New post tomorrow 🙂

Lis.

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Lets Talk about Consumption…

Things left unsaid are often the most important

Okay the topic on everyones mouth, what have you bought? where did you get it? how much was it?

I’ve been looking at stats ( yes, I’m one of those geeks)

I. Love. Stats.

I believe they give the best, most in depth knowledge into the developing world. We have too many people to simply state an average. I wanna know what we are doing to the world. If more people were to look at this information- I believe we could make a change. This all links to…

My closet.

Your closet, hell the worlds closet.

Do you know what your clothes are made of? How they were made? How many do you have? So many questions I know, but I’m in a questioning mood today.

So lets look at the facts (I’m only gunna do a couple cause I want them to really sink in)

Did you know:

“UK citizens discard around a million tonnes of textiles a year ” (Publications.parliment.uk, 2019)

“Australians buy an average of 27 kilograms of new textiles each year and then discard about 23 kilograms* into landfil (Textilebeat.com, 2019)

Now lets talk about this…

This is a problem.

There that’s all that needs to be said.

This is a textile landfill…

Now…lets change the vicious cycle of us wearing clothes three, four times in its lifetime and actually enjoy the items we work hard to pay for. I buy nice shirts, yes they are more expensive than a shirt of £14- but they will last me much longer. As a result less have to be produced meaning a happier planet.

I’m not saying we have to be extreme with what we buy to the point of going clothes shopping once a year…but maybe it’s time we start being mindful about what we spend our money investing in.

I say investing in because every time we buy from a shop we support them- do you know what you’re supporting with your closet?

Its certainly a thing to think about for the future, because once you notice a trend in your clothing its hard to look away

I hope you all have a nice night, new post tomorrow

Lis.

Bibliography:

Publications.parliament.uk. (2019). Fixing fashion: clothing consumption and sustainability – Environmental Audit Committee – House of Commons. [online] Available at: https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201719/cmselect/cmenvaud/1952/report-files/195207.htm [Accessed 11 Jun. 2019].

Textilebeat.com. (2019). Aussies send 85% of textiles to landfill | Textile Beat. [online] Available at: https://textilebeat.com/aussies-send-85-of-textiles-to-landfill/ [Accessed 11 Jun. 2019].