You do like the idea of minimalism and de-cluttering
you also like to re-use things and make the most of everything you have
you don‘t like getting rid of things when it actually comes to de-cluttering because you see it as a waste
if this is you then this stupidly simple efficiency hack is for you.
When we moved to the countryside from our big house in London, we had too much stuff to fit into our smaller surroundings. For example we had too many mugs for our little kitchen (did I tell you how much I like drinking tea?) so had to stash some of these deep at the back of some cupboards.
When a mug breaks, it’s sad for a second (particularly last week when my favorite mug broke and I had to interview all of the mugs to find a new favorite) but then it’s also a great way to downsize by just not replacing the broken mug. A few years on and several smashed mugs later (all of which were accidents – I’m not proposing you go all Greek on us and start deliberately smashing crockery) we now have a small enough, cottage size collection of mugs – perfect.
The same goes for clothes that get worn, ripped or stained or anything else for that matter – the preferred option is just not to replace them unless absolutely necessary.
I’m calling it: Easy Minimalism.
So it goes something like this.
Every time something breaks do the following:
- Don’t despair, don’t stress – see it as a potentially good thing – see it as another step towards minimalism and…
- Ask yourself this “Do I really need to replace this?“
The answer to step 2 is probably “No” – and… congratulations you have just downsized a little more 😉
You’ve removed a little more clutter and made a little more space in your life.
The trick is to do this consistently every time something needs replacing – ask yourself if you really need to replace it. Do it every time consistently and you should see a decent impact.