Wednesday, 26 June 2019

Trying to have a more minimalistic lifestyle







Dress Miss Selfridges | Shoes ASOS

Something I spoke about in my Dear Dairy: May 2019 post was having a more minimalistic lifestyle. I have started to read Anna's book An Edited Life. Which I'd highly recommend if you want to become more organised and 'edit' parts of your life. As Anna puts it 'An Edited life' will help you to declutter every aspect of your life, at work and at home and spend more time doing what make you happy. I'd found this book really helpful to get started with trying to create a minimalistic lifestyle.

And below is what I've done to get started, I'll try and add an update in a few months or so to let you guys know how I'm getting on.

Getting my dairy organised 

One of my main weakness is not having a clear and organised dairy. I buy a pretty pink new dairy every year use it for the first couple of weeks in January and then never pick it up again! This is something I want to change, and I personally don't like the Apple calendar.  One of the calendar's Anna recommended which I've been using is BusyCal, it's £4.99 on the app store. And I love it! You can add in any events, things you have planned etc.  But the best part of this app is that you have the option to add an alarm. (I use this for workouts!) You can also add notes and locations, (I find this bit super helpful because I often have to scroll through my emails to find address of where I am going, but this way everything is saved together!) Also by having all your plans clear in front of you this can help to stop stress/over planning things. I find that I'm that girl who makes too many plans then I get stress about having no time to do this. But this calendar can defiantly help reduce this.

Clearing out my room (This needs three sections, general, make-up and wardrobe.)

1. General 

I try my very best to have a general clear out of my room every few months, however this time I went BIG! I was really ruthless, and anything I haven't use or looked at in the last 6 months went either into a rubbish bag for the dump or a car boot bag. (I do love a good old car boot sale). I find that I used to have a LOT of stuff in my room, little trinkets a huge pile of magazines and books I've not touched in years and just general things you collect over time and wonder why the hell you brought them in the first place. Now my room looks so much clearer and I feel so much better about it! I even gave my brother my Apple Mac computer as I never use it (I'm more of a laptop girl) now I have a huge space on my desk that was once taken over by my computer. I feel like I've got a brand new room.

2. Make-Up 

I recently made the decision that it is not necessary to have 50+ lipsticks, especially when I only use about 6 of them. Once I started going through my lipsticks, I then went through the whole of my make-up location. Before I had three big draws of make-up and two big boxes. I've now narrowed it down to ONE box!  And it's amazing because I can actually see all of my make-up now as before I had way too much I couldn't find half of it. And although I do love make up and creating new looks, I'm not someone who needs the latest launches. I've also re-discovered some old favourites by doing this and feel like I've got some new pieces because some old gems where piled at the bottom of my draws so I could never find them. I've also done a very similar thing with my skin care and beauty collection! My morning and evening routines are now so much more satisfying.

3. Wardrobe 

The finial and most difficult task of all was my wardrobe clear out. Now things is something I do every 6 months or so. And it feels great for a few weeks I have space to get things in and out of my wardrobe without it being a mission to put clothes away. But then very quickly I seem to fill up the space again with things I probably don't need. This time round though things are slightly different. I'm really trying to buy less clothing and make smarter choices when shopping too. I've started to add some classic pieces into my wardrobe, which can be worn season after season. And really starting to think about my style and what suits me well. As featured in the photos above, I've discovered this year that midi dress suit me really well. So I'd added a few to my collection, and tried to stick to midi dresses take can take me from day to night. I've also added a few jeans and blazers to my collection that can be worn with multiple outfits. (outfit posts coming soon). Going forwards I would like 90% of my wardrobe to be more versatile so I can get more wear out of the clothes I have got.

 This is just the first steps towards and more minimalistic lifestyle and as I said before I will try and keep you update with how I am going.

Hope you enjoyed this post.

Love
Nicole
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  1. Earlier this spring Nicole I cleaned out my closet and room from all the unnecessary items I wasn't using. I felt so relieved to get rid of the clutter👏🏾 As far as clothes I've been shopping less and wearing more of what I have. Not only does it save money but I get to be creative. Thanks for this post, it was a fun read!

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