Day 16: Write Down Your 15 Favourite Items
Learning to embrace minimalism has allowed me to detach sentiment, and emotion, from objects. The items we have in our homes, are not people, and they cannot love us back. If filling your home with expensive stuff is what you want to do, then by all means do it, but I have learnt that I get more joy from the items I use daily or, the ones that spark happy feelings (I’ll get off my soapbox now).
This was difficult for me, since I no longer place emotional attachment onto my stuff. Originally the number to write down was 30, but I struggled so much to come up with ideas, that I truly think are my favourites, so I had to shorten it (sorry, not sorry). I ended up thinking about items I use daily, like my laptop, bed and Playstation, and things that have added value to my life that I may not have considered before, like my Jack Wills jeans (they’re the most comfortable jeans I’ve ever owned).
Here is my list:
- Jack Wills jeans
- Dr Martens shoes
- French Press (good coffee is a must)
- My bed
- My craft bag (incredibly useful)
- Loose leaf teapot
- Kindle (the e-book not a fire)
- Fat Face leggings
- Ticket album
- Vinyl player
- Tango in the Night (by Fleetwood Mac) vinyl
Review: Stuff is just stuff. Hoarding isn’t cool. Good jeans make a difference.
Day 17: Declutter Your Wardrobe
I do love a good declutter. Doesn’t it feel good when you start with a mess and end in organised bliss? For a little while, I’ve been seeing these posts on Pinterest that describe something called a ‘Capsule Wardrobe’. If you haven’t heard of it, the idea is that you create a wardrobe that contains essential pieces that can be worn in all seasons (apparently). These essentials (or basics if you’re a bitch), are made up of a base colour like black or navy, and then you add complementary (white, grey and beige) and accent colours (any colours you like to wear).
I attempted to strip my wardrobe into a capsule wardrobe for this self care practise, and followed this handy guide (if this is something you’re interested in trying) by Classy Yet Trendy. I really enjoyed this process, and the steps laid out were useful; you can basically make your own decisions about what you identify as essential. When I looked at the clothes that didn’t make the cut, I wasn’t sad to see them leave, because in retrospect, I wasn’t wearing them regularly anyway. Also, some of the things I donated were clothes that look great, but are in no way comfortable (those days are over).
Here are my before and after pictures:
After (what you can’t see is that there’s double the wardrobe space than before)
Review: Fashion is for runways. Style is for life. Comfort is always important.
Day 18: Treat Yourself
Now there are thousands of memes on treating yourself, and it’s gotten to the point where we spend hundreds of pounds on useless stuff to treat ourselves (online shopping, we’re looking at you). In this practise, we’re not looking at spending a lot of money, and instead aiming at guilty pleasures.
Tonight is one of my favourite nights of the year: Eurovision (don’t hate me because you secretly love it). I adore Eurovision, and to be honest I’m a bit of a nerd when it comes to it – so I take it pretty seriously. Since it’s a bit like Marmite for some people, I consider it to be a guilty pleasure. Another one of my guilty pleasures, is ice cream. Ice cream is the best way to end the day, whether it’s a sunny summer’s day, or a freezing winter’s day (see what I did there). Obviously, it only made sense to combine the two together…and it was good. However, I think eating a favourite junk food and watching your favourite show every time you’re sad, would end up numbing the value of those things.
Review: Eurovision is the best. Ice cream makes me happy. Too much of a good thing ruins it.
4/5 (Eurovision gets a solid 5/5)
Photo Credit 📷: Clark Street Mercantile