3 November 2016

Downsizing My Life

A few months ago, I stumbled upon a Ted Talk of ‘The Minimalists’ called ‘A rich life with less stuff’.  It changed my life.  I am not even remotely exaggerating when I say that.  I started to declutter in 2015, although I got rid of a lot of stuff – it wasn’t enough.  I still kept bringing stuff into my home so I never really decluttered.

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Fast forward a few months, I’ve listened to all of The Minimalists podcasts and discovered some more inspiring people along the way such as Muchelle B, Lauren Singer (Trash is for Tossers) and Bea Johnson (Zero Waste Home).  They’ve all inspired me in different ways and really made me think about the way I consume ‘stuff’.  It may seem extreme to some, but yu don’t have to live exactly the way they do.  If we all adopt even one simple thing, we can have an impact and change.

I’m so inspired by the mantra of living with less!  I looked at my closet and just the stuff I own in general and thought to myself I don’t need 75% of this stuff.  So I’ve increased my effort to decluttering and started reducing waste.  I don’t think I can go completely zero waste partly because I’m lazy and partly because of where I live.  But I’m hell bent that on reducing at least half of what I throw away to landfills.

So why am I doing this?  Why now?  Because I’m sick of just having ‘stuff’, any kind of stuff everywhere and having to tidy said ‘stuff’ that I probably will never use again.  Then eventually I’ll throw the ‘stuff’ away to fill up a landfill – what’s the point?  Why am I consuming ‘stuff’ for the sake of consuming without taking responsibility?  What is my legacy to the future generation?  That I was wasteful, greedy and selfish?  These are the kinds of questions that I asked myself and came back with no answers.  Now I am not saying I will have all the answers soon or I am becoming a minimalist or a zero waste person.  However, I would like to leave less of an impact on the environment around me and contribute to the world1. 

Being a beauty blogger, it is difficult as we apparently love our packaging.  I’m still working on how to solve this one.  But in my daily life, I’ve already incorporated some processes to reduce waste – buying food without packaging, saying no to leaflets and other free things e.g. pens etc., unsubscribe from catalogues, magazines etc.  It’s a start and I’m excited to get to the point where I’ve completely downsized!

I will keep you all posted on my progress and you will see some changes on the content I produce.  If you have any questions about this, then please let me know in the comments below or on twitter

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