October 13, 2017

Minimalism // More Things I Don't Buy Anymore.

Hey. What's up?! Hello!

It's been a while since I've last talked about minimalism here on the blog, but I'm still very passionate about it. I've just been focusing more on making my house and my life more minimal before sharing more about it with you guys. One thing I can tell you for certain is that minimalism is not a phase for me, I'm very dedicated to living with less and to getting more use out of the stuff I already have. I want to break the consumerism cycle I've put myself. it takes time and work and that's what I've been doing recently: decluttering. Going through my things, thinking about if I really need to repurchase something when it runs out or if I can live without it just fine.. things like that.

If you've been keeping up with my minimalism journey, you might remember that I did similar post a couple of months ago about the things I stopped buying. After more decluttering and downsizing, I've discovered more things I not only stopped buying, but that I'm also completely able to live without. I do not miss having those things in my life and I honestly believe they were just taking up space in apartment. It's funny that when you start to get rid off things you realize that you don't need a bigger house, you just need less things in it. 

The items I'll be talking about in this post are a reflection of my current lifestyle. I'm trying to also be more mindful of the waste I'm creating and the amount of resources I'm using on my daily life. So, don't be discourage or think you can't be a minimalist if you're not ready to let go of these things yet or if you just don't ever want to give up on them. Minimalism does not have a set of rules, it's just about being more minimal and you can implement that however you want in your life. I've rambled enough, let's get to it!

Folders // This is a recent thing for me, but I've been digitalizing everything. I had boxes and boxes of momentos, old documents that didn't serve a purpose, travel maps and little brochures and school papers that I still wanted to keep. So, I pulled out my scanner and made an afternoon of it - got some wine and went through everything. I emptied out so many folders that I had enough to donate and I still kept 5 - just in case, because it doesn't make sense to get rid of something just to buy it again in the future and they don't take much space either.  

Body Scrubs // I found out I wasn't a fan of body scrubs by doing Project Pans and literally forcing myself to go through the scrubs I had. I wish I hadn't bought so many of them, but now that I've used them all up I can safely say that I won't be buying body/face scrubs ever again. I think some of them work, but I prefer using those exfoliating mittens or sponges for the face. I feel like they are a little better for the environment and for my wallet. 

Organizers // When you have less stuff, you also need less organizers. Who knew? After all the decluttering, I decided to donate all my empty organizers. I did that because I didn't want to be tempted to get more stuff to fill them up again.. hoarder problems. 
Apps // I don't know if that's a thing, but I've decluttered my phone and my computer. I had so much crap in there it's insane. Apps I downloaded for trips, old useless memes, pdfs that serve absolutely no purpose and the list goes on. I wasn't a big fan of apps to begin with, so limiting the apps on my phone wasn't a daunting task. I just sticked with the one I use everyday like IG, Twitter, my bank app... things like that. This might sound silly, but it does help you to clear your mind and my computer has never worked better. 

Non Cruelty-Free Products // Another personal choice. Minimalism has opened my eyes to a lot of issues and animal testing is definitely one of them. I didn't get rid of all my non cruelty-free makeup, I just stopped buying from brands that test on animals. This did limit my shopping habits and I had to find cruelty-free alternatives for products I loved, but it's worthy for me. I've also realized that because of that I've been using more natural products, which is not only good for the environment, but it's all good for my health.  

Special Occasions Clothes // This was the hardest thing for me to let go of, but I'm glad I did. By special occasions clothes I mean special heels, fancy dresses to attend weddings or other special occasions or specific items of clothing that I used to buy and deep down knew I wasn't going to wear again. I have a fair amount of special dresses in mom's closet (I didn't even bring them when I moved out, that's how often I use them) and I also have an older sister that has a thing for fancy dresses, so whenever I need one, I either borrow one from her or my mom, or I use one I already have. It took me a while to get here, but now I feel zero shame in repeating outfit or dress, so that's not really a problem for me anymore. 

Pillows + Rugs // I'm not a big decor fan, so I stopped forcing myself to be one. I used to think that I needed to have a cute space to be happy or to feel like a grown up. I no longer feel that way. I've acknowledged that I actually feel better when I have less things laying around. I see decor as stuff taking up space. I do have a few (very few) decor items I love, but I overall don't really like having a ton stuff. So, giving up rugs and pillows was easy for me. It also made cleaning way easier. 
Deodorant // Yes, I still use deodorant.. I just make my own now - check out this super easy recipe right here. I talk more about why I decided to stop using drugstore deodorant on that post, but it was basically because I don't think its good for you. The amount of chemicals eat or apply to our skin on a daily basis is already insane, so I decided to quit store bought deodorants and I never looked back. It's better for you and better for the environment, more zero-waste, less packaging, less chemicals.. all good stuff. 

That's all I have for today, guys! If you're interested in Minimalism and you've been wondering how you can apply it to your life, I've written a bunch of stuff about it and you can check it all out right here or you can check out my Pinterest board for more inspiration and tips. I hope this was helpful to some of you and, like I said, this post is a reflection of my lifestyle or the lifestyleI'm trying to achieve. If you want to start implementing minimalism to your life, you don't need to follow what I'm doing if you don't want to. 

Thanks so much for reading and I'll talk to you soon! 


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