Living minimally has a vast number of benefits – most notably the amount of free time it has given me from downsizing and simplifying different areas of my life.
LESS SKINCARE / MAKEUP
One of the most recent changes in my routine has been simplifying my skincare and makeup.
Possessing a handful of eyeshadow palettes seemed ridiculous when I routinely wear the same look for special occasions and nothing for the every day. Also whittling down my foundations, concealers, makeup brushes and miscellaneous products to only my favourites – those I use daily. Instead of occupying an entire drawer, my makeup is now held in an average sized cosmetic bag, keeping things easy to locate and quick to tidy away.
Similarly, I reduced my skincare products. Why was I holding onto multiple different hand creams and body creams when I stick to the same products I know don’t irritate my already sensitive skin. Toners and such are a waste and so now I only use exfoliator, cleanser and moisturiser on my face.
“The most pernicious aspect of procrastination is that it can become a habit. We don’t just put off our lives today; we put them off till our deathbed.
Never forget: This very moment, we can change our lives. There never was a moment, and never will be, when we are without the power to alter our destiny. This second, we can turn the tables on Resistance.
This second, we can sit down and do our work.”Steven Pressfield, The War of Art: 2002
This particular section of the fantastic book, The War of Art, terrified me. Rightly so. Coming home from work, laying on my bed and binging Netflix was second nature. It took many minutes of hovering over the ‘cancel subscription’ box for me to fully commit, but it was so worth it. Now I have more drive to work on projects and am definitely attacking resistance. Even when I do want to relax, I find myself reaching for the pile of books I’ve promised myself to finally read. A much more fulfilling way to spend my free time.
NO MORE ‘FINDING’ THINGS
I imagine this is on a whole new level when in your own home, however the impact it has even when confined to a bedroom as I am, is unimaginable. I can tell you where everything I own lives and know exactly where to put it when I no longer need that particular item. Never is a pen lost again. And the odd sock pile? Eliminated.
Knowing how it feels when overwhelmed with consumption, minimalism has combatted this with only shopping for essentials. There’s no longer a panic of ‘where will this fit’ in an already overstuffed closet/wardrobe. While I adore fashion and dressing up, I no longer follow short-lived trends and instead go for classic, timeless pieces that will work for multiple outfits.
Food shopping is also quicker and less frequent. I personally shop approximately once a fortnight, opting for meal prepping and freezing batches to keep fresh vegetables from spoiling. However, as I am only feeding myself, I realise this is something that may not work for others living with others or families.
This may seem ridiculous, but I never feel completely at home until I am in my bedroom, the one room I have control over. My house is not that of a hoarder, however it is moderately cluttered. I find when I sit downstairs, my mind focuses on this instead of whatever I am trying to do.
My room, however, is clutter free and has no distractions. For me, this is where I can fully relax and unwind knowing the space is clean and organised. I can’t begin to imagine how free I would feel if I lived in my own home where every room could feel this way.
This, without a doubt, is the biggest time-saver when applying minimalism to my life.
While initially, decluttering and simplifying may take up days, weeks or months, this is redeemed with the result of a more relaxing schedule and most importantly, more free time to spend doing what you value and enjoy.