Granted, I know I said I wasn’t about the whole “new year, new me” rubbish….however, if there is one thing I do want to do in twenty nineteen is live a more minimal/sustainable lifestyle. I’m sure you have all seen the documentaries on how our selfish, human ways are damaging this beautiful world we live in, and I know things can’t be fixed over night but I want to try my damn hardest to not use things that I don’t need, not buy brand new clothes, reduce my plastic consumption, really cut down my household waste, and in general, just be a bit more thoughtful when it comes to living. Okay so I might sound like a bit of a hippy but in the grand scheme of things these things DO matter and if we can all change little parts of our lifestyles then we at least we can say we tried, right?
I wanted to start off the year by clearing the house out of unwanted things. Room by room, I’ve started donating/selling things that don’t “spark joy” I wanted my space to be clean, tidy, minimal and most importantly, somewhere that I love coming home to, with all my favourite things under one roof. So the first job was the living room, probably the most used room in the house, we lounge here, watch tv here, eat our food here (too lazy to sit at the actual table haha) this room is open plan leading into our kitchen, it’s just such a nice space to hang out while still being able to chat if someone is in the kitchen, we spend a lot of time in this room so it was my aim to make it feel special yet very minimal. Some of my favourite pieces that I’ve hung on to or re-introduced are these gorgeous industrial plant stands from PIB, the quality is superb and they really are a talking point when we have visitors. I change the plants in them quite regularly just so all my plants can take in some light from the velux windows but the mother in laws tongue is a firm favourite and may have to be a permanent fixture. Our industrial table is also a favourite piece, Paul actually made this, so again, it sparks joy knowing it was lovingly built by his fair hands…clever chap! You can see our full living room tour over on my youtube channel HERE.
I could go on forever about all my favourite items in this room and what memories they hold but I don’t want to bore you to death so lets just say, everything that is left in the room after decluttering, I adore!
I really want to keep minimising my lifestyle throughout 2019 and making it a more sustainable way of living, I really do think we should be more conscious about what we buy, wether it’s items for the home, clothing, food, just ask yourself, do you really need more stuff? Can I live without this? the most likely answer is no, I don’t need more stuff and yes I can definitely live without it.
This is when it all changed for me… I realised at the end of last year I had to have a word with myself and switch my mindset, I have never been someone that forks out the earth on one item however, one thing I would do is when I got paid i’d blow 80% of it on fast fashion, I was really excited going through all the clothing sites and filling my basket up, really excited placing the order, couldn’t wait for the package to be delivered and then when I had the clothes in my hands I felt somewhat disappointed, “Oh, I’ve got that now, what can I buy next” and nine times out of ten I wouldn’t even wear the bloody stuff I’d bought, it was becoming an unhealthy obsession and these items I kept buying which I thought were bringing me joy and happiness just weren’t, infact, they were making me miserable and just making me want for more. I can safely say my bank balance is a lot healthier as well as my mind set, and if you are feeling the same then I really urge you to get clearing out, stop buying stuff you think you need and replace all the materialistic stuff in you life with things that spark joy.
*Pot Stands – gifted – PIB home