Madonna may have contributed to popular culture when she sang about a material girl living in a material world, but these words could not be further from my own life.
My life has entered what I call, the Age of Minimalism. I am downsizing rather than upsizing. Subtracting rather than adding. Selling rather than buying.
In truth, since this city princess received a country shake up, I have been living life according to the less is more theory.
And my skin, my wardrobe and my savings account has never looked better.
So here are just some ideas to help you follow suit:
Mix and Match
Instead of going out to purchase a new item, take a look in your wardrobe, put on your creative thinking cap and start mixing and matching. I have been using this trick a lot more of late and it’s amazing how the right piece of jewellery with the right dress creates an entirely different outfit and look.
Swap or Borrow
If you are lucky enough like myself to have friends that wear the same size, you can start borrowing or swapping clothes. It’s a win-win-win situation. You win. Your friend wins. And your bank balance wins too. Note: this is not an invitation for sisters to help themselves!
Only part with your hard earned dollars for an investment piece that is good quality, well made, tran-seasonal and will last you a lifetime. These can include: a pair of patent leather court shoes, a tailored pair of slacks, a trench coat, a good pair of jeans, a crisp white shirt, a black leather shoulder bag and let’s not forget the classic LBD.
Living simply with time to spend on what’s important means letting go of what isn’t. I’ve had to let go of my Toyota Celica. I’ve donated 3 bags of clothes & bric-a-brac to charity. And I’m currently selling items such as dresses, tops and books on eBay.
As a result, I now I have a lot more time to spend on the things that really matter. Things such as: catching up with friends, spending time with family, writing this blog and all other literary pursuits, saving for overseas holidays and paying off big chunks of the mortgage so Ben and I can live as truly free human beings and a little less like enslaved cattle. 🙂