I “discovered” the minimalist lifestyle sometime in 2010. I was growing more and more dissatisfied with my overcrowded and messy room (I was still living with my parents at the time). I started reading various blog focusing on minimalism and decluttering, and it sparked something in me. I felt that this was the missing piece in my life. So I began decluttering. I can honestly say that I shrunk the number of items I owned by half during that year.
After a while however, I hit a plateau. If felt like there was nothing left for me to declutter. So I started phase 2 of my decluttering journey : decluttering by attrition. Obviously the number of items I got rid of during this period were nowhere as dramatic as at the beginning of my journey. I had one simple rule : one-in, two-outs. No categories or anything. If I brought something in, I had to remove two things from my life. This lasted until spring 2014, when I graduated from university and got a job.
This is when I went back to my old spending habits. After 4 years of being student poor, I was now having a decent income, and almost no expense since I was still living at my parents place. I bought a lot of clothes and various stuff. Some of them were needed, most of them were excessive.
Then I moved in my own place, and all hell broke loose. I live in my small studio and feel overcrowded with stuff yet again. My place is messy, not because of a lack of storage, but because of a surplus of stuff. It’s been nearly two years since I haven’t really evaluated my possessions, so that’s what I’ll do in the year to come.
P.S. This blog post was sponsored by my cat, who felt I had too much mugs and decided to take matter in his own paws. RIP favorite tea mug, you will be sorely missed.
Directly inspired by Katy Wolk-Stanley from the Non-Consumer Advocate
- Made my morning coffee in a hand-me-down drip machine and brought in to work in a reusable stainless steel mug.
- Brought my lunch from home. It consisted of leftovers from last Friday work meeting, on sale fruits and veggies and a cup of Greek Yogourt. Everything was in reusable containers, and I ate with real silverware. I also always keep a tea towel in my lunch bag instead of paper napkins.
- Made some tea after lunch, using the kettle I keep in my office and tea bags I bought for half-price from the grocery store clearance bin.
- After work, I’ll go to the gym and use my refillable water bottle (freebie from work) instead of buying a water bottle there. I’ll make sure to fill my bottle at work, since the water at the gym taste funny.
Why the “-ish” you may ask ? Because I’m not perfect, obviously. My goal is to be better.
It would be hard for me to say that I live a frugal lifestyle when there’s so much money I could save instead of spending.
It would be hard for me to say that I live a minimalist lifestyle when I am surrounded by stuff.
It would be hard for me to say that I live an ecoconscious lifestyle when there’s so much of my actions that negatively impact the environment
I want to improve myself, and like the title of this blog, every little bit help. Each action I take, small or big, is a step in the right direction.
My name is Isha and I’m a twenty-something girl living in Canada. Follow me on my path to financial independence, which I intend to achieve through a frugal(ish), minimal(ish) and ecoconscious(ish) lifestyle, balancing the “needs” and “wants” of life and trying to still have fun somewhere in the mix while trying to not destroy the planet in the process.
Here, I’ll document my goals, ambitions, failures, successes, and everything else in between. I’ll have to remember that nobody’s perfect, especially not me. So sit back, relax and enjoy the show !