simple living series • there is beauty in simplicity.
Happy Friday, my friends. I hope my American readers had a great Fourth of July, and that everyone else had a simply great past two days. I took the last two days off of blogging and shop work and did a lot of thinking. Well, on Wednesday I did a lot of beer-drinking and pool-partying..but yesterday I did a lot of thinking.
Thoughts on minimalism:
You may know that I talk about minimalism here every now and then, and I post "Let's Get Minimal" features once every few months. One of my biggest and longest-running goals in my adult life has been to live minimally or at least more simply. When I was in college, I used to say that I wanted to be able to fit everything I own into my car (which at the time was a '96 Jetta. RIP, sweet angel.) I am nowhere near that goal right now. Most of my "stuff" is my vintage inventory and shipping supplies, which I don't think should count. That's separate from what I'm talking about; although I don't want to become a vintage hoarder under the guise of "It's work!" and end up drowning in vintage dresses.
What living simply means to me:
I don't think that living simply means throwing away everything, painting walls white, and buying one succulent plant for the one table surface available. I want to own less. I want to think, "Hey, where's that shirt?" and find it instantly. I want to not have to worry that my room is ~so messy~ when I have company over. Finally, I want less to worry about. Having less clothes means doing less GIANT piles of laundry, and getting dressed in the morning will be quicker. Having a minimal and organized system for bills and banking paperwork means I'll never again have to worry if I forgot to pay my student loan. I think all of these things tie into each other. I can't help but think about the now infamous article, The ‘Busy’ Trap by Tim Kreider, and how (aside from yesterday) I haven't really stopped lately. I'm always going on about making to-do lists and blogging when I should be finishing dinner with my family. Weekend trips with Frank usually have to include some kind of thrifting stop as well as an outfit shoot. I think that if I live more simply, I will have more time to relax and actually enjoy my time here on this planet. Seems like common sense, no?
So, here's my plan. Starting next week, I will be blogging daily about my quest for a minimalist life. I will also continue to post (almost) daily outfit shots, DIYs, music monday, Etsy favorites and shop previews/updates, etc. I have plans to start cutting down my wardrobe (and everything else), too. All vintage will go to the Etsy shop and non-vintage will be listed in "the tonic closet" over on Goodsie. I hope my current readers will find this new venture interesting and inspiring. Feel free to leave some feedback in the comments. Wish me luck! :)
Image above from the darling Bubby and Bean on Etsy.