Mindfulness, minimalist living

De-cluttering the mind

Reflecting mindfully on a year is generally a mixed bag. An entire year is never all good or all bad. Some years can bring great events of sorrow and change. Others can be general, run-of-the-mill years with a collection of ecclectic experiences all jumbled together. Invariably, they are, thankfully, a mixture of experiences. I’ve certainly […]

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Wardrobe

Don’t wash your jeans (and other fun facts)

In an era of fast fashion and moving onto the next new season, it can be easy to overlook the value of quality clothing that will last you through the seasons. At month eight, I’m road-testing my clothing for longevity and I can tell you that my investment in high quality pieces are paying off. Not […]

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Kitchen

Food and fridge declutter

One of the most notorious areas for regular clutter accrual is the fridge. Without a system, food storage can quickly get messy and before you know it, you’re sorting through plastic bags in the bottom crisper drawer only to find what you’re looking for at the bottom. Worse still, you find something old and green […]

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Garage

Garage declutter

This week I decided to get the garage in order. I plan to have its flooring cleaned and re-sealed. It got to the point where the floor looked so awful it needed freshening up. This meant my husband and I did a big clean-out of everything. Earlier this year, we’d already discarded a lot of hard rubbish from the […]

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Wardrobe

Who made your clothes?

What is the true cost of fast fashion? And why is the ‘slow fashion’ movement creating so much attention? This week marks the third year since the Rana Plaza factory complex disaster in Dhaka, Bangladesh on 24 April 2013 that killed over 1,000 people. It is also the third Fashion Revolution event that marks this disaster. This week, the […]

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Pantry

Pantry declutter

Last weekend, I decluttered my pantry. I’ve been putting this one off for a couple of months as I know it involves a lot of work sorting through out-of-date spices and general bric-a-brac. Since moving into my house a couple of years ago, I didn’t take the opportunity to properly expel those items I should have. […]

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minimalist living

No regrets … the guilty shopper

I tend to do a little window shopping these days. Not to torment myself because I’m refraining from buying clothes, but more as a sociological expedition into the psyche of why we shop, our shopping habits and how retailers tap into our weakness for collecting things.

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Autumn outfits, minimalist living

What I wore … Sunday wanderings

Sundays are the best days for a leisurely stroll to the local cafe for a big breakfast. As the weather cools down, layering is more important than ever in Melbourne because the day may start off chilly but it can still warm up as the morning develops. Today was my allocated ‘active recovery’ day in my fitness training […]

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Outfits, Wardrobe

Seasonal harmonies

As we move into the next season, I started thinking about my outgoing summer wardrobe and what we will expect to see in the coming months. Each season, the fashion industry influences what colour and style harmonies we should expect to buy, often presenting us with the essential key piece, a ‘must-have’, for the season.

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Wardrobe

Close encounters of the wallet kind

I nearly caved in and bought a new wallet today. My yellow leather wallet gave up being functional. Its zip broke completely after I tried to mend it with a pair of pliers and it would likely cost more to repair it than to buy a new one. My only alternative in the wardrobe was […]

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