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Minimalism for Beginners & FREE 14 Day Challenge PDF

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Minimalism is something I discovered after watching this documentary (available on Netflix) on the topic. I was immediately hooked. This alternate way of living completely flipped the ideas pushed onto us by advertising and social media, and created a lifestyle out of it.



As a Christian, I can reference many things in the bible which talk about living in this alternate manner, and not relying on the things in our world - 1 John 2:15 "Do not love the world, or the things in the world." While this verse is addressing societal desires/morals and the world separated from spirituality, I also view this verse in the way of material possessions. We should love the relationships we form with others, our experiences and ability to give love and kindness to others - we shouldn't base our happiness on material items: clothes, stationery, phones, shoes and everything you can see around you right now. By placing our value on the items around us, when we are removed of those things w…

What I've Been Decluttering and Organising in Isolation

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All this spare time I've had in isolation, has led to my nature of organising and decluttering being the forefront of my priorities. Spending more time surrounded by my stuff has made me realise how much I really have, but also what I have haphazardly shoved in a corner or in a drawer to deal with later. In addition to this, moving out to university halls in September meant only taking half my belongings - so I ended up living in this temporary space of a minimalists dream. Only this gave me a big shock when I moved back home for this social isolation and I remembered how much random junk I have in my room. Thus, a big organising and decluttering session begins.

During my time at uni, I already did a BIG wardrobe declutter (my advice on clothing decluttering can be read about in my last blogpost) so that area of my life has reached a point of calm. Yes, I could get rid of more clothes, but until the Summer has passed I won't know if I love wearing all my Summer pieces just…

3 Tips to Effortlessly Declutter Your Closet

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Considering that the majority of us are stuck inside right now, home-tasks such as decluttering and cleaning are suddenly seeking more invigorating than scrolling through Instagram all day. I just moved back home from university for Easter (and potentially for Summer), which involved loading my car with everything I had in my university accommodation, driving down the motorway for an hour and then unloading that stuff into my room. Anyone who has moved their stuff anywhere, will realise that when you collect your belongings into one pile, it makes you look like a hoarder. Sometimes it feels like I've been decluttering forever, I purge my wardrobe almost every year and its only until recently that it feels 'complete' in terms of how versatile my pieces are. Although I still own a crazy amount of different coloured denim jackets, it is starting to feel like making outfits is easier. Over the years I have narrowed down my wardrobe into a loose colour scheme, meaning that more…

4 Easy Zero Waste Bathroom Swaps

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Trying to reduce the amount of waste plastic that enters our lives can be very overwhelming. Especially if you haven't made any changes at all yet. An element of the zero waste movement that I think sometimes gets overlooked is that we should use what we already own before buying alternatives.  This means use up your shampoo, your toothpaste, use your razors until they cannot be used, use up your makeup products - before going out to buy low-waste or plastic free alternatives. I feel like this statement goes with buying any kind of new products, be sure to use what you have before buying new. For some reason I have collected multiple tubs of body moisturiser and body butter, so before I start looking for alternative options, I plan to use every last drop of them. I suggest you do the same. Look in your drawers, you may be surprised how many lip balms or moisturisers or spare toothbrushes you have accumulated and that should be used by you!
If you have used all your products, or i…

How I'm Using a Bullet Journal for 2020

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I started bullet journalling around 2 years ago, inspired by the aesthetically pleasing layouts and creative freedom it provided when compared to conventional planners. I bought this Muji notebook (I found an alternative here if you can't get to a Muji shops) and never turned back. For me, I love the flexibility that bullet journals and creating your own planner layout provides - if I have a month where I won't be completeing assignments or have a crazy to-do list, I can make the layout to suit it. Not only is this less stressful (we all have that moment where we stop using a planner for a while and suddenly you have 30 blank calendar pages), but it probably saves paper, as you only use what you need. Bullet journalling has become a creative outlet and a organisation haven for me, making life just... simpler!
 At the start of my journal, I create a spread which I like to describe as a 'goals tracker'. It is a combination of a habit tracker and goals - I use it mostly f…

Zero Waste Shaving - Why Safety Razors Aren't That Scary

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Zero waste personal care has been the top of my consumer priorities recently. I've become aware of the amount of plastic in my daily hygiene routine and it concerned me so much that I have decided to make changes. As a student, I've been shamelessly using an old blunt razor to shave this past term (simply because I don't want to buy a new pack of plastic razors, when I could be spending that money on food.) Also, I'd been informed of plastic razors difficulty in being recycled, so I didn't want to buy them knowing they will just be sent to landfill.


After doing some research into zero waste shaving options, I ordered a safety razor online for only £15 and began my new chapter in plastic-free shaving (you can also buy them in local zero waste shops). A while ago I watched a video by one of my favourite low-impact lifestyle YouTubers Sedona Christina about using a safety razor everywhereand I was inspired to make the switch myself.

I guess some myths surrounding safe…

Interrailing Travel Diary: Ljubliana, Lake Bled, Vienna and Budapest

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Whilst planning our holiday for this Summer, Anna and I really struggled to think of one place to visit. We had considered interrailing, but also had to factor in a lower budget, alongside wanting to feel slightly more relaxed than the constant go interrailing would involve. However, at the same time we wanted to experience staying in hostels to save money and also just do something a bit out of our comfort zone. Going on a party holiday wasn't what we wanted to spend our savings on, so we wrote a list of potential activities and types of places we'd want to go - lakes, mountains but also cities and outdoorsy sports like paddle boarding, and eventually came to the conclusion of a mini-interrailing-without-an-interrail-pass holiday, starting in Ljubliana, Slovenia and finishing in Budapest, Hungary.





The places we wanted to visit were further away than a train journey seemed necessary, and we didn't intend to spend the whole holiday sat on trains feeling exhausted. Therefore…