Since becoming a minimalist a lot has changed – I didn’t just declutter a few items and moved on. Instead, minimalism inspired me to keep asking the question: “How much do I really need?”. And with that, I started letting go of things and ideas I never thought I would.
Here is a list of everything I’ve let go since embarking on a minimalist journey – for some I found better replacements, and some I simply let go.
1. COTTON ROUNDS
I never thought that something this common would be on my list – but I found 100% organic washable cotton rounds that I use instead of disposable ones. I got mine from ImseVimes and I love them so much!
2. FEMININE HYGIENE PRODUCTS
Another thing I never thought I would put on my list is feminine products like tampons, pads etc. Around four years ago I heard about menstrual panties and I thought I would give them a try – so I ordered some from Thinx and they replaced my disposable products ever since.
3. DISPOSABLE STRAWS
I bought a cute set of reusable straws a while ago and that’s it! No straw waste 😉
4. COSMETICS TESTED ON ANIMALS
Very soon after discovering minimalism, I started to think about what kind of everyday products I’m using and with that, I decided to stop buying items tested on animals. I tested some cruelty-free brands (some more natural than others) until I found my favourites and the rest is history.
5. HIGH HEELS
I used to love high heels. Love. Love. Love. I wore them all the time and they were my go-to item when I wanted to feel put together and beautiful.
But because of minimalism and self-awareness, I started to pay more attention to my life and how I feel throughout my days, which resulted in me buying my white converse sneakers and letting of uncomfortable heels.
And now I’m at the point where I don’t buy anything higher than 6cm. I still have two higher pairs from before but besides that, I live a low heel life 😊
6. COTTON BUDS
This was a more recent change but I started replacing regular plastic cotton buds with the ones made from bamboo. But because I’m always on the hunt to find something better, I pre-ordered some reusable cotton buds from LastSwab so I can be completely free from buying them in the future. Fingers crossed, they’ll be as great as they sound.
7. MAKEUP REMOVER WIPES
I also stopped buying makeup remover wipes – I now use jojoba oil and simple face wash to get rid of my waterproof makeup.
The only exception to this is when I’m travelling and I don’t want to take my whole skincare routine with me.
8. DIFFERENT VARIATIONS OF THE SAME PRODUCT
Before decluttering, I had multiple versions of the same product – I had two night creams, three day creams, three or four different body lotions, a few different eye creams and the list goes on. I had to decide which one to use that day, which was unnecessarily draining.
But now, I only use one product for one specific purpose, which makes my life so much easier – I have one night cream, one day cream, one SPF, one hair shampoo, one body lotion etc. You get the picture. *When it comes to perfume, blush, lipstick and nail polish I have a little more options 😀
9. ‘SPECIAL’ CREAMS (foot creams, anti-cellulite creams, decolletage creams etc.)
I used to believe I have to have every single product on the market, so I owned different creams for different parts of the body. But I found that complicated and honestly, I never noticed a difference – so now, I use my body lotion and body oil for everything.
10. FABRIC SOFTENER
I have a disinfectant combined with a softener, which I use now and then but besides that I’m good.
I sleep in my underwear – so much less laundry to do and sleeping feels much better.
12. DRY SHAMPOO
I used to rely on it in the past but because I never liked the idea of using it, I decided to go without it and I’m fine – I discovered that I can use a little bit of baby powder if I need to refresh my hair and that’s it.
13. GLASS AND WINDOW CLEANER
I use 50% water combined with 50% vinegar so I don’t need to buy any window cleaners anymore.
14. ITEMS THAT ARE UNCOMFORTABLE
Before minimalism, when I saw something beautiful, I had to have it – even if it was uncomfortable or unpractical. Of course, I then decluttered all of those items but despite that, I still bought an uncomfortable thing here and there.
So I made a promise to myself, which I don’t break even when I’m tempted – and that is never to buy anything that it’s too tight, itchy, uncomfortable etc. It’s a great rule to implement!
15. CHEAP TRENDY PIECES
When I was a teenager, I often said: “I would rather have ten cheap bags than one expensive one”. Oh, but the times have changed and it would be fair to say that I would rather keep one of great quality instead of a few that are poor quality.
When we need less, we can afford to spend a little bit more on something to make sure it will last us for years (both style-wise and quality-wise), instead of buying trendy pieces that we’ll get tired of in one season.
It’s fun to look back to see how much we’ve changed and how little we need in comparison to before.
What are some of the things that you let go of on your decluttering journey? Let me know in the comments below 😉
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