5 thoughts on “Minimizing”

  1. I loved he sound of your handbag. Not because it matched my own, but because it reminded me of my Mum’s when I was a kid. My own handbag’s are very minimal and it’s the kitchen table which gets covered in stuff and I have an intray with no out component.
    I could really relate to your quest for finding the perfect purse. I stumbled across the perfect bag in a charity shop a few years ago and wrote this:
    I don’t use this as my everyday bag because I don’t want it to wear out but when I have appointments where I need to be organised, I take it.
    The one requirement I have for handbags is that they have an outside zipper compartment for my phone. I am not much of a phone user but I hate having to scrounge through my handbag with the phone ringing and you can be sure this happens right when you haven’t cleaned your bag out for awhile.
    As much as some might see a handbag as a fashion statement, I actually see it as an important part of trying to be organised and efficient. xx Rowena


  2. I read this with fascination. A couple of years ago I also decided to ‘let go’ of much of the beautiful yet unnecessary bits & pieces that I’d accumulated ( see my blog – beautiful yet adding to clutter). I thought it was simply about down sizing, having gone from a 4 bed detached house to a one bed retirement flat, two+ years on I’m still working at it. For me it turned out to be more about emotional baggage which I now understand.
    Your purse scenario rang so many bells. I have too many handbags, crystals, clothes, accessories & books, as well as kitchen clutter – anything I rarely use, or can manage without goes to a charity shop. Even my furniture, cushions & throws have been stripped right back. I can now see bare areas of walls, I thought that I’d hate it but love it. The energy has changed, mellowed. Even my diet has minimised, along with my weight. Anything bought from greed goes, as does anything with bad/ difficult memories. I realise that simplicity was important for my life. Now I feel wonderful. Less is definitely more.
    I could go on but won’t, this was supposed to be a comment, not a rival blog!
    I still have a long way to go, as you have. Our motives may be very different but the journey is similar. Good luck with it – it gets easier, even exciting. I hope that your adventure works out but even if it doesn’t, your life will have changed in many ways, simply starting with your purse.
    BTW thanks for the idea of only carrying one emergency cheque instead of the book, I’d never have thought of that.
    Thanks for a thought provoking post – I’m off to do a little more decluttering😀

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  3. I declutter my home every six months to get rid of unnecessary stuff like superfluous dishes or drinking glasses, and even though every time I think “this is it, that’s all”, in six months’ time I’ll find stuff that I could have gotten rid of before. It seems like a neverending story, so I admire your thinking ahead for when you move onto a boat.
    Sadly, my downsizing stops with my handbag(s) – I cant’ let go of all the stuff in there, but reading your post made me think that maybe I should take a leaf out of your book and start with the handbags, then move on to the bigger stuff.


  4. Nice post. My husband and I downsized from a 4 bedroom 4 level house to a 340sqft tiny home this year. I gave away all my purses, I am down to iPhone in case that carries three cards – drivers license, credit card and debit card. All notes are made on phone and I have discovered keyring app. It allows you to scan all your points cards, etc, takes pictures of front and back and you can pass phone to clerk who can scan the bar code. I love it.

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  5. Jane said, “Tarzan can you put my three suitcases in the canoe please?”
    Tarzan, “Yes but why you need three suitcases?”
    Jane, “I’m not sure what I’m going to need! What are you taking?”
    Tarzan, “Loincloth”

    It is what you make it!


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