I don’t own much jewelry. Actually it was one of the hardest things to declutter but now I even consider getting rid of everything. I don’t own any rings or bracelets because I like to keep my hands free. The only reason I’m keeping a few earrings and necklaces is to be able to dress up when I “need” it. I’m still not sure if I will keep it like this or downsize even more.
The necklace with a heart is in gold and a gift from my grandma. I got a heart necklace for my christening and a cross necklace for my confirmation. I’m not religious at all so I kept the chain from my confirmation and the heart from my christening and combined it to one necklace. It has a lot of sentimental value especially since my grandma passed away right before she got the chance to see my confirmation and give it to me.
The other necklace is a confirmation gift as well. It’s in silver and I think it’s so beautiful, simple and elegant. Probably the last piece of jewelry I would get rid of. Silver is definitely my favourite metal.
The earrings in gold were a gift from my parents for my 15th birthday. I like how subtle yet pretty they are.
Finally, the earrings with topaz and diamonds in white gold were a gift from my grandma as well.
As you may have noticed, every single item was a gift in any way and everything is good quality. I didn’t keep all the cheap jewelry I bought over the years. I don’t think it’s necessary to have expensive jewelry I just chose to keep a few pieces with good quality rather than having a lot of things I didn’t use.
It took me over a year to simplify my “collection” this much. I still find it hard to declutter even more although I would like to. (but it’s not much left to declutter, right?) I feel it would be stupid to give away something expensive because it’s harder to replace. Most of it has a lot of sentimental value. Note that you should never downsize for the sake of doing it. I do not mean that you can’t keep sentimental items.
Do you also find it hard to declutter jewelry? Leave a comment!
A usual day I wear no makeup.
I know every single minimalist says this; I used to have so much makeup. I don’t mean that every minimalist used to have “so much makeup” but that we keep comparing what we own now vs. what we used to own. Do you identify? I do and I believe it can be a good thing when used for motivation to go further on your minimalism journey.
I went from doing my makeup every single day to only using it on special occasions. I don’t want to spend so much time of my life making myself “pretty” according to society’s standards. It’s rather about how I view myself and I constantly revalue what really matters. And feeling just as beautiful without makeup as I do with is extremely important.
Both mascara and foundation are vegan. The eyeliner is not, which I also use for the eyebrows, because I bought it before going vegan. I won’t go in-depth on that I just want to say that minimalism has such a strong connection with veganism and the attitude to care about the environment and those around you. It was the natural approach for me. I chose to keep the non-vegan products since the harm is already done.
I use coconut oil as makeup remover. Some use lighter oils on their face to prevent breakouts. This works for me and the benefits are countless- it’s completely natural and the area of use is big. Although I haven’t gone fully makeup free, to a great extent I try to put as little harmful things on my body as I can.
What is your outlook on makeup and its connection to minimalism?
The best thing with owning a single bag for everything (I do have a backpack for school) is that you’re never in the constant need of transferring stuff. I would constantly forget things in different places when switching bags. Now I take my bag, walk out the door.
Want to hear the magic recipe for that? Declutter. Perhaps easier said than done but for me I no longer consider lipstick, hair accessories or old receipts as essentials. Say “bring only what you need”, but what do you really need anyways?
I’d say go for it and give it a try! Try leaving a few things at home. Next time, you might declutter even more. I did it in steps and that made me feel confident as I never took a “huge chance”, meaning I would stand there needing something I didn’t bring for the sake of decluttering. The first day I left out one thing, next day another thing and so on. Well I’m not implying that it was an organized process… because it wasn’t. I’m simply trying to tell you about the mindset I had; taking one step at a time.
What’s not included in the picture:
》My bus card
》(My card but the money represents it)
What do you carry around on a daily basis? Do you have a bag for it? Leave a comment and tell me. I’d definitely survive without a bag but I don’t always have pockets and I prefer to keep my hands free.