Beach, Travel & Dresses

Day 26 out of 30 – The Minimalism Game

Items Discarded:

6 x Books, 1 x oversized scarf, 1 x large handbag, 1 x backpack, 1 x hair towel, 3 x mini paintings from Italy (5 years old, never displayed), 1 x pair of leather black shoes, 1 x bikini top, 1 x bikini bottom, 1 x mini pink makeup bag, 1 x toothbrush, 1 x eyeliner, 1 x pink bracelet, 1 x skirt, 1 x maxi off-the-shoulder flowy dress, 1 x pair of red shorts. 2 x mini notebooks, 1 x bookmark
The Why…

Coming back after another pause in my Challenge today. I’ve been away in Fiji on Castaway Island for the last week for my Dad’s wonderful Beach Wedding and mini-holiday. We had a wonderful time snorkelling, tanning and eating local dishes. It was just wonderful to take a week off life and do nothing!

Obviously, I did not continue my challenge whilst on the Island (I would have had no luggage left!). So landing back in Melbourne fabulously tan, beach-waved hair and wonderfully energised – I dived back into the challenge in my hometown instead.

Whilst I was away, I did however still continue to get inspiration for Minimalism. I kept finding items, in my own little suitcase, that I wanted to throw out even before I had travelled home!

One of these was a beachy, summerly, floor-length, flowy blue dress. with a stretchy bandage top and off the shoulder sleeves. I had loved this dress! But even before leaving home, I had never worn it. It was in my cupboard for 4-months and I kept thinking to myself “I’ll bring it and wear it in Fiji, for a dinner night out, then I’ll recycle it when I get back home”.

Packing it preciously on top of my possessions to avoid crushing it, I was so excited to finally wear this dress I held on to, for so long. But, surprise surprise – it was not worn once. (I should have guessed that!)

So with the taste of disappointment still lingering, I sent it away. Still, it was an enlightening learning experience at how I can have emotional expectations of my possessions. Using “just for when” excuses to justify holding onto something, but never making the “when” happen.

Now at least I know that “just for when” doesn’t work for me, when I hear it pop up in my brain – I can stop holding on, before it even begins.

 

Total Number of Items Discarded to date: 474

Back in the Bathroom again!

Day 25 out of 30 – The Minimalism Game

Items Discarded:

13 x of various LUSH Skin care products. 1 x body oil container, 1 x retainer box, 5 x makeup application brushes, 1 x grey eyeliner, 2 x lip crayons, 1 x mini eyeshadow pallet, 1 x blush, 1 x spare liquid hand soap, 1 x heat protector glove, 1 x spare lip scrub, 2 x notepads, the 2 sheets from my folio minimising day that I decided to keep but now I’m chucking!
The Why…

Back in the bathroom today and most of my daily throw away involves my collection of empty LUSH beauty product containers.

For those who don’t know, LUSH have an amazing recycling program with their containers. For every 5 containers you collect, if you bring them into their stores, they will give you a free face mask! I’ve been slowly collecting these for about four months now and they were still gathering dust in the back of my bathroom cabinet, even though the collection was well over the minimum 5 containers! I just never made the time to do a face mask, and never remembered to bring my old containers in to the store! So every time I opened my cabinet, I felt awful that they were still hiding there. Useless.

Plus, because of their all natural ingredients (such a bonus!) the masks only last about three weeks. When I got my mask, I only ever end up using it once and felt guilty for wasting an all natural product.

Basically my container collection was causing me more stress then the intended benefit. It’s strange how easily an item can go from having a useful purpose or benefit to then becoming such a strain on the mind and body.

So I won’t save any money on my face mask purchases, but I’ll save the daily guilt-trip and that’s a bargain in my books!

Total Number of Items Discarded to date: 448