Why I’m not a grade A minimalist

So I’ve been reading a lot about minimalism, and naturally (for me anyway) I started thinking about myself.

I asked myself am I was fully and wholeheartedly invested in decluttering everything I don’t use, and the frank answer I gave to myself was- definitely not.

Don’t get me wrong- I did a big konmary style grand decluttering in my house, and many items were donated -recycled-given to beloved family.

*my close family and I- including my mother-sister -daughter, have clothes swapping policy, meaning that whenever one of us gets tired of a clothing item and it is in good condition- the other family members have the first right of refusal on the item. if the poor item is unwanted by all family members -then it shall go to the clothes donating bin.

As for children’s clothes and toys- I have neighbors with two young kids who enjoy my kid’s toys and clothes.

But I am certainly not a grade A minimalist. I have quite a few clothing items that survived the grand decluttering and I simply can’t let go of- although some I only wear just a few times a year.

this skirt is one of them.


yesterday I decided it is perfectly ok to wear this heavy fabric skirt in the middle of summer, provided I pair it with this very light top  (I got from my mother in the above-mentioned procedure) and light and open shoes I bought a few years ago.

I spend my day at the office sitting at my desk, (sedentary is an understatement), but at least there is air conditioning .so I decided this  (until now classified as) winter skirt can have a glimpse at how things look outside in summertime.

This exciting idea came to me as “necessity is the mother of invention”, and because after nearly 2 years of pursuing clothes and shoes spending ban- my wardrobe kind of bored me.

If I were to use the minimalist “90-day rule “-here is the link- minimalist 90 day rule, then I probably would have donated this skirt a long time ago- and wouldn’t have enjoyed the multiple compliments I got when wearing the outfit above.

The thing is- this example is one of many.

being a grown person with a reasonable salary, like many people I accumulated a lot of stuff.

After contemplating this for quite a while I decided to trust my instincts and for the time being, keep the items I already have -even if I don’t currently use them. I don’t mean torn or damaged items- only those that are in good condition.

The same goes for my big collection of books.

Being an introvert I love to read and over the years  I have accumulated 3 bookshelves loaded with books.

I stopped buying new ones about a year ago, I get some at the library and some on amazon kindle, but to tell you the truth- it’s just not the same somehow.

So I decided I am not buying any more books until I reread every book I have on my bookshelves, and so far this has brought me back to books I haven’t read in a long time and simply forgot how much I loved them, and on the other side it made me rethink about other ones-I am now contemplating donating them to the public library like I did with many books in my kon mary declutter days.

where d you draw the line to decluttering? 90 days? 120? 1 year? maybe not at all?

ciao- the cooliflower.

I am not a medical/health/emotional/financial /nutrition or any other kind of expert as far as it concerns the contents of this blog,  therefore anything written on the blog is not to be taken as any kind of advice, and should you choose to rely on anything  I write on this blog- you are doing it at your own risk and at your own responsibility.

Published by wiseassvegan

an organized full time working vegan -with plenty of ideas on getting everything done in the most simple and efficient way possible.

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