60 Day Minimalist Challenge Week 1 (cont.)


DAY2// LIST DOWN 20 ESSENTIAL ITEMS FOR YOUR WARDROBE                                              

Paring down my wardrobe to 20 items would be easy if I lived in Melbourne like Rachel Aust, but here in UK we have seasons, so need to have clothes for all weathers.  Also, I change my clothes at least 4 times a day, depending on where I am and what I am doing; in bed; pyjamas, walking dogs/ working out; sports clothes, work; office attire, slobbing about at home after work; sweat pants, out after work or at the weekend; casual / jeans.

I can’t deal with dress-down days at work; it feels odd, like I’m having one of those dreams when I turn up at work in my pyjamas, or worse naked. I keep trying to have a pyjama day at home, but I’m too OCD about this to spend an entire day in pyjamas, even when I’m ill and not going out of the house.

     Anyway, here’s the 20:- jeans, trousers, trousers-work, leggings, trackies, ,3/4 leggings casual cardigan,  cardigan-work, longsleeve top-work,  gym top, vest top, long sleeve top, t-shirt, hoodie, sweat shirt,  short sleeve top-work, long-line vest top, long-line long sleeve top, and perhaps a dress?


I have already established that my theme is BLACK. My reasons for this being:-

  • No need to colour coordinate

  • Quick and easy to pick an outfit; top+trousers= sorted

  • Stains not so visible (guess I’m a clumsy slob)

  • Outfit to match my soul


Sorting through my clothes, I really don’t have too many. I have culled a handful of items which don’t fit with my ‘black’ theme, a couple of things I never wear, and another few items which have worn out. If anything, I need to buy more clothes. I hate shopping so much that I wear clothes until they are worn out, but put off replacing them because… I’d have to go shopping.



Sorting through my shoe collection, I threw out a few pairs which were worn-out (skate shoes) or never worn (flip-flops), leaving 10 pairs. I don’t feel this is excessive as I have footwear for nearly all occasions and weather. My footwear is practical; I don’t own a single pair of high-heels and can’t see myself needing to inflict that pain on myself. The last time I tried on a pair I ended up looking like I was having a seizure in the middle of the shop as my arches and calf muscles cramped up in agony.

I confess, I can’t bring myself to thrown my favourite skull-print baseball boots, despite the lining being so worn they shred the back of my heels. I’ll give it 6 months and if I haven’t worn them, perhaps I can convince myself to bin them.


This was easy since I generally don’t wear jewellery, except a couple of bracelets on occasion. I’d recently thrown any broken pieces, so my only items are a few keepsakes from landmark birthdays and other gifts. While Rachel Aust has no qualms about not keeping gifted items, I do feel attached to certain things, plus I would feel bad throwing away sentimental items like this.


As I mentioned for DAY 1, given the eclectic array of existing furniture, I decided on a mix of neutrals (black, white & brown/ wood) and a mix of old and new. I’m stuck with what I have  until can afford to buy anything. I will make sure any replacement items fit with this theme.

This first week of the challenge has been helpful in getting into the minimalist mind-set; thinking about why I need or want each item, rather than just focused on throwing a load of stuff out. Each task has been simple and relatively quick. I have usually completed after a day’s work, leaving the more time consuming tasks for the weekend. I am feeling enthusiastic for Week 2.

60 Day Minimalist Challenge. Week 1


For my wardrobe this is easy; Black. My love of black probably came about due to an early love of The Munsters, The Addams Family and Hammer Horror, though I’m too lazy to do full out Gothic; my style is more casual.


Defining my home style is a little more tricky. while minimalist style looks good in home interior magazines, I really couldn’t live with it (though I do love  clean, 0ff-white walls).

As much as I’d love to live in a medieval Gothic-styled rambling house, with high ceilings and skeleton chandeliers draped in cobwebs, in reality black is the worst colour for showing the slightest speck of dust. I hate dusting.


My current style is more shabby shabby than shabby chic; a mix of cheap new flat-pack furniture better quality second, third… hand-me-downs. Looking at my favourite pieces;   simple white bookcases; an old solid wood writing bureau; and a modern brown fabric sofa, I think an eclectic mix of modern and vintage, in black, white & natural tones would be achievable.

Now I just need to replace the horrendous yellow dogs’ sofa that’s 90% duct tape.



60 Day Minimalist Challenge: Starting Out

Back in January, I came across a vlog about minimalism during a late night YouTube session; which for once hadn’t lead me to a dark and strange corner of the internet.



It might be something to do with turning 40 (well, 41), but I feel the need to free myself of distractions and focus on what is  important to me.

My previous attempts to make time for my writing had been constantly stalled by distractions; household chores, unfinished and much-postponed tidying, sorting and DIY.

I am unlikely to ever be a minimalist, but this challenge seems like a good way to declutter the house, and simplify my life so I can prioritise my writing. Plus, I’ve always been a fan of multitasking; blogging about each task will mean I am getting some writing done too.

A saying I’ve come across (in my interest in all things Scandinavian) which fits well with the concept of minimalism is …just enough

It’s so easy to get caught up on what we don’t have, always wanting more, that we forget to be grateful for what we do have.

Okay, I went off track a bit there; not very minimalist of me. Having a quick glance through the next 60 days’ tasks, I doubt I will be able to complete everything in full in the allotted time.  I have decades accumulated belongings hoarded throughout the house (not all of them my own), but this will at least give me a starting point.

Here goes…