Since becoming a minimalist a lot has changed – I didn’t just declutter a few items and moved on. Instead, minimalism inspired me to keep asking the question: “How much do I really need?”. And with that, I started letting go of things and ideas I never thought I would.
Here is a list of everything I’ve let go since embarking on a minimalist journey – for some I found better replacements, and some I simply let go.
1. COTTON ROUNDS
I never thought that something this common would be on my list – but I found 100% organic washable cotton rounds that I use instead of disposable ones. I got mine from ImseVimes and I love them so much!
2. FEMININE HYGIENE PRODUCTS
Another thing I never thought I would put on my list is feminine products like tampons, pads etc. Around four years ago I heard about menstrual panties and I thought I would give them a try – so I ordered some from Thinx and they replaced my disposable products ever since.
3. DISPOSABLE STRAWS
I bought a cute set of reusable straws a while ago and that’s it! No straw waste 😉
4. COSMETICS TESTED ON ANIMALS
Very soon after discovering minimalism, I started to think about what kind of everyday products I’m using and with that, I decided to stop buying items tested on animals. I tested some cruelty-free brands (some more natural than others) until I found my favourites and the rest is history.
5. HIGH HEELS
I used to love high heels. Love. Love. Love. I wore them all the time and they were my go-to item when I wanted to feel put together and beautiful.
But because of minimalism and self-awareness, I started to pay more attention to my life and how I feel throughout my days, which resulted in me buying my white converse sneakers and letting of uncomfortable heels.
And now I’m at the point where I don’t buy anything higher than 6cm. I still have two higher pairs from before but besides that, I live a low heel life 😊
6. COTTON BUDS
This was a more recent change but I started replacing regular plastic cotton buds with the ones made from bamboo. But because I’m always on the hunt to find something better, I pre-ordered some reusable cotton buds from LastSwab so I can be completely free from buying them in the future. Fingers crossed, they’ll be as great as they sound.
7. MAKEUP REMOVER WIPES
I also stopped buying makeup remover wipes – I now use jojoba oil and simple face wash to get rid of my waterproof makeup.
The only exception to this is when I’m travelling and I don’t want to take my whole skincare routine with me.
8. DIFFERENT VARIATIONS OF THE SAME PRODUCT
Before decluttering, I had multiple versions of the same product – I had two night creams, three day creams, three or four different body lotions, a few different eye creams and the list goes on. I had to decide which one to use that day, which was unnecessarily draining.
But now, I only use one product for one specific purpose, which makes my life so much easier – I have one night cream, one day cream, one SPF, one hair shampoo, one body lotion etc. You get the picture. *When it comes to perfume, blush, lipstick and nail polish I have a little more options 😀
9. ‘SPECIAL’ CREAMS (foot creams, anti-cellulite creams, decolletage creams etc.)
I used to believe I have to have every single product on the market, so I owned different creams for different parts of the body. But I found that complicated and honestly, I never noticed a difference – so now, I use my body lotion and body oil for everything.
10. FABRIC SOFTENER
I have a disinfectant combined with a softener, which I use now and then but besides that I’m good.
I sleep in my underwear – so much less laundry to do and sleeping feels much better.
12. DRY SHAMPOO
I used to rely on it in the past but because I never liked the idea of using it, I decided to go without it and I’m fine – I discovered that I can use a little bit of baby powder if I need to refresh my hair and that’s it.
13. GLASS AND WINDOW CLEANER
I use 50% water combined with 50% vinegar so I don’t need to buy any window cleaners anymore.
14. ITEMS THAT ARE UNCOMFORTABLE
Before minimalism, when I saw something beautiful, I had to have it – even if it was uncomfortable or unpractical. Of course, I then decluttered all of those items but despite that, I still bought an uncomfortable thing here and there.
So I made a promise to myself, which I don’t break even when I’m tempted – and that is never to buy anything that it’s too tight, itchy, uncomfortable etc. It’s a great rule to implement!
15. CHEAP TRENDY PIECES
When I was a teenager, I often said: “I would rather have ten cheap bags than one expensive one”. Oh, but the times have changed and it would be fair to say that I would rather keep one of great quality instead of a few that are poor quality.
When we need less, we can afford to spend a little bit more on something to make sure it will last us for years (both style-wise and quality-wise), instead of buying trendy pieces that we’ll get tired of in one season.
“Never overlook the power of simplicity” – Robin Sharma
It’s fun to look back to see how much we’ve changed and how little we need in comparison to before – so I would love to know what are some of the things you’ve let go on your minimalist journey and I hope you enjoyed this post 🙂