My 15 Day Minimalism Challenge

The reason why you opened this link is because you probably are at the same minimalism stage as me. Quite at the beginning. And these challenges can be used as guidelines, incentives, whatever you would like to call it. 51d4b368afe9c2aa0f31a2b6dca2ec9e

But we are all here for the same reason – to declutter our lives, both physically and mentally, and really start enjoying more of our free time and what really makes us happy.

I’m not going to tell you, just yet, how and why I started adapting the minimalism lifestyle because I don’t feel like I have enough knowledge and insight yet. I’m very new and I’m still learning and adapting techniques. But what I can do is share with you a few challenges I’ve been through.

Every single point on this list was tested by me, and it not only works, but it also makes you feel really good after finishing it.

1. Clean out your closet

Reserve a full day to go through your wardrobe piece-by-piece and get rid of anything that you haven’t worn in years or even months. Give it to charity, to your friend or recycle it, but take it out of your house.

2. Unfollow and unfriend

Be a little more selective about who you follow and who are your friends on Facebook or any other social media channel. You don’t need to stay online friends with people you haven’t spoken to in years. Go through your list and downsize.

3. Get rid of unused makeup, skin/haircare products

Finish those leftovers that you have since months ago or give it to someone that will use it more frequently. If you don’t want to throw products away, start using them more until you finish them and then don’t buy more of that specific product. Just make sure you trow away every expired product.

4. Clear out your junk drawer

Trust me, it’s therapeutic. Clean out the most cluttered drawer/box/corner of your house. And avoid getting attached to objects, use those emotions on people instead.

5. Go paperless billing

Choosing paperless billing will reduce the amount of bills you receive. You can choose to receive an email or text message from most companies if you’re worried you will forget about the bill. Create a folder on your e-mail inbox where you save all of it in case you need to go back and check something.

6. Stay offline for a day

It’s nice to look up and not down for a day. I’ve tried it for a whole weekend. Read my experience here – Social Media Weekend Detox

 

7. Empty your handbag

Tip it upside down and watch the dust and debris shower down. The less you have in there, the less you will have to carry around and the less tired you’ll be.

8. Sort through your inbox until it reaches zero

If you delete all the unnecessary emails and organise the ones that you really need in folders, how easy will it be to go on your inbox and find something!

9. Spend time with loved ones…

Go have dinner with friends or family. Suggest a meal where everyone puts their phones in a box and practices the art of uninterrupted conversation, listening and eye contact.

10. Meditate

There are lots of apps and podcasts that can help you with this. It’s all about taking time to be calm and present in the moment, in doesn’t matter when, where or how often. Just give it a try.

11. Turn off social media notifications on your phone

You are so used to visit social media that you don’t need notifications to keep reminding you where and when you need to open that app. You will open it eventually and find out what is happening. There is nothing urgency going on while you’re away.

12. Remove decorative items other than your favourites

Give your house a theme and ask yourself what needs to stay and what you need to get rid of because it doesn’t fit that theme. Ask yourself a simple question “Does it serve a purpose functionally or visually?”, then there you go.

13. Write a monthly budget for yourselfb78d091bf3360568d440c0d8b48a3187

Write down what you can save, what you can spend and what you’re going to invest for the next month.

14. Clean out your fridge/freezer

Make sure you thrown away everything that is expired. If you keep it clean it will be easier to see what you have and what you need to buy without having multiple products that will just go to waste.

15. De-clutter your work desk

It will make you more productive and organised because you’ll know where is everything and what needs to be done without being overwhelmed by papers.

I’ll be writing separate posts about my experiences with each one of these challenge points in the next couple of weeks, so make sure you’re following the blog or any of my social media challenges.

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Catastrophe Cosmetic|Lush Product Review

Don’t worry, the experience wasn’t a catastrophe at all. A few weeks ago, 3 to be more precise, I decided to try a calming and moisturising fresh face mask from Lush.

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The Catastrophe Cosmetic face mask is packed with blueberries, calamine and chamomile, rose, and almond oils to soothe and soften the skin.

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You just need to smooth a generous layer of this mask onto clean skin and leave for 10 to 15 minutes. I use cold water (you can also use lukewarm water, but avoid hot water) to remove the mask while massaging my face. You can feel a softer skin straight away.

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The ingredients:

Blueberries are rich in vitamins and minerals that protect and rejuvenate, helping to repair sun damage and give you a gorgeous glow.

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Calamine is soothing, antiseptic powder derived from natural mineral deposits and ferric oxide. It has a high concentration of zinc oxide – an incredibly active material that has the ability to reflect UV rays. This means calamine is often used as (and in) sunscreen to protect and care for the skin.

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Chamomile blue oil is used to improve the condition and appearance of the skin, hair and scalp, as well as for its soothing and calming perfume which blends beautifully with other essential oils.

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Irish moss has a softening, soothing feel on the skin and hair and a very gentle cleansing effect.

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I’m going to review a different mask every month, but for now, this one is definitely IMG_0297approved and recommended! The only thing I would say is that with a use by date you feel a bit rushed to use it all up before it expires. It’s great for me because it will make me stop being lazy and take care of my skin more often, but some people might not like it.

 

If you’ve tried this mask, please share your experience on the comments’ section. If you have any facial mask to recommend please feel free to share it too.

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Social Media Weekend Detox

Social media means a lot to me. I have to admit it and if you’re reading this post is probably because you feel the same. Social Media means so much to me that I work as a Social Media Manager for a Marketing Agency. shutterstock_41533708

And now you’re thinking, how is a social media manager that runs a blog able to go on a weekend detox? Well, we are the ones that need it the most. Don’t get me wrong, I love blogging and I will be doing it for many years to come, even when times get busier, I will still be blogging. But it’s important to have rules so your hobby and your job don’t take over the rest of your life.

So here is why I did it and why you should try it too:

  1.  Opens a Lot of Free Time – I deleted all my social media apps from my iPhone the moment I finished work on Friday. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and even Pinterest. I decided to go a little further and turn off my e-mail notifications. All my blog and social media posts were scheduled and now I had a free weekend ahead of me. So I asked myself, what do I really want to do? I had time to organise the house, hit the gym, spend more time with family and friends and even had more “me” time to enjoy a bath with my Lush bombs and a few hair and face natural masks. Bliss!
  2. Improve Your Overall Mood – We all know how social media can stress us out, even though sometimes we don’t notice. For example, those girls that keep posting selfies with stupid unrelated captions. Those annoying and useless status updates on Facebook #noonecares. The continuous messages on Whatsapp asking where you are, how you are and what what are you doing. The pressure of having to reply to all of them to clear your inbox. All of that is stressing you out and making you anxious. During this weekend no one expected anything from me, even if they did, I didn’t care. I was in a detoxing process and it felt really good.

  3. Save Money – How many times did you buy a certain outfit because you saw a blogger wearing it on Instagram? What about that pizza you ordered because your friend decided to buy Domino’s and share it on Facebook? If you don’t know how to control these needs, a social media detox will help you.
  4. Save Battery – We use our phones to do basically everything nowadays. Our phone is a camera, a computer, a television, and the list keeps growing. This affects the number of times we have to charge our phones. I generally charge mine once a day during week days a twice a day during weekends. I know it’s too much and that was actually what made me realise that I spend too much time on my phone. Can you believe my battery was at 100% on Friday at 5.30 pm and on Monday at 9am it was 50%? I had to answer a few calls throughout the weekend and I took pictures, even though I didn’t post them!

Habits I’ve created after my weekend detox:

  • I only go on social media while I’m on the train, during my commute in the morning and in the afternoon. The moment I get home it’s time to switch off.
  • When out with friends and family, I take pictures for personal and blog use but instead of sharing them straight away I do it later on the day and enjoy that time with the people around me.
  • I turned off all notifications apart from message notifications in case it’s something urgent. Likes, retweets and shares notifications are useless and only make you waste your time. You can see it all once you open that app, so no need to be reminded every 2 minutes.
  • I’ve unfollowed and unfriended all those annoying people that I mentioned on bullet point number 2. I will not judge you if I’m not seeing your selfies constantly coming up on my feed. It felt so good.

If you’ve done a social media detox challenge, whether it was for a weekend, a week or a month, please share your experience and you’re welcome to share a few tips too.

After that, please put your phone down.

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