5 minimalist New Year Resolutions

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Here are five minimalist New Year Resolution ideas for those of us whose resolutions don’t include diets, meditations, gym memberships, giving up certain foods, or yoga!

1. Resolve to start a Capsule Wardrobe.

Both The Project 333 and Unfancy have great tips on how to start. As someone who started a Capsule Wardrobe 4 years ago and never looked back, I can guarantee you won’t regret it!

2. Resolve to edit your photographs.

Don’t keep photos that make you sad, make you feel bad, or make you angry. Let them go. Keep only the pics that represent the best times of who you are and what you want life to be.

3. Resolve to get rid of your fat (or thin!) clothes.

Donate – or ditch! – anything that doesn’t fit who you are, here and now. Then, if your body should change, you’ll deserve new clothing, won’t you!

4. Resolve to mend what is broken.

All those items you have that are broken and need fixing, from windows to buttons missing from coats. Make a plan to fix them – and follow through!

Life is too short for broken things.

5. Resolve to edit your relationships.

Make sure the people around you make you happier, support you, and love you.

Get rid of the “psychic vampires” – those people who make life miserable, and seem to thrive on discord and discontent!

Remember: you are a reflection of the five closest people to you. Make sure they’re people you would choose to reflect.

5 minimalist New Year Resolutions

Creating a capsule wardrobe for work

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A great working wardrobe consists of:

  • Clothing that serves your needs. Can you move in it? Does it cover your body appropriately? Is the cut and style suitable for your profession?

  • Clothing that fits you well. Is it roomy enough? Can you bend and kneel if you need to, without your clothing pinching, tearing, or showing parts of your body you’d rather not show?

  • Clothing that is of the best quality you can afford. Do you present a tidy, well-groomed image? Does your wardrobe look stylish? Will it last more than one season? Is it made of natural fabrics that breathe, or will you sweat the moment the temperature rises a few degrees?

  • Clothing that looks great on you and makes you feel great. Do your clothes represent who you want to be, and how you want to be seen by others?

How many items do you need?

If you work a five day week you’ll probably need five tops, two bottoms (trousers or skirts), a good quality belt, a decent pair of shoes, and a jacket.

Separates work better than dresses, as you can mix and match between them.

You may also need a handbag or messenger bag, especially if you transport your lunch and / or computer to and from the workplace.

If you live in a cold climate, gloves, hat and scarf may be essential, and an umbrella or raincoat.

Check that you have the right underwear for your work wardrobe.

Creating a capsule wardrobe for work

General guidelines

  • Choose quality over quantity. Be selective. Save your money and buy few items thoughtfully and rarely rather than lots of cheap clothes.

  • Fit is important, especially in an active role. If you’re scrabbling down under desks on a regular basis, or bending over others to present your work, check your neckline and waistline carefully to ensure that nobody is seeing parts of you they might not want to see! “Plumbers cracks” and plunging necklines are never professional.

  • Keep the slogans, brand names and “bling” out of the office. Draw attention to yourself with the excellent quality of your work, not with the obnoxious nature of your clothing!

  • Keep scent levels low. Many companies are now advocating scent-free workplaces. Even if your workplace has no policy, it’s considerate to keep scent subtle. Ask a blunt friend to be frank with you if you’re uncertain about how much scent you’re using!

  • Do use deodorant! Yes. Please do.

Creating a capsule wardrobe for work isn’t difficult, and there are sites such as Project 333 and Unfancy to help you if you choose.

Just remember the key guidelines: Shop less, buy quality, choose wisely.

Shope less, Buy quality, Choose wisely

The working minimalist

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I started a new job this week. It was exactly the position I had been searching for, and I’m very happy.

I didn’t have a lot of time to adjust to working life. It was just two weeks between forwarding my application and starting work!

The benefits of a flexible Capsule Wardrobe

As a minimalist, I don’t own a lot of clothing. My whole wardrobe is fewer than 30 items – including jewelry!

However, because I own a flexible Capsule Wardrobe, I only needed to buy a few work-appropriate tops in order to be kitted out for my new job.

I already owned a suitable handbag, jacket, shoes, trousers etc. and I didn’t need many new items to fill the gaps and create a well-rounded working wardrobe that also serves me well on weekends.

All it took was planning and organization.

Organization is the heart of minimalism

Organization is the heart of minimalism

Meal and hot drink planning and preparation

Apart from tops for work I needed – and bought – some great glass lunchboxes for lunch prepping.

With clip on lids and full seals, these can be safely frozen, served cold or microwaved. They are ideal for organized lunch planning.

They’ll save me hundreds of dollars over their lifespan by enabling me to avoid bought lunches. Buying lunch every day can really add up, both financially and on the waistline! I want to avoid both!

Since starting work I’ve also bought some of my favourite green and herbal teas to make my work days happier 😉

At some point soon I’ll write posts on working wardrobes and on meal planning for work.

Organization is the heart of minimalism

It isn’t hard to be organized. It just requires thinking ahead, considering your needs and the needs of others, and eliminating everything that is unnecessary.

Being organized can save you many hundreds of dollars and many hours of work, as in the case of meal planning and preparation.

By bringing my own teas to work, I’ll save even more, and I’ll avoid those nasty takeaway cups that cannot be recycled and which are destined for landfill.

I call that a win-win 🙂

An organized home life for working families

Finally, returning to work requires management of home life.

My kids – all four of them – are not thrilled about having to do a few more chores around the home, but they are old enough to understand that they directly benefit from me rejoining the workforce.

Some of the jobs my almost-grownup kids will manage include:

  • Making their own breakfasts and lunches, and helping prepare dinners
  • Setting the table and cleaning up after dinner
  • Doing their own washing
  • Tidying their rooms and managing their belongings
  • Cleaning up after themselves
  • Helping with the garden
  • Vacuuming and dusting.

Having fewer belongings and a streamlined meal plan and pantry makes everything much easier for everyone to manage. Minimalism for the win!

I’ll delve into the issue of families sharing home duties, and the ways that minimalism can help make things easier, in a forthcoming post.

So here I am, at work again. I’m loving it! 🙂

Do all adults work in your family? How do you manage work and home? Do you find minimalism helps make things simpler?