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?