1950’s Minimalism

Back in the 1950’s a tidy home was the ultimate status symbol, we spent 50 hours a week keeping things pristine and never missed an annual spring clean.

But today the claws of consumerism have taken hold, and cleaning is the least of our worries.  All to often our homes can look a bit like a bomb site, we’ve accumulated so much stuff that our groaning houses are starting to effect the way that we live.

So if the things that you own are starting to own you, it’s time to declare war on your clutter.

– Phil Spencer, The Big Spring Clean (Channel 4)

STEP TWO: Step-by-Step guide to Minimalising…

I’m going to try and make a Step-by-Step guide to Minimalising…

STEP TWO: Sort out your Bathroom & Toiletries: 

  1. Throw out anything that’s empty or out of date
  2. Try looking into minimising your toiletries and cleaning products with more natural products
  3. Donate anything that doesn’t need to be in a bathroom; bathroom scales, shower rug, shower caddy, toilet brush, towel rack, rubbish bin and maybe a children’s stepping-stool are all acceptable to keep.

STEP ONE: Step-by-Step guide to Minimalising…

I’m going to try and make a Step-by-Step guide to Minimalising…

STEP ONE: Sort out your Clothes & Accessories:

  1. Anything you don’t wear or use anymore give away to charity
  2. Try and create a “Capsule Wardrobe
  3. Turn your clothes hangers the wrong way on your hanging rack (wardrobe, cupboard); so you know what you’re using/wearing more of — of course put the clothes you ARE wearing more often back on the hanging rack the right way! …Review this every month and donate what you aren’t wearing!
  4. Research into reversible clothing or multiple use clothing and scarfs

Children’s Age Gaps: How to get them to play together… Nicely?

When we got rid of all our Duplo sets arguments between two siblings stopped. But they soon commence again when it comes to having the few toys we had left; the arguments that began to break out again were mainly about sharing and what belongs to who.

There is a small 3 and a half age gap between the two so the youngest who is 2, doesn’t really understand yet whereas the older one is very aware just stubborn!

Our solution was to buy dressing up outfits; one each – so they could play together, exactly the same.  This way, the eldest uses her imagination and the youngest, who doesn’t have clue what’s going on really, follows the eldest around; feeling like she’s involved in the game.

Why a Motor-Home is a Good Investment…

Firstly, it’s a good idea for camping and caravaning holidays with small children.  We believe in not going abroad with young children; it just makes life easier as well as the fact that they are going to remember these trips at such young ages.

Secondly, it’s great for a Minimalist. We could save around £700 a month on travelling to and back two hours a day to work to home. Or £350 a month for sharing a house that’s closer to work.

Only downside is, you find the perfect one and it’ll take you up to 4 months to save for it – by that time it could of been sold to someone else!

Our heart is set on getting one…

 

£2,950:

 

£3,500:

 

Camper-van: £3,500