It’s time to share something about my spending behavior. That’s because it has changed a lot over the past years. I don’t have the precise numbers right now, but it is a feeling I have. Due to minimalism and zero waste, my mindset has flipped completely. I see the world differently now. And with this mindset change my spending behavior has changed drastically too. Today I want to share more about that.Continue reading “How My Sustainable Lifestyle has Changed My Spending Behavior”
It’s time for another recipe! It’s been a while. Since I moved out of my parent’s houses and into my own apartment with my boyfriend in Groningen I’ve tried all kinds of DIY recipes. Some things worked out great, others not so much. Today I want to share the first thing I tried to make and has been a huge succes ever since. It’s the first thing you want to make when you’re making cleaning products yourself: all purpose cleaner.Continue reading “2 Ingredient DIY All Purpose Cleaner”
I have to say: I am just in time with this post. In The Netherlands you can change your health insurance for 2021 only until the end of 2020. You always have to do it before the new year starts. That means you have 4 days left when you read this. But I am still posting this today because I know 4 days is more than enough to do it still. Today I’m sharing about a way to save money on your health insurance without actually having to change it.Continue reading “Saving money on health insurance costs without changing anything”
The past few months I’ve had the feeling of wanting to analyse my closet. I’ve gotten rid of a lot of items this year, one by one. And so, I want to see where I am today. Do I have double items or things I don’t wear? There is one specific category of clothes which I’ve made conscious choices about the past months: shoes. And so, before I analyse my closet I am going to analyse my shoes first in this post. How many shoes do I own and how do I evaluate on the things I have?Continue reading “All the shoes I own as a minimalist”
Working has fascinated me for a long time. Almost everybody works, and a lot too. What I found most fascinating is that most people spend such a huge chunk of their lives at work. 40 hours a week is the standard in our Dutch society, while some work even more. I feel like that is a lot, because there is so little time left for everything else. And so today I want to share a little about a subject I’ve been learning more about in the last couple of years: FIRE.Continue reading “FIRE – Financial Independence, Retire Early”
I think it’s not uncommon this year, I went on a holiday in my own country. Ameland to be specific, a Dutch Island (there are about 6 nearby). A lot of Dutch people will do the same due to the coronavirus, which is one of the few good things about this pandemic, less flights. I think going on a holiday is a good test on minimalism, how much stuff do I think I need in just 7 days? Today I want to show my packing list and evaluate it at the same time.
A Sustainable Holiday
I prefer a holiday nearby, because that’s the most sustainable. And then, taking as little as I can is also sustainable because less weight means less emissions of the car. Going on a holiday in your own country can be so much fun, I have written a post about Ameland already two years ago.
Less weight means less emissions, yes. But packing is also a good test on minimalism. How much stuff do I really need in 7 days? Unfortunately, the weather was a bit weird the past week on Ameland. When we arrived it was about 30 degrees Celcius inside our holiday house, but the days after it rained a lot and the temperature dropped. After that again some sun. It was unpredictable! However, I think I still managed to pack everything I need and not too much more. Here’s my packing list:
- 5 books
- A coloring book
- Markers (to color the book)
- A Nintendo Switch
- Ear plugs
Evaluation: Except for the books, I used everything quite a lot. I took 5 books with me, but that was a little too enthusiast. I almost finished 3. Next time, I’ll take 3 with me.
- 2 T-shirts
- A shorts
- 2 long jeans
- A shirt with long sleeves and a turtle neck
- A sweater
- A jumpsuit
- Pajamas (one set)
- A bikini
- Enough underwear for a week
- One bra
- A cap
- A vest
Evaluation: Two long jeans was too much, I only wore one. The bikini wasn’t necessary, but I think I would still take it with me next time. There are pools and you just never know. The last thing I didn’t need were my slippers. I think I can do without those too next time. Even when it’s extremely warm, I do often wear all-stars or other sneakers. The slippers can stay home next time. If I am warm, I can just wear no shoes (at home). The sweater I took was a bit unnecessary too, I did wear it but my other clothes weren’t dirty just yet.
Evaluation: I used everything! But not everything from the make-up. I think there was one eyeliner I took with me that I didn’t use. That’s fine! I would always take it with me because you just never know when I’d want to wear it.
That’s it! I packed all this in a small suitcase. The one you use for hand baggage. I am happy with how much I took with me. A few items too many, but I didn’t miss a thing.
It’s time for room tour part 2! Last week I shared part 1 of my room tour – the more minimalistic bedroom I have. You can read there why I have two bedrooms and so why this tour has two parts. Today I am sharing part 2, which is where I spend the most time. There are way more items in this room and I’d say it’s not minimalistic but more messy. But it’s reality! And to make this blog more personal, I am sharing this today. Non-edited, real. Continue reading “Room tour – part 2”
Today I want to do a bedroom tour! As the title says, part 1. Now that might make it seem that my bedroom is so big that I need a whole series of blogposts just to show you my room. But no, I don’t have a gigantic bedroom (at least for western measures). I am even more spoiled. I have two! My parents have been divorced since I was young and so I sort of have 2 houses. That’s why today I’ll share just one bedroom: part 1.Continue reading “Room tour – part 1”
One of my long-term goals is to have a capsule wardrobe. A capsule wardrobe is minimalist wardrobe. Every person has a different meaning for it, some want a certain number of items, some want to wear everything which is in there. Since I work towards a minimal wardrobe, I am critical every day and get rid of items. Today I want to show you the 36 items I got rid of in the past months.Continue reading “36 clothing items I got rid of”
I had a moment of enlightenment this Friday. Or well, enlightenment, I received a tip. I was listening to a Dutch podcast about money in the train. They mentioned a tip which made me realized I have spent 180 euros the past 5 years on something that could be free. I have to say, at first that really sucks. Yet, I can’t change the past anymore. But I can change today and share the tip with you as well! Continue reading “Saving 144 euros in 10 minutes with a student bank account”