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”
Babette Porcelijn made a top 10 of the most polluting activities in her book The Hidden Impact. The number one thing is buying new stuff, it is the activity with the biggest negative impact. To reduce my negative impact and thrive towards an eco-positive lifestyle I try to buy no more new stuff. Even though buying nothing new for a year is something I haven’t achieved yet, I do try to minimize the new purchases as much as I can. Here’s everything I bought new in 2019. Continue reading “All my new purchases in 2019”
Over the past weeks I’ve really noticed that minimalism is becoming my standard mindset. It’s become an integrated part of my life, sort of an automatic pilot for me. Over time I’ve already shared some book tips about minimalism, the book from the Minimalists, or this one from Jelle Derckx and even a more practical one from Marie Kondo. But today I’d like to add one to the list, since I think more books about minimalism are actually better (how ironic, right?). From each book I learn more about the mindset and lifestyle. Today I’d like to recommend to you: The Joy of Less by Francine Jay.Continue reading “Book about minimalism: The Joy of Less”
Last week I shared some ‘new’ secondhand purchases of mine. I do that a lot, you can read more articles about secondhand clothing I bought among others here, here and here. I also wrote a post on why and how I buy secondhand. Conclusion: it’s the most sustainable option. That’s why I do it. But do I think secondhand fashion is the solution to the whole fast fashion crisis? I’ll tell you. Continue reading “Do I think secondhand clothing is the solution to the fast fashion crises?”
Last week I published a post in which I calculated my negative impact on the planet and how many earths we would need if everybody lived like me, considering we only have one. The biggest category in this calculation is stuff. And a big part of that for me were solar panels I bought. In the calculation that seems negative, because it’s something you buy new. But today I want to tell you why I think it’s a positive thing and how I buy solar panels. Continue reading “Earning money with solar panels: ZonnepanelenDelen”