All posts tagged: minimalism

Minimal Millennial | Emily Torres

My name is Emily and I’m determined to live life to the fullest – but without all the stuff. Through paring down my belongings and cutting frivolous shopping, I am making my life more intentional. I started my minimalist journey a few years ago when I realized my possessions were (literally) weighing me down and holding me back from going places I wanted to go. I was born and raised in Indiana, but now I’ve started a new life in Los Angeles with my husband and two rabbits. I love (and write about) simple living, healthy food and spreading joy.

The Jewelry Box

Originally posted on Minimal Millennial:
What costs less than $5, looks cool for a season, and falls apart when you think you need it most? Trendy jewelry. I’ve always liked the idea of accessorizing to really make an outfit pop, but I haven’t acted on that inclination in years. In high school, I had a dozen sweaters I circulated through and each sweater had a corresponding pair of earrings. And there were sequins – on both the sweaters and the earrings. Looking back, I’m slightly mortified. I mean, we’re talking seventeen-year-old Emily. Seventeen and sequins everywhere. I know some like their accessories, so in line with what I’ve said about trends, keep it if you love it and if it adds value. But I challenge you to go to your jewelry box right now and see if there are pieces that you just have “in case.” My guess is that there are some. Earrings are my bling of choice, but even then I only have one or two pairs that I wear on a regular basis. These are my treasured…

Why I’ve Never Made a Capsule Wardrobe

Originally posted on Minimal Millennial:
I have too many clothes. I remember thinking this over and over again as I walked down my rickety apartment stairs towards the car. I was carrying two 50-gallon trash bags filled with clothes – and that wasn’t even all of them. I had another 50-gallon trash bag filled with shoes upstairs waiting to be packed into the car for the move from Bloomington to Indianapolis, Indiana. I even had a couple armfuls of hanging clothes already in the car. I estimated that my clothes weighed at least two times what I weighed – I felt so encumbered and overstuffed. That’s when I started looking into how to simplify. My first exposure to a minimal blogger A quick Google search led me to discover my first minimalist/simple living blogger: Courtney Carver. I started to learn about Project 333 and started to realize all the things that weren’t necessary in my closet (I had a beaded evening gown thrift store find that I just couldn’t get rid of – but never wore). I found…

Managing Clutter Magnet Spaces

Originally posted on Minimal Millennial:
Clutter magnet spaces. You know what I’m talking about – the table next to the door, that part of the kitchen counter, your nightstand. The places where clutter sets up camp. For me and my husband, I’m a bit ashamed to admit, all of the flat surfaces in our apartment are magnet spaces. It’s not for lack of storage or even an excess of stuff that really causes the clutter buildup. It’s mainly a bad habit that we’re constantly fighting against. Every. Day. And when the table isn’t clear or there are clothes on the bed, I get distracted and stressed out. When my desk is most cluttered, I even question why I’m talking about minimalism (despite how far I’ve come these past three years). Why does stuff appear there? Our routine includes a thorough apartment-cleaning each weekend so that we can have a fresh start to the week. Everything goes back to its proper place and we breathe easier knowing that everything is where it should be. So why,…