There’s a funny meme going around about how to take care of curly hair. Just add water. While that’s mostly true, there are ten items (in addition to water) I regularly use in my minimalist hair care routine.
In my first post of the What I Own series, I gave you a glimpse at my clothing. Today, I will share with you the ten items I use to keep my hair manageable as well as the frugal services I regularly utilize in order to care for my long, naturally curly hair.
Maybe you’ve heard the buzz lately about the simple living/minimalist movement. I’ll bet you’ve even heard of (if not already read) the best-selling book: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. Have you been wondering if this lifestyle is for you? Perhaps you’ve been longing to live a simple life, but you’re not sure if it’s worth it. All of the hours you’ll need to spend decluttering your stuff, saying “no” to extra activities and overtime, having to change your spending habits. And for what? Why not just keep going on the same path you’ve always known? After all, it’s easier. Should you even bother trying to simplify your life?
Christmas is right around the corner. There are only twelve days left until the day we’ve been waiting for all year is finally here. Stockings are hung, the tree has been trimmed, gifts have been purchased and wrapped, and everyone has managed to stay within their Christmas budget. What’s that, you say? Your Christmas budget was blown weeks ago? Fear not, I bring you good tidings of great joy. It’s not too late to repair the damage to your budget. You still have time to get back on track or at least stop the budget train from derailing any further.
Today, I want to share with you a tour of my Fall/Winter Capsule Wardrobe. The hanging portion of my closet contains 27 pieces and I have 5 pairs of shoes, bringing the grand total to 32 pieces. This number does not include my winter coat, hat, gloves, scarves, undergarments, clothing I wear around the house, or accessories. All of my clothing fits into a 3 1/2′ X 6′ space. As a result, everything I need to get dressed is contained in one convenient location.
“What if Christmas,” the Grinch thought, “doesn’t come from a store.”
“What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more?” -Dr. Seuss
Take a moment and think back to the Christmas when you were 5 years old. Do you remember what gifts you received? What about when you were 10? Or 15? No?
If you have any children, ask them what they got for Christmas last year. Do they remember? It’s okay, neither do mine.
Christmas is my second-favorite holiday next to Easter. It’s the time of year when we (Christians) celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. The Christmas season presents the opportunity for us to count our blessings one by one. Christmas is an occasion for us to get together with family and friends near and far and enjoy each other’s company. It is the season to give joyfully to those in need.
Or at least, it’s supposed to be.
Through the years, Christmas has become more and more about mass consumerism, mass consumption, and massive debt. Christmas has become less about giving and more about receiving. It has turned into a stress-inducing holiday for many because of all of the activities we try to cram into our holiday schedules. Christmas has come to be a time of tense interactions between family members who don’t always agree. Just another item on our already full to-do lists. As a result, Christmas has become far from simple.
I don’t know about you, but I think we can do better. I think crafting a simple Christmas is possible; it can be savored, celebrated, even enjoyed.
Do start each day by opening your drawers or walking into your closet only to hang your head in despair?
Are you frequently overwhelmed by the contents of your wardrobe?
Do you regularly feel even though you may own multiple items of clothing- that you have nothing to wear?
Have you recently lost or gained weight and are holding onto clothing in the hopes of one day being able to wear it again or the fear of growing into it again?
Are your closets and drawers overstuffed to the point that you cannot easily close them or identify what’s inside?
Have you tried in the past to declutter your wardrobe to no avail?
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, keep reading. I will show you the simple, practical steps I have taken to declutter and obtain a manageable/streamlined wardrobe that I love.