I want to live more simply.

I've spent the last 2 weeks living out of my suitcase. And while it's been tiring and frustrating at times, it's made me realise that I really don't need so much stuff. I've not needed all of the crap that I've hoarded over the years that is sat in my wardrobe or taking up space in the rest of my room. I don't need 57 jackets or 24 pairs of jeans to survive. Ok, slight exaggeration, I promise. But you get the gist. And do you know what? I've really quite enjoyed not having as much choice. It's taken me less time to get ready in the morning and I've just felt less... cluttered, and subsequently less stressed.

And it got me thinking, it's not just my unnecessarily overflowing wardrobe thats making me feel all cluttered. Our lives are constantly full of stuff. Stuff that we don't need. Stuff that we don't use. But stuff that we have because, well. We thought we wanted it or we convinced ourselves that we did need it. 


I ~love~ the idea of living a more simple and minimalistic lifestyle, and every time I read a minimalism blog or article, I make a mental note to go home and throw everything out immediately. And then I get to my flat and convince myself that I do, in fact, need everything that I've got because I can't bear to throw out any of my clothes.

WELL. This time, I'm doing it for real. I meant it. Yep. 100% going to give it a proper go.

And I'm not just going to de-clutter my wardrobe. I want to try and declutter other parts of my life, too. Like, I'm going to start really tracking my expenses and make sure that I'm not making constant unnecessary purchases. I'm going to cancel my gym membership considering I haven't stepped foot inside there since October, and now I'm moving to London... it's really pretty useless. I'm going to stop wasting hours sat on my bed scrolling through social media when I could be doing productive things or practising more mindfulness. 

One thing I have already done recently is get rid of our TV. Whenever I say this, everyone always looks at me like I've got two heads. BUT just hear me out for a sec. We never watched it. Everything I watched was always on Netflix or iPlayer on my laptop. So why did we need a TV? We got rid of it and rearranged the living room and I love that it's not the main focus of the room anymore. We can have flowers and fairy lights and more space and the living room now feels a lot more cosy and homely and I love it. It has also meant that I've spent less time getting distracted by pointless TV programmes that I didn't actually want to watch.


I read something today that said;

Time and money are two of the most valuable resources people have. When life gets simpler, the amount of these two things that a person has available will rise. That is the benefit of a simpler life in today's world.

At the end of the day, life is all about choices. So I'm going to start changing the choices that I make in order to live more simply, and hopefully, happier.

Soph

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  1. I desperately need to do this right now, you go girl! xxx

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    1. Haha I'm actually having some relative success with my wardrobe this time! Being super strict with myself and it's great :) xx

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  2. YES such wisdom Sophie! I definitely feel like a simpler, less cluttered life is a happier one. I have so much stuff that I really don't need in my life, there is just a weird attachment I seem to have with belongings so I can't quite bring myself to chuck 'em! Life without TV is a dream, I never used to watch TV - but my boyf is a big fan and now I find myself watching Love Island - when did life come to this!? Immy x

    www.immymay.com

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    1. Yes! I'm exactly the same - I seem to have this ability to attach even the smallest of memories to things which then means I can't throw it out. Haha oh my goodness me too. I'm so into Love Island I've got no idea what's happened to me haha! xx

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  3. this post is so great & exactly what I needed to read right now <3

    Becca | www.15bex02.co.vu

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    1. Thank you, Becca! I'm glad you liked it :)

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  4. LOVE this post! A couple of weeks ago I packed up a suitcase with some friends and we went to France for a week without WiFi. It was bliss, and it made me realise how little we need to be happy. Social media is great, but I know I spend too much time on it, whereas a few weeks ago I was much happier reading a book! Funnily enough, I actually re-named my blog to 'Life is Simple' a couple of days ago because I want to focus on the simplicity of slow living :)

    Have a great day!
    Emma xo // http://www.lifeissimple.co.uk/

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    1. Thank you, Emma! I've always thought about doing something like that, becuase I literally live on my phone and social media and I know that at times it's really not good for me! That's such an awesome thing to do, I'll go give it a read now :)

      Soph x | www.sophierosie.com

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  5. I absolutely love that quote you popped in on the end there, I'm determined to have a proper clear out this month and just live a more simplified life!

    Lucy | Forever September

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  6. I feel so much more content with less 'stuff'! I had a massive clearout at the end of last year and now every month I do a bit more and it's amazing how it's taught me what I get just because I think I 'might' use it or need it! I'm saving money as a result of my little epiphany so I hope yours goes well too!

    Laura xx | Loved By Laura

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    1. That's such a good idea and way of doing it! That's my problem, thinking I 'might' want it in the future and then I never do! xx

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  7. Simple living and minimalism is something that I love to talk about! I think it's so important to declutter and live with minimal attachments. I, too, have gotten rid of my TV and every time I tell someone, they look at me like I've got two heads haha. I'm so happy for you girl, keep it up!

    Kathlyn | Kathlyn's Korner

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    1. Haha thank you, Kathlyn! I'm glad that we think very similarly haha! x

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  8. I don't have a TV either! I think it's nice not having a TV constantly on in the background.. simple living is the way forward.. I'm trying to focus more on people and experiences then filling a house full of pointless stuff

    Ronnie
    www.veronicabizzarri.com
    xx

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  9. Oooooh I love that quote! I can't wait to see how you change your life through living minimally and mindfully!

    Sharni xo
    A Girl & Grey

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  10. That quote at the end is perfect! I love idea of living a simpler lifestyle, it just makes everything easier and happier because there's less to worry about or to complicate things! I recently had the same epiphany when I moved out of my uni house and found a bunch of stuff I didn't even know I had up there!

    Good luck with the change and you've inspired me to try it too!

    JosieVictoriaa // Fashion, Travel & Lifestyle

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    1. Haha I do kinda love it when you find things that you'd forgotten about! Ahh I hope it goes well for you too, lovey! xx

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  11. I totally feel the same! I always feel so connected reading your posts :)

    xx Lisa | lisaautumn.com

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  12. I totally hear you on this! I'm in the middle of a big wardrobe clearout at the moment! x



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  13. The simple life is the best life.

    And you are right: life is all about choices, and you have to do what is right for you.

    I think it's great that you got rid of your TV. While I was away at university there were times where I didn't have a TV, and I think it's so much better. But I remember being judged by some of my so-called 'friends' at the time for not having one. It's so strange that some people could react in a weird way to the fact that you don't have a TV, but there is nothing wrong with not having one and these people forget that you can survive without one!

    Chichi
    chichiwrites.com

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  14. Okay, this has given me the nudge I need to get my shit sorted! One of my tasks for today is to sort out my wardrobe and drawers because even just knowing the mess they're in is stressing me out a little. And I love the fact you don't have a TV. I don't have one in my bedroom at the moment and it is just SO NICE, there's no distraction and I can just relax in there.

    Emma | Paper Planes and Caramel Waffles

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  15. I've been thinking about this for a while now but only after reading this post I've been motivated enough to actually go and get rid of stuff. I have so many things that I don't use and they're just taking much space in my room, space that I certainly need since I have to share a room with my sister hahah Anyway, this was a lovely post and thank you for writing it. I love the quote at the end!
    Anna x
    dropsofanna.blogspot.com

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