As you’ve undoubtedly noticed I am on a minimalist jag. In fact, I have been a minimalist most of my life but it was never in fashion before. I used to be pitied for my insignificant hoard but now I’m considered clever for my sparseness.
Initially my minimalism was forced upon me. I married a preacher. Not the fast track to amassing wealth. But eventually I discovered that owning less was actually my natural rhythm. I abhor clutter and found myself constantly decluttering my own home and the homes of others who turned their back for a minute!
I am reposting a blog by a fellow minimalist I’ve just discovered because she says what I want to say with fewer words–minimalism at its best!
I like her ideas but must confess I still use a laundry hamper but mainly because my husband generates more laundry than a newborn and it needs to be contained somewhere. If, like the blogger, you live alone (she has a cat) you may be able to toss your hamper.
Also, I use homemade laundry soap my daughter makes so instead of paying $20 for a large jug of liquid, we pay about $1 for the ingredients (I will share the recipe in a later blog). I have used this detergent for a few years and I see no difference in the cleanliness or brightness of my laundry.
And finally, I always wear my clothes at least twice or three times before washing them. I live in a cold climate, do not sweat easily, wear loose fitting clothes and always hang things up after wearing them so they can air out. You might want to ask my family if you want the “whole story” but I do not think I pollute the room and my clothes do not wear out as fast. In fact, only children wear out their clothing. Adults “wash out” their wardrobe.
Here is what asmallwardrobe has to say:
37 items of clothing, 8 pairs of shoes, 3 bags
In the last year I have spent a lot of time thinking about what is useful to me and what is not. I have applied this thought to every aspect of my life. Compared to some of the intense physical and emotional cleanses I have experienced, the laundry is probably at the more frivolous, lighthearted end of the spectrum. It even feels a bit silly writing this post, considering some of the subject matter I have written about recently. Every little bit counts though, and today I present the decluttering of my laundry.
- No laundry basket. I used to have a large wicker laundry basket. It began to bother me. It started to seem silly that I had a large box purely designed to store dirty clothes in. Additionally, the wicker style really didn’t suit the modern aesthetic of my place…
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