I know I write a fair bit on ‘minimalism’ on here and the broad meaning that it has. I’m still not very good at it and am trying to find my way of minimalism. The move to a new country helped. I came with my 2 suitcases and 7 pairs of shoes. I came with a handful of clothing for each summer/winter, all my thermals and 5 jackets which I am yet to wear.
With my summer items, I think I packed well. I brought over x3 tshirts, x3 shorts, x2 dresses and x1 skirt for casual wear. Unfortunately, all the walking here has meant that 1 pair of shorts are now abit too big for me! I have since added another x4 tshirts which was probably too many. One of my white tshirts that I brought over is not so white anymore and unfortunately I made the error of adding another white t-shirt (which is also now not so white). I should stop buying white t-shirts.
I’m not very fond of the fashion style here so I’m pretty sure I’ll be living in my t-shirts.
For work wear, I came with exactly x5 summer work tops and x3 summer work skirts. I have gone through all of these weekly on rotation. I’ve already lost x1 summer work top (which again is white and now not so white) and am not too keen on replacing it as the seasons will soon be changing anyway. I have added a pair of work pants that I purchased here which I love. Whilst my summer skirts can be paired with stockings, 2 of these won’t last the winter as they fabric they’re made from won’t be suitable (linen and bamboo). I’m sure I’ll be able to find a wool skirt or something similar soon.
This has made me realise that I have wayyyy too many clothes back home which I don’t even remember what. This is a new way forward for me!
Apartment wise, I was left with a blank slate. I was given some kitchen utensils (2 plates, 2 bowls, a pan, a saucepan and 1 set of cutlery), fridge, microwave, a mattress and a set of bed sheets. And that’s about it. I have added a stool, a floor couch, a small table and some plants to make my place feel more homey and also so I have somewhere to sit.
I was so focused on what living in a different country would offer me, new food, new culture, new language, new job and new experiences that I didn’t even really think of what it would offer me in my mindset and way of living. I just knew I had limited luggage space to be bringing my things back and forth but didn’t realise how valuable this experience would be. The reset has finally really made me realise how to live minimally (or at least trying to and improving my way to).
Have you experienced any resets in the way that you were living?