Is it possible to be a Minimalist in real life?

We’ve all seen the Pinterest and Instagram pictures of beautiful, modern clean spaces with just the odd few lust-worthy accessories, but how possible is it to be a minimalist in real life?

I know I’m not the only one who looks around my home and gets annoyed with all the stuff I have. I also know I’m not the only one that wishes they had less, but can’t part with their things.

I’m moving soon, and while I’ve always known I have too much, packing to move has opened my eyes a bit wider. I keep imagining how my new home will look with its white walls, stand out pieces, and the odd home accessory. I’ve pictured my desk being home to carefully placed, gorgeous stationery and some cute accessories. In my mind there’s also somehow room for a dressing table with my makeup and products strategically placed as if ready for a photo at all times.

But realistically, how does anybody manage this? I sorted out my makeup earlier and have approximately 4000 lipsticks (maybe a slight exaggeration) as well as everything else. I even got rid of some items and had a major sort out, but am still left with enough to last me probably forever. There’s also the matter of palettes. I can’t just get rid of them, they all have different uses!

I have so much hair stuff! Considering my hair is mostly unstyled, straight or in a bun, I have so many products. However, sometimes when I do style my hair properly, I need these products. I do actually use them all, but only sometimes. What do you do with products like that?

Toiletries are the gift that keep on giving. I love receiving them for Christmas and I’m always covered pretty much for the year! I use them all eventually, but still need to keep them until that moment. Are you seeing a pattern here? Consumables are so useful, why would I minimize my collections?

Candles are another consumable that I find hard to part with. What’s the point when I’ll just need to buy more. I worked with a candle company for a while so have quite the collection. I thought about giving some away or selling, but I’ll have to buy more then?

In the UK, we are fortunate enough to experience all kinds of weather, meaning we need all kinds of suitable clothes. I dare anyone who talks about staple wardrobes to spend a week in Leeds! I have quite a few jackets that are suitable for some days and some for others. Some with hoods, some for country walks, and some for drinks in town. Now I realise this is my own doing and I could possibly downsize a teeeeny bit, but I love them, and wear them all regularly.

The last two things that I seem to have an extensive collection of are notebooks and mugs. It’s no secret that I love tea (I suppose the blog name gives it away), and each mug I own is dear to me, but why oh why did I find so many to love? Same with notebooks. I have set aside a few to give away, but the ones I’ve kept are so cute and actually have a use. I’m a bit odd and like to use a separate notebook for each part of my life, so one for the blog, one for everyday life, one for meal ideas, and so on. I can’t just have that all in one big messy book! No.

As for others things ruining my dreams of becoming a minimalist, I enjoy crafts, but to do one craft you need about ten items. I have about 30 rolls of washi tape that are regularly used and glue sticks and tools filling a big underbed box and probably need more space. I also love cameras, but with each camera, there are accessories to be stored and film/batteries. There are also wires for numerous gadgets that need to be kept, jewellery that needs storing, and so much more.

So while I have been tidying away and throwing things out, and even discarding things I thought I never would, I’m still left with things that it seems impossible to get rid of. Some is admittedly my fault (Okay, all), but some it just wouldn’t make sense to throw out or give away.

Is just leaves me exhausted and with this question in mind; is it possible to be a Minimalist in real life?

What do you do with items like this? Do you wish you could be more minimalistic or have you managed it? Share your thoughts and ideas, any help will be appreciated! I’ll keep you updated on whether or not I manage at least one white spaced corner in my new home!



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  • I definitely have a staples wardrobe…for the English social calendar. It’s effectively 3 wardrobes.

    • Tina

      Haha, that sounds organised even if you do need 3 of them 🙂 well done. I don’t think my clothes will ever fit into ‘staples’ x

  • I think houses that are full of interesting things and a little bit higgledy-piggledy are much more welcoming and homely than sparse, white rooms. And the thought of a capsule wardrobe terrifies me.

    • Tina

      Haha I totally agree! I would like some space, but with a bit of character and some little bits. A balance would be nice 🙂 capsule wardrobe is a no! Haha x

  • I definitely don’t want to become a minimalist, but I also think its quite impossible. All those pictures and videos I see seem really fake to me, cause you can’t just have a blank white desk and one small rack of clothes if you’re really living there. There’s so much stuff you need to have a normal life. Also, how I am supposed to believe that a girl who wears 3 different outfit each day has only 1 shelf of clothes??

    Nevertheless, I love this post 🙂 ♥

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    • Tina

      Haha! So true! There’s no way the people showing that stuff only own that. Maybe they have one good room in their house and the rest is a mess? Hehe.

      I want to have a nice balance. A lot less so I only have what I love. But I’m sure it’s impossible to achieve perfect blank rooms. I like a place to have personality too xx

  • You know my thoughts! Sometimes I feel like setting everything I own on fire, and starting again. It’s just so difficult to part with things that you like, even if you don’t use them very often.

    • Tina

      Haha same! Just go completely new! But I’m the same, I love some stuff, but might only use it twice a year. It’s so frustrating! I’m trying to get some sort of balance where I don’t have to stress about it every time I look around xx

  • Oh my god I love this post!! I cannot agree more! I have so much of the same stuff that I can’t part with! It’s so difficult, I try and keep a space in my flat that is just clean and clear otherwise I get a bit overwelmed.

    Great post and love your blog x

    • Tina

      Thank you! Ha I do that too, just one little space to be proud of! I’m getting better since moving, so hopefully it’ll have more order soon at least. Thanks for reading! Glad you can relate and I’m not alone in the fight for minimalism! X

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