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Minimalist Living

Minimalist Living

My journey to living minimally started when I decided to have a clear-out every spring. It was an annual occurrence for me to decide what I needed to keep and what I didn’t use anymore. This was something I have done for as long as I can remember but from 2010 onwards before university was when I started to clear out belongings majorly!

The first major step I took was digitising my music and film collection. This was before Apple Music was available so all of my music was either purchased on iTunes, Amazon Music or were rips of CDs. I started purchasing movies on iTunes as well and had Apple TV to watch these. I continued this process by only purchasing movies on iTunes and then I sold my entire collection which is pictured above.

Photos and videos I have captured over the years also were on the list to go. I stored all of the photos I could on hard drives and recycled all of the prints that I had ordered over the years. I found that they were not being looked at at all. I do have a small collection of images that are printed and on display in my room but I no longer get masses of photos printed unnecessarily.

The digital switch. I have been an avid iPhone user since 2010 when I got my first device. I’ve been using iOS devices and my MacBook Pro to store as much digitally as possible over the past eight years. From photos and videos to statements and bills. I have created a system of storing my e-bills and statements which I receive 100% online now. This is by using my iCloud Drive subscription of 2TB across all of my devices. There are a lot of files still to filter through but the main thing is that all of my digital assets are stored in iCloud opposed to hard drives at my property that could corrupt or be lost/damaged. If you are interested in finding out more about my filing system and how I organise things digitally please let me know.

Moving forward I am careful of what I purchase and if I really need the product or not. I have a small living space now that I have moved out of my apartment above. Admittedly it is a converted garage room which is large enough for a bedroom and living room but in comparison to living in my own property it is a much smaller area. I am continuing to recycle, donate and sell items I no longer need and I have to say it is a lot easier now than it used to be for me. I’ve also donated a lot of clothes from my collection and I only have a small clothes rail in place of my wardrobe.

Being free of belongings is something I am really enjoying. Not only has it lessened the amount of ‘stuff’ that I own but it has made me feel much better mentally as well. In recent years I have realised that I felt burdened with the amount of things I owned. By clearing out over the years I feel a lot better knowing I can progress my journey to living in a tiny home more easily. I definitely recommend trying this as I am surprised at how much better it has made me feel.

Please let me know if you have any questions or would like specific blog posts in the future. Thank you for reading.

All Moved Out!

All Moved Out!

If you’ve been following my blog you’ll know that I was getting ready to move out of my rented apartment. The key handover took place at the end of January and I thought I’d post photos of the apartment here. I managed to sell a lot of items and recycle, donate and dispose of others. The main reason behind this was that I am scaling down my belongings to move into a converted garage room.

Living/Dining Room

This was the living room and dining area of my apartment. It was open-plan and the kitchen adjoined it on one side. The room was quite big so when I lived here I had a separate living room area to dining area with lamps and rugs to help define the different spaces.

Kitchen

This was the small kitchen I had at the apartment. I had the cooker, hob and extractor fan already fitted and supplied but had all of my own appliances including washer-dryer and fridge-freezer. The space was quite compact but plenty of room for me as I was living alone there.

Master Bedroom

This was the largest of the two bedrooms with a large wardrobe (underneath a staircase for the apartment above). The room was too big really for my furniture so I left about a metre of space between the window and the headboard of my bed. This helped ventilation in the room and also made it feel more cosy.

Bathroom

This bathroom was huge. I had a bench in here and a set of stand-alone shelves. This helped use the space a little bit I think this space would have been better suited to the guest/second bedroom.

Spare Room / Office

This is the spare bedroom which I used as my office when I lived at the apartment. It was a small square room with a built-in wardrobe. The space was quite small and it would have been quite difficult to utilise as anything more than a single bedroom. It would have been better suited as the bathroom for the property.

Hallway / Entrance

This was the hallway and entrance to the property. It had a storage cupboard on the left-hand side which held the hot water tank.

I lived in the apartment for just short of my eighteen month tenancy and it was comfortable when I was there. It does need a bit of updating and modernisation including new carpets and laminate floors. I’m looking forward to the next stage of my journey towards living in a tiny-home and am excited to share this experience with you!

I’ll be posting updates soon showing my new bedroom and living room. Work is almost complete and I will be updating you regularly here on my blog.

Thanks for reading and have a great day!

My New Room

My New Room

So I’ve moved today (with just a sofa-bed mattress and bedding) to the new house! I’m going to be blogging the progress time goes on and work is completed on my social media and website!

Follow me on social media @glenconbeer to see how the full move goes! Thanks for reading!