As you pare down your wardrobe, box up your clutter, and give away your stuff, you try to figure out what is enough. After all, if you could determine that, you could be happy with less. If you could determine that, you could spend your time doing things you love, instead of taking care of things you have. Instead of slowly working your way down, this mini-mission takes things to the next level, and asks you to consider that one is enough.
After only two weeks of minimalist fashion project 333, I can clearly see that one purse is enough. One pair of sunglasses is enough. One necklace is enough and one bracelet is enough (usually more than enough), but what about things like dishes and cups? Just because you can walk into Target and buy 44 cups for $4.00, doesn’t mean you should. Pens are cheap, but do you really need 10 or more in a jar on your desk. And why, if you start with 10, do you always have none by the end of the week? If you only had one, would you take better care of it?
For this mini-mission, create a kit for yourself. One dish, one cup, one bowl, one pen…you get the idea. Whatever you would typically use more than one of each day, cut it down to one. Challenge the idea that one is enough. This might be a weekend experiment or maybe longer. You might find that one is not enough or that one is actually too much.
Bonus Mission: Make it a family affair. Will your husband, wife or children join you? See how it changes things in your family. Your dishwasher won’t be running much!
I am putting my kit together tonight and it will contain:
- 1 glass
- 1 dish
- 1 bowl
- 1 teacup
- 1 fork
- 1 spoon
- 1 knife
- 1 pen
- 1 sunscreen/lotion
- 1 foundation
- 1 concealer
- 1 blush
- 1 eye shadow
- 1 eye liner
- 1 mascara
- 1 lipstick – just kidding, I’m not ready for that!
What’s on your one is enough list? What will not be appearing on your list? Are you going to think about this mini-mission or take action?
For more experiments to simplify your life, read Mini-missions for Simplicity. It’s available on the Amazon Kindle store, but you don’t need a Kindle to read it. Kindle books can also be read using the Free Kindle Reader App for your Web Browser, PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone, BlackBerry, or Android.