I am all for this trend of “minimalism”.
I do tend to lean toward the cozier end of the spectrum. But, I am all the way on board with buying less stuff.
Living with less stuff.
And creating less waste.
This is a practical lifestyle shift that just makes sense to me. And to lots of other people. There are bazillions of stories online about the many ways an anti-consumerism mindset has changed lives for the better.
That being said, as a person pursuing a simpler life in a small space, there are a few things I have purchased that have made a difference toward that end.
These things simplify my life. They save me money. AND they help me make efficient use of our small living space.
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But be assured, I’m not Oprah. I own, use, and love every one of these items.
This was a gift, and I am impressed! I’ve been able to remove the dusty, tangled nest of cords that powered the standard computer speakers we use for music we play at home. This is only about the size I can move this anywhere I want, including in the kitchen while I’m working. I can use link it with my phone, desktop computer, or iPad. The sound is excellent. Five stars!
We bought this when our oldest was small, brought it with us when we moved, and still love it. With limited kitchen space and multiple curious children, we needed an out-of-reach solution for our knives. No, it’s not a gorgeous wood knife block -but nobody sees it anyway! It’s functional and leaves me space on the counter to do my thing. Oh, and it’s 4 bucks!
I’ve been using the Contigo AutoSeal bottles for years. I love being able to open and drink one-handed. Whether I’m driving, working out, in bed, or juggling kids and a bag, this thing has never let me down. I switched to the stainless steel version recently when it finally became available, because I prefer it over plastic.
The bathroom in our small rental house has no cabinet over the sink and no drawers in the vanity. I did not want toothbrushes sitting in a cup on the sink. For one, my people are picky about their toothpaste, so we’ve got at least 3 tubes. And then, you know, germs. This gadget keeps everything clean, corralled, and off the sink. I love it so much!
Forgive me. I’m in danger of sounding like every other “mommy blogger” on the internet. But I have to admit that apple cider vinegar lives up its reputation. I use it (diluted in water) as a hair rinse instead of conditioner. This isn’t for everyone. It depends on your hair type and body chemistry. But my hair loves it. And I don’t have to buy conditioner! It also makes a great facial cleanser and toner. I get mine at our local grocery store. But now I see that Amazon has it much cheaper by the gallon!
I’d been wanting an apron like this for years. I am forever splattering grease on my clothes while cooking. I think the style of this one is adorable. So finally, I bought myself one this year for my birthday. It’s comfortable like a garment so that over a pair of leggings and a t-shirt, I can wear it all day at home. It protects my clothes, which tend to get destroyed because A) I’m a messy cook, and B) kids.
A couple of years ago, when Mr. G needed a desktop computer upgrade, he went the DIY route. I didn’t even know you could do that. But apparently, it’s not as hard as it sounds. He had particular specifications he was looking for. And saved a ton of money by buying the components individually and assembling them himself. As an added perk, he was able to get a very compact case to house it all in. This thing is so cute! Right now this computer, with the printer I’ve included below, lives in a corner of our living room. So I’m glad it’s small!
We have the older model of this printer, but as far as I can tell, they are nearly identical. We don’t do a lot of printing. So even though the toner cartridges cost more than those for an inkjet printer, they last us forever. We gave up the ability to print in color, which we have no use for anyway. But the cost per page on this is pennies. We do not regret making the switch. AND it just fits on top of our filing cabinet. Perfect!
We went this route not long after getting married. For Mr. G, the time and cost to get a professional haircut were not worth it. He isn’t a picky guy. Which is fortunate, because I am not a great barber. But this is a great device and it does a great job.
This is my most recent purchase, and I’m so happy with it! The compact strip brightens the dim countertop I use as command central – where I sort mail and keep my planner. It turns on and off with a touch, and instead of needing replacement batteries or taking one of our scarce outlets, is rechargeable. I couldn’t be happier. So I’m bookmarking this one because I know I’ll think of a million more places to use it!