Minimalist March // Week One

Welcome all to Week 1 of Minimalist March!

Little bit of a preface to the challenge, I intentionally let some categories go in the lead up to this month, so you could get a better idea for each category. I decluttered categories without catching up on washing. If you’re waiting for a particular time, where you have caught up on washing, chances are you’ll never do it! This doesn’t have to be a turn your life around in 31 days declutter, it can just be a starting point. Food for thought, have a look into the Mindful March // A Thought on Zero-Waste post.

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Mindful March // A Thought on Zero-Waste

Hi All,

Just prior to starting Minimalist March, the concept of Zero-Waste had been circling the office I work in. Even before the month starting, I realised that I also wanted this to be a Mindful March. I’m pretty confident in saying that it would be very difficult for me to live a zero-waste lifestyle at this point in time. However, this doesn’t mean that I can ignore how much waste I am creating.

I wanted to address this predominately because Minimalism and Zero-Waste seem to be arch-enemies. It does make sense, we are seeing documentaries, blogs, etc. of these people ‘disposing’ of items that don’t ‘spark joy’ (just another huge secret, I haven’t read the book…). For this reason, I tried to be more mindful over the course of the month. So what does this mindfulness look like over the course of Minimalist March?

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Minimalist Budget

Afternoon All,

When it comes to money, everyone has their particular ways to stay on track, even if simply that means just to survive. If it works for you, that’s fantastic. I can only speak on how I manage my own finances. I would say I hold a pretty Minimalist Approach overall. Why do I say this? In the simplest explanation, I minimise spending and maximise cash flow.

I will be very honest, I don’t follow the Dave Ramsey Process, or even the Barefoot Investor process. In order for myself to stick to something, it needs to be relevant and show that it works in a relatively short time period. I can’t claim ‘I paid $XX,XXX in 6 months’. I am still very content with the progress made. I haven’t had to make extreme sacrifices. However, I have learnt the benefit of becoming aware.

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What’s in a Name? // Why I Started This Blog

I umm’d and ahh’d about the title of this blog.

You see, sloth renovations started as a hashtag for my personal Insta posts after buying my first home. It was an inside joke between myself and my parents, that we would eventually complete the renovations, just at a sloth-like pace. The simple #slothrenovations, changed to a Insta page after realising a few people were interested in the transformation. On the Insta page, I’d made began to make note of the debts I managed and the goals I had set, but predominately tried to stick renovations, despite long periods of time between small renovation projects. The problem is minimalism, personal finance and goal setting are all things I love TALKING about, they aren’t something you can always photograph. I was on the wrong platform, so I moved to Facebook. However, something about Facebook still didn’t feel quite right… so the day after I created the Facebook page, I created this blog.

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No Spend Challenge | Weekend Edition

Afternoon All,

I challenged myself to a no spend weekend. And here’s how it went…

I started Thursday evening, telling myself I could spend again Monday. I was relatively confident, with fuel in the car, groceries in the fridge and no plans involving money.

Friday was easy – as working took up majority of the day. For the evening, I stopped by at my parents for the weekly catch-up over a drink and nibbles (supplied by them, thank you!) Once I was home, I decided I’d do what I could to make the evening go quick to avoid me thinking of ways to spend money over the weekend. I put on some washing, cleaned my bedroom, worked on some new content for the upcoming week.

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5 Positive Impacts of Minimalism

Afternoon All,

I have been an advocate of minimalism for what feels like my whole life. Since childhood, I have loved to organise and declutter. Whether it be the pantry for Mum or my childhood bedroom. This has continued through my adulthood, and it becomes more present the more time goes on.

This thought had got me thinking about my “why” for minimalism. My “why” for continuing to have a minimalist approach to life is that it positively impacts me daily. With realising this, I thought I would share the five most obvious reasons I continue to practice a minimal lifestyle.

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