I asked on social media if any of you had questions that you’d like answered in regards to the minimalist lifestyle, health and wellness, and natural beauty. Let the Q&A session begin! Hope you enjoy!
As a minimalist, what do you do with unwanted/unneeded gifts from loved ones? How do you avoid (as much as possible) getting these gifts in the first place? Also, what are your favorite low/moderate cost vacations? Thanks for your amazing blog!
If you receive a gift graciously, then you are allowing the giver to experience the pure joy of giving. I honestly do not keep anything that I do not love, yet I am always a grateful receiver. I never feel guilty about this choice because the gift is only symbolic of love. I am not rejecting the person or their love by allowing someone else to use something that does not fit my lifestyle or preferences.
I have also been very honest and open with family especially about my minimalist lifestyle journey. Many times my family will ask what I’d like for birthdays or holidays. Other times I am given gift cards to my favorite stores. By being upfront ahead of time and honest even afterwards prevents me from feeling like I need to hide the truth.
I’ll let my mother know once receiving an item of clothing as a gift if it does not fit, or is not my style. I also tell her how much I appreciate her thinking of me and for her generosity. I have also shared with her how important it is for me to not buy or wear fast fashion and even watched The True Cost documentary with her. We recently started shopping vintage and thrifting together.
Lastly my favorite low/moderate cost vacations are visiting local towns with beautiful settings. Lake Arrowhead, Santa Barbara, Laguna Beach, and Ojai are some of the places we love to go near Los Angeles. Thank you for the compliment too!
So much to ask you, but I’ll keep it short. 1. Will you be doing a minimalist kitchen tour? 2. Do you make your own cleaning products and what do you use? 3. Has your husband always been on board with the minimalist/waste-free way of life? I always look forward to your blogs/tweets.
I honestly never thought of doing a minimalist kitchen tour. I’ve actually shared photos of each of our homes since I began writing Minimalist Beauty though. I keep things as streamlined as possible by having one set of dishes for example and donating appliances we don’t use. I have been making other modifications overall since I’ve began eating a high raw plant based diet. My husband has also been eating more raw foods as well.
I do make my own cleaning products. I often use castile soap, baking soda, and/or white vinegar which I recently infused with tangerine peels and added lemongrass essential oil to. I shared some amazing DIY cleaning products on Minimalist Beauty.
My husband had been extremely supportive with my minimalist lifestyle journey and now zero waste journey. When it came to downsizing, I always asked him first about donating a piece of furniture, and he never seemed too attached. He did have a favorite brown chair which was not missed once we found our previous couch on Craigslist.
Now that we have our “new” white couch, none of our previous furniture even comes to mind for either of us. I found that minimizing our furniture to only the most necessary pieces opened up so much space in our home. As for downsizing personal possessions, I focus on my own things. Over time he’s noticed how living with less has benefited both of us, and has downsized many of his own things. I shared tips on decluttering when others are not that you may enjoy.
Striving for zero waste has been even more of a challenge as it involves complete and minuscule lifestyle changes. For example, we are both big on making smoothies. We used to use frozen fruit which comes in plastic bags. I don’t mind room temperature drinks, so not using frozen fruit doesn’t bother me. I will put my smoothie in the fridge for awhile if I feel otherwise. My husband prefers colder drinks, so he purchased a stainless steel ice tray to add ice cubes to his smoothies. He was a bit resistant to not have the convienence of frozen fruit, but now it isn’t something we really think about.
With zero waste there are so many components in daily life that need reconsidering and modifications. After watching a few documentaries on plastic waste together, my husband has been on board. We are not a zero waste household yet, but we are making good strides. Also thank you for your kind words!
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