Schedules, goals, planning

I have a love-hate relationship with planners, journals and diaries. I love the thought of notebooks, both empty and fully filled and have a real need to write down things to understand and to remember them and simply to have my thoughts in order. Also, I enjoy using photos and images as visual reminders and find them motivating and inspiring. On the other hand, it’s hard to find a journaling system or method I genuinely want to stick with and I have a history of abandoning most planners and systems I’ve ever tried. Writing anything truly personal is out of…

5 step minimalism

I wrote my thoughts about minimalism and did a small summary of the topic with the title “5 step minimalism”. You can read the text here or just click the menu and find it there. This order feels logical to me but of course there are many options to do things and this was just mine. STEP 1: Visualize the future STEP 2: Create structure STEP 3: Clear clutter STEP 4: Keep yourself motivated STEP 5: Focus on essential

Finding balance

My first steps on the internet were in the 90’s. For an introverted, curious person it was a fantasy world with endless possibilities, unlimited information and like-minded people and felt an opposite to the judgmental, money driven real world. I could find information and knowledge I didn’t know even existed. People were approachable and their online homes self-made but inviting and cozy. I discovered online journals and started to follow a few and ten years later finally started my first own blog. I wrote my thoughts, published them and someone actually read them. The atmosphere was generally quite warm. There…

Assumptions

The older I get the more it disturbs me how easily people make assumptions about other people. For example, people often think I’m a certain type of a person because I like tattoos. Or that I’m stereotypically something just because of my age or gender or because I’m a mother. It’s not that way in reality, of course. The biggest effect motherhood has had on me is the tremendous love I feel in my heart. It has also effects on my actions because I want my sons to feel safe, loved and taken care of. However, it hasn’t had an…

Not hidden in corners

Clutter hidden in corners feels emotionally heavy. It takes space in my mind using my capacity even I don’t actively think of it. I just know it’s there. Letting go makes me more energetic. It lifts my spirit and I can feel how the stagnant energy previously stored in unnecessary, unwanted items is suddenly free for me to use as I like. It doesn’t have to be unwanted stuff. Sometimes we don’t value things enough. I’m still amazed how big an effect it had to move our books from upstairs corners to our downstairs living room. We used to have…

Labels

I never intentionally labeled myself as a minimalist, I’ve always thought I’m just someone who wants to have less and loves simplicity. I named my blog Helsinki Minimalism simply because it’s a nice, compact name and sounds good in my ears. I still like it. I don’t mind being called a minimalist though. For me it means only positive things like knowing what’s essential in life and moving from the situation where we have so much and still not enough to another one where we have less but still everything we need and want. I read this post from Leo Babauta…

What minimalism is about?

Minimalism is trendy. I haven’t updated my old minimalism blog (in Finnish) in ages yet surprisingly it has plenty of visitors and people keep asking me for more information. What does minimalism mean to you? Is it mostly about minimalistic esthetics? Isn’t it just another way to make money and sell people things that fit in their new, minimalistic lifestyle? Isn’t it elitist to give away some stuff you might need in the future and trust you can easily buy a new item to replace the one you gave away in case you need it? I’ve given this issue some thought…

Making home cosy without adding clutter

Whether an uncluttered room feels bare or cosy is a matter of personal taste. I’ve always seen empty space as a stunning element and enjoyed it. However, sometimes (like in March/April when Helsinki is still gray and there are no signs of spring yet) I feel I’m craving for colors and this year have regularly filled our living room with fresh flowers. Seasonal flowers are an easy, inexpensive way to add color especially if mostly using white and neutral colors. According to decorating magazines decorating means basically buying new stuff and filling the space with clutter. Sometimes maybe first clearing out the…

Minimalism & collections

Being a minimalist and aiming to have less doesn’t mean we can’t have any kind of collections. The most important thing is not to let anything we own to stop us doing things we really want to do and find important or other ways limit us. Personally I love being surrounded by books. I’ve always loved books and as a child spent a lot of time in libraries. My husband is similar that way and when our sons were younger our life was the easier the more we read to them and it became a natural habit. It was never hard…

5 reasons why minimalism is good for me

I was recently talking about minimalism with someone and tried to rationally explain why I personally like having less these days and why I’m so interested in minimalism I read books about it and even write a minimalism blog. I came up with 5 main reasons. Number one: It makes my life easier. Minimalism makes any busy situation easier and can be a huge help for families with small children. My kids are now teenagers and I wish I had made our life more minimalistic many years ago. I’ve always been interested in a simple life style and think we have…