Well. It's been awhile since I last posted... but I'm back! Hope you had an awesome holiday and spent lots of time with family and friends :) I definitely did. I even managed to gain a brand new baby niece over the holidays, so that was super exciting! She is the cutest little thing. (now my count is up to 3 nieces!)

 


You know how I've been on a minimalism kick for awhile? That's still going strong. (The fact that we live in a <700 sqft apartment definitely helps keep me in line.. makes it impossible to have TOO much stuff) Especially right now- I feel like I'm seeing articles about minimalism EVERYWHERE right now because of the new year, and I love that!!

 

(PS if you have Netflix, watch "Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things"- it's by the guys who run theminimalists.com and also The Minimalists Podcast. I'm obsessed with them. Anyway, that documentary will definitely inspire you to get rid of some stuff)

 

So because of my minimalist tendencies, my wardrobe is pretty sparse. This is probably also because I kind of hate shopping and kind of hate spending money... so all 3 of those factors converge into a small wardrobe.

 

ANYWAY.

 

Sometimes it's hard to have a small wardrobe. Quite often, I question myself - are people going to judge me because I've worn this sweater 3 out of the last 5 times I've gone out? Do my friends think I'm not stylish? Do people think I'm so cheap that I won't even buy myself new clothes?

 

Honestly, I DO really care about what others think of me. I know I shouldn't care so much about other people's opinions, and I'm trying to get over that, but the fact is - I care. Going against the grain with money saving and minimalism often makes me uncomfortable, because it makes me different than other people and opens me up to judgment.

 

And that's why I'm writing this post today. Because it's bigger than the wardrobe. I'm working on feeling okay about being frugal, in general.

 

I don't have an answer for the uncomfortable feelings, but I just wanted to share my mental struggles with you. If I'm feeling this way, I know you might be too. I wish I had a magic solution that will allow you to be super frugal and minimalist without anyone judging you (or, more importantly, without you caring what others think). But as of right now, I don't. (As soon as I come up with it, I'll let you know ;) )

 

In the meantime, I'm going to keep using this website as an outlet to post about the things that I do, in hopes that it will inspire you to spend less money, buy fewer clothes, etc. If you know I'm doing it, at least you know you aren't alone, right?