Decluttering in Progress: Study

Finally I’m getting somewhere with decluttering our study! A few days ago I cleaned up my messy art supply cupboard. In that process I filled a bag with big bottles of old,  coloured wall paint and some other art stuff; this bag will go to church tomorrow for Sunday school.
Some old pairs of jeans that didn’t fit into my fabric box went into another bag, which I filled with other ugly old clothes from the “get rid of this” box in our study today and took it to a fabric recycling container. As this container is grouped together with other recycling containers I decided to finally get rid of an old scanner and an equally old pair of small computer loudspeakers (container for small electronical devices), as well as two bags of clear glass trash from the kitchen I had to take there anyway. So I walked up that hill with a load of trash and came home feeling much lighter.
In addition I put a “free stuff” shoebox of smaller random items on the outside window sill as I sometimes do.
Finally tonight I found someone from church who will take the bag of better clothes to a donation point by car.
Still a lot to get rid of before my birthday party!


Make-up use review: August

August 5th: Concealer, worn for job training.

I covered some red spots.


August 27th: Concealer, job interview.

Same as above.


In September I’ll start teaching language classes, so I think I’ll wear concealer more often in the future. I might add a dash of colour every now and then, but as I won’t always go home between work and capoeira class I don’t want too much stuff on my face that could end up on my white clothes later. And I plan to eat even less processed foods in the future, so my skin should look fine without powder and paint. For one week in August I ate sugary stuff and comfort food again, which totally showed on my face.


The “project”





Make-up use review: June

After two months of no make-up at all I have something to report, finally.

June 6th: Lipstick, the occasion was the wedding of our friends. I applied the lipstick before they picked me up for the photo shooting (I was the co-photographer), so there wasn’t a lot of it left when we arrived at church afterwards; I didn’t re-apply it for the evening either. No specific reason, I just felt like using it and then I thought it wouldn’t make a difference whether I re-applied it or not. Okay, I thought it would be stupid to re-apply it when there will be food shortly afterwards, and in the dim light no one would notice it anyway. I’m also glad I didn’t use any of the other make-up stuff, because once we started dancing it escalated quickly to the point where some of us were soaked in sweat.

June 25th: Concealer, for a job interview. I had planned to use a blend&cover stick I had purchased just for this occasion, but while it had looked okay on my skin in the shop it turned out to be way too dark for my skin tone when seen under natural light. So I had to use my default for covering red spots – a very, very light liquid concealer. I like the idea of having a solid concealer/cover stick to carry with me for important appointments, though, and might buy the lightest possible shade of said stick to replace the liquid concealer (which can be a little messy when applied in a hurry).

The “project”




Benefits of Bad Mood: Decluttering!

Due to a headache I’ve been in a rather bad mood since yesterday. While this is not very pleasurable for me and my immediate environment, I’ve noticed that in this state it is easier for me to part with things – a cluttered apartment amplifies my bad mood, because I feel trapped and crushed. So I want to be able to breathe again, making me more willing to “sacrifice” a few things.

So far I’ve prepared a few items for departure:

– An old pair of running shoes my parents had brought me on their last visit: I had forgotten their existence for several years and they aren’t even comfortable, so they’ll end up in a donation bin.

– A plushy that had been waiting in the give-away-box in our study for some months will be picked up by the co-owner when they come to this city in a week or two.

– Body lotion sample I bought but don’t like, a book I don’t think I’ll read again, cardboard mask base, butterfly hair stick: A friend might like these, so I’ll take them with me the next time I meet them.

– Hair dye, assorted samples of skin care products, metal hair clip and hair fork that won’t hold in my hair: I’ll soon be meeting up with some girls to talk and trade stuff like this, therefore these items went into a bag, ready to come with me next Saturday.

– A scarf I stopped wearing two or three years ago: A friend really liked it when I bought this one and when I asked her today she said she still would be glad to have it, so I squeezed it into an old envelope and to the post office it will go on Monday!

Not today but a few days ago I already sent an old hair conditioner sample to someone I met on the internet. Finally I got rid of this weird smelling piece of solid conditioner without throwing it in the trash!

Favourite Friday: skincare remedies found in the kitchen

Sorry for being one day late again! But as for some of my readers it’s Friday still, here we go.

I like using natural skincare products and even more making my own from ingredients I wouldn’t mind in my food. These are some of my favourites:

  • vinegar (or lemon juice): not exactly skincare, but very useful diluted with water for an acidic hair rinse after using a shampoo bar or other shampoo substitutes
  • coconut oil: facial care at the moment coconut oil is the only thing I use daily on my face for softening and moisturising, works on other body parts as well (but is not rich enough for my dry skin, so I have to mix in shea butter or other stuff); also good on its own or mixed with olive oil to soften cuticles.
  • olive oil and sugar: mixed these make a wonderful scrub for face and body! You can add some salt, essential oils, and witch hazel extract for extra skin care and fragrance, but it works fine without these.
  • milk and honey: something I discovered just this week – I just dilute a teaspoon of honey in a little milk and use it to soften my skin. (Apply to legs, arms, face, or wherever you want it, wait until most of it has been absorbed by the skin, apply again, repeat a few times, then rinse off. Voilà, soft skin after just two days.)
  • baking soda: no minimalist/natural/hippie skincare list would be complete without baking soda. I don’t use it daily anymore, but especially when travelling with little luggage I use it instead of toothpaste (and at home sometimes for whitening my teeth), face wash/scrub (makes super soft skin and feels cleaner than after washing with just water), deodorant (both body and laundry), and occasionally also for washing my hair (only if vinegar or lemon juice is within reach, see above).
  • cornstarch, baking soda, and coconut oil: together these make a simple deodorising cream, works even better when mixing in tea tree oil and some other essential oils.
  • (cornstarch: matting face powder, especially for light skin, but for me it doesn’t work very well because it feels a little itchy. Or maybe I’m just allergic to the powder brush I use? Still a favourite for the simple yet ingenious idea some other blogger had.)

Do you have any simple beauty secrets including nothing but things found in the kitchen?

feeling overwhelmed by stuff

I guess the song “I see fire” and reading the first volume of the Lord of the Rings trilogy triggered my longing for open spaces again. For some time now I’ve known I get overwhelmed and distracted by stuff very easily, but I tend to ignore and then forget this fact. Tonight I’m sitting at my desk, unable to concentrate on my writing, even though my self-set deadline for handing in this paper is in two weeks.

Not feeling ready for a big purge yet I try to get some things out of my way little by little, and what is not in use right now but is likely be used again in the future – e.g. curtain rods – will be put away out of sight for the moment. Not the most minimalist thing, but hey, I guess even wandering folks like Aragon have some things stowed away, leaving them in the houses of friends they visit from time to time. (Sorry, I watched a talk on YouTube earlier today and the speaking scientist quoted the line “all that is gold does not glitter”). I’m also going to put all my childhood memorabilia into one place, saving them in case I’ll have someone to inherit them to one day. The bed drawer blocked by my night stand should do fine.

Things I’ll try to sell or swap:

  • cheap Window Color knock-off
  • small mosaic tiles (I tried to get rid of them before, but it didn’t work)
  • old computer loudspeakers and scanner
  • purple plastic toy pony

Things added to the give away box:

  • two cheap plastic toy ponies, bright pink and in bad shape (fakies I got with a bunch of My Little Pony figures and used for experimenting with acrylics on plastic)

I also brought some stuff home from yestarday’s swapping party: biking gloves, some four tops (mostly for experimenting with style, I might alter or re-swap them after a while), and two items for my birthday party decoration in autumn. Sadly none of the items I had brought to the party found a new home … maybe next time? Otherwise they’ll end up in the next donation bag.