In my endeavor to share the why’s behind planning, weaving intention into planning systems and lettering practices, it makes sense that minimalism aligns pretty well with the bullet journal. The way I try to use the bullet journal is to bring mindfulness to how I’m spending my time (is it on the things that add value to my life?), push me toward my goals, and figure out what works for me and my life. Minimalism is similar, asking us to evaluate what will bring us the most value, and forget the rest.
In the last year, I’ve focused a lot on cultivating a sense of groundedness in who I am and what works for me – what is it that I’m about, and how can I live that to the fullest? What enhances and what detracts? What can I do on purpose? What is essential and what is superfluous? These things are core to Minimalism as well.
The first step a lot of folks engage with is the decluttering ala Marie Kondo – sorting through everything, discarding and saying “thank you, goodbye” to the things that no longer spark joy or serve their purpose in your life. Along with that is the idea of the Capsule Wardobe, made famous by Courtney Carver, to whittle down your closet essentials to a smaller but cohesive set of pieces per season. I’ve always been intrigued but have never done it – probably because I didn’t know exactly what worked for me.
That’s where my friend Katie comes in. She works with House of Colour, and she would describe the process of “finding your colors” as a way to bring out your best, enhancing what nature gave you by using the right colors for you. As I believe in everyone having their own leadership style using the gifts they already possess, Katie (and HoC) believes that everyone has a palette that makes them look brilliant rather than boring, building on exactly what was already there. So I was skeptical, but intrigued – perhaps this is how I could purposefully enter into phase one of building my capsule wardrobe.
I’ll be documenting this multiple-step process every few weeks – tune into the video for my in-depth explanation on how this process made me much more of a believer and what my next steps are in my minimalism process!
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“What pens did you use?”
- Inkjoy Gel Pen .7mm
- Pentel Sign brush pens – blue and grey
- Crayola Supertips
- Leuchtturm 1917 Notebook
What do you think? Would you ever try doing something like this? What are your tips for beginning the closet-editing process? Or would you never dream of it?! I’d love to know!