A Minimalist’s Confession

I have a confession to make. There are some areas where I…forget about minimalism? The thought doesn’t even cross my mind. One of these areas is dog treats. Just take a look at this ludicrous array of treats (and there’s doggy ice cream in the freezer, not to mention bully sticks in the pantry):

When I go to the pet food store for Dakota, all common sense deserts me and I buy every possible thing, no thanks to Buy One, Get One Free sales. Thank goodness she doesn’t play with toys, or the house might be teeming with them! It’s not that she doesn’t eat all these treats eventually, but it does seem rather excessive, and is definitely costly. Even worse, she has just been put on a restricted diet, which means that she can’t eat any of these treats! At least for now—I’ll explain in more detail next week. We will probably be giving most of these treats away to friends who have dogs or to rescues who can use them for training.

I’m sure there are other times when I “forget” to be minimalist. When it comes to my own food, for example, I like a lot of variety and trying new recipes with ingredients I won’t use all that often. I have a lot of art supplies, and yet I still have trouble saying no to just about anything in a craft store.

The moral of the story is this: don’t go to the craft store (or the pet food store). Don’t go to any stores!

Just kidding. But when you look around your house, be aware of areas where you might be able to cut back; don’t let yourself be blind to entire sections of your home! Take everything into account, including those things belonging to your pets. Your family’s stuff is a whole different story…

When do you “forget” to be minimalist? Post your confession in the comments!

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  1. I really feel this. I usually want to buy everything I like in one way. But I make sure to use it. I almost never buy something I don’t use. For my dog, I buy lots of things but I use everything until it’s worn out or she ate it all. These days, I’ve been making my own stuff. Instead of buying expensive things, I order small parts and make for example my own dog collars. But next to all this, I would love to still buy less for the environment. and only buy what you really need and not what you want. I loved reading this blog. It was so inspiring

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words! It sounds like you are doing a great job of helping the environment already by using up and making your own things. As you will find out on this blog, I am not perfect and I do slip up and buy things I don’t need sometimes, but I am a work in progress 🙂 And you’ve reminded me of the possibility of making my own dog treats! Pumpkin, peanut butter and oats are cheap and easy options

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  2. I almost did this the other day, I almost convinced myself I needed to buy a bunch of leggings so that I could wear them to the gym… Then I remembered I specifically bought the shorts I have because they can double as work out shorts. I also really wanted to buy a mini backpack even though the one I have is perfectly fine and works well. Being practical is hard sometimes!!! 🙂

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    1. What’s nice about minimalism is that it can be so easily tailored to your own wants/needs! It’s all about your personal journey, not what everyone else is doing. And it’s fun, even exhilarating, once you get started with reducing the unnecessary excess from your life 🙂

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