Day 10 Live More with Less
25 ways to FREEDOM
So I am constantly attempting to create more with the less I have and I believe this is the secret to innovation and creativity.
I know that may seem like a buzz phrase: "less is more" but I am very passionate about independent fashion design and sustainability so when those two worlds collided I find my voice, my space, my timelessness, it all makes sense to me. And I love being in that space. And in our society, we are constantly bombarded with more stuff which I believe stifles creative thinking and innovation. One way I find inspiration is through writing and my designs which I am currently developing as I create more with less.
What do I mean by with less? It could mean creating a business, or something that you are passionate about that can be found in the every day. One of the ways I have is refusing to purchase things that are from big box stores. That's my less component. I want to see what happens in that scarcity and test it. Like the scientist, I love to observe, test and then I make note. I re-test, I write down what works, and repeat. But I love seeing patterns. These two worlds of entrepreneurship and design allows me to capture those two paradigms. It's something that I am so happy to be working on right now.
Here are some ways to be doing more with less:
- Start creating a list of 5 things you needed each day. For example: food, inspiration, education, culture, and outdoor fun are my categories. Make a list so you meet those needs daily.
- Create a space for your creative endeavors. I read the Artist's Way by Julia Cameron and it it really spoke to me. That has given me a plethora of ideas for inspiration and I crave it daily.
- Work on FUN Everyday if you are not having a bit of fun, what's the point? I know it's harder said than done but it's amazing. Do you like to attend a outdoor market or food fest or attend a music concert. See how you can create that with minimalist monetary investments.
- GO outside. The outdoors are the best place to replenish your energies. You can go outside cycling, have a picnic in a park, or just take a walk in your community.
- Limit screen time. Just count the minutes of no screen time and it's actually pretty good for your health.
- Organize your workspace and giveaway things that have been lingering and have no purpose. I have this thing for pieces of paper that drive me crazy. I try to not have that around because it gets in the way of my workspace.
- Try something new. Whether it's a new drink or a social event that gets you out of your comfort zone.
- GO paperless with all your bills.
- Create a meet up group where you are all on doing more with less.
- Get rid of your clothes that don't fit you. I know that's a more challenging one but it really works. Find things that you love and speak to your style. Then decide to add more to that style every month with a vintage accessory perhaps.
- Swap accessories with friends. This is probably the oldest trick in the book. I use to do this all the time with friends in high school.
- Sew or repair or bring old clothes to tailor. Maintaining your favorite staple wardrobe is key to doing more with less in fashion.
- Create your must haves for the year. 2016 is almost over but revise what you love in your wardrobe. Please don't get it in every color. Pick a fave color and add to that in your preferred style. That speaks more to your style than a t-shirt in every color.
- Work on your accessory staple wardrobe. That could mean shoes, jewelry, watches, coats, jackets, etc. These complete your outfit but create a list where it adds to your style and not wardrobe. There's a difference.
- Giveaway your clothes to DRESS for success, Salvation Army, or your church.
- Start with a cloth swap party and double party with kid stuff if you are a parent or relative.
- Here's a big one if you are ambitious enough. Donate your CAR! You can find a charity to donate your car here.
- Start selling your furniture that you don't use anymore or that's in garage/storeage. Here are some places that can help you out: Vinyet, AptDECO , and Chairish.
- Give to friends/family in need.
- Donate your cellphone to a soldier at Cell phones for Soldiers.
- Use more homeopathic cleaners like vinegar to clean your household items and less chemical based products.
- Donate shoes to Soles4Souls.
- Post extra household items in Craig's list for neighbors.
- Give extra books to schools in need or supplies to school in Swap.
- Donate a bicycle at Bikes for the World.
There you have it! What do you feel after you donate a major item of yours? Did you feel a loss? I personally love it. I get a sense of freedom. What are your biggest donations and what happened? Don't forget to sign into the email as I am planning on interviewing amazing women leading the way in business and sustainability, plus you can get FREE shipping when we launch the travel handbag in 2017! Win!