Perusing the aisles of Savers Health & Beauty shop, I’m fondling skin creams, smelling shower gels and wondering how I can integrate this pretty little cosmetic bag decorated with strawberries and coconuts into my life…..

I am clearly still a Minimalist in Training.

My intention for the shopping trip was to purchase a basic toiletry bag as my current one is too big – this probably is not a great excuse to buy a new one, but like I say, I’m still in training.

The overflowing shelves sucked me in, fit to burst with products that claim they’ll change my skin and health.  I have now wasted precious time and if I had continued, I would have wasted money on things I didn’t need as well.

I have slipped back into my old habits. Like any addiction, I wonder if the shopaholic temptation will always linger? As soon as I think I have mastered this minimalist way of life, the temptation creeps back in.

I know this is only a shopping trip for a toiletry bag, but it’s turned into more than that – the bright colours, clever marketing and burning desire to own more is clearly still dictating my behaviour. And as I look around, it’s obvious it affects other shoppers as well – all of them transfixed on small pots and tubes of promises.

I have been clearing my clutter for over 3 years, and now own approximately 20% of what I did. Packed into boxes, I own more or less, 2 cubic metres of belongings (excluding my rowing machine and push bike).

After 15 minutes of wasted time, and realising I do not need anything else in my toiletry collection, the minimalist in me snaps into gear. After all, if I buy more stuff, it will not fit in my new, improved, small toiletry bag! ; )

Becoming a minimalist, from former shopaholic and mild-hoarder, is a challenging task, and there may always be a weakness.  The truth is since clearing 80% of everything I own, I am happier, more fulfilled and experience a sense of freedom with each item I clear.

I am pleased I recognised that I was slipping back into my old ways, and even that gives me hope that I am breaking the habit of shopping for more stuff.

I wonder for a moment why I feel the need to purchase more stuff. The truth is, my skin has never been better since minimising my skin care to just soap, but even analysing the sitatuion takes up time and energy, and I believe that by not giving it thought, I continue on the correct path of becoming a fully fledged minimalist.

LT = Living More With Less …… (Toiletries)