Lessons from my 30-Day Social Media Detox

Lessons from my 30 day social media detox

A little while ago, I was feeling dissatisfied. I was spending most of my time online – scrolling Facebook and Instagram, not creating anything. Besides, I didn’t read any books and didn’t get enough sleep because of my social media habits. I felt really relaxed in Uganda because we were offline the whole time, so I decided to give it a go again: A 30 day social media detox. No Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest or blog reading. I was still using What’s App and other messenger tools, because I use those to communicate, not to waste time.

 What I learned from doing a 30 day Social Media Detox

1. I didn’t actually miss it so much: After committing to this challenge, it was surprisingly easy not to go online. I deleted all the apps from my phone and wrote a ’30 day social media detox diary’ for a few days. On my train journeys I listened to podcasts, before going to bed at night I read. It felt a bit strange, but that’s it. One of the main reasons for my discontent was that I was consuming but not creating – therefore nobody even noticed my detox.

2. It’s fun to use what you already have: One example – Instead of scrolling through Pinterest for hours, I was using my recipe books again. I rediscovered so many recipes and have a few more bookmarked. I truly enjoy coming home at night and looking through my cookbooks – a habit I intend to keep up.

3. Not all social media is bad: Two weeks after finishing my 30 day social media detox, I’m still not using Facebook or Pinterest. I am using Instagram and reading my favourite blogs again though. I love Instagram and sharing pictures there and feel more energized and inspired from it. Same with blogs: The ones I read inspire me or teach me something, the others go unread.

4. It’s easier to meet your goals: Since doing my detox, I feel way more focused and concentrated. My brain is less foggy and reading a book is more relaxing than staring at a screen. Also, writing blog posts is easier if I’m not reading zillions of other blogs first.

5. I have more energy: I sleep more and more profoundly lately. Of course there doesn’t have to be a connection between going offline and my sleep, but since it has started improving since my detox, I believe there is.

6. Less FOMO. This one is self-explanatory.

Right now I found a really happy balance of getting inspired, but still having things to do that have nothing to do with Social Media. Did you ever try a 30 day social media detox? Any stories to share?

Let’s declutter! 10 items to get rid off

Let's declutter - 10 items to get rid off today

Everyone’s got them: Closets full of stuff you don’t really need, use or like. Why do we keep them? Nostalgia? You ‘might’ need them one day? I don’t really know. Either way, there’s a lot of things you should get rid of that you will never ever miss or use again. Here’s a list of a few basics to help you declutter.

10 easy ways to declutter

+ Shoes that don’t fit properly. I know from experience that I’ve bought far too many shoes I never wear because they don’t fit (that’s what happens if you’re between sizes!). Give them away (and get shoes you’re actually wearing without getting blisters).

+ Old Tupperware. It probably looks gross and you don’t need 20 different boxes anyway. Instead go for pretty Mason jars! Not having plastic boxes in your home has even more advantages – read more about that here.

+ Receipts. All those receipts (from Aldi trips three months ago, why are they still in my purse?).

+ Anything broken that you ‘might fix someday’. You won’t (at least I won’t).

+ Old schoolbooks, exercise books and exams. Why are you keeping them anyway? To look back on and remember great times? I don’t think so.

+ Beauty products you’re not using. I stole a trick from Anuschka: Write a list of all the beauty products you’re using (without looking at your cabinet first). Then go to the bathroom and throw out everything you didn’t list (and apparently don’t even use).

+ Gifts you don’t even like. It might seem heartless to you at first, but keeping them far away in a drawer somewhere isn’t really helping anybody, right?

+ Food items that aren’t bad yet but that don’t taste great (like condiments from three years ago). I absolutely hate throwing out food (!) but there’s no use of keeping something in your fridge that will stay there till you move out (or it starts a life of its own). Just don’t buy it again.

+ Beautiful clothes, that you might fit into again one day (both too large and too small). If those items take up space in your closet and you’re not likely to ever wear them again – make room for new garments! I’m a big fan of Kleiderkreisel because you can earn some money AND the items get a second life as well.

+ Pairs that aren’t pairs anymore: Socks, ear rings, you name it.

PS: You don’t want to fill your place with more stuff to declutter? Here are some tips how to buy souvenirs you won’t regret and another one about how 30 day lists changed my shopping habits.

Links & Memories 22/52

Happy Friday! I’m writing to you from the train today because I’m on my way to an old friends wedding! Very exciting, because I love weddings! Here’s what else has been going on:

1 | On Monday I tried a new workout called Outdoor Gym and it’s so much fun! It’s like a bootcamp outside in the park and I can’t wait to go again!

2 | I also did some sightseeing around town this week and saw the town from up in the air! Also, a lot of fun :)

3 | I finally ordered chairs and a table for my flat this week – they’ll arrive on Monday and I can’t wait to see what they’re going to look like and continue decorating my place.

4 | I’m still really addicted to the Good Wife. Of course it’s a typical drama TV show, but it’s just right after a long day at work, give it a try!

How 30-day lists changed my shopping habits

30-day lists changed my shopping habits

As you may know, I changed my shopping habits quite a lot over the past few years. I stopped buying fast fashion  and I tried going second-hand shopping more often. At the same time I didn’t only start buying better, I also tried buying less. One of the shopping habits that really helped me with that was 30-day lists. Let me introduce you to the concept today!

What are 30-day lists?

As it often happens, I read about 30-day lists somewhere on the internet*.  The concept is incredibly easy: If you feel the urge to buy something, write it down with a date and wait for 30 days. If you still want it after that time period, feel free to buy it. If you realise you don’t actually love it that much, just scratch it out. Congrats, you’ve just saved some money and not made an unnecessary purchase. I have a small notebook for my 30-day lists and regularly go through my list. How I changed my shopping habits

How I changed my shopping habits

I started changing my shopping habits with 30-day lists at the beginning of the year. I write down everything, from obvious choices like shoes and clothes, to decoration to books to items I just neeeeed to have at the moment. As a result, my life is so much easier (and less expensive) and I’m glad my cupboards don’t fill up with that much clutter anymore. Of course, it gets tricky when I’m on holiday, but I try not to be to rigorous if it’s a one of a kind memory/souvenir. As I’m trying to save money at the moment it’s really the perfect system!

Have you tried 30-day lists? Are you interested in trying?

*If anyone knows who came up with this first, please let me know!

How to buy great souvenirs you won’t regret

How to buy great souvenirs you won't regret
Happy Monday guys! As you know, I’m in London right now and my souvenir shopping urges are huge. I’m trying to get rid of unnecessary items at the moment though (you know, minimalism and all that), so souvenirs that will only collect dust in some drawer don’t really fit in with that.  That’s why I came up with some personal guidelines to buy great souvenirs and thought I’d share them with you today.

Great Souvenirs 101

+ Buy things you actually need:  This one requires a (tiny) bit of planning: Before going on holiday, take a look at your cupboards and wardrobe and think about what you actually need. Still looking for a new bathing suit for the summer? Or maybe you’re out of good books to read? Write a list of everything you probably would have shopped for at home and take it with you. This way, you will buy something you would have bought anyway and won’t add unnecessary clutter to your home. I still need a ton of new things for my flat, so on this trip to London I got some pretty dishtowels (very glamorous I know).

+ Don’t let go of your standards (too much):  If you’re trying to live a minimalistic lifestyle and want to get rid of things you don’t like in your home, don’t bring new items in you won’t like in half a year. If you want to live without plastic, don’t buy a plastic souvenir. If you’re aiming to own an ethical wardrobe, don’t shop at high street brands (for me that means yes, even Topshop).

+ Think of what you already own: Would your new item fit in? If it’s decoration: Do you have a place where you could put it? Would it serve a purpose (fill a blank wall etc). If it’s fashion: could you wear it with your other clothes?

+ Start a collection: If you really feel like you need to buy tacky holiday souvenirs, start a collection! I once saw a girl who owned dozens of snow globes from cities all around the world. She put them all over her home and it looked incredibly cool.

My favourite souvenirs to get

+ Art prints

+ Post cards

+ Specialty tea or coffee

+ Jewellery

+ Sweeties

+ Books

What about you? Do you have any tricks when it comes to shopping for great souvenirs?

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