Minimalism | Seventeen Things I Got Rid of in 2017

Looking back on 2017, it seems I decluttered a lot. If 2016 was my introduction to minimalism, than 2017 was definitely the action year!

Here is a taste of some of the more significant areas that I minimised in 2017.

  1. My entertainment system. I used to have a fairly traditional entertainment system consisting of a TV, DVD player and DVDs. With time I accepted that these items got  barely any use, and over a period removed them all from my life, along with the cabinet which housed them.
  2. The laundry. When I think of laundry now, I think of dirty clothes, some sort of a receptacle to wash them in, and some kind of substance to wash them with. I replaced specialised laundry liquid with dishwashing liquid, and got rid of the hamper. Dirty clothing is now stored in the washing machine or the laundry sink.
  3. Personal care. As women, we spend way too much time trying to ‘improve’ what we have. In 2017 I finally realised that the most important person I need to impress is me. Excess makeup, body wash, conditioner… These are just a few of the ‘essential’ beauty products that are no longer in my life.

Please know that discarding each of these items was a well thought out decision. Know also, that I spent a lot of time rehoming many of these items, except for any consumables.

I have to say that I have no regrets, and it seems silly that I had so many of these items in the first place.

Check out the video below for a more detailed account of what I discarded in 2017. Check out my YouTube channel for new videos about minimalism every week. Follow me on Instagram, where I record my minimalist outfits. Check me out on Facebook for resources and updates. I also have a Patreon account, where for a small donation you can view additional content.



  1. I love watching your videos and hearing your reasons for removing items. I want to be as brave as you too. Do you have a very social life to compensate? I will be looking forward to seeing your apartment in video. Happy new year.

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  2. “As women, we spend way too much time trying to ‘improve’ what we have.”

    This is so true, it felt kind of liberating for me to throw away some of the ‘beauty’ products.

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  3. You are totally right about shampoo = bodywash. It’s the same thing, really. The attempt to put more stuff in the bathroom is just the marketers’ attempt to sell us more stuff. I didn’t think about dishwasher liquid as laundry soap but that’s also a possible elimination. Thanks, I enjoy learning from you!

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  4. Loving this post! I don’t feel emotionally ready to get rid of anything but I’ve decided, aside from replacing my versalette, to not buy any clothing this year. I imagine I’ll wear out a few things. I’m tempted to try not buying anything new for myself in general as well, but I want to try a few things out to review for the blog(is it really for myself then? I feel like at least partly 🤷‍♀️). Working mostly on things I already have right now, however. 😅

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  5. I got rid of so many self-care items last year too. As we packed up to move, I realized how ridiculous it was that I had so many. I, too, haven’t regretted any!

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  6. I’ve just finished a major (years-long!) project – publishing the novel Restoration Day – and now I am SO ready to go through the house and just purge like mad! Hopefully I don’t get carried away and purge anything I should actually be keeping! Any tips on how to be sure of the difference?

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  7. I’m starting to get rid of so many bathroom/beauty/laundry products as well, firstly to reduce my plastic consumption but also because I started to feel there was a lot of clutter in the cabinet and that quite a few of the products were not necessary. We have all been cleverly tricked into thinking we need a product for absolutely everything!

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  8. I’m so glad to find another minimalist who takes the time to donate, rehome or use what they plan to declutter – good job! 🙂 I wish you luck in your journey!

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