While being a minimalist certainly means owning less, it also means owning better. For certain things that I truly do need, I’ve been slowly upgrading each little item, one at a time.
- My toothbrush. One 2017 goal of mine is to get all my counters completely clear. One way I did that was to switch out my old toothbrush routine with a paired down but upgraded routine. I’ve always been a fan of the electric toothbrush but until now, that meant having a clunky charger plugged into the wall with a big ol’ honker of a toothbrush perched on top. Not only was this unsightly, but I also never remembered to buy new toothbrush heads, and the charger was always getting nasty gunk on it. No thank you. So, I updated it with a Quip toothbrush — both beautiful and ultra-functional. It solved all those little problems for me. The toothbrush heads automatically come every 3 months, it hangs on my mirror in a sleek holder, and it is way, way smaller than any other electric brush I’ve used.
- My alarm clock. Like most people, I used to use my iphone as my alarm clock. But as I read about the radiation from cell-phones, and found myself waking up and scrolling instagram incessantly, I realized that I needed to find a different way. I purchased this tiny little alarm clock that has everything I need: an alarm (with snooze!), a light, and of course the aesthetics that I want. Now I charge my phone in my living room, allowing me to really ‘turn off’ before heading to bed at night and helping me wake up more peacefully.
- My water bottle. We all know we need to drink more water. But that doesn’t change our behavior. What does? A really lovely water bottle that I get excited to use. It’s that simple. (Plus, it keeps my water really cold. Bonus points.)