Tips to Minimise your Wardrobe


Minimising my wardrobe has been a euphoric, otherworldly experience for me. I now seldom feel anxious, insecure, or despondent about what I’m wearing for the day. When you only own your favorite outfits, you will always feel comfortable and dressed for success! Here are some tips on getting over the inevitable psychological hurdles you’ll face along the way. 

#1 Sort all of your clothes that you’ve given a subconscious “what if” label into a pile. Examples include “What if I got invited to a wedding with a butterfly print dress code”, “What if I lose 10kg”, “What if I went backpacking in east Asia and these elephant hippie pants come in handy”, and my favorite “What if I changed my style to punk”. I can answer all these what if’s with a big fat NO! Don’t keep holding onto clothes that you have squirrelled away for some intangible future daydream. Cut your wardrobe down to clothes that will enable you to live your dream today! 

#2 Everything that itches, feels tight, weird, too heavy, or just plain uncomfortable- just give it away! Life is too short to wear uncomfortable clothes and you’ll look way more attractive wearing things you feel comfortable in! 

#3 Get rid of torn/broken clothing. If your favorite t-shirt has an ink stain or your favorite jeans are torn to the point of your thighs touching then get rid of them. Contrary to popular sentiment, clothing is incapable of experiencing emotions and the nostalgia you associate with a certain pair of underwear is all in your head. If you absolutely can’t part with something due to sentimental reasons, consider re-purposing it (a pair of jeans can be sown into a tote, an old t-shirt can be fashioned into a pillow case).  

#4 Consider what you actually wear. Most of us tend to gravitate towards the same outfits over and over again. If you don’t wear it that often, you probably aren’t that fond of it. Give it to a thrift store where it will find an owner that will put it to good use! 

#5 Every time you get something new, you have to get rid of something. I have decided that I will only ever own 5 pairs of shoes – Running shoes, boots, sneakers, sandals, and a pair of flip-flops. If I want new sneakers, I have to give up my old ones. If you live in a consistent year-round climate (like the tropics or tundra) you could most likely cut this number down (Denmark has consistently unpredictable, bad weather all year so I think 5 pairs of shoes is justified).


What is it like living in 2019 without a smartphone?


Hi Guys <33

I’m very focused on how much time I use daily on my phone. I know I’m wasting too many hours on trivial things and I want to fight my phone addiction. The only person I know who doesn’t own a smartphone is my boyfriend Jackson. I’ve conducted a little interview with him on living in 2019 without a smartphone and how he perceives to be surrounded by phone zombies.

Have you ever owned a smartphone? 

Yes, I have. I had an i-Phone from 2012-2015 and an LG type of smartphone from 2015-2016.

Is it a conscious choice not to own a smartphone? 

At this point is certainly is. I moved to Montreal, Canada in 2017 and was adamant that I didn’t want to start my expat life chained to a screen. My family wasn’t too keen on the idea and I got a few offers from them to help pay for a monthly plan, just so they could reach me at any moment. But freeing yourself from the constantly connected world means more financial freedom as well as the mental freedom to pursue more worthwhile ventures. I use this free program called TextNow that I can access from a normal desktop or laptop computer. It works fairly well and I am able to call my family in the United States from Canada and Europe for free. 

Do you ever miss having a smartphone?

Hell no. I have an Ipad that I use at home and when I know I’m going to be at a coffee shop or other public place with Wifi; but even that seems a bit too much. I would like to get rid of it before I turn 30, which is less than two years away. I would like to get to the point where I only have a land-line chorded phone and a desktop type computer housed at a facility away from my home. 

How do you get around without google maps? 

I study the map and directions extensively then try to memorize my route as best as possible. I use a lot of nursery rhyme tricks to help me remember street names and the like. This is hardly foolproof though, and I often find myself maddeningly lost. 

Do you own any other electronics? 

In addition to my Ipad I have a dumb brick phone and a good amount of musical equipment. I have a Tascam DP-008 digital multi-track recorder I use to record and produce my music. I own a Boss RC-30 looping pedal and Schertler PA that I use for busking. 

How many times a day do you use Instagram?

More often than I would like to admit. As a performing artist and musician, I feel that it is a necessary tool to connect with my fans. 

Do you feel the “urge” to check Instagram/likes/news when you aren’t capable? 

Yes, just like anyone else my age living in 2019. It is very easy to sucked into a toxic cycle of instant gratification and I am not immune. 

Do you get annoyed when other uses their smartphones? 

Yes, especially during meals and other social rituals. And when I’m having a seemingly nice conversation with someone and they pull out their phone and space out followed by a compulsory “sorry I was just checking Instagram/the score/my texts/Game of Thrones message board and didn’t hear a word you said”. I find nothing more infuriating. 

When are people most distracted by their smartphones? 

When they feel like their current situation isn’t giving them the constant drip of self-gratification they’ve been conditioned to feel entitled to. 

What do you gain by not having smartphone?

I’m not sure yet. While I’m still a young adult I hope to develop better, different habits to set myself up for a lifetime of genuine self-discovery and adventure. 

Any advice for someone who wants to spend less time on their smartphone? 

Just get rid of it and don’t think about the consequences. I’m a pretty extreme person and I hate doing things gradually or in moderation. Cancel your monthly contract and sell your phone on Craigslist. Use the money to buy a bus/train/plane ticket or treat yourself to a nice Italian dinner. Just get rid of it. 

What do you guys think about living without a smartphone? I have a hard time pictureing it!


How to Spend More Time Away From Your Phone


I think most of us can relate to the feeling of being swallowed up by our phone’s screen for hours. My boyfriend recently gave me the nickname “Phone Zombie” (he loves to self-righteously mention that he doesn’t even own a smartphone). NOT FLATTERING. I think its problematic when we get sucked into a virtual world and forget to be presence in our “real” world (no, I don’t believe we’re living in a computer simulation run by alien overlords). Below are some habits I created for myself; maybe you can find them useful too.  

  • No phones or electronics in the bedroom

My Boyfriend and I made this rule for 2019 and it has significantly cut down on our screen time. We have invested in an old-fashioned alarm clock so we don’t have to use my smartphone as an alarm (I am not going to mention the model or brand of my smartphone because major electronic companies are a problematic detriment to society and the environment and don’t want to give corporations free advertising). Its so easy to waste hours of precious sleep time by scrolling endlessly through Instagram and Facebook. After I stopped taking the phone to the bedroom I’ve found myself reading a lot more before bedtime. Reading is important to me, and doing before bed really helps me fall asleep.   

  • Clean up who you follow on Instagram

I recently did some spring-cleaning in regards to my social media accounts. I started by un-following people who weren’t inspiring me. If you’re following someone just because they’re rich and famous and want a peak into their lifestyle, maybe you should un-follow them. I’ve found that by following fewer people I’m not using Instagram as much because there just isn’t as much garbage on my feed.

  • Install an app to control how much time you use.

I try to follow a rule where I only use my phone two hours a day. I have an app called “Moment” that helps me track my self-allotted time (and overtime) per day. I always experience a nagging sense of shame whenever I go over, so it’s a great way to discipline yourself.

  • Start crocheting  (or another creative hobby)

After seeing a friend´s picture of crotchet make-up removers she made herself, I became inspired to start doing it myself. I love to do it when I’m using public transport, watching TV, or even having light conversations with friends and family.

  • Stop taking your phone to the table

Leave the phone in your bag! There is nothing more unattractive than someone texting at a restaurant or the family dinner table. It’s so rude to use your phone while you’re supposed to be having quality time with friends and loved ones. My boyfriend and I are constantly noticing when friends and family do this and it feels like we’re being robbed of human interaction.  

*When you clean up your Instagram REMEMBER TO KEEP FOLLOWING ME (unless I’m a complete inspirational failure ;))