If you know me, you know that I have a little bit of a shopping problem.

It’s not that bad, but I tend to unknowingly accumulate a lot of stuff in a really short time before I realize what exactly I’ve done. A lot of that shopping is usually health and beauty related, or things like bags and pouches to put all of my health and beauty things in. It’s excessive, I’m aware. BUT! I’m working on some new habits, the biggest one being that I regularly inventory all of my things. Again, sounds excessive, typing everything I own into a spreadsheet with quantities and categories, but it’s really helped me put things into perspective, and really understand just how much crap I really do own. Which leads me to my current goal:


Not only do I have a lot of things, but I’ve also got some hopeful plans that would require me to pack my life up in very few boxes/bags/cases for a pretty big move. Vague enough for you? If you haven’t read my last post (hint: read it here), you might not know this, but I’m considering a move overseas. That means I’d need to literally move all of my possessions across an ocean, likely in a few checked bags or by shipping exorbitantly priced boxes, so I need to think about what’s worth that cost and effort. Not to mention that homes aren’t typically as spacious as they are here in the States - which I’m totally okay with, just something to think about when considering how much junk I keep.

So I’m getting rid of things, selling some, donating, using things up and not replacing, that sort of thing. This part of the process isn’t really that urgent, as I haven’t even started hearing from job applications yet, but I’m a bit of an obsessive planner, so it’s something I’ve been thinking about lately. However, it doesn’t hurt to get started, and when the time comes, I’ll have it a bit easier, already having less! I thought I’d share with you here what sort of things I’m not going to be buying anymore and what I’ll be using up, just because I’m always interested (i.e. nosy) about how others approach this.

Things I’m Not Buying:

  • Makeup (Unless it’s mascara, or something that goes off and can cause an eye infection when not replaced).

  • Skincare - I don’t think anyone truly understands just how much skincare I currently own. It’s absurd, and I think I might even start doing mini reviews on things as I go through them, because there’s just so much there. SO. SILLY.

  • Backpacks - Holy Mother of Luggage. I have an absurd amount of bags and backpacks, and it’s gotten to a point where I can probably use a different one every day of the week. Will likely be donating some of these to shelters in the area.

  • Shampoo/Conditioner/Body Wash - I have enough body wash (Stocked up on my favorite Original Source shower gel whilst I was visiting England) to last me for at least 9 months. I know, it’s insanity. Not to mention the two massive bottles of shampoo that I’ve got in the shower currently, the 5 canisters of dry shampoo, and about 6 containers of conditioner… I don’t even have that much hair! Needless to say, I’ll be very clean for a very long time.

  • Sweaters - I’m a HUGE sweater person, and may have gone a bit wild once the weather started getting colder. I don’t need any more sweaters, unless of course it gets even colder and any of mine get a hole in them.

  • Junk Food - A daily struggle as someone with a sweet tooth, I’m really trying not to waste money on food that isn’t good for me. Working on it!

Honestly, that’s a super brief summary. I’m truly working on not only saving money, but not bringing so much crap into my home. Looking around my room right now, it feels cluttered and messy, not the kind of feel I’d like my personal space to have ESPECIALLY when I start looking for tiny flats in England and/or Ireland. The idea of it is giving me the best kind of goosebumps, and I can’t wait to see what happens on this journey.

If you have any tips for downsizing or eliminating extra things in your life and home, please please please share them in the comments, or by connecting with me on social media. This goes for any expats out there who’ve gone through this same process as well, and of course, any hiring managers in the UK/Ireland that may want to lend a helping hand in the job hunt. I appreciate all the advice and help that you give!

Thank you. Kate.