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What are your basics?

When I started working freelance from home this summer, I noticed that I had a lot of daily habits that I hadn’t thought about for years. And when I did think about them, I was astonished to find that a lot of them weren’t very satisfying or weren’t actually what I preferred anymore…or maybe ever. 

For example, my morning coffee. When I took a moment, I realised, it doesn’t actually taste that good. And then there are my notebooks, like most sensible people who love stationery, I have hundreds of them. Not one of them actually works for what I need. Now that I think of it… what is the best way for me to stay organised every day, every week, every month??

How have I been following all of these routines, everyday, without noticing that I don’t like the pens that I write with, or that I don’t know what kind of socks I actually enjoy wearing? It feels like that moment in Runway Bride when she realises that she doesn’t know what kind of eggs she likes.

It seems crazy to equate these small decisions with your larger identity but the little things make up a large proportion of your everyday so how can they not be essential. They shape how we live. 

I decided that I needed to go right back to the BASICS.

Which routines do I definitely need every day to work well and enjoy my life? Which objects do I really need?

On my list of basics to tackle this month:

  • My morning coffee
  • My underwear and socks
  • The best, once and for all, tomato sauce recipe
  • My breakfast food
  • How to sleep better
  • An organisational system that suits me
  • A new minimal ethical wardrobe

Have you ever had a similar realisation about a routine in your life? And what are your basics? I’d love to hear what you can’t live without, big and small.

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