Five Things I Don't Own As a Minimalist (and Five Things I Do)

Everyone has a different definition of the word 'minimalism'. For me, minimalism is about only owning things I need - I don't like clutter and I don't like excess. Some people may think I'm weird (or poor) because I don't own basic things that most others take for granted, but I see little point in cluttering up my home with stuff I never use, just because society thinks it's 'the norm'.

Want to know what I choose to forego? Here are five things I have never owned as an adult:

1. Microwave
There are two reasons why I don't own a microwave. The first is that we have a small kitchen and there's just no room for bulky appliances. The second is that we like to cook our meals from scratch - we don't buy ready meals and would rarely use a microwave, which means it'd just be taking up valuable space. Granted, microwaves offer the convenience factor, but anything that can be cooked in a microwave can be cooked in an oven. It may take a little longer but in my opinion it'll taste better anyway, and I won't have to clean a microwave as well as the cooker!

2. Dishwasher
Even if I had the space, I wouldn't want a dishwasher. There are only two of us and we wash our dishes as soon as we use them, not letting them pile up. Besides, I don't think we own enough dishes to fill an entire machine.

3. Tumble dryer
Before you start thinking I'm completely primitive, I do own a washing machine. A tumble dryer, however, is something we can live without. If we had a bigger house, I might consider buying one - it'd save having to hang our clothes up indoors when the weather's bad and I love the feel of towels which have been tumble dried and are all soft and fluffy, but for now, we make do.

4. Ironing board
I never iron. Never. I just hang my clothes up as soon as I've washed them and don't actually care if there are a few wrinkles left. We do have an iron, though. If I lived alone I'd give it away, but sometimes my husband needs to iron a shirt for work so we keep it. Instead of an ironing board, he just has to use the table with a towel laid over it.

5. Plants/Flowers
I seem to have a special talent for killing any plants that enter my home. I honestly don't know what I'm doing wrong. Because of this extraordinary trait, I have decided to banish all plants from the house. 

And here are five things I do still own...

1. Car
This is probably my biggest expense, what with buying petrol, insurance, car tax and getting it MOTed and serviced every year, but I need my car. I need it for work as well as for visiting friends and family, none of whom live close by. When I'm staying in the city, though, I try to use it as little as possible - most places are within walking distance.  

2. Bed
I see a lot of minimalists on YouTube who don't own a bed or just sleep on a mattress on the floor, and I was interested in trying this for myself. So a couple of years ago when our old bed broke (don't ask) and we got rid of it, we experimented by sleeping on the floor for a while before ordering a new one. It was fine but we decided that it wasn't for us in the long term as we both really preferred sleeping in a bed. Our bed now is very minimalist looking though, with a white frame and all white sheets and covers, and we love it (and appreciate it more after not having one for a while).

3. Hair straighteners
These are a necessity for me. My hair is naturally frizzy and I couldn't live without my GHDs to calm it down. I know they're not great for your hair but what's a girl to do? 

4. Kettle and toaster
I use both of these on a daily basis. The kettle, especially, gets used multiple times a day, whether it's for coffee, tea or just heating up water to cook with. I could probably get by without a kettle or toaster, but it'd just make my life harder and what's the point in suffering for the sake of suffering?

5. Sofa and armchair
I'm not such a dedicated minimalist that I forego all furniture and just sit on the floor, and I probably never will be. 

Is there anything you don't own that most people do? 

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Let's Connect!


  1. I do have a microwave and I'm not really sure why because it never really gets used. Very occasionally to reheat something but I never buy microwave food. I don't know how I'd manage without my dishwasher though!! It's interesting to see what minimalism means to different people x


  2. Love this I have been into minimalism since 3 years ago and is still currently in the process of minimizing as much as I can. The things I don't own that most people do are:
    1.Hair Curler/Straightener
    2.Blow dryer
    3.Ironing Board
    4.I wanted to mention laptop as I borrow my brothers laptop
    5.I don't have a chair in my room even though I own a desk. I use a small ladder instead.

    Great post. Keep on sharing.

    Kaye -

  3. I love seeing how everyones own take is on Minimalism. I started getting more into the thoughts of it since watching Matt D'avella. I keep contemplating the microwave too as hardly use it and going to have a serious think to can we cope without it.

    Stacey |

  4. I don't own a lot of stuff to begin with but I have a small mountain of clothes that I never wear so my plan is to minimize the clothes.

    No bed(use futon as my apartment is small anyway) and tv because no point of keeping something that I rarely use.

    It's interesting to see each individual way of being a minimalist. I've seen a Japanese youtuber who only have 3-5 outfits tho.

    x Rasya

  5. Whilst I love the idea of minimalism and see why people would want to do it, I believe it's a personal choice. All of your items are justified and completely relatable of why you do and do not have them.

    We do have a microwave because we have a baby against things like a car I need them but we don't have a dishwasher or tumble dryer.

    Katie xx

  6. This is a really interesting topic! I don't own a dishwasher or tumble dryer either as there isn't enough room for those in my flat. I also never iron either and have a habit of killing off all the house plants too, ha ha! I don't have a car at the moment as I don't really need one and everything is in walking distance. I agree, there is no point having things you don't really need/use. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, fab post! <3 xx

    Bexa |

  7. I love how everyone has a different take on minimalism. I don't think I could every be those extreme minimalists that have almost nothing in their home, but I do like the idea of having only what you need and truly want. I think I could live without a dryer, as I only use mine a few times a year. I got rid of our iron and ironing board two years ago because we never used them and it made little sense to have them in the house.

  8. I tired sleeping on the floor as well for awhile before getting buying a new bed and it was just wasn’t for me and I love my tea and coffee I’m trying to convince people to buy a kettle but they say it’s the same in the microwave

  9. My husband and I have no bed frame, we have done this since we first got married and we love it. I would be lying if I said I didn't dream about a bed frame when I was pregnant (It was hard as heck to get out of bed), but I also love knowing that if I lay my one year old daughter in my bed she won't roll off and get hurt!

  10. The only thing I have out of the 5 things listed you don't have is a microwave. Lol. It gets used daily. On the other hand I don't have hair straightners, or a car ;-)

  11. I don't own a TV. We watch the Olympics and Tour de France on the computer, but that is about it.
    We also don't have a microwave and tumble drier. We dry our clothes outside when the weather is appropriate. They smell really nice when we do!


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