When you're going to run out of something...buy three.
The end. You can leave the internet now.
J/k. I've been interested in minimalism for about 2 years now. I mainly approach it from the point of view of possessions, but I generally seek a simpler life. I try and keep my digital existence streamlined, enjoy simpler meals were possible and generally try simplify whats going on. I've always been quite cheap, frugal and thoughtful so minimalism is a good fit for me.
I 'live by' a little rule I encountered online. Basically I buy 3 of any common, frequently used commodity when I'm due to run out (toothpaste, washing up liquid, deodorant, shower geletc).
The rule is basically "two is one, one is none", if you google that you will see a lot of posts relating to wilderness survival. Well this is a little less intense than that. I buy three because I know I will get through them soon enough; and it's not such an extreme number that your home is littered with things.
It's a handy trick if you're an under-buyer (ever ran out of toothpaste and had to use a rolling pin to get the dregs out?), or If you're an over-buyer (think extreme couponing and having a dozen washing up bottles).
Buy three when you're going to run out; that's it. It's not the height of minimalism but it means I don't overthink buying commodities too much and I can save a fair bit if I spot they're on sale. Helpful rule if you're in charge of your home.
I'm considering renaming this "basic bitch" minimalism...but for now I hope you're having a good week and catch you later.