Moving to San Francisco has really inspired me to minimize my consumption of junk and wasteful products. I wrote a blog post about Ridding your life of stuff earlier this year which ties really well into this post.

I love that this city cares so much about recycling, composting and being eco friendly. It’s been a huge eye opener to me and lately I’ve been doing so much research on sustainability, eco friendly products and ways to minimize waste. I’m not perfect so I will not feel guilt for forgetting to take my grocery bags to the store one time but I will start making a conscious effort to remember to bring my reusable items.

Here are a few changes I plan to make…

  1. Grocery bags – I brought my reusable bags from Miami to San Francisco because I knew that anywhere in this city charges you $0.10 for a bag, which is not a lot but once you start adding it up it can definitely be an expense. These are the ones I use and I absolutely love them. *Note to self: put a bag in my gym bag in case I have to go to the store after work!
  2. Water bottles/Coffee thermos – I take my insulated water bottle every where with me, I never buy water bottles. However, I need to do a better job of bringing a coffee thermos with me everywhere I go. I realized that my morning/afternoon coffee runs always involve a plastic cup and now Peet’s Coffee has gotten pretty serious about handing out plastic straws to it’s customers. So a big thank you to Peet’s for encouraging me to bring my metal straw and thermos with me.
  3. Makeup/Skin/Hair products – In today’s world we are constantly bombarded with all these advertisements for products that most of the time don’t even work. I wholeheartedly admit that I will go on big Sephora hauls and just buy anything and everything because I watched countless YouTube videos on products that will make my hair shinier, frizz free, glowing skin, etc. When I moved from my apartment in Miami, I realized I was collecting all these products that I never finished and didn’t even make a change in my appearance. For now, I’ll stick to 4-5 products total because really that’s all you need. Your skin doesn’t need 100 products applied to it everyday in my opinion. I am a huge fan of Bioclarity, it’s a plant based skin line, I have four of their products and that’s literally all I use other than sunscreen on my face.
  4. House Decor – This is my favorite and hardest of all. If you know me, you know how much I have always loved interior design and home decor. Now that we moved into a furnished apartment (momentarily) in San Francisco, I’ve had to be very conscious of not buying any home decor no matter how much I really love something. I live in a small studio which little to no space for additional knick knacks and because i’ve moved different cities/states for the past 5 years, I really don’t want to accumulate more house items. Plus who needs different colored pillows for every season?

Are you minimal? If so, how do minimize where you currently live?


  1. Vanessa
    August 7, 2019 / 4:53 pm

    Such a good and important post. When I moved to Seattle I was shocked by the amount of people that use reusable cups and thermos for their coffees and I was even more shocked when I went grocery shopping and I was charged for plastic bags. Now that itโ€™s been a year I have done some changes to help the environment such as using reusable bags , having a water pitcher at home instead of plastic bottles, and recycling for real.

    • Jennifer
      August 7, 2019 / 5:32 pm

      Yess, it’s awesome and sometimes I have a hard time remembering to bring my bags and my reusable cups with me but I purchased a ton of them to have them everywhere, in my bag, in my home and at work so I never have an excuse ๐Ÿ™‚

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