About Into Mind

Anuschka Rees @ INTO MINDHi, my name is Anuschka and I live in Berlin. I’m interested in all things minimalism and living a slower, simpler life with less stuff. This blog is where I write about everything I’ve learnt so far.

If you’re a new reader, start here:

Minimalism: A beginner’s guide
9 easy ways to start living a simpler, more intentional life
30-Day Minimalism Challenge
10 Step Wardrobe Revamp
How to build the perfect wardrobe: 10 basic principles

I also recently wrote a workbook on how to build a minimalist wardrobe with lots of templates, checklists and step-by-step instructions. Check it out here.

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179 comments

  1. Sharp, short, and smart. An amazing presentation and style makes it a pure bliss to go through your articles, which I found very useful comparing to the rest I was looking up for on the internet when reconsidering my wardrobe before moving to the next country. Thank you and maybe we’ll have a chance to meet someday when I’m in Berlin ;) Have fun!

  2. Hi Anuschka,
    Congratulations on an outstanding website. The content and presentation of your material is flawless. I found your site via http://blog.allisonlehman.com/. It is really clever (and appreciated!) how in the content of one article, you link to another article – that way, I ended up reading over ten articles in a row… Your downloadable workbook is a great idea; if you were to publish a hard-copy book, I think it would be just fantastic. Sorry to sound so gushing but like your other readers, I am both very impressed and very grateful.
    All the best!

  3. I am an avid reader of your blog–it’s definitely changed the way I look at both the things in my closet and the things I surround myself with! I love your posts. This might be off the overall topic of your blog, but I would really love to see an in-depth post about different methods of styling (like half-tucking a tee, rolling sleeves and jeans, or how accessories/lack of accessories) and how it can change a whole outfit? I feel that changing the way you style outfits can keep things interesting while still maintaining a minimalist wardrobe! <3 Natalie

  4. I love the idea of a minimalistic wordrobe. Here a few problems:
    I make a seasonal list with pictures, I can never find what I am looking for. All winter I have been looking for a light colored chunky gray sweater and black pants to wear with socks and loafers.( I live in virginia and it can be cold it is 22 right now. Shoes w/o socks aren’t an option.) I have found neither. It is not just this winter. It is all the time I can’t find what I want. My trench coat has worn out. Want a basic replacement not found, just trendy versions! I live in a small town with little shopping available. So I have to buy online or take a day and go out of town. Also, I am an elementary school teacher so my wordrobe has to be comfortable and washable but no jeans. My classroom is very cold so warm sweaters are needed. Living in Virginia we have 4 distinct seasons. Spring and fall we have seasons within seasons. One day it can be 80, 2 days later it can be 40. So a variety of clothes are needed.
    I would love a basic wordrobe but that is much harder than you think!

    • Hey Robyn
      I used to live in Fairfax but now am in Colorado :)

      I have the same problem ( knowing what I want but being unable to find it). I just found into-mind and it’s been super helpful to me in detoxing and reoranizing my closet the past two weekends. A few insights that I’ve had:
      *In the past I’ve spent a lot of money buying clothes on sale, that then never really work for me because they either aren’t exactly what I wanted or they don’t quite match what I have. A good example of “not quite match” is that navy has been and is and probably always will be one of my main wardrobe colors. The problem is that navy can be grayish or purplish or greenish and they don’t match! I’ve been in the habit of buying basic navy (trousers, blazer, Tneck, shoes) I find on sale. The reality is I can’t wear them cause they don’t match each other. So, I’ve committed to only buying one navy and being sure all my basics match, even if that means passing up a great buy.
      *Im also grappling with the idea of buying a few key pieces early in the season so I can be sure I can get what I want before selection gets limited. This way I can ensure matching. My instinct is to wait for season end clearance sales, but I’m not gonna do it
      *zappos is great for shoes. Their return policy is great. I order several versions and sizes of what I need , try them out with my wardrobe in the comfort of my home and then return all but the one that works best.
      *The stylebook app is super helpful if you have an iPhone or iPad

      Maybe some of these thoughts help?

  5. I have just spent the last 48 hours enthralled by your blog, trying to absorb everything at once. I was in desperate need for a wardrobe overhall and decluttering of life in general, and happened on your website.

    My issue is that I have had a drastic change in lifestyle: two baby boys in two years; a change in city and climate and a total change in body shape (I have lost weight since having children, but my overall shape has changed, I used to be medium sized definite hourglass with big bust and small waist, now I have a slimmer frame and thick post baby middle).

    After following your posts and those of other bloggers I’ve pinned down a colour palette (navy, black, grey and ivory as neutrals, turquoise, watermelon/coral, plum, teal and periwinkle blue as statement colours)…

    BUT – my style does not match my lifestyle. I love high heels, floaty non-stretch silks and soft woven cottons, tailored pants and victoria beckham shift dresses, but these are completely inappropriate for my world of breast feeding, velcro, fluctuating weight and baby-wrangling.

    How can I combine my ideal style with my current lifestyle? I hate T-shirts but find I’m in jeans and tee almost every day and feel so “mumsy”. Urgh.

    Please help?

    • I’ve got pretty much the same Problem, regarding the Lifestyle. I havent quite figured my personal style out yet, although I’m loving a sort of Casual-Chic look. But it doesnt quite match my lifestyle living in the Countryside, and never going into town. (Though I’d love to do that, but it doesnt look like its going to happen anytime soon…) I’m in the woods all the time, running and biking, and find myself wearing comfortable stuff, that I dont mind getting dirty… How should I deal with this?

  6. I am SO happy I found your 30-day minimalism challenge and it guided me here! This is EXACTLY what I need! Such an awesome blog! Thank you! :)

  7. I’ve found you because someone saved our post 30-day minimalism challenged on bloglovin and I thought ‘this is interesting’. I’m so glad it brought me here.

    Lately, I’ve been thing a lot about how the way I live affects others people lives, living in a more conscious, ethical and simple way so your blog came in the right time. I had no idea this kind of blogs existed and now I also know This Kind Choice thanks to you.

    thank you, a lot!!
    Can’t wait to learn more about this lifestyle and how I want to lead my live.

    Lots of hugs, A

  8. I am so happy that I found the source of that amazing minimalist 30 day challenge and it brought me here. Love what minimalism is all about and I personally try to live this life all of the time. Thank you tons :)

  9. Hi Anuschka,

    You have a fabulous website and I was wondering if you would be interested in having your Posts broadcast through our social media profiles. The premise of Dine Decorate Design is to share fabulous tips from around the world on all elements of dining, decorating and designing. We would pull in your RSS feed, list only the image, title, a teaser description and a link back to your website to see the full post.

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  10. I’ve just recently found your website – what a terrific resource!
    Was hoping you could address this issue that I’ve run into recently (I suspect with the global economy, I’m not the only one with this issue). So I have slowly developed a style uniform or signature look…but then just found out that as a result of my work I will be transferring from Europe (temperate climate) to the Pacific (hot, humid – all the time). I’m not quite sure how to adjust my signature look (pants over shorts, blazers over tank tops, boot over flip flops). Ideas?

  11. Help!!! Need a purse and sunglasses. I don’t like changing purses its too much clutter. I like black and cognac or would consider any color that is a neutral and can be dressed up or down with a suit or jeans. I like hobo and more structured pieces as well as totes. Comfort and ease in carrying plus organization** is helpful. I bought a $100 ameribag in black leather that lasted 7 years and lots of travel. I’m a classic-style dresser. I like to add a small hint of trendy to it (maybe a fun shirt) under the blazer that is unexpected with the outfit. Can you offer suggestions on purses and color. Maui Jim is my favorite brand and I’ve looked at baby beach (smaller aviators for petite faces) i’ve never had them before, but they are light titanium, otherwise I’d go tortoise. Again I’m a utility gal. I want to be able to wear it and use these items with anything. Can you and ladies advise.

  12. I am in AWE of your website. It’s clean, refreshing and the opposite of chaos. I feel a deep sense of calm here that I wouldn’t find elsewhere in the varied internet pages filled with excess which just bring me instant fatigue. This is a way of life and what a peaceful way it is.

  13. Hello,

    i really adore your blog; especially your idea to help people find their OWN style. Fashion is often so limiting / limited – and your blog has a very different approach.
    My only problem: the blog is in english, and i really am struggling with my rusty english :-) however this is a good chance to get familiar with it again ;-)

    Thank you so much for this blog!

    Susanne

  14. Thank you very much for your wonderful blog ! I just discovered it a few days ago and have been reading and enjoying it.
    I find it really useful, clear, organized, creative, psychologically deep and at the same time visually beautiful. Congratulations !
    If you have an e-book I would love to buy it

    Nuria from Barcelona

  15. OMG I am so overwhelming happy to have found this site. Thank you thank you thank you. It’s exactly what I need right when I need it at the start of my new life/wardrobe journey!

  16. Hi there – recently stumbled across your blog & just wanted to take a minute to join the chorus of voices thanking you for sharing your approach to developing personal style. The format of the blog is so inviting, like a good book i plan to sit down and absorb little by little. So far i’ve found the uniform idea super useful and compelling, as well as the idea of a capsule wardrobe. Thanks!!!

  17. Hi Anuschka,

    could it be possible that I saw you at Südkreuz today? I really don’t want to sound like a creep, but we were walking past each other, I saw this girl and she immediately reminded me of you, especially the hair color and the outfit. I hope it wasn’t my head playing tricks again :S.

    I’ve been following your blog for a while now and I just LOVE it. Minimalism brought me here and the rest got me hooked. For the first 20 years of my life, I almost wore only things that my mom bought me, which were totally preppy, strict and there’s no sense of personal style whatsoever. Since I finally stood up for myself, I’ve been struggling to find out my own signature look, it’s not quite easy but I enjoy it a lot. I just want to thank you for sharing your approach to fashion and for the devotion you’ve put into this blog. Keep it coming :)

    Best
    Nhoe

  18. Thank you so, so much for this HELPFUL and informative blog! A few days ago I understood at last, that my wardrobe is built very iunpractically: lots of things and nothing to wear :) Thanks to your site I have specific ideas how to make it right. Thank you one more time and good luck!

  19. Brava. I’ve been looking for a site to guide me in my trek towards a down-sized, capsule wardrobe. I’ve been simplifying and decluttering my life/space for the past two years but control of my wardrobe has been the one thing in which I have had only marginal success. Other sites used the same catch words such as basics, uniform, etc. but yours was the most precise in how to implement those concepts. I needed some well-defined organizing principles to help me cull my current wardrobe and make better choices in the future.

  20. I just wanted to tell you, I like your blog and its concept very much!
    Helps me coming through wintersale only buying things I need and which are “on the list”.
    There’s actually more money for single high quality pieces. By the way it was (and is) a lot of fun to create my wardrobe concept. Thank you for this unique jewel among blogs!

  21. You must be a genius. Since I realised that although I love clothes and style, my wardrobe is an incoherent race against god-knows-what, I have been searching for help with defining my ‘signature’ style and streamlining what I’ve got and what I want/need. You blog, uniquely, seems to offer that. Thanks, I’m devouring it!
    Santa

  22. Your blog is absolutely stunning! I have to ask — what kind of camera do you use? I’m in the process of buying one in the mid range (probably high level digital rather than SLR). Your pictures are so beautiful — I’d love to know how you take them! I really love following your blog — it’s always inspirational.

  23. I love the way you organize your blog and its content! this is so fun but also interesting to read ! I laughed when I read your post about thought polarization because this is so true! the more you talk, the more you disagree! Especially with my boyfriend… ;)

  24. Anouschka, i love your blog!
    i nominated you for the sunshine award even though i saw you have already a couple of nominations ;), your diys and psychology posts are super entertaining, and your fashion style is so cool!
    much love xxx

  25. Hey, your blog seems really cool, i think we’ve got quite similar interests (i love your stuff on fashion!!) i’ve started up my blog as part of a university project , could you follow me pretty please? thanks!

  26. Hi Anuschka, first of all; I love you blog. Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us. You are very inspiring. I enjoy reading and learning from you. I just stared my journey in the world of blogging. You are right; it’s a lot of fun. Keep doing what you are doing!!!
    Lui

  27. I really enjoy reading your blog, so I nominated you for The Very Inspiring Blog Award! You can check out details of it on my blog. Keep up the great work!

  28. I love your blog …from the pictures to the writing … it’s a treat to visit. Favorite posts so far: the fashion from the runways to real – life, the interiors and the cute little things.

  29. I’ve been looking at the myriad blogs that abound on wordpress, and every time I feel moved to “like” or comment I see your avatar. After about the 10th time it finally occurred to me to visit your blog. We must have similar taste. Nice to “meet” you. I am Jessica.

  30. I saw you liked a post of mine so I decided to drop in and WOW, I LOVE YOUR BLOG!!! Its pulled together so nicely. Love your fashion and style. Very cool. Looking forward to more awesome stuff!

  31. Hi Anuschka, love your blog!! Even though I work in fashion, I’m currently also studying psychology – as a mature student at Open University – just because I love learning so much about the how the mind works, & how people, & animals develop mentally during their lives! Really, I’m a bit of a psychology geek ;) So I’m draw to both the fashion, & the psychology elements of your blog!!

    Looking forward to reading more of your blog!! Stay stylish,

    The Image Mistress, xoxo

  32. I find it rather interesting at how similar our interests are haha I’m 24 and studying Child Learning and Development, a study under the umbrella of Psychology at University of Texas at Dallas! I also enjoy music and art, and have taken a few courses on psych, we definitely cover a lot of the psych theorists in our child development courses (: and I absolutely love to do my nails (I think I change my polish once a week!) Maybe we can learn a thing or two from each other and have some discussions on psych!

    Jean

  33. Hi!
    Thanks so much for visiting and commenting on my blog. you have a very interesting blog and I mean to pay more attention to it in the upcoming days. FRom what i’ve seen I am very pleased and I am now your new follower. If you please be my guest and join my followers list as well, I’d appreciate it.

    lots of success and kisses

    http://cottoncandy-peaches.blogspot.com/

  34. Wooow, what an amazing blog! RespeKt :-) And you did all that in less than two months! Incredible! I am so impressed – and jealous ;-) (1.159 followers, wow!) I will be no. 1160 :-)

  35. Thank you for stopping by my blog. I’m new at this, but hopefully, one day my blog will be as impressive as yours is. You’ve done a great job on your arrangement and content. I can’t believe how far you’ve come since December. I obviously need to get busy!

  36. Thanks for stopping by my blog. How interesting your site is! I love the combination of psychology, fashion, and photography – you’ve got some truly intriguing posts here – I look forward to returning to explore more.

  37. Interesting blog topics–I was a psych major before I switched to art (didn’t last more than a few months in psych but am still interested casually). The blog theme is also quite easy to navigate–one of the better ones I have seen.

  38. I really like what you’ve got going on here Anuschka. Wishing you all the best this year and beyond. Looking forward to seeing what’s on your mind. Thanks for stopping by my photography blog of dogs and such… peace

  39. What an astonishing following you have for having begun so recently! Congratulations to you! That following says both that you have been wise in how you’ve promoted your blog and, more importantly, that you have touched a nerve–made contact on a topic dear to a whole lot of other people. Fantastic. I look forward to seeing where this journey takes you, my friend. Cheers!
    Kathryn

  40. Hi Anuschka,
    What a wonderful blog site, you have! I look forward to reading/viewing more.
    Fyi … I used to live in Newbury (late 1990’s). I miss London. Especially Ronnie Scott’s.
    Cheers,
    Heather (a.k.a. heatherfromthegrove)

  41. Hi Anuschka, great blog! For someone who just started this within the last month, wow, great posts and pics already.! Kudos to you. I am very impressed. :) Good luck on your study!

  42. Hello, and thanks for Liking my recent post on the psychological impact of pocket squares. Glad you enjoyed reading it.

    It’s fairly rare to find someone else who’s interested in both clothes/fashion and psychology; I’ll be sure to keep an eye on your future posts here!

  43. hi

    I must say, fantabulious… :) You present all your thoughts and ideas as per your perception. I found allot of contents which are worth reading and also allot of interesting pictures which you collect in your leisure time :P :)

    Keep up the goof work and best of luck

    regards

    Ahmad Ladhani

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