• Decluttering,  Minimalism

    Minimalist Experimentation

    Many years ago I took my readers along on my personal journey through Minimalism. I was overwhelmed at the time so once I discovered that owning less not only helped my finances but made my practical day-to-day life easier I jumped in with both feet. I followed the advice of the experts of the day, eliminating not only the things…

  • Organization,  self-improvement,  Simplicity

    How I Spent My Vacation

    Last week I took the first paid vacation at a public job in almost two decades. “What do you plan to do?” Curious friends wanted to know. “Absolutely nothing,” I grinned. I lied to everyone prior to taking those days off. I had something special planned to mark the start of my 49th year of life. While one day had…

  • Decluttering,  Minimalism

    Tossing Your Stuff is NOT the Answer

    The other day I about fell out of my chair. Two DJs on the radio were discussing Marie Kondo’s show on Netflix. What? I could not believe my ears. Back when I became a minimalist people thought I was insane. I caught so much flak for eliminating my excess and writing about it. I’ve got family members to this day…

  • Organization,  Productivity,  self-improvement

    The Habit Chain

    It takes time to form a habit. Positive habits are definitely worth the effort to build. They can slowly transform our life from the mediocre into an absolutely astounding existence. When remaking your life it is best to start small. Analyze the things you want to change about yourself and select just one to focus on. This is how Benjamin…

  • Organization,  Productivity,  self-improvement

    Preparing for the New Year

    Twenty-eighteen has been an incredibly eventful year. I’ve come to terms with the fact that the previous stage of my life is ending and determined a new direction for my life. I may not know yet how I’ll get to there from here. That’s okay. All I have to do is continue to move forward with my end goal in…

  • Decluttering

    Out With the Old

    One of the traits I share with the wealthy is the fact that I like to wear things completely out before I discard them. I see no point in buying new when what I already own continues to serve its purpose. Occasionally I allow myself to go beyond standard thrift and wear things well beyond their usable lifespan. I become…

  • Organization

    Making Changes

    Life has been a whirlwind since I made the conscious decision to stay in this little house. The past seven years had been a holding pattern so I hadn’t invested much of anything into making this house look more like a home. There wasn’t any point in spending the money if I was planning to move, after all. Along with…

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    Finances,  Frugality,  Organization

    Moratorium

    Everyone’s needs change over time. You may slow down or stop using an item, or you may start to use something else instead. It’s just a part of life. For instance, I was a big fan of pencil and paper. I not only write copious lists, I also composed my book/blog drafts and kept a journal in paper format. To…

  • Decluttering,  Minimalism

    Evaluating My Possessions

    My daughter and I make a point of going through all of our possessions at least once a year. This allows us to refresh our memory about the items we own, reorganize these items to better accommodate our current life, and to figure out what we need to buy (or not buy) for the coming year. As we were sorting…

  • Decluttering,  Minimalism,  Recycling,  Simplicity

    It’s Okay to Own Things

    It’s become fashionable to throw things away. Out with the old, to make room for the new. There are even groups out there that will help you get rid of your things and encourage you to eliminate as much of your stuff as you want. I know. I was one of them. In time I realized that the Minimalist movement…

  • Decluttering,  Happiness,  Minimalism

    Minimizing Relationship Stress

    It’s painful to watch friends self-destruct, to watch them slide down the slippery slope of insanity. It’s like watching a train wreck in slow motion. You’re unable to turn away. You reach out your hand, only to have it slapped away time and again. Either they realize they are slipping and don’t care, or they’re enjoying the ride. Regardless, you…

  • Decluttering

    Second Chances

    It dawned on me this morning that I have been blogging since early 2009. It started as an experiment after I got laid off because my friends told me that blogging was a BIG THING just to pass the time. Long story short, I realized that I deleted almost eight years of my life just to defeat some hackers and protect my friends. That…

  • Food,  Organization

    Groceries

    Tonight I watched my daughter enjoy watching the season of The Saddle Club that she checked out from the library today. She watched every single episode, and one episode twice! We went to Sam’s Club to purchase potatoes, yeast, baking soda, brown gravy mix, vinegar and some meat. Total bill was $36 and change. Not bad for what we got. Everything but…

  • Decluttering,  Minimalism

    The Elimination Game

    One thing my daughter and I love to play is The Elimination Game. The object of the game is for each of us to eliminate just one thing from our lives. This is frequently played whenever there is a disagreement on what to watch or where to go – or even what to do. The one to figure out something to toss first gets…

  • Housing,  Organization

    The Living Room

    Once again I have managed to get all of the dishes washed after dinner. It is a relief to know that another day has passed in which I achieved my goal of having all my dishes washed before bed. I have taken a few new pictures of my living room. I have a kiddie pool to house the guinea pigs…

  • Housing,  Organization

    Success!

    It is 8:30 pm here, and I have managed to wash all of the dishes for the evening. The kitchen is clean as a result, and I can breathe easy knowing that a night has passed and my goal has been met. I look forward to the day when getting all of these dishes washed every night is a habit!…

  • Decluttering

    First Night Failure

    When I posted that goal for all the world to see, I set myself up for failure. Knowing that the whole world could read that I just wanted to have my dishes washed before going to bed, I put it out for the world. Then I cooked a bbq chicken with tons of fixins. Yup, big messy meal with big…

  • Decluttering,  Housing

    A Simple Goal

    In order to simplify one’s life without going insane, one must start small. Only by taking small bites can one even hope to begin corralling the chaos that rules so many of us. Each of us has different needs, different lives – as a result our steps will be different from each other. What one thinks is laughable another will…

  • Organization

    Coffee and Cold Weather

    I have finally decided what to do about the coffee brewing dilemma: I do believe I’m going to attempt instant. I have researched and read and frankly I’m tired of spending precious time debating over it. I don’t drink that much coffee – so why not try instant on those days I’m in the mood for a cup? I’m already…