• 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…

  • Organization

    Still Moving In

    Katie and I are still in the process of moving in. The heat has slowed the process down to a crawl but we are still making progress, however. The washer, dryer and refrigerator are here, as well as several loads of other things. I want to get the last two computers, the kitchen table, and some groceries today. Some friends…

  • Organization

    Katie’s new futon

    Here are some pictures of Katie’s new futon when she has it arranged in a chair. It gives her SO much more space than a traditional bed! I understand more and more why the Japanese are so fond of this method of sleeping! It just makes economical sense to allow one space to have multiple uses, rather than housing a…

  • Decluttering,  Minimalism

    Thoughts and Memories

    As the mountain of boxes grows higher in the staging area, Katie and I both are considering the merits of Greg Johnson’s life diet. Perhaps we should start putting OUR life on a diet. A serious diet. Greg started by putting almost everything in storage, then getting things out as he needed. The things he ended up not needing, he…

  • Decluttering

    Packing for the big move

    Friday we paid the deposits for the utilities. Saturday we gathered some boxes from local merchants and began packing. I am amazed at the bulk of stuff two people can possess. It is just amazing to look at, especially with the knowledge that we possessed SO MUCH more before we started downsizing a few years ago. Katie now has a…

  • Decluttering,  Housing,  Minimalism

    Downsizing

    In anticipation of the move I have downsized some of our possessions. Meaning, I have sold several pieces of furniture too large for me to move single-handedly in my van. As a result, my queen-sized bed is no more, along with a heavy solid wood desk, a matching nightstand and shelf, both with glass shelving. Beautiful pieces, all. Beautiful. But…

  • Decluttering,  Minimalism

    Downsizing

    Good Morning! I hope all of you slept well.  We closed some windows, and added an extra blanket to our beds, and slept like babies while the temperature dipped into the forties last night! After reading the book on small houses last night, I am considering the benefits of downsizing even more than I have in the past.  While I…

  • Decluttering,  Freebies,  Frugality

    Getting Started with Freecycle

    After a few days lurking on the very quiet local freecycle site, I have decided to wake things up a bit with a couple of offers, just to see what happens… I’m more accustomed to a local trading post you call into, which is what we had where I used to live, but I have some things to eliminate from…