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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…

  • Decluttering,  Minimalism,  Simplicity

    Surprising Myself

    Today I decided to stop procrastinating and eliminate the shelf from the kitchen that I no longer needed. Through my simplification/minimalism efforts I had purged more than enough from my cabinets to contain what the shelf held so it was time to take the next step. I began cleaning off that shelf, getting sidetracked and forcing myself back on track. …

  • Decluttering,  Minimalism

    Two out of Ten Things

    I eliminated two things today. I guess this wouldn’t be news except those things meant something to me once upon a time. The very first backpack I used when I started working on computers It was old and tattered but still I held on to the hope that I would still use it when in fact it is in such…

  • Decluttering,  Minimalism

    Further Elimination

    I am still inspired by The Happy Minimalist. As a result I managed to thin down even more. Like a lot of people I have a lot of things I do not need.  Some of that stuff (a lot of it actually) falls under “why did I buy that in the first place?” Two more pairs of jeans, some outdated computer…

  • Decluttering,  Frugality,  Housing,  Simplicity

    Downsizing

    I decided to see how to live in a much smaller space.  In our 2-bedroom home, one of the bedrooms is 8 x 10 feet with a built-in dresser. The other is 12 x 12 feet. My daughter has had the little bedroom since we moved here, swapping out her numerous toys and keeping her pets elsewhere in the home.…

  • Decluttering,  Minimalism

    The Egg Slicer

    This is funny so I have to tell on myself! I set that egg slicer in front of me,  planning to use it on some eggs tonight.  Boiled the eggs, fished one out… …And chopped it up with a knife!  I was cutting up the second one before I realized what I was doing! With a laugh, I tossed that…

  • Decluttering,  Minimalism

    10 Things Challenge Update

    I wandered to the outbuilding today and tossed a few things from there. Most of what was discarded was in the building before I bought the place but such is life. Three mismatched Hubcaps non-functional lamp empty box cigarette making gizmo Bag of unknown items Broken carafe from unknown coffee maker Springs from old chair rusted brake drum Some broken…

  • Decluttering

    Saving Money by Cleaning Less

    Sometimes you can save money by changing little things you do in your daily life. These little steps can prevent dirt from entering your home, giving you less to clean. Less to clean means less money spent running the vacuum cleaner.  Less to clean means less water and cleaners used to mop the floors. Less to clean can mean washing…

  • Decluttering

    Having Less to Clean

    Simplifying your life can take the form of reducing things that you are obligated to do.  Cleaning is one of them. One way to reduce the amount you have to clean is by removing your shoes at the door, outside the home even. Leaving your shoes at the door will prevent a lot of dust and dirt from entering your…

  • Organization,  Productivity

    Pieces of the Puzzle

    Sometimes we get overwhelmed when we look at everything that needs to be done. The dishes are piled in the sink, dirty laundry is scattered through the house, the beds aren’t made and the dog has left you a gift by the door. It just makes you want to cry, doesn’t it? Stop looking at that big picture.  It is…

  • Decluttering,  Minimalism

    Time Magazine Article on Living with 100 Things

    Time Magazine featured an article titled  How to Live With Just 100 Things.  This article talks about David Bruno’s challenge to do just that.  There is also a link for 5 Steps to Clutter-Free Living. If you are serious about simplifying your life, you may want to read these articles for inspiration. Anyway, I just ran across those articles and I thought of you. …

  • Decluttering,  Organization

    Corraling the Closet

    I did it:  I managed to reduce the amount of clothing I possess to just enough to be contained in a single side of the closet! Hooray!  No more clothes hangers draped off of the shelves! I turned the hangers around backwards to better determine what I actually wear and what I don’t of the remaining clothing.  By this time…

  • Decluttering,  Minimalism

    10 Things Challenge Update

    I started a new list of things I eliminated from my life, not realizing that I would quickly go over the ten item limit.  Here is what I have eliminated so far last night and today: Lotion bottle (contents pooled with another container) Broken digital camera I know I will never attempt to repair. Old dropcloth. DVD video of a…

  • Decluttering,  Minimalism,  Simplicity

    Bottom of the Barrel

    Here it is:  The bottom of the baskets infesting that back bedroom. I am so happy and grateful to be at the bottom of the issue!  This particular basket was about half-full of socks, most of which were mismatched.  A quick sort and the rest were tossed. The room looks lopsided because of all the shelves on one side of…

  • Decluttering,  Minimalism,  Simplicity

    I Feel Like a Hoarder

    I do.  I really do! Here is a picture of the room officially known as my bedroom.  This was taken after I tidied it up a lot. I must admit most of the stuff will go back into my closet when the workman is done there, and it was jerked out in a hurry to avoid moisture damage, but still this mess…

  • Decluttering,  Minimalism

    10 Things Challenge

    David has posted a challenge:  Eliminate 10 things from your life every week. Okay David, I’m game!  Let’s see what I can do! I went through my house this morning and chose my 10 items.  In some ways it was harder than I imagined it would be, but the freedom I felt when done was so intense that I actually went over…