• 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 Two more pairs of jeans, some outdated computer…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…

  • Organization

    Reorganized Kitchen

    I rearranged the kitchen the other day.  Considering how piled up it was before I consider it a success.  I am posting pictures of the “after” part here. The laptop is not only my computer but my radio, television and telephone as well.  The PDA is used as a portable music player, portable video player and bookreader. Reducing possessions–especially in…

  • Decluttering,  Minimalism,  Simplicity

    Gadget Simplicity

    One thing us geeks tend to have: Gadgets. In such a digital world, how do we reduce the number of gadgets we need to carry around?  There are book readers, MP3 players, portable DVD players, cell phones, laptops… an endless array of devices to cater to our every whim… For instance; I need a device to read books, play music…

  • Decluttering,  Organization

    Progress?

    I eliminated several smaller boxes of stuff in the back room, plus pooled some other boxes together to eliminate 4 boxes from the pile back there, not including what got tossed. I have a lot of stuff from where I work on computers stashed away, as well as overstock from supplies I’ve caught on clearance like notebooks, ink pens, liquid…

  • Frugality,  Organization

    Accomplishments, Computers and Clutter

    So far I have managed to reasonably maintain my goal of washing all the dishes before bed; the other night I did forget to wash the dog dish as planned and I left it until the next day. Once I was ready for bed and remembered my promise to myself, so bedtime was delayed while I washed up. In some…

  • 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…