• Decluttering,  Minimalism

    Can A Person Leave Minimalism Behind?

    Not too long ago in the grand scheme of things I decided to leave the minimalist lifestyle behind. I felt that it was fine for someone who traveled a lot (or perhaps didn’t have a family) but that it no longer suited my needs. Here lately though I’ve found myself looking around my home and wondering how in the world…

  • Minimalism,  Productivity

    The Facebook Fast

    As time ticked closer to the start of my first semester I began to worry: where would I get the time to attend college? I work more hours than ever at my public job; between that and my writing business (not including my regular household duties) I was already approaching my limit. Perplexed, I revisited my old friend Minimalism in…

  • 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…

  • Finances,  Minimalism

    Minimalism, Cash Flow, and Turnover

    One of the ways that businesses maximize their funds is by utilizing turnover to increase their cash flow. Instead of purchasing a year’s supply of whatsits in order to make their widgets, they instead purchase just enough to get by for a certain time period like a week or a month. The store I work at uses this principle. They…

  • Decluttering,  Minimalism

    10 Things Challenge: 20100409

    All in all, it has been a busy few months, yet I feel that I am only beginning the journey I began when I started this blog. I am not eliminating 10 things every week; but overall I am making progress which is the important thing. Already I have a closet filling with items to hand on to my sister, who…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Frugality,  Minimalism,  Personal,  Simplicity,  Success

    Is Your Life in the Black?

    I ran into an old friend the other day. We hadn’t seen each other for several years so we took a few moments to catch up. My friend announced proudly that he had recently purchased a house, showed me his car, and bragged about his high-paying job. He was a little worried about making the new house payment but his…

  • Minimalism

    Recharging

    Between work, volunteering at the local animal rescue, helping my friend get sorted, and the myriad other things I’ve been doing lately my batteries ran down. I felt myself growing less and less energetic as the days wore on. When the kid woke me up on my day off to spend time with me before she went to work and…

  • Minimalism,  Uncategorized

    Maintaining Balance

    Back to school season is always a bit hectic around here. A local church hosts a free yard sale that is packed with donations and yard sale discards that would normally end up in the trash while the local clothing closet has a yard sale where you can purchase bags filled with the clothing of your choice for a dollar…

  • Minimalism,  Simplicity

    Seven Truths About Minimalism

    Modern minimalism is misunderstood by many in this modern age. It is believed that if you can’t fit all of your possessions in a backpack then you are not a minimalist. The truth about minimalism is far different. I have practiced minimalism for close to a decade now—I didn’t even learn that I was a minimalist until several years after…

  • 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…

  • Food,  Frugality,  Minimalism

    Life Without a Refrigerator?

    I stumbled upon an article about people living without a refrigerator. This is an interesting thought, and I have wondered if personally I should exchange my fridge for a small chest freezer and a cooler. I don’t plan on making any drastic changes, but it makes sense when you freeze more than you actually chill.  Most of what is in my refrigerator…

  • 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…

  • Minimalism

    The Happy Minimalist

    Yesterday I read a book by Peter Lawrence titled “The Happy Minimalist.” Sixty minimal pages of distilled knowledge. I questioned the price of the download but curiosity won out.  It was worth every single penny. Peter lives a drastically Spartan life, with a lawn chair for seating, a sleeping bag for a bed, minimal tools and cookware but a full life…

  • 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…