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 Two more pairs of jeans, some outdated computer…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

  • 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,  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,  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…

  • 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,  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…

  • Minimalism,  Simplicity

    Life Without a Coffee Maker

    Growing up as a child, I recall the time when my parents decided they were tired of instant coffee and switched to drip. Every year or so they had to replace that stupid machine, sometimes twice a year. Every time the latest machine went belly up they would gripe about how cheap things were made. Even the expensive coffee makers…

  • Finances,  Food,  Frugality,  Minimalism

    Grocery Dilemma

    Today the need arose to restock some perishables, so off I went to the grocery. Pork loin was $1.69 a pound, but only if you bought the mega family size packs. The next best price? $2.99 a pound. Such a dilemma. Do I purchase several pounds of a food we don’t eat regularly? Package it, freeze it, hope to skate…

  • 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,  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…