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Minimalism – Page 2
  • 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…

  • Frugality,  Minimalism,  Simplicity

    Back to the Futon

    I wrote here that I had been sleeping in my sleeping bag again. However a couple of nights ago I fished out the futon again and went back to sleeping on it. Why? For one, it’s out of my closet. Two, I don’t get twisted up inside of it when I toss and turn. Three, it’s easier to get out of when…

  • 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…

  • 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…