• Frugality,  Simplicity

    Is it Socially Acceptable to Save Money?

    As I look back upon this year, I realize that the majority of the criticism that I’ve received concerns how I choose to spend (or not spend) my money. Among the things I’ve been told: I should rent or buy a bigger home. While I’m here, I should spend money painting and decorating my current home, despite the fact that…

  • Frugality,  Minimalism,  Recycling,  Simplicity

    Has Consumerism Tainted Minimalism?

    Minimalism is the act of eliminating the unimportant in order to make room for what is important. That seems simple enough at first glance. However, a deeper look at the subject reveals that there may be a darker force at play. From The Minimalists to Marie Kondo we receive advice to throw out or donate our old stuff. It doesn’t…

  • Minimalism,  Organization,  Personal,  Simplicity

    Physical Vs. Print Books

    Over the years I have waffled between print and physical books. I love having the ability to pull a book off of the shelf and flip to my notes or review certain sections. I don’t know if it is because I grew up exclusively with physical books or if that is the way that my brain works. Regardless of the…

  • Recycling,  Simplicity

    When Older is Better

    I took the opportunity to visit the computing section of a major store yesterday. Reader John had posted on Facebook about how laptops have gotten to the point where not even the keyboards are easily replaceable so I wanted to confirm his complaint. To my dismay, every single laptop offered for sale was designed in a way to make replacing…

  • Decluttering,  Frugality,  Simplicity,  Wardrobe

    The Sock Rebellion

    I cannot remember the last time I purchased socks. One day I realized that I owned far too many pairs and decided not to purchase any more until the ones I owned wore out. It is finally starting to happen. This morning I grabbed a pair out of my bin to discover that both socks contained holes. As I examined…

  • Financial Freedom,  Minimalism

    The Joy of Freedom

    I have spent the days after my final exam immersed in a new book project. I feel as if I’ve come back to life after walking through the proverbial “valley of the shadow of death” (Psalm 23:4, Revised Standard Version). A part of me had been dying and I had not even realized it. Bit by bit, with every shift,…

  • Happiness,  Minimalism

    When the Seasons Change

    As we move through this grand adventure called Life, we change. We have a period of development in childhood. A moment where we think we know all that we need to know in adulthood, then eventually reach the point where we realize that we know absolutely nothing in this grand scheme of things. Transitions are typically marked by events. Moving…

  • Decluttering,  Minimalism

    Four Benefits of Becoming a Minimalist

    I initially started down the path of minimalism before I knew the term existed. As a single mother, I discovered that the less I owned, the less time I had to spend cleaning my home. The less I purchased, the less I had to work. Since I wanted to be the best single mother I could be by spending as…

  • Finances,  Happiness,  Life,  Simplicity

    How to Live an Intentional Life

    It takes a bit of thought to sort through the chaos and programming to determine just how you want to live your life. My first trip down this path was simple in comparison. I had one goal I wanted to achieve. I wanted to be a stay-at-home single mother for my daughter, so I did what I had to do…

  • 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…

  • Car-Free,  Finances

    A Slice of Slavery

    Katie had to walk to work in the pouring rain this morning. I grieved for her as she headed into the downpour to walk the mile-long trek to her public job. I’ll have to do the same in a couple of hours. I could sit at this keyboard and whine that life isn’t fair; why can’t we own vehicles like…

  • 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…

  • Car-Free,  Finances,  Frugality,  Investments

    Desire and Frustration

    I underestimated just how heavily it was raining as I left work yesterday afternoon. By the time I realized that I should open my umbrella it was far too late. I was soaked to the bone. “I have got to increase my income,” I muttered as I sloshed my way home. If I acquired a full-time job making just $10…

  • Organization,  self-improvement,  Simplicity

    How I Spent My Vacation

    Last week I took the first paid vacation at a public job in almost two decades. “What do you plan to do?” Curious friends wanted to know. “Absolutely nothing,” I grinned. I lied to everyone prior to taking those days off. I had something special planned to mark the start of my 49th year of life. While one day had…

  • 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…