I stopped drinking years ago. I stopped shopping this year. And now I am dealing with all of the mental clutter without a vice. Situations that happened when I was a small child are bubbling up. Traumatic events are bubbling up. Old pains, old loves, and old shit is bubbling up. Some nights I wake … Continue reading Where Minimalism Started for Me: Decluttering the Mental Stuff
It was August 2011 and my hometown was close to flooding. These flood scares happened so often that I knew the drill. What to move up to second floor and what to move out to a moving truck. The following year I finally convinced my parents to downsize and move out of the flood zone. … Continue reading Where Minimalism Started for Me: Decluttering the Physical Stuff
Ahhhhhh debt! Do you pay off student loans first? Or consumer debt? Do you have an emergency fund? What about retirement? The best podcast of the week goes to the Frugal Friends Podcast! Episode 53: Balancing Paying Off Debt and Thinking About the Future with Erin Lowry of Broke Millennial Here is an excerpt from … Continue reading Best Podcast of the Week (4/22/19)
5 Stars for Zero Waste Home by Bea Johnson! Not because I am willing and able to do 100% of Bea's suggestions, but because some of her suggestions were so simply that I could not resist. Can you refuse plastic bags at the store by bringing your own reusable bag? YES! Do you like rosy … Continue reading Book Review: Zero Waste Home by Bea Johnson
Now that I have decluttered my stuff and life, I find that I do in fact have more time to say yes. Yes, I can meet you for a walk. Yes, let's watch a movie. Yes, let's go for a bike ride. Yes, to reading a book. Yes, to myself. Yes, to my family. Yes, … Continue reading Stop the Default Response of No
We live where we grew up. Then over the past 5 years my family all moved to another state. For some reason the law of less seemed to apply for all holidays. There are less in my family so we felt obliged to take time off from work, pack up the car, and travel. We … Continue reading What Happens When You Opt-Out of Family Expectations?
The Joy of Less by Francine Jay was an excellent book on minimalism, decluttering, organizing, and simplifying. The book was broken down into four parts. 1. Philosophy 2. STREAMLINE 3. Room by Room 4. Lifestyle STREAMLINE is the authors original method of looking at clutter that is applied to your space. Your space that you … Continue reading Book Review: The Joy of Less by Francine Jay