There were several physical advantages to not drinking. I slept better and felt less tired in the mornings, which helped me be more productive in the early part of the day.
The problem is what to do with all the incoming paper that doesn't belong in my files... I needed a place for the homeless papers that tend to wind up in a messy, teetering pile.
I knew it was a risk. All early adoption is. I just didn’t expect it to blow up quite as fast as it did.
These are the before pictures. They’re the ones that show all the stuff we’ve packed up even after getting rid of dozens of boxes of stuff and almost all our large furniture. If you compare this to the size of the house, you’ll see that if we move all this stuff in, we won’t be able to live in the house.
I wanted to show you the floorplan. It’s not to scale, but this will give you an idea of what we’re looking at.
What I realized was all this “busy-ness” was just a waste of time. I got things done, but I didn't get the most important thing done.
We fall prey to advertisements promising fabulous lives, so we head to the mall. But there’s nothing fabulous or interesting about hanging out at the mall. It’s mundane.
Like many people going through transitions ... the adjustment can be overwhelming and taxing, and it can be difficult to maintain the routines and practices that allow you to do the things you love.
I’ve been thinking a lot about sewage lately. Well, specifically, I’ve been thinking about sewage, water, electricity and fencing. In order to park my tiny house in the back yard, I’ll need certain amenities.
With three showers being planned, I knew I needed to do something for people who want to help, but I wasn’t quite sure what. How do you reconcile people wanting to help you by buying you stuff when you’re trying to downsize?
I’ve slowed down in some areas to allow myself the opportunity to do more in others that are more important to me.
Each choice has positives and negatives, and only you can determine what makes the most sense for your life.
What I found when I planned our meals was I spent less; we ate healthier; and I had more time because I wasn’t heading to the store after work every day, nor was I wasting brain power trying to come up with a new meal each evening.
Like any other creative endeavor, having too many tools in the kitchen can get in the way of making something truly unique … or even *good.*
Learn from my mistakes, and you can have a capsule wardrobe (maternity or otherwise) that fulfills its promise of cutting down on decision-making, leaving you looking and feeling good, and giving you more time and brain energy to do the things you love to do.
We are simplifying to buy ourselves time, save money and make more room for our creative endeavors.
Sometimes you know what you should get rid of, or you know which area to tackle. Other times, you look around your house and think, I don’t know what I need and love, and I don’t know where to start. It can be overwhelming, just like a blank page.
How many authors and artists have been inspired by beautiful and brutal nature? The West itself is legend for its wildness, its stark and lonely places, its measureless expanses promising freedom, anonymity, a new start.
Get creative. Depending on the nature of your roadblock, you can finesse the situation or fight back.
Basically, Occam was advocating simplicity, and while his idea is mainly applied to scientific explanations — simpler theories are more testable — it's relevant to everyday life.
A routine helps your brain be fresh and ready to focus on the important things, the things you love to do that bring value and beauty to the world.
Simplifying isn't about all the things you should do without. Simplifying is about having space for what you love when you stop focusing on what you don't.
The point of decluttering isn’t just to have less stuff. The point of decluttering is to free up space to do the thing you love.
On non-work days, I love my clothes; getting ready is easy; and it’s all puppies and rainbows in my closet. Getting ready for work is another story.
Inspiration is important in keeping us going when it gets tough. But like any cycle, there are ups and downs, and when you’re in the down part, getting back up takes a lot of work.
You could be losing valuable time to things that don’t really matter. Here are three time sucks to recognize and limit whenever possible, so you can make the most out of your life
When you're ready to make whatever leap you'll be making, you'll be more prepared than you thought.
Having kids doesn’t mean you have to have clutter.
On the simplifying journey, support from those we love is something we need the most, but sometimes, it’s the hardest place to get it.
I’m here for those of us who are location-dependent because our exes won’t let us move the kids or we live where our lifesaving support network is, or both. And for us, renting sucks.
It’s easy to see where you want your life to be and the time and space you want to have in it, but the changes you need to make to get there can seem overwhelming.
Ramping up time and effort to slow down is discouraging at times, and it's really hard work.
He called me to tell me, and I knew before he said it. You always do.
I took the plunge in a way that suits me right now, loosely following the rules, and with the hope that someday, I'll be able to do a big-girl capsule wardrobe.
Living in the present moment sounds like something we do every day, but the truth is that we spend most of our time drifting away from the “here and now.”
This is a bit of a science experiment, and my hypothesis is that if I lessen the fairly unimportant decisions, I'll have more brain energy to spend doing what I love.
The problem is that when I make these resolutions, I don't do it in a way that recognizes who I am. My resolutions aren't authentic. They aren't true to myself, and it's in this past year that I've really learned what it is that will keep me focused and on a path. The two things that motivate me? Fear and deadlines.
Have you ever thought about the best way to spend your time? ... I mean in the very specific sense of assigning tasks to certain hours of the day.
I said yes when I should have said no: Confessions of a bad holiday scheduler.
Ask yourself these three questions to help set priorities for the new year.
Time spent with the people you love refreshes you and helps your creativity. Make some time for hygge, or coziness of the soul, this season and your creativity will benefit.
It's tough to get everything done during the holidays, so don't bother trying. Let a few things go and enjoy your time.
Your gift-giving can align with your minimalist values. Here are some gift ideas to help you this holiday season.
Creative people can often make their holiday gifts, but sometimes you just can't avoid shopping. Here are some tips to survive the mall during the holidays.
A realistic plan can help you avoid the spending mistakes that can torpedo your holiday season
Being a fast eater is no virtue. I'm trying to slow down my eating this Thanksgiving and every day, so I can enjoy meals more.
The KonMari Method of decluttering leaves you surrounded by the things you love, and is a perfect technique for creative people who need to get rid of a few things.
It's a stereotype that creative people are all messy. In fact, having less clutter can free up your focus for your creative work.
For affordability, simplicity and environmentally sound living, small homes can't be beat. We just need to keep reminding ourselves of that.
Money concerns don't have to result in a complete sacrifice of creativity or pursuing your passion.
Simplifying your things can free up time and space to pursue the life you were meant to live
Getting through holiday season can be enjoyable if you make a few plans and remember a couple of things.
Getting rid of the excess helps you make space and time for what really matters
I'm rethinking my stack of unused thank you cards. Every day we're given gifts that we might not express gratitude for, but for November, I'm going to acknowledge them with handwritten notes of thanks.
Getting rid of stuff is my new obsession
You don't have to spend a lot to make your holiday fun and festive. These projects are a starting point for inspiration using a few easy-to-acquire items.
Many things that are free on the surface come with costs down the road
Always being busy is nothing to be proud of. If we're going to brag, we need to shift the paradigm and brag about what matters most.
Nine days into a month-long no-spending challenge, and I've already overspent. Sticking to a budget is hard.
Let's resolve to slow down and use our energy to make this world a more beautiful place
It's time to refocus on making time for the things we love. Saying no can be hard but it's possible and it's not terrible.
Major losses at the mini-farm are tempered by a few wins and a steady stream of tomatoes.
My parents’ back yard is no longer a 1,010-square-foot blank slate.
Let’s talk about good food and bringing it to our table.
We are smack-dab in the middle of the year, but it’s a good time to make some resolutions.
“Have nothing in your home that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.”
Mental space comes from physical space. *How*, I ask you, can a person create something if there’s no room?
For many, myself included, following your passion is living a creative life.
This is the story of one loaf of bread and how it changed the way I eat. My name is Colleen. I bake my own bread.
Making dinner in the middle of the week can tax your creativity the most.
Sneaking some self-improvement into the in-between moments.
The holidays are the perfect opportunity to spend time with family, to catch up with old friends, and to appreciate those who are closest to us and mean the most.