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.
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.
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
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.
Ramping up time and effort to slow down is discouraging at times, and it's really hard work.
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.
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.
Ask yourself these three questions to help set priorities for the new year.
Your gift-giving can align with your minimalist values. Here are some gift ideas to help you this holiday season.
A realistic plan can help you avoid the spending mistakes that can torpedo your holiday season
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 rid of the excess helps you make space and time for what really matters
Getting rid of stuff is my new obsession
“Have nothing in your home that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.”