Category Archives: Minimal Living

Setting goals

I’ve been realizing more and more lately that regardless of the goal you’re trying to set – finances, losing weight, running faster, building a business, going on a vacation – the steps are the same. Being a goal oriented, list making type of person, this was actually reassuring. When there is a desired result, the same steps apply. Even if I’m getting my hair done…… Continue reading

When The Threat Is Over

We wondered in the threat of this fire looming over us, if all that we drive away from we can live without, should we downsize more? Sure, the couch, table and desk are nice commodities that I don’t want to live without. A comfy bed, comforters and pillows make life (and sleep) happen more easily. When I went to work and D stayed with the kids, I had to dig clothes out of my car. We all did. Before I left for work, I had to make sure everyone had what they needed for the 10 hours I was gone. But it wasn’t what we had packed that made the biggest impact. It was what remained. Continue reading

Saying Thank You

I was having a rough week. It wasn’t just the week, it was the three months of stress and emotion leading up to this week. I wasn’t sleeping well and my night time regimen had been consisting of 3 ibuprofen and a sleeping pill. Not a good thing. In my every day life I was plugging along. My book got finished, my podcast interviews were started and my website was being built, my blog was less consistent but going well. I was on unemployment and not successfully finding a job, which meant I was able to spend the summer home with the kids which I hadn’t done in 11 years. I was running, meeting friends, taking online webinars and classes. I hope other than D no one knew how much I was falling apart inside. D knew because he sees the worst of me and my stress leaked out in very unattractive bursts of crying, insecurity, raising my voice and wondering if he’d figure out I’m crazy and want to climb out the window in the middle of the night. So far, he’s still sleeping next to me. Continue reading

Minimalism Lessons

Oh, minimalism, how you have changed things. I’ve downsized everything in my life, including emails and the way I process social media. It’s truly not just about the number of items you own, but more about showcasing the things in your life that are most important. It’s different for all of us, and it pops up in weird ways. It started with my closet and garage and slowly, silently creeped into all areas of my life. And I love it. Continue reading

Giving Up

Sometimes you just have to give up. Move on. Let go. Sure, it might be difficult to do. Maybe even a little sad, but it needs to be done. You know logically that once you make the leap and let go, you’ll feel better, but still it’s hard. You resist the change even though you are certain it will be better for you in the end. You may be asking yourself what if? What if you give up and you can’t function. What if it’s the wrong choice? Hang tough. It’ll be OK. Continue reading

MakeSpace, Marie Kondo and Minimalism

Last week I was looking at a company called Make Space, a pack/store/deliver company in New York, DC and Chicago. I talked with them about Marie Kondo’s organizing system from her book “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up” and decided to try it and share tips. I’ve heard (a lot) about the book – enough to think it was a little Woo-Woo for me. A little “out there”, a little too much get in touch with your self, but I’m too much of a challenge accepted kind of girl to say no. Besides, what if it actually worked? Being a minimalist means I already have less and downsizing means being better at utilizing space, so why not. Continue reading

Taking Chances In Life

Taking chances is hard. Scary. You may be afraid that people will tell you it can’t be done. That you’re silly. That you’ll never succeed. It’s amazing the heat you can get from naysayers. Why? Because they’re more afraid than you are. They don’t want to take a risk. They want to play it safe. They’re even afraid that you’ll succeed or prove them wrong, or – God forbid – move on without them. Thank those negative, spineless, so called friends. They’re part of the reason you will succeed. Continue reading

Minimalization Isn’t Deprivation

Minimalization. Is that even a word???? I looked it up and it popped up with a definition “the act of pursuing minimalism”. If Google says it’s right, I won’t argue…. Minimalism has made a huge, positive, amazing difference in our lives. We’ve been at it for over a year now and my only regret is that we didn’t figure it out sooner. The upkeep is actually easier than my life of “organizing” prior, but it does take upkeep. Having less but keeping the things that bring you joy and have purpose allows for more time to do the things you love. The days of clutter and Rubbermaid containers is over. Our lives are more clean, more open, less stressful and feel more free.  Continue reading

The Purge One Year Later

It’s the one year anniversary of The Purge. Time goes quickly and this year has been no exception. My take away’s after a year? Life is much, much less stressful. I miss almost nothing that’s gone (that one damned desk!). We can focus on what’s more important than constantly cleaning and “organizing” clutter. What remains is what we love – except the couch that needs to be replaced eventually. Continue reading

Keep What’s Important

There are things I’ve been lugging around, saving, keeping for a long time. One Rubbermaid bin of items that were sentimental and I knew I would use. This bin could have been tossed at any time in the last ten years, but I couldn’t let it go. It was labeled “Baby Toys” and contained my favorite toys that I got for my kids when they were babies. The oldest toy turns 23 this Christmas and was a gift my now 23 year old daughter “opened” when she was 8 months old. Continue reading