Tag Archives: less is more

Wildfires and Life Lessons

I’m sitting on my couch right now, listening to wind that’s blowing up to 87 mph, nervous that I’ll be leaving soon. Some schools were cancelled this morning and I had to call into work – something I don’t like to do. D got off work early and was able to borrow a work truck. By the time he got here, I had already packed the car full, and had things waiting to be loaded. The fire was only 500 acres at the time I first heard about it, but moving quickly and un-contained. Now, five hours later, it’s burned over 2000 acres, over 18 homes, many outbuildings and is still 0% contained. Over 200 firefighters are on site, with 200 more coming in from California. Air troops are on the ready, but with winds this high, they have to wait by helplessly like the rest of us. 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

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

Minimalism And Kids

As if minimizing your home wasn’t challenging enough on it’s own, add kids to the mix. Every commercial, store advertisement, radio ad eggs them on to want more. On top of expert marketing targeted to children, other kids are happy to show you what they have that you don’t. It’s horrible. Candy by the checkout line horrible. Kids want to collect everything from pet rocks (we have a collection outside – visit them there!) to broken jewelry to stuffed animals (one of the most worthless collections in my opinion) to anything they can find. Changing these habits is a pain in the butt but worthwhile.  Continue reading

Capsule Wardrobe My Way

It’s been almost one year since minimizing and I have yet to embrace a traditional minimalist capsule wardrobe. The packing everything up except a certain number of items hasn’t worked for me and I’m OK with that. I like having all my clothes out and available and it’s actually kept me more accountable and helped me streamline. Could I live with less? Of course. If I got rid of half of what I have would life be honky dory? Yup. But I found a comfort zone and that’s where I’ll stay for now. My closet is still shrinking slowly, but it’s not the shrinking that’s interesting to me this past year, it’s the morphing. Continue reading

My Pinterest Has ADD

I did it again. I went on Pinterest. I loooooove visiting, but I only go on sparingly because I know I’ll be sucked in. Not in a bad habit way, I learn great things, read articles, find information. It’s awesome. But still, I know an hour (or more) can go by in a blink so I am cautious. This is what I noticed today. Pinterest is in my head. On my feed I see “get a tighter butt”, “habits of elite runners”, “how to stay fit in your 40’s” and right next to those are “artichoke spinach dip that will blow your mind”, “cheesy garlic bread”, “sinful mac and cheese”. How will I keep that great butt if I’m dipping chips in the artichoke dip? In another category that I love, I read “minimize your closet”, “tiny house ideas”, “12 things you own too many of” and right next to that I read, “closet must haves”, “you can never own too many sweaters”, “dream home closet”. So my Pinterest has ADD.  Or I do. Continue reading

My Wardrobe Update – Ordering Online

My order arrived from Betabrand!!!  If you haven’t looked at their website, take a peek.  I really super duper like a couple things about them.  First – Customer service is off the charts amazing.  Seriously I had one question and now I probably know some of the staff better than any of us imagined was possible.  They are professional and they’ll work their butts off to help you out.  I was looking for something out of stock and they’re keeping me posted on it which is awesome.
Second – the clothing quality is fantastic.  If I’m going to spend money on clothes (outside of a thrift shop where I usually go) I want to rest assured it will last a long time.  It’s not just how their stuff is made, it’s the fit.  One of the places I can get things in a size 4 with a 34″ inseam and the overall fit is always amazing.   Continue reading

Replacing Christmas

Last year at about this time, our kids approached us and asked if we could replace Christmas.  They asked for a family trip and no presents.  NO PRESENTS!!!!  When most of your kids are teenagers, and they’d rather spend time with you than money on them, you take stock.  Continue reading

As A Mom I’m A Jerk

As a Mom, I’m a jerk.  It’s true.  I do horrible things.   Continue reading

Less Stress, More Balance

There are so many ways to attack this topic and no one “right” way.  To reduce stress and achieve more balance, I recommend some kind of journal.  Pictures on your phone, a list, a phone “note”, but something to document your journey.  Date the journal entries to see your progress.  It’s difficult to really see your progress without documenting it.  I took pictures and they show progress perfectly.  Here are some ideas on getting started: Continue reading