Meet a Minimalist: Courtney Carver – Starting Small

This entry is part 21 of 31 in the series Exploring Minimalism

Comparing where you are now to the lifestyle of someone who’s been living minimalism for years can be very overwhelming. The good news is that most people start small – it doesn’t need to be much and it doesn’t need to be fast. It just needs to be a start. Courtney Carver of Be More […]

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My Perfect Minimalist Kitchen for a Family

This entry is part 20 of 31 in the series Exploring Minimalism

This may not seem like  a minimalist kitchen to those who count their possessions, but after living with a pared down kitchen for several years, there are certain conveniences that fit best for our minimalist family lifestyle. As a reminder, minimalism allows for the things you find beautiful and (frequently) useful. To us, most of these are both […]

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5 Ways Embracing Limitation Will Set You Free

This entry is part 19 of 31 in the series Exploring Minimalism

Human nature seems to desire to be free of limitation. And yet our humanness itself limits us. Children long to be adults and “do whatever they want”. Until they grow up and realize that they merely exchanged their previous limitations for a new set. Limitation motivates us to learn. Babies learn to roll over, crawl, […]

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The Very Easiest Decluttering Step – Digitizing

This entry is part 18 of 31 in the series Exploring Minimalism

Although it’s so much fun identifying duplicates, and I’m enjoying creating a minimalist wardrobe more and more, I think my favorite decluttering step is still digitizing. Paper, Pictures, Music, and Movies There is still some sorting involved with digitizing, but it’s so very easy to just scan files into your computer and throw them away. […]

The Best Question to Ask Yourself When Getting Rid of Stuff is Hard

This entry is part 17 of 31 in the series Exploring Minimalism

There are 4 basic reasons I used to have trouble getting rid of stuff. It’s sentimental. This was probably initially the hardest one to argue with because to me it really did feel like getting rid of a memory, but I addressed this here. It was a gift. If it’s a sentimental and completely useless thing, see […]

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The Importance of Knowing When You Should Just Give Up

This entry is part 16 of 31 in the series Exploring Minimalism

Do you have the notion that if you could just get everything organized you’d be winning at life? I love, love, love organization. Products with smart storage used to be one of my favorite things. When we moved into our current home, my dad told me there was no way we were going to fit all […]

3 Wardrobe Challenges to Help You Create a More Efficient Wardrobe

This entry is part 15 of 31 in the series Exploring Minimalism

It doesn’t take long to get used to something, to become comfortable in a mindset or routine. To find yourself stuck in a rut. You might have the vague notion that you’re not truly happy with the way things are, but… it’s comfortable that way. It doesn’t take a scientific study to know that the percentage […]

3 Ways Simple Food Can Save You Time | 31 Days Exploring Minimalism | minimalist living, simple living

3 Ways Simple Food Can Save You Time

This entry is part 13 of 31 in the series Exploring Minimalism

I love food, I like trying new restaurants, and I appreciate a wide variety of flavors. I actually even enjoy cooking, although I hate recipes. (Measuring is lame.) BUT… I want as little as possible of my everyday life taken up by food preparation. Leo Babauta of Zen Habits eats almost the same thing every […]

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Minimalist Living: the Freedom to Have What You Want

This entry is part 12 of 31 in the series Exploring Minimalism

For too much of my adult life I have resigned myself to “making do”. When we got married we just kind of slapped our living space together with whatever hodge podge stuff we brought with us from our previously separate lives and that which we got from our wedding. When we purchased our first home […]