26 Steps to Simplicity: More (Plus a Giveaway!)

Simplicity means less . . . and more.  In fact, as the title of Joshua Becker’s newest book implies, simplicity is the discovery of The More of Less. For those of you who have been trekking along with me to today’s halfway point in this Blogging from A to Z Challenge, your commitment is about to be rewarded:)  One lucky reader is going to win a copy of Becker’s The More of Less: Finding the Life You Want Under Everything[Read more]

26 Steps to Simplicity: Living Room

“One can furnish a room very luxuriously by taking out furniture rather than putting it in.”    (Francis Jourdain, 1876) Over the past couple of years, we have remodeled our kitchen, living room, and the kids’ bedrooms. I have since been struggling with how to decorate these spaces. As an aspiring minimalist, I am trying to find the balance between less clutter and more meaningful, tasteful design.  In seeking out guidance for minimalist decorating, I have been disappointed with my findings.[Read more]

Ode to Ave Maria (or Living Life Marie Kondo style)

“Anything you cannot relinquish when it has outlived its usefulness possesses you, and in this materialistic age, a great many of us are possessed by our possessions.”  Peace Pilgrim I claimed her fourteen years ago, after my great-grandmother passed away.  The family had gathered in Elda’s small, yellow house in Iron Mountain, MI to sort through her belongings.  As the newest married couple, Dave and I unexpectedly inherited her bedroom set, since everyone else already had one.  But there were[Read more]

5 Strategies to Avoid Unnecessary Spending

Part of adopting a minimalist approach to life is living only with those things that are necessary and that bring you joy.  However, our tendency to shop recreationally counteracts that end, as we fill our homes with more and more things we don’t really need . . . or want.  As a beginner on this journey, I have found five strategies to help me stop impulse spending in its tracks.  1. Flee Temptation.  Which store sucks you into its vortex[Read more]

Minimalism in the Bathroom and a Beauty Giveaway!

Over the past few weeks, I have slowly been working my way through our bathroom drawers and closet.  We currently have one bathroom to service our family of seven, and lines are frequent in our hallway.  The good news is that we will hopefully have a second bathroom installed this year yet- hallelujah! I don’t care how minimalist we become, a second bathroom is a necessity with a family of our size and ages. One thing our current bathroom has[Read more]

Minimalism and the Mindful Shopper

Yesterday, I went shopping.  I didn’t want to go, but my new little soccer players needed shin guards for their first games today.  Kohl’s department store loomed across the parking lot from Dick’s Sporting Goods.  I brought the 30% off coupon that arrived in the mail, just in case.   That coupon nearly burned a hole in my pocket until I could resist no longer. The thing is, I detest Kohl’s (rather, I detest myself in Kohl’s).  They lure you[Read more]

Minimalism Means Less Comparison and More Contentment

The pile of discarded items in my garage is growing each day, but, try as I may, I can’t seem to make a good blog post out of my progress.  I’ve been through the bathroom drawers and closet and my kitchen cupboards. I’ve made great headway, paring down the items we use each day to a manageable amount. But,as we are reading with the kids in Ecclesiastes, it all is meaningless.  I haven’t found joy in the accomplishment, and I[Read more]

Saturday Minimalist Mission: Bedroom Closet Cupboards

They must have been calling out to me in my sleep, all of those unwanted and unused linens hovering over my closet, because when I woke up this morning, my foremost goal for the day was to clear out my bedroom closet cupboards. First, I cleared out everything from the cupboard space:  sleeping bags, sheet sets, comforters, toys (I hide the especially annoying offenders up there), and other linen-related items.  Then, I began to sort.  Can you believe that I[Read more]