26 Steps to Simplicity: Visualize (9 Shareable Images of Simplicity)

Several people have declared the value of simplicity throughout history.  Today, I offer some of their thoughts in a pictorial view of simplicity.  All of the images are free for you to use and share as you like. Let’s spread the beauty of simplicity around the world:)             Less is more. Be content. Show gratitude. Live simply.  Enjoy the journey.

26 Steps to Simplicity: Unsplash (or, Unifying by Using our Unique Gifts)

One way I simplify my life as a blogger is by using the images available on free photo sites. Nearly all of the featured images for the 26 Steps to Simplicity series (except for Peace and Quiet– that one’s mine) come from the incomparable Unsplash.  I am a mediocre photographer at best, so I rely on the expertise and creativity of others to make my blog shine. Thank you, Unsplash, and all of its generous, independent photographers, for making my[Read more]

26 Steps to Simplicity: Toys (Why Is It So Hard to Get Rid of Them?)

As a parent attempting to contain and corral the steady influx of toys and trinkets into our home, I always appreciate a good post on how to keep toy clutter at bay.  Today, in addition to sharing my own efforts to simplify life with toys, I am including some fantastic, even radical, posts by other minimalist writers for you to check out along the way. A Helpful Guide for Decluttering Toys The Bins As I write this, we have exactly[Read more]

26 Steps to Simplicity: Summer (Top 20 List for Simple Summer Fun)

I know, we’ve barely stepped into spring, but summer is just around the corner, and if we don’t plan for it now, it will be here and gone before we know it.  Up here in the northern tundra, summer is our chance to cram every outdoor activity and social interaction we possibly can into 12 short weeks of warm weather.  As much as I want to keep things slow and simple, it is difficult to stem the tide of myriad[Read more]

26 Steps to Simplicity: Routines

You knew it was coming didn’t you?  The dreaded R-word.  At least, that’s how I view it. However, as much as I struggle with them, routines are the secret weapon to a life of simplicity. As a free spirit who is always on the lookout for the next new experience, setting and especially keeping routines often feels like drudgery to me. Even as I write them down on paper, some part of my mind is already planning to sabotage them.[Read more]

26 Days to Simplicity: Quality (Clothing and Capsule Wardrobes)

One reason why we find ourselves back at the store again, even after we’ve simplified our wardrobes, is that our clothes are so cheaply made, they hardly last through the season, much less a year.  When I think back to buying even a basic t-shirt at Kohl’s ten years ago, I recall how much better the quality was compared to what I find in the store today. The high cost of cheap, overseas clothes manufacturing is appalling in itself, when[Read more]

26 Steps to Simplicity: Peace and Quiet

Dr. Leo Marvin: I want some peace and quiet! Bob Wiley: Well, I’ll be quiet. Siggy: I’ll be peace! From What About Bob? (Go here to watch the clip:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5TBHi9LcfN4) Peace and quiet are the precious by-products of simplicity.  Once we have decluttered both our spaces and our schedules, we find more room in our lives for the people, priorities, and passions that matter most to us.  We are no longer hanging on to every last memory or memento from[Read more]

26 Steps to Simplicity: Ode to Simplicity

Slowing the pace Clearing the space Simplicity is the art of letting go No longer hurried Fewer cares, less worried Simplicity is the pathway to peace Breathing fresh air in Enjoying my children Simplicity is the feeling of freedom Love and joy abounding Grace and peace resounding Simplicity is the life of God in me        

26 Steps to Simplicity: No

Learning to say “no” is integral to the joyfully simple life.  We feel compelled to say “yes” by the fear of mising out (FOMO).  It holds us captive to our phones, as we scroll insatiably through our social media channels.  It sends us out to every social activity we’re invited to.  It keeps us spellbound in front of our TVs.  It demands that we fulfill every request and commitment thrown our way. As a result, our calendars are covered with[Read more]

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]