26 Steps to Simplicity: Zoe (Life)

As I close out this Blogging from A to Z series, I want to encourage you to experience Zoe, which is the Greek word for “life.”  It refers to both the vitality of living beings, but more importantly, it is “the uncreated, eternal life of God, the divine life uniquely possessed by God.”* I once owned a red, VW Quantum station wagon, which I hopefully named Zoe (yes, I name all of my vehicles).  I loved that car.  She carried[Read more]

26 Steps to Simplicity: Yes!

How often do you say “no” in a day?  If you’re a mom like me, too much.  My no’s often sound like, “In a little while,” “After I finish ____,” “Maybe later.” After eXamining your life yesterday, did you find that you have more free time on your hands because of simplifying?  If so, then it is time to start saying “Yes!” again. Contrary to popular thought, simplicity (or minimalism) isn’t about saying no to everything.  It’s about saying yes[Read more]

26 Steps to Simplicity: eXamine

Here we are, two days from the end of the A to Z Blogging Challenge: 26 Steps to Simplicity series.  Thanks for sticking with me! How did you do this month?  Have you decluttered at least one room or one closet or one set of something? We have a huge pile of discards on the side of our house waiting for a dumpster (bookcases, chairs, tables, the remains of a chimney and a stone planter) and more already in the[Read more]

26 Steps to Simplicity: Work (A Story About Finding Work You Love to Do)

Do you love the work you do? Does it bring you joy? Or, do you live for the weekends, and wish you could be doing something else for those 40 hours each week? Last week, I attended my oldest son’s music ensemble performance. I sat next a couple I had never met, whose daughter was in the ensemble with my son. The wife and I struck up a conversation about our children and the school, and at some point I[Read more]

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]