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 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: Cull

Today, in our Blogging from A to Z Challenge, we are going to begin the hard work of simplifying.  Beginning in your room from day one, we are going to cull the clutter. Clutter is a Verb What is clutter anyway?  Interestingly, we often refer to clutter as a noun or an entity, which it is, but essence of clutter is best found in its definition as a verb.  According to Merriam Webster, clutter means: “1. To run in disorder,[Read more]

26 Steps to Simplicity: Beauty

Welcome back for day two in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge.  Today, we are talking about Beauty.  I’m sure you are familiar with some of the following quotes: “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” “Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” ― William Morris “The power of finding beauty in the humblest things makes home happy and life lovely.” ― Louisa May Alcott “A thing[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]

The KonMari Method: Tidying My Clothes and Accessories

Earlier this week, I shared some of the work I had done with regard to “tidying,” inspired by the book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, by Marie Kondo.  Today, I’d like to show you some of my progress.  I spent the morning learning how to fold the KonMari way by watching several YouTube videos and practicing with both my children’s and my clothes. My girls were especially interested, joining me in the folding lessons.  It was so cute to[Read more]

Minimalism: A Bigger Life with Less Stuff

Over the past several weeks, I have begun to seriously attempt to adopt a minimalist mindset as we prepare to reconfigure the basement space of our home.  Daily, I read articles by Joshua Becker of Becoming Minimalist, and I just finished The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. I read minimalist material daily to keep myself motivated on the quest for less.  I read to gain the tools I need to let go of things instead of[Read more]