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MINIMALISM & ORGANIZATION

Minimalism - The Purge

It's the one year anniversary of The Purge. Time goes quickly and this year has been no exception. My take away's after a year? Life is much, much less stressful. I miss almost nothing that's gone (that one damned desk!). We can focus on what's more important than constantly cleaning and "organizing" clutter. What remains is what we love - except the couch that needs to be replaced eventually.

We know how we like to spend our time - with each other and as unstressed as possible, playing games…

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My Kind of Minimalist Capsule Wardrobe

It's been almost one year since minimizing and I have yet to embrace a traditional minimalist capsule wardrobe. The packing everything up except a certain number of items hasn't worked for me and I'm OK with that. I like having all my clothes out and available and it's actually kept me more accountable and helped me streamline. Could I live with less? Of course. If I got rid of half of what I have would life be honky dory? Yup. But I found a comfort zone and that's where I'll stay for now. My cl…

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Minimalism Through The Holidays

Stress, spending money, too many things to do. None of which most of us want, especially around the holidays. Most of it we bring on ourselves though, so if you're looking for less stress during the holidays, take a good hard look in the mirror and start talking.  That's the person with control.  To get the think tank going, here are five ways to minimize (and reduce your stress) during the holidays:

  1. Say no.  That little word that we aren't always good at using.  Say it.  Practice.  Feel th…

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The Minimalism Process

The minimalism process has its benefits. It all started a little rocky though. Those moments when we were minimizing and I was in tears for every reason and no reason at all and I wanted to burn the house down? Yes, I remember those moments. Where every decision about something I owned became emotionally charged and sentimental? And every time I let go I felt as though I was disappointing someone? Yes, those moments I remember as well. The moments when I was completely lost and I couldn't put it…

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Minimalism Updates

It's time to share some minimalism updates. I recently wrote about Stuff Minimalism Has Taught Me.  It's helpful and cathartic to review and analyze what works, why, and how.  In that post, these were the bullet points:

  • The habit to minimize email, Facebook, and other social media is ongoing but worth it.
  • I'm not as sentimental about things as I thought I was
  • I love an adventure, I love revisiting the memories of said adventure and I love looking at the pictures
  • When I need to buy someth…

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What Minimalism Has Taught Me

I've learned a lot from embracing minimalism.  It has taught me so much. More than I ever imagined.  What began as getting rid of clutter in the house and things we weren't using in the garage became something totally different.  I did a search one time about downsizing life and belongings based on something Dane said to me.  From the first conversation with him forward, we changed our entire lifestyle.  Sometimes something so unexpected creates such an amazing result.  That internet search sent…

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My Fall Capsule Wardrobe Ideas

It's time to share my fall capsule wardrobe ideas. It was difficult for me to keep this to just Fall since it's September 1st to December 1st with weather from 90* down to zero and it's my first attempt. It sure feels like winter by then, although temperatures certainly can get colder.  I almost wanted to do a Fall/Winter and a Spring/Summer and maybe that's what will happen since I'll only add a coat to my winter list and probably won't take much of anything out of the rotation.  At any rate, I…

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Challenge Time - The 5 Things Challenge

It's challenge time.  I'm challenging myself to work on 5 things. These have to be things that I'm struggling getting accomplished, or are important to me.  Life tends to get in the way and we all seem to unintentionally get sidetracked.   I don't always spend my time doing what I want.  Sometimes I spend it doing things I need to do (like working and sleeping), or time that's not productive (like too much social media).  With time being finite, it's important to me to spend it on what's importa…

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Finding Yourself Through Minimalism

Initially, I thought the idea of minimalism was ludicrous.  It wasn't whether or not I could live with less, it was more about why would I want to.  If I have stuff, isn't that a great thing?  Besides, I had stereotyped minimalists into categories:  

  1. Poor.  If you can't afford stuff it makes sense that you promote not having stuff
  2. Rich.  You have the financial means to be eclectic and live an "odd" lifestyle
  3. Single, young, male who lives out of a backpack and tours the world

It took so…

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How Less Gives You More

Professor Harold Hill said — “You pile up enough tomorrows, and you’ll find you are left with nothing but a lot of empty yesterdays.”  Never wish away today.  Instead, make room for what's important.

Finding your happy place takes time.  I still don't know for sure exactly how it works and I'm not wasting my time wondering.  Less stuff - minimizing - makes life so much easier.  I'm just going to go with it.  Mostly I think it's a slow, subtle shift in how you think and do things.  My life was…

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