A Simple Approach to Living With Less

Back Home By Choice: Our Move to Live with Less

“Mom, what I want for my birthday is to move in with grandma and grandpa.” We didn’t know it at the time, but my seven-year-old son’s birthday wish would completely change our lives. After his initial request, we just laughed it off as, “Aww, isn’t that sweet?” But it grew into a nagging thought that […]

The Road Less Cluttered

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And I have eagerly traveled both, And being the seasoned traveler, I stood Looking down both roads as far as I could To where experiences led to personal growth; Article originally published on 09/27/2011

The Start of My Journey Into Minimalism

In April of 2010 my husband, Shawn, and I decided to move our family of five into the same home as my parents, my grandmother, and my two remaining siblings that live at home. We are now a family of ten plus three dogs and two cats. As you might imagine, there is nothing about […]

Clear the Counters & Clear Your Mind

I cannot stand to have cluttered counters. Bathroom counters, kitchen counters, and basically any flat surface in a busy home just seem to magnetically attract things. It is one of the continual battles we fight in this house. If I lived alone I wouldn’t have to worry about such a silly little thing. But since […]

Ask the Readers: What are the Hardest Things to Get Rid Of?

In your pursuit of simple living, what has been the hardest thing to get rid of?

Do you struggle with emotional attachments to sentimental items?

Is it more challenging to pare down your children’s toys?

Perhaps it’s deciding what hobbies and pastimes you should keep and which to give up.

Is it the everyday clutter that has accumulated over time that is the hardest to deal with?