A Simple Approach to Living With Less

Blowing Bubbles in Your Milk: The Art of Asking Why

Sometimes all it takes to shake up our reality, is to ask the simple question: “Why?” “Don’t blow bubbles in your milk, honey.” “Why, mommy?” “Because it’s bad manners.” “Why?” “Because you just shouldn’t make bubbles with your drink.” “But why?” Hmm, at this point I really just want to say, “because I said so,” […]

How to Break Your Child’s Attachment to Stuff

Cluttered rooms. Stuffed closets. Overflowing toy boxes. Games. Gadgets…and more Does that describe your house? It certainly described my house not so long ago. Unfortunately I didn’t discover minimalism until my three kids were firmly attached to their toys. I can’t hardly blame them. I was attached to stuff too. So, what’s my #1 tip […]

Busy is Easy. Slowing Down is Hard.

Being busy is familiar. We have become comfortable with the chaos because it’s all we really know. Being busy moves you from one soccer game to the next dance recital with a dozen appointments and meetings in between. You never have to question what your days will hold because your schedule is already planned out […]

Intentions and Motivations

I love this quote by Chris Guillebeau: “The best part of simplicity has nothing to do with how many socks you own; it lies in being clear about your intentions and motivations.” I read it and just breathed a great big sigh of relief. As I sit here at the beginning of my journey into […]

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 […]