A Simple Approach to Living With Less

Baby Steps to Minimalism

I am a frustrated minimalist. I have goals of how I want my life to be. I picture my life void of clutter and busyness. Realistically though, I’m not there yet. It is so easy for me to simply run out of time in any given day to take care of my family, stay on […]

How to Soar Over Hurdles That Stand in Your Way

Let no feeling of discouragement prey upon you, and in the end you are sure to succeed. ~ Abraham Lincoln

It’s easy to get discouraged when you are building a new life for yourself and for your family. It’s hard work to live differently than you have before and to be different from those around you.

I get discouraged by messes all the time. My brother and nephew are home for the summer, so our typical household of 10 is now a full dozen family members under one roof. To say that messes pop up quickly would be a major understatement!

Clutterers Anonymous: Are You a Clutterer?

Little did I know when I wrote yesterday’s post about no longer denying your clutter, that there was actually an organization called “Clutterers Anonymous.” The purpose of Clutterers Anonymous is to “stop cluttering one day at a time.” If you’re not sure clutter is a problem for you, take a moment to answer the questions […]

Video Game Detox Update: Interview with My Two Sons

It’s been just over a week since our family started a Video Game Detox Experiment. We’re going 30 days without any kinds of video games at home. I think it’s going great! Honestly, I expected a lot more whining and complaining but there hasn’t been any of that. On the second day of the experiment, […]

Stuff is Not Important

I watched this video clip today and was struck by one of the evacuee’s statements: “You learn what is valuable in life, and it isn’t the stuff,” she said. Fire. Disaster. Hurricanes. Sickness. Chaos and devastation surround us. It’s during times like this that we are reminded how little value our possessions hold and true […]