A Simple Approach to Living With Less

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 […]

Overcoming the Sentimental Sabotage of Clutter

It’s inevitable really. Somewhere in the process of clearing out the junk that is suffocating your life, you (or someone you live with) will fall victim to sentimental sabotage. You know what I’m talking about. That emotional attachment to stuff that makes it harder to get rid of things. Notice I said harder, not impossible. […]

The Psychological Security of Stuff

I can always count on my kids to teach me important lessons. Tonight I learned a lesson from my two-year-old daughter on how holding on to stuff makes us feel secure. When I started my journey to minimalism, one of the first areas I decluttered was my daughter’s room. She had so many toys that […]

Organized Excess is the Cousin of Clutter

Organization is a tricky thing. It can fool you into thinking you’re getting rid of clutter and getting rid of your mess and chaos. But often instead of getting rid of the mess, you’re just putting it in cute color coordinating bins or stacking it neatly so it looks more presentable. It’s sort of like […]

A Bathroom a Minimalist Can Love

Today’s target is the bathroom. It’s amazing how much clutter can hide in even the smallest of bathrooms. My husband and I are currently sharing a bathroom with our three kids and my grandmother. The mess can really pile up when that many people are sharing the same space. We’ve already covered how to cut […]