A Simple Approach to Living With Less

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. […]

Minimalist Target: The Toy Room

Christmas is coming. This year I plan to be more proactive with my planning, purchasing, and purging of junk around here instead of letting it sneak up and overwhelm me like most years. Every year I try to get rid of old, broken, and just generally ignored toys that have accumulated before more toys show […]

In Search of More Time

For me, the most important benefit born out of minimalism is TIME. Less time spent on the things that aren’t important and more time for the things that really matter. Less of this: Less things to clean Less clutter to put away Less running around to children’s activities Less shopping Less fussing at the kids […]

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 […]

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 […]