A Simple Approach to Living With Less

Minimizing Holiday Meal Prep Stress

With the holidays around the corner, my thoughts are filled with plans for our big family meals. Big holiday gatherings can go one of two ways. Things either go smoothly and you arrive at the end of them tired but content. Or things can be a hectic stressful mess and you can’t wait for them […]

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 […]

Do Minimalists Go Commando?

Socks and underwear are typically missing from those popular lists that include the 50 or 100 things that radical minimalists live with. Maybe they’ve decided they are unnecessary in life. I suppose going commando everyday could bring a certain sense of freedom. In reality, socks and underwear are simply an unglamorous necessity. We just like […]

11 Steps to Banish Email Clutter

Editor Note: This is a guest post from Tanja Hoagland from Minimalist Packrat.

Is opening your email like heading into a digital clutter war zone? Do you cringe at the mountain of messages in your inbox? I know the feeling! But recently I tamed the wild email clutter beast. You can too with these easy steps. Note: I use Google Gmail now. They’ve got armor plated spam technology and powerful mail sorting features. Can you believe it’s free?

Here are 11 simple tips to clear your inbox:

Minimalist Christmas Decorating

Minimalist Christmas decorating . . . doesn’t sound possible does it? I must insert a disclaimer here. I am not the artsy type of minimalist that only enjoys the color white, large empty spaces, and a maximum of three pieces of furniture per room. So far we have our Christmas tree decorated and my sister […]