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Finding Inspiration When The Going Gets Tough: The Joys Of Simplicity

“Simplicity boils down to two steps: Identify the essential. Eliminate the rest.” Leo Babauta Life is made up of cycles. You may have begun your journey into the world of minimalism full of inspiration

Maintaining Motivation: 5 Easy Downsizing Actions You Can Do Right Now!

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” Mary Oliver Yes, minimalist living is a long-term project. There’s no getting out of the fact that you’re going to need

When In Doubt: The Three Pillars Of Holistic Minimalism And Simplicity

“Simplicity is the most difficult thing to secure in this world; it is the last limit experience and the last effort of genius.” George Sand Have you been on the minimalist lifestyle path for a while

Our Lifestyle Choices Are Part Of A Larger Context: 10 Ways Minimalism Reduces Your Ecological Footprint

“Simplicity means to choose ways of living that touch the Earth more lightly and that reduce our ecological footprint.” Duane Elgin One of the great things about choosing a holistic minimalist lifestyle

Worried People Will Think You’re Just Getting In On The Latest Fad? Here’s Why You’re Not. (A Brief Look At Minimalism and Simplicity Through The Ages)

Minimalism and simple living are definitely gaining speed as valid lifestyle choices (which, as you know, makes a whole of sense on so many levels given the context of today’s world!). Nevertheless,

How Explain Minimalism To The Naysayers and What To Do When They Just Don’t Get It

“Simplicity involves unburdening your life, and living more lightly with fewer distractions that interfere with a high quality life, as defined uniquely by each individual.” Linda Breen Pierce. In

The Positive Effects of Silence & Nature Immersion On The Human Brain And How To Organize Your Life To Get More Of Both!

“I’ve begun to realize that you can listen to silence and learn from it. It has a quality and a dimension all its own.” Chaim Potok Let’s get one thing straight. Silence and nature immersion

Building Blocks For Sustainable Simplicity: Cultivating Curiosity And Observation

“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existence. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure

Grounding: 5 Techniques For Finding Balance In An Overwhelming World

“Get yourself grounded and you can navigate even the stormiest roads in peace.” Steve Goodier Grounding.That elusive feeling of being centered and in balance, no matter what whirlwind of activity or

Natural Principles in Minimalism: From Stacking Functions To Zero Waste

“One of the first conditions of happiness is that the link between man and nature shall not be broken.”Leo Tolstoy Holistic minimalism mimics many principles we can find in the greater natural world.

Gratitude And Abundance: How To Cultivate Both And Ensure Downsizing Lasts!

“Gratitude turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity…it makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates

Negative Associations To “Stuff”: Letting Go Of Guilt And Shame To Create Transformational Change

“A moment of self-compassion can change your entire day. A string of such moments can change the course of your life.” Christopher K. Germer Guilt can be a very powerful emotion. When dealing with

The “Scarcity Mentality”: Why We’re Programmed To Accumulate Things And How To Change The Pattern

“Scarcity mentality measures out life by the ounce; it always concludes that the needs outweigh the resources.” Erin M. Straza You’ve probably heard of the whole scarcity versus abundance mentality

Minimalism And Mental Health: 5 Techniques For Decluttering Your Mind

“If there’s no inner peace, people can’t give it to you. The husband can’t give it to you. Your children can’t give it to you. You have to give it to you.” Linda Evans There’s ample research

“Back In The Good Ol’ Days…”: 9 Ways To Have Fun With “Nothing”!

“When fun gets deep enough, it can heal the world.” the Oaqui So you’ve probably heard someone older than you at some point start off a sentence with “back in the day…” and follow it up with

Everyday DIY Gift Ideas For The Minimalist ( & Your Family or Friends!) “The

“The question of what you want to own is actually the question of how you want to live your life.” Marie Kondo The above succinctly puts into words why you probably want to change your gift giving

Family Holidays: Co-Creating Traditions That Make Sense To You

“Family traditions are more than arguments with the dead, more than collections of family letters you try to decipher. A tradition is also a channel of memory through which fierce and unrequited longings

Learning From The Past: What Our Grandparents Could Teach Us About Minimalism

“Our mind has evolved in such a way that new wants keep appearing in it relentlessly. But do not confuse them with needs. Needs are necessity, but wants are luxury.” Abhijit Naskar If you really want

Conscious Parenting: How Raising Minimalist Kids Can Literally Change The World

“If we are ever going to see a paradigm shift, we have to be clear about how we want the present paradigm to shift. ” Gary L. Fancione There are any number of reasons why you may have decided to switch

7 Systems For Sharing Goods and Skills So You Can Own Less (Without It Becoming An Organizational Nightmare!)

“Our most valuable possessions are those which can be shared without lessening – those which, when shared, multiply. Our least valuable possessions, on the other hand, are those which, when divided,

Getting Rid Of Our Number One Energy Drain: Tools And Resources For Right Relationship and Healthy Communication

“Listen with curiosity. Speak with honesty. Act with integrity. The greatest problem with communication is we don’t listen to understand. We listen to reply. When we listen with curiosity, we don’t

5 Ways A Minimalist Lifestyle Can Decrease Isolation And Increase Community…If You Let It!

“What should young people do with their lives today? Many things, obviously. But the most daring thing is to create stable communities in which the terrible disease of loneliness can be cured.” Kurt

9 Minimalist Destinations

“In our rich consumers’ civilization we spin cocoons around ourselves and get possessed by our possessions.” Max Lerner A lot of writings about minimalist travel focus solely on the packing aspect:what

Packing List: How To Travel Light And Still Be Ready For Anything

“He who would travel happily must travel light.” Antoine de St. Exupery If you’re not used to travelling with practically nothing it can be quite a huge shift to try and apply minimalist thinking

Travel Tips For The Thrifty Minimalist

“And then there is the most dangerous risk of all — the risk of spending your life not doing what you want on the bet you can buy yourself the freedom to do it later.” – Randy Komisar You’re

Redefining “Deluxe”: Getting Away From It All With Minimal Ecological Impact

“You don’t have to be rich to travel well.” Eugene Fodor Long-distance travel has become something many of us take for granted. “Vacation” has come to be synonymous in many people’s minds with

5 Ways To Bypass Packaging and Drastically Decrease Household Waste

“Plastic pollution is a massive and at the same time intensely personal environmental problem…we touch and see plastic every day of our lives. With every trip to the grocery store we can readily

Strategies: What To Do When You Think You Should, But You Just “Can’t” Let Something Go…

“When I let go of what I have, I receive what I need.” Tao Te Ching There are many reasons you may be holding on to things more than you would like to. Objects are often imbued with sentimental value

The Tiny House Craze: From Dream To Realism

It seems like in the last couple of years everyone and their uncle is suddenly planning on building themselves a tiny house. The movement is largely fueled by more and more people wanting to live in spaces

8 Household Items You Really Don’t Need

“Courage is the power to let go of the familiar.” Raymond Lindquist It can be a challenge to let go of things we’re used to having around, even for the seasoned minimalist. We get into the habit

How Going Green Can Actually Save You Money, Time and Space

“At its core, the issue of a clean environment is a matter of public health.” Gina McCarthy A lot of people tend to think of “going green” as an altruistic life choice. We sacrifice a whole lot

4 Miraculously Multipurpose Household Products for Minimalists!

“A minimalist by intent, I live a beautiful life with fewer things—simple, yet full.” Laurie Buchanan, PhD At first it may not seem clear why learning about the multiple purpose of various household

9 Paradigm Shifts To Make You a Better Holistic Minimalist And Reduce Waste!

9 Paradigm Shifts To Make You a Better Holistic Minimalist And Reduce Waste! “You wanna fly, you got to give up the shit that weighs you down.” Toni Morrison Underlying this whole idea of “paradigm

Decluttering Your Home In 3 Easy Steps

“Clutter is the physical manifestation of unmade decisions fueled by procrastination” Christina Scalise There are any number of ways out there to approach decluttering your home. Blogs and books abound

8 Fun & Easy Ways To Repurpose Your Old Clothes

“Often when you think you’re at the end of something, you’re at the beginning of something else.” Fred Rogers Ever have an old piece of clothing that you still really love but which has just gotten

Downsizing Made Simple

“Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” William Morris The above quote by William Morris basically sums up the major guidelines of how to approach

6 Tips To Second-Hand Shopping Success for Minimalists

“Buy less, choose well.” Vivienne Westwood Before we get into talking about specific tips for successful second-hand shopping, some of you may be asking yourselves “what’s so great about thrifting?”

The Urge To Splurge: Learning When, And How, To Say No!

“Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants.” Epictetus There are numerous reasons you may feel the occasional urge to splurge. In and of itself, treating yourself every

Minimalism In The Age Of Consumerism: 6 Steps To Unlearning Overconsumption

Minimalism In The Age Of Consumerism: 6 Steps To Unlearning Overconsumption “The great obstacle is simply this: the conviction that we cannot change because we are dependant on what is wrong. But that

Goal-Setting For The Aspiring Minimalist or “How To Not Get Overwhelmed By Yet Another Neverending To Do List…”

You may be asking yourself how goal-setting works into the whole scheme of a minimalist lifestyle. If minimalism is all about creating a happier, slower paced, less stressful mode of being that reflects

Which Of These 9 Types Of Minimalists Are You? Finding Out Could Be Key To Making Your Lifestyle Changes Last

“The unexamined life is not worth living” Socrates Another key phrase coined by Socrates is “to know thyself is beginning of wisdom.” While no one likes being pigeonholed, many of us crave clearer

From Swedish Death Cleaning To KonMari’s “Spark Of Joy”: Minimalist Methods

“The first step in crafting the life you want is to get rid of everything you don’t.” Joshua Becker It’s all well and good to decide we want to transition to a minimalist lifestyle, but where

When Less Is More: How Decreasing Clutter Increases Your Freedom

“People often ask me, “What’s so great about being a minimalist?” I usually answer with one word: freedom.” Francine Jay Does reducing clutter really increase your personal freedom? The simple

The Facts Behind The Feeling: Backing Up Your Lifestyle Choices With Science

“We increase our possessions only to the enlargement of our anxieties.” Anna C. Brackett First off, congratulations on choosing to transform your life through minimalism. By decluttering your life

How Minimalism Could Save Your Financial Life

You’ve seen people use minimalism to get rid of items they no longer want or use. Capsule wardrobes, the Magic of Tidying Up, tiny homes, living with less than 100 things, and the KISS principal are