Category Archives: Minimal Living

The Purge One Year Later


It’s the one year anniversary of The Purge. Time goes quickly and this year has been no exception. My take away’s after a year? Life is much, much less stressful. I miss almost nothing that’s gone (that one damned desk!). We can focus on what’s more important than constantly cleaning and “organizing” clutter. What remains is what we love – except the couch that needs to be replaced eventually. Continue reading

Keep What’s Important


There are things I’ve been lugging around, saving, keeping for a long time. One Rubbermaid bin of items that were sentimental and I knew I would use. This bin could have been tossed at any time in the last ten years, but I couldn’t let it go. It was labeled “Baby Toys” and contained my favorite toys that I got for my kids when they were babies. The oldest toy turns 23 this Christmas and was a gift my now 23 year old daughter “opened” when she was 8 months old. Continue reading

Christmas 2015


It was a different Christmas this year. Not what most would consider minimalistic but not entirely commercial either. We shot for a balance somewhere in between and (I think) came out well in the end. Our children are all getting older and although I wanted to take a family trip this year like we did last year, the kids asked for something different. They wanted a more “traditional” Christmas with presents, but most of the lists were practical. Continue reading

My Pinterest Has ADD


I did it again. I went on Pinterest. I loooooove visiting, but I only go on sparingly because I know I’ll be sucked in. Not in a bad habit way, I learn great things, read articles, find information. It’s awesome. But still, I know an hour (or more) can go by in a blink so I am cautious. This is what I noticed today. Pinterest is in my head. On my feed I see “get a tighter butt”, “habits of elite runners”, “how to stay fit in your 40’s” and right next to those are “artichoke spinach dip that will blow your mind”, “cheesy garlic bread”, “sinful mac and cheese”. How will I keep that great butt if I’m dipping chips in the artichoke dip? In another category that I love, I read “minimize your closet”, “tiny house ideas”, “12 things you own too many of” and right next to that I read, “closet must haves”, “you can never own too many sweaters”, “dream home closet”. So my Pinterest has ADD.  Or I do. Continue reading

Having Less Means Loving More


It’s now been ten months since The Purge – the beginning of our minimalism journey.  Unloading at least 65% of our belongings, having a more open, streamlined home with less of everything but stress is still one of the best and biggest, most pivotal times of our lives.  I think back on how emotional I was at moments – parting with items that I couldn’t imagine being without.  With the exception of a desk, there is nothing I ever even think about. Continue reading