Simple Living

Simple Living and Minimalism

  • 33 Articles of Clothing = 25,176 Different Outfits
    Toward the end of the Uncluttered Course, I challenge each participant to try an abbreviated version of Project 333. Project 333, the fashion challenge started by Courtney Carver, invites people to dress with 33 items or less for 3 months— underwear and workout clothes don’t count, but everything else does: jewelry,… ... read more
    Source: Becoming Minimalist Published on 2017-07-24
    3 days ago
  • Inspiring Simplicity. Weekend Reads.
    Never underestimate the importance of removing stuff you don’t need. Encouragement provides us with motivation to persevere. It invites us to dream dreams of significance for our lives. And it begs us to work diligently with optimism and promise. Overcoming the pull of consumerism is a difficult challenge regardless of… ... read more
    Source: Becoming Minimalist Published on 2017-07-22
    5 days ago
  • Even Your Favorite Stuff is Just Stuff
    In 2005 when my niece was nine years old, she painted a coffee mug for me. My nephew was four years old when he painted one for my husband. We added the mugs made with love to dozens of other coffee mugs we had purchased and received as gifts… ... read more
    Source: Be More With Less Published on 2017-07-20
    7 days ago
  • The Hope Effect: Raising $40,000 for Orphan Care
    18 months ago, with help from the Becoming Minimalist community, we created and launched a nonprofit organization called The Hope Effect. The Hope Effect seeks to improve orphan care in developing nations by focusing on solutions that better mimic the family-unit. Rather than constructing large, institutional-style orphanages with high… ... read more
    Source: Becoming Minimalist Published on 2017-07-18
    1 week ago
  • What If You Could Be More Happy Today?
    Editor’s Note: My friend Jessie is a mom of two in Seattle. When we were neighbors, she once raved to me about how Gretchen Rubin’s book, The Happiness Project, had impacted her. So recently, I asked Jessie to share how, four years after reading it, the ideas in Gretchen’s book continue… ... read more
    Source: Becoming Minimalist Published on 2017-07-14
    2 weeks ago
  • Guilt-free Introverting: a roadmap for anyone who craves alone time
    This is for the introverts, the extroverts, the ambiverts, and all the verts in between who crave a little alone time. It wasn’t until I began to simplify my life, and create more time for solo-walks, long writing sessions, and other quiet, thoughtful things that I realized I was… ... read more
    Source: Be More With Less Published on 2017-07-13
    2 weeks ago
  • How Digital And Physical Clutter Are More Similar Than You Think
    Picture for a moment, a cluttered apartment. Over, under, around, inside, above, and below—everywhere you look, stuff would be there. You might not be able to walk in the room or see the floor at times. Spare parts, sealed boxes, unused clothes, plastic grocery bags could be thrown everywhere.… ... read more
    Source: Becoming Minimalist Published on 2017-07-10
    2 weeks ago
  • Inspiring Simplicity. Weekend Reads.
    Fill your life with stories to tell, not stuff to show. The simplicity/minimalism movement is a beautiful community. And I enjoy any opportunity to promote writing that encourages people to live more by owning less. So fix yourself a nice warm cup of coffee or tea. Find a quiet… ... read more
    Source: Becoming Minimalist Published on 2017-07-08
    3 weeks ago
  • 20-Second Hug Effect: trade stress and busyness for love and happiness
    Before I headed home from a wonderful family visit and hiking trip, my sister gave me a really big hug in the Munich airport … a 20-second hug. We cried and hugged and cried and hugged knowing it might be awhile before we saw each other again. She told me… ... read more
    Source: Be More With Less Published on 2017-07-07
    3 weeks ago
  • If You Are Looking for Reasons to Be Happy, You’ll Probably Find Them
    There are plenty of small, inconsequential realizations in life. Like the fact that the FedEx logo contains a subtle arrow in-between the orange “E” and “x.” It’s small and unimportant. But the first time someone mentions it, you wonder why you never noticed it before. In contrast with the inconsequential,… ... read more
    Source: Becoming Minimalist Published on 2017-07-05
    3 weeks ago
  • Capsule Wardrobe Challenge: 5 Things You’ll Gain by Dressing with Less
    The next season of capsule wardrobe challenge Project 333 is right around the corner. It’s been almost 7 years since I started dressing with 33 items every 3 months and one thing I discovered right from the start is that this challenge isn’t that challenging. And it’s not just me.… ... read more
    Source: Be More With Less Published on 2017-06-28
    4 weeks ago
  • Use This Accountability Trick To Consume Less
    A home improvement show blared over the 50-inch TV in the car mechanic’s lobby as I waited for the oil to be changed in my Honda Accord. While I rarely watch television shows at home, my one-hour wait prompted me to look. A woman was getting a home makeover,… ... read more
    Source: Becoming Minimalist Published on 2017-06-26
    1 month ago
  • Use This Accountability Trick To Consume Less
    A home improvement show blared over the 50-inch TV in the car mechanic’s lobby as I waited for the oil to be changed in my Honda Accord. While I rarely watch television shows at home, my one-hour wait prompted me to look. A woman was getting a home makeover,… ... read more
    Source: Becoming Minimalist Published on 2017-06-26
    1 month ago
  • Inspiring Simplicity. Weekend Reads.
    There’s more to life than buying stuff. There are many wonderful people pursuing and promoting simplicity. Fortunately, some of them are gifted in communication and choose to encourage and inspire us with their words. I enjoy reading their unique perspective. I’m sure you will too. So fix yourself a… ... read more
    Source: Becoming Minimalist Published on 2017-06-24
    1 month ago
  • Forest Bathing: 5 Simple Ways to Stress Less and Smile More
    When I want to slow my mind, let go of a long day or seek more joy in my life, I step into the forest. Getting my feet on the dirt and letting the green of the trees and warmth of the sunlight wash over me, works every time. I… ... read more
    Source: Be More With Less Published on 2017-06-22
    1 month ago

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