12 Tips to Keep Holiday Gift Giving Meaningful and Clutter-Free

Keeping holiday shopping to a minimum with meaningful gift giving. Ditch the clutter this Christmas with 12 simple tips!

A Delicate Balance

If you're like me, you are stressed, tired, and overwhelmed - finding it a challenge to maintain the simple lifestyle you crave

Minimize Your Possessions

Perhaps the most obvious accomplishment in living a simpler lifestyle is to minimize the amount of possessions you own. This is one of my favorite parts of moving toward a simplified existence. I don’t generally find it difficult to let go of what I really don’t need. And there is nothing better than that feeling … Continue reading Minimize Your Possessions

Spend Significantly Less

What do you spend your money on besides food, clothing, shelter, utilities, tithing (if you belong to a congregation of faith), and other necessary personal or household items? We each have our own ideals and principles for what we cannot, and should not, do without. For many it’s an education to make life better and … Continue reading Spend Significantly Less

The Joy of A Simple Saturday

One week has passed since I completed my 5 Day Purge.  Many things are still awaiting our attention, and will be. Nothing is final. But there is definite movement to keep things going in a positive direction.  I made a list of some smaller, or ongoing projects that I can jump in and complete when … Continue reading The Joy of A Simple Saturday

Day 4: Praying For A Second Wind

The purge is nearing completion. Or is it? I am teetering a fine line. Much has been done. Much is yet to be done. I am running out of steam. Instead of gaining momentum and things getting easier as I see progress, I am really getting down to the nitty gritty of harder decisions. The … Continue reading Day 4: Praying For A Second Wind

Day 3: In It For The Long Haul

Day three has been long and tiring with many distractions and not much satisfaction. I began in the basement with my first area of focus being the drawers under the stairs. (Sounds creepy enough for this time of year, no?) It was scary!  I pulled everything out (there are about 15 full-sized drawers). Mostly bakeware, tablecloths, … Continue reading Day 3: In It For The Long Haul

Day 2: The Five Day Purge Continuation

Day two was a bit of a slower pace, but constant. I wasn’t quite sure where to start, there is so much to do and I want it all done now! I know that’s not possible. As they say - your house didn’t get this messy overnight and it’s not going to be clean overnight … Continue reading Day 2: The Five Day Purge Continuation

Day 1: The Reality of It

Day one of my current purge has come and gone. At first, I was a bit saddened when it began to dawn on me that the five days I have set aside for this mission are not going to result in the incredibly simplified, organized home that I envision when I close my eyes and … Continue reading Day 1: The Reality of It

What’s Really Important To Me?

This is a question that I have needed to pause and ask myself. While I have many areas in my life that are important to me, and have a broad vision of where I want to be, I have never listed these areas out, set goals and created a clear and concise plan to reaching … Continue reading What’s Really Important To Me?