I have a complicated relationship with jewelry. Unlike most women it seems I don't like wearing any. That goes for necklaces, rings, bracelets, earrings...everything. The exception to this rule though comes into play when the jewelry has personal meaning or a story behind it that touches me. In that case I will happily wear whatever bauble it is with pride and a little smile every time I look down at it or touch it. These pieces with such significance are rare for me though. When I walk into … [Read more...]
Living Minimalist – Practical for Families?
A reader recently asked me if I felt it was better to raise kids with less space and stuff. I have written about this several times but my posts on Minimalist Children, Helping Kids See Past Commercialism , and Simplicity Parenting come to mind. I am no parenting expert by any means and my kids manage to throw me for a loop all the time but in regards to this issue I think my husband and I have found something that seems to work very well for us. It was a journey to get there though. We … [Read more...]
Throw Out Fifty Things
Over the weekend I dived into the book Throw Out Fifty Things - Clear the Clutter and Find Your Life by Gail Blanke. It is not so much about minimalism as it is about taking the beginning steps to decluttering. The idea is to have the concrete goal of getting rid of fifty things in all the main rooms of your house. Items of the same type count as one... so 5 pairs of shoes is only one item in your overall fifty. I started reading it on Saturday morning and by noon I was knee deep in … [Read more...]
A Green Move
Did I tell you that I am moving again? Well, I am. My cancer treatment is over and has been since December so I am going back to Ohio and our home in Arizona is being sold. So within a few days I will begin the treck I described to you in July only this time in reverse. It will be an adventure since the restoration on our 19th century Victorian home in Ohio has yet to be completed. It has plumbing issues, it has no heat, one of the bathrooms is completely torn apart, and the house is … [Read more...]