Real Life Minimalists: Priscilla

This week, I’m delighted to feature Priscilla. I just love how her story—and the Real Life Minimalists series in general—defies minimalist stereotypes, and shows how we can tailor the philosophy to suit our individual lifestyles. Priscilla writes:

I am not a stereotypical minimalist as portrayed in the media: I’m not young. Nor am I into austere décor, black and neutral clothing, veganism, or posting YouTube videos…

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Real Life Minimalists Update: Claire

Today, we have an update from Claire, who was originally featured in January 2016. I love hearing how my Real Life Minimalists have progressed on their journeys! Claire writes:

I wrote a post for Miss Minimalist about 18 months ago, and I wanted to send a quick update. I recently went on my honeymoon and took carry-on luggage only – hooray! It felt like a milestone for me – this is one of my aims in life…

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100 Essentials Spring Giveaway Winner

Thank you very much to everyone who participated in this week’s giveaway! I’m truly honored by your enthusiasm for my new book.

I used to select the winner, and the lucky reader is Cheryl, who on April 17, 2017 at 2:53 pm told us about her most versatile, hardworking item:

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100 Essentials – Spring Giveaway!

Ah, spring is in the air! My garden is full of tulips and daffodils, and the magnolia and cherry trees are in full bloom. After a long, cold, wet winter, it’s wonderful to see the world in color again. It’s time to open the windows, let in the fresh air, and let go of the clutter.

To help you lighten up your home this spring, I’m giving away a Kindle copy of my latest book, 100 Essentials: Simple Kitchen + Capsule Wardrobe + Minimalist Home…

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100 Essentials: Turkish Bath Towel

Shall we talk about towels? They may seem a trivial item, but they often commandeer a good chunk of our storage space. They’re big, fluffy, and seem to multiply of their own accord. I remember, in my pre-minimalist days, struggling to extract (and return) bath sheets to a jam-packed linen closet…

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100 Essentials: The Convertible Dress

How many formal affairs do you attend each year? For me, the answer is one or two—fundraisers and the occasional marriage are all I need worry about.

Therefore, I don’t need a closet full of fancy clothes, and I’ve been determined for some time now to reduce my formalwear to One.

For many years, I relied on the classic little black dress…

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100 Essentials Book Giveaway!

I just wanted to let everyone know that Courtney Carver of is holding a 100 Essentials book giveaway!

Surf on over to her Instagram post for a chance to win one of three Kindle copies. She’ll be choosing the winners on Wednesday, March 8th.

Good luck!

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100 Essentials: One Bowl Eating, Revisited

In addition to a plate, a bowl makes my list of 100 Essentials. If circumstances allowed, I could make this my only piece of dishware (hmm, 99 Essentials?).

In fact, long, long ago, I wrote on this blog about my desire to eat all my meals from a single bowl. All of my go-to foods fit easily in this simple vessel, and I felt it would make for a more meditative, appreciative dining experience…

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Real Life Minimalists: Bibi

This week, I’m so happy to feature Bibi. When I read her words, I feel like she is truly a kindred spirit in minimalism. Bibi writes:

Being minimalist for me means to be free of burden and trouble. I think that I had it always in me this desire to be free of stuff. Already at a young age I was purging my bedroom and giving many things away, which made my mother crazy.

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Real Life Minimalists: Ashley

Today, we have a wonderful story from Ashley, who tells us how she discovered and embraced her inner minimalist. Ashley writes:

I suppose I discovered that I had been something of a minimalist all along one day at the Apple Store. Grimacing as I note that my phone automatically capitalizes the store name, imbuing an element of respect that I do not emulate, I reflect back on the day that I had wanted to “check into that whole phone upgrading thing.”

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