The Joy of Less Journal: Clear Your Inner Clutter

I often hear from readers who have decluttered and decluttered and decluttered some more. They’ve streamlined their surfaces, ditched their duplicates, and pared down to the essentials. They’re thrilled with their newfound space, but they want to know…. What’s next?

And that’s really the question, isn’t it? What’s the point of clearing out all the physical clutter?

I’ll tell you: it’s to give us the time and space and focus to clear out our INNER clutter…

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Real Life Minimalists: Tamara

This week, I’m pleased to feature Tamara. She tells us how her goal to pay off her house inspired her to simplify her life in so many ways. Tamara writes:

Hello, my name is Tamara and I started my “minimalist” movement 6 years ago with the idea to pay off my house before age 60. I started with reducing my expenses…

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Real Life Minimalists Update: Sacha

Today we have an update from Sacha, who was first featured in July 2015. She tells us how some difficulties over the past year have actually changed her life for the better. Sacha writes:

In July 2015 I wrote about the ways I tried to incorporate minimalism into my life, getting rid of stuff when I moved house and my personal Doomsday Prepping tendencies. Quite a bit happened since then. Due to a reorganisation I lost my job. So… that personal doomsday I used to fear, turned out to be a reality it seemed…

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Real Life Minimalists: Linnea

This week, I’m happy to feature Linnea from Sweden, who tells us how moving often, and welcoming a little one, has inspired her to live lightly. Linnea writes:

I discovered minimalism the summer of 2010 when I helped my parents to move while I was moving myself as well. My move was ok but theirs was quite overwhelming with hundreds of boxes that filled two lorries, one with a trailer, and I realized how much ‘stuff’ stresses me out…

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Real Life Minimalists: Ang

Today, we have a wonderful contribution from Ang, who tells us how cleaning out her parents’ home has inspired her to live with (much) less. Ang writes:

My parents lived in three places their entire married life. My brother was born when they were living in their first apartment, I arrived in their second home and then we moved as a family to house number three. And that’s where they stayed for the next forty plus years…

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Real Life Minimalists: Wendy

This week we hear from Wendy, who tells us about her minimalist journey as a new grandmother. Her story is a lovely reminder of how minimalism helps us make room for what matters most. Wendy writes:

Looking back on my life, I always felt a twinge of freedom or lightness when I got rid of something that I didn’t need in my life. Now I am able to identify that as a desire to live with less. My husband and I are in our 50’s, have four children in their 20’s, one son in law and a darling toddler grandson…

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Real Life Minimalists: Missne

Today, Missne shares the inspirational story of how she pared down her stuff, and sees her move into a smaller place as “progress” (love it!). Missne writes:

I decided many years ago that having a TV wasn’t important to me. I’m a gamer, I’m a nerd – if I want to watch something, it’ll be on the computer. Ad-free. On my own time. And If I don’t have a TV, why do I need a couch? I only have a dog, and he’s happy without a couch…

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Real Life Minimalists: Christa

This week, I’m happy to feature Christa from South Africa, who explains how a housing transition made her fall in love with small space living. Christa writes:

The idea of small space living has always appealed to me. I remember as a singleton buying books on the subject, feverishly doing research on campervan living and imagining a life by the sea – something along the lines of the Joshua Kadison song ”A little trailer by the sea – you the cat and me”…

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Real Life Minimalists: Darcy

Today, it’s my pleasure to introduce you to Darcy. She tells us how living with her stuff in storage for a few years inspired her to embrace a more minimalist lifestyle. Darcy writes:

If you saw our book collection, you probably wouldn’t apply the term “minimalist” to my husband and I. Between us we have eight bookcases full of books. We’re both teachers and our books are our treasures, but despite our stacks of books, we consider ourselves minimalists…

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Real Life Minimalists: Daisy

This week, we have a wonderful story from Daisy. She’s been battling an excess of stuff since childhood, until a natural disaster gave her a new perspective on her possessions. Daisy writes:

Yes, that photo’s a glimpse of my place before I became a minimalist. So how’d it get that bad? You could say I was born with it. I grew up in a family that was full of love but low on funds…

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