A Bouquet of Decluttering Inspiration

The new edition of The Joy of Less will be published 3 weeks from today!

To thank all those who pre-order the book before April 26, I’ve created a little bouquet of decluttering inspiration: a dozen printables with tips and photos to help you STREAMLINE your life…

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Real Life Minimalists: Bethany

This week, Bethany shares a touching story about a beloved relative, and the ultimate lesson he taught her about the important things in life. Bethany writes:

In October 2015, I lost my wonderful, supportive Granda to Mesothelioma – cancer of the lung which is caused by Asbestos, which he had worked with while he was doing his engineering apprenticeship as a young man…

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Real Life Minimalists: Sarah

Today, I’m so grateful to Sarah for sharing her story with us. She describes how life circumstances took her through a period of hoarding, and how she dug her way out to lightness and freedom. Sarah writes:

My story is one of extremes. I grew up in a house filled to the brim with interesting things, books, teetering piles of items. My parents are artists and so saw beauty in some things most don’t and I can relate to that as an artist myself…

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Real Life Minimalists Update: Layla

This week we have an update from Layla, who was featured in this series two years ago. She’s been on her minimalist journey for quite some time now, and shares some wonderful advice she’s learned along the way. Layla writes:

After discovering minimalism five years ago, I expected that once I got the distractions out of the way it would simply become clear to me what was important. This turned out to be a five-year long process, and I’m still becoming who I am…

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Real Life Minimalists: Evans

Today, we have such an inspirational story from Evans! She explains beautifully how minimalism doesn’t mean living a certain way (like out of a backpack, or in a tiny house). Evans writes:

From the outside looking in you would never guess that in my heart I’m a minimalist. You would never guess that minimalism is part of my daily philosophy, part of my way of being. When I was a new mother 25 years ago…

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Real Life Minimalists: Cindy

This week, we have a wonderful contribution from Cindy. I love how she shows that minimalism isn’t something that happens instantaneously, but a continual process of refinement—as she says, “like peeling an onion, one layer at a time.” Cindy writes:

I have been minimizing different aspects of my life since 1999 – I was 34 yrs. old. My journey began with a speeding ticket. I remember the moment…

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Three Words for My Younger Self: Own Less Stuff

This week I wrote a post for the blog-publishing platform Medium: Three Words for My Younger Self: Own Less Stuff.

Why? It’s sort of an outreach effort to would-be minimalists who might not otherwise trip across my blog. I think we’ve all had that serendipitous moment when something we read, or something someone said, sparked our interest in a minimalist lifestyle…

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Real Life Minimalists: Muntaha

Today, Muntaha reminds us of what it’s like to be at the start of our minimalist journey—full of awareness and intention to live a simpler life, and figuring out how to make it happen. Muntaha writes:

I’m an aspiring minimalist. I read all the articles, blogs and books out there but when it comes to action, I have very little to show for it. A few years ago I thought I did well when I gained some momentum and parted ways with many of my excess belongings, but it’s been a struggle ever since.

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The Joy of One: Pan

My husband and I have had a pretty nomadic life together, and since we were always on the move, we never invested in quality cookware. Pots and pans are heavy and awkward to transport, so we would usually pick them up randomly as needed, then donate the lot before moving on and starting over again… {Read full post…}

Real Life Minimalists: Elisabeth

This week we have a wonderful story from Elisabeth, a 25-year-old from Austria. She tells us how studying abroad inspired her to pare down her possessions and embrace the minimalist values with which she grew up. Elisabeth writes:

I remember when I was a kid and I wanted some fancy snack wrapped up in too much plastic and heavily advertised, my mother would say: “We don’t have money for that.” Because of that, I always thought that we were poor or at least that money was tight…

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