The consumption society has made us feel that happiness lies in having things, and has failed to teach us the happiness of not having things. -Elise Boulding
What a wonderful quote, and so true! We’re constantly bombarded with the message to buy, buy, and buy some more—it’s hardly ever suggested that we might find greater satisfaction [...]
I just wanted to let everyone know that I’ve written another piece for The Huffington Post!
Less is More: 15 Pieces of Furniture You May Not Really Need
It’s my attempt to introduce minimalist living to a more mainstream audience, and I hope you’ll give me a hand by checking it out and leaving a Comment. It [...]
Up until now, I’ve practiced a rather extreme form of minimalism: living in tiny spaces, and carting around all my worldly possessions in a duffel bag.
But with my recent lifestyle changes (a new baby and a home purchase), I’ve given up my membership in the globetrotting, minimalist elite. I’m now ready to explore a kinder, [...]
Hi everybody—I missed you all during my sabbatical! Oh boy, do we have a lot of catching up to do…
If you’ve been following my blog for awhile (or reading the archives), you know that in 2009 my husband and I sold our house, and almost everything we owned, to move overseas. The whole experience was [...]
I travel quite often, and rarely bring back souvenirs from anywhere. I’ve learned that once something has memories, it can be a bear to declutter later on; so I save myself the trouble and typically return only with digital photos and some leftover foreign coins.
However, when I visited Oslo, I found myself [...]
This time of year, I can’t help but dream about living in a little holiday cottage, either by the sea or in the countryside. I yearn to spend every minute of my summer outdoors, enjoying greenery, flowers, butterflies, breezes…and coming inside only to prepare a simple meal or go to sleep (The Simple Poppy beautifully [...]
For the first time in months, I feel like I’m back in my element. Let me explain…
My husband and I have been drifting since February—living in a succession of hotels and sublets—because we’re reluctant to commit to long-term housing. It’s an interesting, and liberating, way to live; the only downside is that most short-term housing [...]
(Photo via Apartment
The most frequent criticism I hear about minimalist homes is that they’re “cold,” “sterile,” or “uninviting.”
Of course, such criticisms usually come from people who aren’t minimalists; and in the end, it doesn’t matter what anyone thinks about your home but you.
However, sometimes our decluttering efforts can suck the warmth out of [...]
Those who’ve read my book know I’m a huge fan of versatile items – from both a minimalist and ecological standpoint, I think it’s better to own one multi-functional item than several single-function ones. In my opinion, the more uses something has, the more worthy a place in our households.
When it comes [...]
A little over a year ago, my husband and I were living in a 1000-square-foot, 3-bedroom house with a 2-car garage and postage stamp backyard.
Now we’re living in a 390-square-foot, 1-bedroom apartment.
I have to admit: I loved the idea of such a radical downsizing, but wasn’t quite sure how it’d work out in practice. But [...]