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: 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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100 Essentials: The Great Plate Debate

Everyone’s list of Essentials will be different—the stuff in my 35-item kitchen certainly won’t be the same as yours. But I think almost all of us would include a plate (and if you wouldn’t, do tell!).

The big question is: what kind of plate?

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Real Life Minimalists: Xandra

I just adore this contribution from Xandra, a self-described “writer, expat, productivity fiend, and bookworm living in Edinburgh, Scotland.” She tells us how minimalism helps her follow her passions and dreams. Xandra writes:

As I teenager I believed I ‘could never be a minimalist,’ because I liked books too much, and I adored my massive collection of clothes. My high school schedule was like Hermione’s in Prisoner of Azkaban…

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Real Life Minimalists: Ann B

This week, Ann B tells us what she loves about being a minimalist, and how it helps her make time for her family and community. Ann B writes:

I discovered minimalism in 2012 when Miss Minimalist was mentioned on The Simple Dollar blog. I happily read through all her archives and decluttering really appealed to me. I liked to keep a clean house, but was overwhelmed…

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Real Life Minimalists: Vivi

Today, I’m happy to introduce you to Vivi from Indonesia. A stay-at-home mom to two young children, she tells us the steps she’s taking towards living a more minimalist, intentional life. Vivi writes:

First, let me wish everyone A Happy New Year… And a good luck for everyone this year. During December till today (3 Jan 2017), I have done some decluttering, including 1 of my 4 shoes. My final goal is to be more intentional in life ahead. Decluttering, streamlining & minimalist lifestyle are in the same thread, and I think they’re one of the greatest, cheapest, and easiest way to achieve an intentional life…

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The Joy of Less Journal Giveaway at Cohesive Home

Hi everyone! I just wanted to let you know that Kate and Melissa over at Cohesive Home are giving away 2 copies of The Joy of Less Journal (Clear Your Inner Clutter)!

They’ve reviewed it in their latest podcast. Have a listen, and see if you’d like to start the New Year with a little inner decluttering…

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Real Life Minimalists: Dee

This week, we have a lovely contribution from Dee, who tells us about her sweet family and simple life in small town Minnesota. What an inspiration! Dee writes:

Growing up I learned more and bigger is obviously better. If you like a top for example, you must buy every color. If it’s on sale there is even more compulsion to buy. And if it’s from a thrift store every item should be considered. All this in a subconscious attempt to feel good, more complete and safe…

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