Minimize Without More Spending

Minimize Without More SpendingMinimalism has been splashed across more magazine covers than reality TV starlets as of late. Top 10 items to toss today. Five things no one needs in their kitchens. Three reasons to live with less. Turn to the full text of any of these articles, and you’ll get a lot more than the benefits of decluttering. You will also get a thinly veiled sales pitch. Containers, organizers, cubbies, bins, trays, dividers. The photographs look so beautiful, so streamlined, so simple that anyone who has ever contemplated clutter would be tempted.

While I would not claim to be a minimalist by any stretch, I am in the midst of a massive purge of my excess. I’m not an expert. I still have too much stuff. I can’t fold my shirts into little origami envelopes* to make them happy or radiate joy. In the past few months, a few things have become clear to me when it comes to cutting the cord with clutter. Here are two tips to getting started without doing any unnecessary spending.  Continue reading “Minimize Without More Spending”

Minimize Without More Spending

How I Tossed 68% of My Home Office Clutter

ClutterLast month, I finished decluttering my kitchen. Well, I finished decluttering almost my whole kitchen. I ran into a roadblock when I got to my built-in desk, which doubles as my home office. There were papers, pens, photos, envelopes, coupons — current and long expired. Then, there was the junk drawer. Oh, the junk. So, I did what any sensible person who was on a decluttering mission would do. I called it quits and chose to savor the work in the rest of my kitchen.

Still, I was bitten by the decluttering bug, and the only solution is less stuff. So, I committed to tackling the rest of my kitchen this month. That meant that nothing was safe. No errant paper, no miscellaneous Post-It, nothing. After carefully combing through my office supplies, I was able to abandon 68% of the items that were currently taking up space in my desk. Continue reading “How I Tossed 68% of My Home Office Clutter”

How I Tossed 68% of My Home Office Clutter

10 Signs Your Outdoor Clutter is Out of Control

Signs It's Time To Tame Your Outdoor Clutter1Think clutter is only limited to what’s inside your home? Think again. In an attempt to savor the last bits of autumnal colors and daylight, I have been taking longer jogs than usual most evenings. While much of my jog is comprised of me picking out my favorite tree listening to my most recent podcast downloads negotiating with myself to muscle through one more block in exchange for dessert, I also happened to notice that a few of my fellow neighbors might want to speed up their spring cleaning by a few months.  Continue reading “10 Signs Your Outdoor Clutter is Out of Control”

10 Signs Your Outdoor Clutter is Out of Control

Don’t Be Clueless about Clutter: 20 Signs You Have Too Much Stuff

20 Signs You Have Too Much Stuff (1)I’m a big fan of giving credit where credit is due: Cher Horowitz, this is on you. Growing up, my mission in life was to score a computer–complete with dial-up, of course–that would scan my closet and sound an alarm should I mis-match any of my plaid pieces from Contempo Casual. And while I never scored that computer, I’d like to think my closet did hers proud.

The only problem? I’m no longer proud of this closet any of my closets. In fact, my linen closet just about broke me. I am no longer comfortable operating under the hedonistic haze that is consumer culture. Instead, I’d like to be more purposeful with my spending. And I’d also like to have a place to put my sheets.

The sad thing is, I wasn’t alone in my clueless quest for stuff. Consumerism is so deeply entrenched in our culture that we don’t even recognize it anymore. Don’t believe me? See if you recognize anyone you know in the list below.  Continue reading “Don’t Be Clueless about Clutter: 20 Signs You Have Too Much Stuff”

Don’t Be Clueless about Clutter: 20 Signs You Have Too Much Stuff