Simplifying Life Easier Said Than Done. Learning to Flex.

SIMPLIFY YOUR LIFE screams loud and clear in my head and feels more like a command these days than a mere suggestion. I’m making great progress because everything in the house seems to yell at me, “Do I need this? Do I love this?” How many people do you know who can...

Thrift Shops, a.k.a. Goldmines

Thrift shops rock and top my list of pleasures for the treasures they contain. And here’s the latest reason why: this awesome print now hanging next to the table in the dining nook. My husband and I often go thrifting together and have great fun with this “sport”!...

Hoarding’s On My Cluttered Mind

•••When does fun turn into collecting turn into hoarding?•••  “You are a clothes hoarder!” My husband’s words a week ago were startling because I’ve watched with disbelief the program Hoarders. Certainly not me. It was his emphasis on the word “hoarder” that got my...

An Easy Way to Simplify

Thrift shops are like gold. There’s nothing better than a treasure hunt, and discovering a gem at the second hand store is very satisfying. You just never know what you’re going to find and that’s the fun of it. Some of it weird and whacky, but oftentimes there’s a...

Simplifying Meal Prep

I’ve served my long tour of duty as chief cook and bottlewasher, and yearn for my stint to be over. Going AWOL has definitely crossed my mind a time or two. Like everybody else, I want to end my work day with relaxation  But if you truly relax, who feels...

Stuff Stuff, Begone!

I’m about to enter a whole new world. A smaller world… a simpler world… a calmer world. And I’m loving it. Even though the perks of de-cluttering and simplifying is something I’ve talked about for a long time, it’s clear to me now that I’ve been merely...

Carol’s WeeBlog

“Grant yourself a moment of peace and you will understand how foolishly you have scurried about….”  first part of a Chinese proverb.  I’ve said this in many ways over the past nine years of blogging about slowing down, simplifying and doing...

Simplicity:Taking Stock is Liberating

Twas a fine little desk… so lovingly refinished. It fit into a small space and held tons of stuff. Those little cubbies were perfect for so many things and became our billing paying station at first. Since, it’s been shuffled to every room in the house except...

Simplify your Space. Caress your Books.

Books gathering dust. Books that haven’t moved in 10 years. Books you can’t remember owning. Every house has them. But whenever I bring up this musty “elephant ” in the room, I usually hear (spoken with a very woeful look), “But I looovvve books.” Yes, but...

Good Ideas Hover, Just Waiting for the Chance to Attack.

Getting smart takes time. I’m startled when a simple solution dawns on me because it seems soooo obvious. How could I have not thought of it before? The expression “DUH” is perfect for me because getting smart has only been coming in dribbles so far. It’s taking what...