Downsizing & Tiny Living

Why My Life Rocks More Now That It's Been "Stripped Down" & "Cleaned Up"

Why My Life Rocks More Now That It's Been "Stripped Down" & "Cleaned Up"

Just over five years ago, I was living a pretty "typical" American life.  Meaning, I had a job (or should I say jobs) that I didn't like, mounds of debt, I ate a diet that consisted of a lot of sugar, dairy, wheat & processed/convenience foods, I seemed to always be tired & sick and basically, I was just "surviving" my life everyday instead of living it.

I would wake up and go through the motions just to get through the day.  But overall, the days seemed to be filled with more stress, anxiety and fatigue than they were with joy or peace.  

De-Cluttering Video Series Part Three: What to Do With Your Stuff

De-Cluttering Video Series Part Three:  What to Do With Your Stuff

When you go through a de-cluttering process, whether big or small, you may be tempted to just drop all your junk at the nearest Goodwill and be done with it.  But there are other options when it comes to what to do with the stuff you're purging.  

You can find "good homes" for some of your precious items and possibly even make some of your money back!  So, before you dump your stuff and run... take a few minutes to check out the video below with some of my favorite options on what to do with your stuff!

 

De-Cluttering Video Series Part Two: Clearing Out Your Closet & Going Digital

De-Cluttering Video Series Part Two:  Clearing Out Your Closet & Going Digital

Clearing out your closet and going digital can help you get rid of TONS of clutter from your home!  But before you get overwhelmed just thinking about it, I want you to know it's easier than you think.

Yes, you will have to spend some time doing the work, but it will be well worth it in the end!  With my 3-sweep process, you'll get your closet pared down to just the things that you really wear and get rid of the rest.  And with my digitizing tips, you'll not only get your desk under control, but your entertainment room too!

De-Cluttering Video Series Part One: 5 Basic Rules of De-Cluttering

De-Cluttering Video Series Part One:  5 Basic Rules of De-Cluttering

Welcome to Part One of my 3-part video series all about de-cluttering and downsizing.  I know a lot of you out there will be making New Year's resolutions in January and some of them may include getting more organized and going through all that "junk" once and for all.

Well, I want to give you a guys a running start into the New Year and into your de-cluttering process with some of my favorite tips and tricks for downsizing.  If you follow my blog regularly, you know that in 2015, I got rid of about 80% of my belongings to move into a 160 s.f. tiny house.  So, trust me, I have been through this process myself!  And I want you to know, that it is DEFINITELY worth it.

The 3-Part De-Cluttering Video Series Starts Dec. 12th!

The 3-Part De-Cluttering Video Series Starts Dec. 12th!

Are you ready to finally downsize and de-clutter in 2017?  

Make this the year that you actually get rid of all the clutter... all the junk... all the stuff that has been slowly taking over your home!

I'll give you a head start!  Keep an eye out on the blog for my 3-part de-cluttering video series full of helpful tips and tricks on how to get de-cluttered once and for all in the new year.  I'll be posting a new video each Monday (Dec. 12th, 19th and 26th), starting next week... all leading up to a special de-cluttering challenge in January!

The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide for Minimalists, Clean Eaters and Bucket List Live-rs!

The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide for Minimalists, Clean Eaters and Bucket List Live-rs!

Believe it or not, December is almost here, (wasn't it just the 4th of July?) which means it's time for... you guessed it, Christmas shopping!

Now, if you're like me, you're probably looking forward to doing most of your shopping online this year so you don't have to fight with the lines, the crowds and the endless circles around the parking lots.  

Tidying Up Your Computer

Tidying Up Your Computer

When it comes to tidying up our workspaces to be more productive, our focus is usually on the stuff around the computer - the file folders, post-it notes and overflowing piles of paperwork.  But while it is important to organize your desktop, tidying up the computer itself can make a big difference in your productivity since you won’t have to spend hours looking for a single email or piece of saved information.

So, how do you do it?  Try these six simple steps and you’ll be feeling less like a hoarder and more like a virtual virtuoso in no time!

How I Continue to Downsize (Even After Getting Rid of 80% of My Stuff!)

How I Continue to Downsize (Even After Getting Rid of 80% of My Stuff!)

Not quite one year ago, I got rid of 80% of my belongings.

Sounds a little crazy, right?  So, you want to hear something even crazier?

To this day, I still do occasional purges and get rid of more stuff.

Now, you're probably wondering what in the world is left after you get rid of 80% of your stuff??  Well, you're left with the 20% of stuff that you actually use and/or need.

The Spiritual Benefits of Downsizing

The Spiritual Benefits of Downsizing

If you’ve come to the point in your life where you are ready to downsize and minimize, your main motivation is probably physical.

As in, you are ready to have less “stuff” sitting around your house… filling up cabinets, falling out of drawers and rendering garages and basements virtually useless.

You’re ready to move without needing to rent a tractor trailer to haul your belongings and you want to narrow it all down to the things that you love and need the most. 

Why Having Less Actually Helps You Get More Out of Life

Why Having Less Actually Helps You Get More Out of Life

When I first tell people that I got rid of about 80% of my belongings to move into a 160 square foot tiny house (yes, the size of most people’s kitchens), I usually get one of two reactions:

“Wow!  That is so amazing!  You are so brave, I wish I could that.”

Or…

“Wait a minute…you did what?” (Accompanied, of course, by a “You’re out of your mind” look.)

There doesn’t seem to be much middle ground when it comes to the idea of simplifying and minimalism. People seem to either love it or hate it.