minimalism · simplify

I gave Away Most of My Books and Now I Read More than Ever

I have relocated every year for the past 4 years. And once a year, for the past 4 years, I have packed all my books into boxes, and dragged, tugged, and heaved them along with me.  Classics, modern novels, textbooks, self help books, reference books, cookbooks, biographies, political books, relationship books and more- all of them have…… Continue reading I gave Away Most of My Books and Now I Read More than Ever

Challenges · gratitude · healthy living · mental health · minimalism · simplify

Simplifying Part 3: Mental Clutter

  There’s physical clutter and then there’s mental clutter. Henry David Thoreau, in his essay, “Life without Principle,” wrote, “I believe that the mind can be permanently profaned by the habit of attending to trivial things, so that all our thoughts shall be tinged with triviality.”  “We should treat our minds, that is, ourselves, as…… Continue reading Simplifying Part 3: Mental Clutter

minimalism · simplify · Transitions

Simplifying Part 2: Keeping stuff out

Every time I move, it seems there is suddenly a long list of upgrades and additional items that I find myself needing, wanting.  Another lamp, more storage shelves, a mirror, a set of mixing bowls… etc.  We could actually use a few things, but none of them are urgent needs. Despite that fact, the need to buy…… Continue reading Simplifying Part 2: Keeping stuff out

gratitude · minimalism · simplify

Simplifying Part 1: Kicking Stuff Out

My husband and I just relocated to a city an hour west of Baltimore. This is the fourth consecutive year that I have changed living situations! Each time I move I try to get rid of excess stuff. Stacks of school papers and old books to the recycling bin, clothes, jewelry, furniture, kitchen wares, knick…… Continue reading Simplifying Part 1: Kicking Stuff Out