The scariest part of minimizing possessions and all kinds of clutter in life is the inevitable long and hard look at everything that remains. What’s left over?
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Every day we’re faced with thousands of decisions and it’s been proven that we get progressively worse at making them as the day goes on.
So how can constructive daily decisions be best integrated into normal life?[Read more…] about Build The Right Choice Into Your Environment
Often, I prefer analog writing in my Moleskine notebook, particularly with a Papermate Flair M Felt-Tip Pen. When recently explaining to Amy why I enjoyed it so much, I had a realization: I type around 120 words per minute at my peak, which means that my typing often leaps my brain’s ability to come up with sufficient words to write. Creative writing often ends up being a choppy, overly calculated process. I especially love this particular pen for its dynamic writing feel, but something about it feels artful. Due to penmanship being inherently slower than typing, it creates a constant flow. One sentence moving seamlessly to the next without interruption, so writing seems to come out… differently. I’ll use this category to post a series of hand-written ramblings from my Moleskine journal, unedited, word for word.[Read more…] about Moleskine Ramblings #1
Last weekend I made the trip from Minneapolis to Los Angeles to take care of some business and visit some good friends. When booking the flight, I was using an app called Hipmunk (which I’d recommend) to find weekend deals to different places I want to visit. I saw a $170 direct flight on Spirit Airlines to Los Angeles and decided to go for it. It was about $100 cheaper than the next competing airline so it was a no-brainer, but I quickly learned about some of Spirit’s restrictions.[Read more…] about The Weekend Trip: Living More By Packing Less
Moving towards minimalism and getting rid of many of possessions might seem pretty overwhelming, but keep in mind that we don’t have to do it all at once.
Even small improvements can be very powerful.
Remember, it’s up to you to decide what minimalism means in your life. Although we’ve been working on this since late November, it still feels like we’re right in the middle of it all. There are still areas of the house to improve, areas that still feel ‘heavy’ with things.
Although we’re not done, the minimalism effect from what we have accomplished is profound.[Read more…] about The Minimalism Effect: Three Benefits to Getting Rid of Stuff
After hearing continual praise from just about everyone I know about how amazing this book is, I had to read about the magic of tidying up.
Amy and I had just gotten rid of over 100 books in December, (some completely unread) and while I was hesitant, I ended up purchasing the book via Kindle. The first major (unrelated) observation I made was that I easily finished this book in a few evening reading sessions.
I’ve previously found it difficult to read a book all the way through due to the number of unread books on my bookshelf asking for my attention. Reducing the number of ‘obligations’ that I had on my bookshelf allowed me to relax and focus on the one book I was reading.