Tag Archives: Simplifying

What Does Daylight Savings Time Mean to You?

This has always been among my favorite days of the year.  The day we turn the clocks back an hour is the day that gives me more of what I value most ~ TIME. At the risk of sounding weird, the old time-starved me always looked forward to this day with the same anticipation as […]

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Asking More Powerful Questions to Ease Decluttering

We recently started what we hope will be our last round of home renovations.  As you know, the first stage of any renovation project is clearing everything out of the spaces being renovated.  I’m noticing that clearing out the master bath, guest room and my office is giving me a great opportunity to continue Phase […]

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Decluttering and the Stories We Tell Ourselves

I need to buy a new computer this year. I have a six-year-old Mac with a 512K hard drive and it’s not long for this world.  I was planning to upgrade to a terabyte of memory, but was shocked to learn that doubling the memory would cost me $400! This quickly made me wonder how […]

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It’s the Holidays, Who Wouldn’t Want More?

It seems everyone I’m coming in contact with lately is adding one more task to their list or one more activity to their calendar.  There’s even a commercial on tv that challenges us, “Who wouldn’t want more?” As someone who is actively minimizing I’m paying close attention to the idea of “more.”  We’ve been conditioned […]

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Our Journey Towards Minimalism

It’s been almost a year (September 2015) since I shared with you in this blog.  In September 2015 my husband and I were on the verge of minimizing our world by moving to a smaller house nearer the city center and closer to my husband’s office and our favorite activities.  It was a move that would […]

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De-cluttering? Honor Who You Are Now & Who You’re Becoming

I’d like to share a comment from a reader who played the #MinsGame in February.  She was excited to report the release of a significant number items and sent me the following message: Hi, Andrea – week one of the challenge – Collected things throughout the week and escorted them out of the house today. 28 items and […]

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Your Turn: What Are You Most Proud of Releasing in February?

February has come and gone.  A number of you played the #MinsGame along with me in February, venturing to release 406 items over the course of 28 days. Today I’m anxious to hear your success stories!  What was it like attempting to meet this goal?  How many items did you end up letting go of?  What are […]

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The #MinsGame ~ Want to play?

A few months back I shared the story of my sister and I playing the #MinsGame  (created by The Minimalists and formally known as the Minimalism Game). The basic premise of the game is to compete against yourself or others in releasing unneeded items from your life.  In playing the game in October, my sister and […]

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Our Skipping Christmas Experiment & Its Results

I recently attended a monthly meeting where a couple of people stopped to ask me how my holidays were.  This wasn’t casual conversation though.  They were genuinely curious because they had last seen me in mid December when I shared that my family was experimenting with skipping Christmas in 2014.  When I shared the results, […]

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Less is Definitely More When You Play the #MinsGame!

Have you played the #MinsGame yet?   It’s the creation of Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus, two guys originally from Ohio who are now known as The Minimalists. The rules of the #MinsGame are simple.  A new #MinsGame starts on the first day of each month.  On the first day you release one item by […]

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Essentialism: Some Thoughts on the New York Times Best Seller by Greg McKeown

I recently finished Greg McKeown’s book, Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less, which is essentially about how to live a more purposeful, focused and intentional life.  I’ve been experimenting with minimalism: actively reducing my number of possessions and the number of commitments in my life.  As such, I was intrigued by the idea of essentialism. […]

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Pruning, It’s Not Just for Plants…

This past Sunday began with my noticing the herbs I grow in my Aerogarden were looking like more of a miniature jungle than a garden I’d actually want to eat something out of. Out came the scissors and the pruning began. The photo to the left represents the results of those efforts – a pile of […]

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Increase Productivity by Hatching, Nesting & Releasing Ideas

As I’ve mentioned in previous postings, many of us with ADHD are virtual idea factories.  My husband can attest to how many of these so-called “great” ideas I come up with in a given week, day or even hour.  In the not too distant past, impulsiveness would often result in me taking actual steps to […]

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“Beware the Barrenness of a Busy Life”

“Beware the barrenness of a busy life.”  ~ Socrates Amazing to think the warning of an ancient Greek Philosopher,  born in 470BC rings so true today. Earlier this year I contributed to a blog posting for my colleague, Linda Samuels.  The topic was what I wanted more and less of in the new year.  My response: “I’m […]

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January is Get Organized Month!

January is Get Organized Month!  If you’re disorganized, your disorganization might show up as piles of papers, cluttered rooms, losing things, running late, forgetting tasks, or never getting around to what’s most important.  However your disorganization shows up, it’s in your best interest to find the best support to help you understand it, work through […]

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My Favorite Things: The ULTIMATE Water Bottle

Just a super quick post today to share my newest favorite product that has made my life simpler, greener and less expensive. That product is a unique 18 oz water bottle by Aladdin.  What makes this water bottle so unique is how easily it can be thoroughly cleaned.  Because of its clever design, that allows […]

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My Favorite Things: What You Need to Know…

A few years ago, my father gave me a gift that continues to keep giving. It is a one page document containing information I would need to know to settle his and my mother’s affairs should something happen to them.  Information so important that we keep this document in our safety deposit box.  Since that […]

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