Top 10 Ways to Trick Yourself Into Getting Rid of Clutter Once and For All

4. Thank Your Items for Their Service (Then Give Them Away) Marie Kondo, the author of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, offers this strange but effective tactic: Say goodbye and thank you to items that you need to let go of. Sometimes sentimentality is the root of a lot of clutter, so think utility […]

GETTING RID OF CLUTTER — Paul Wilson

We know what it is. It’s the stuff that constantly gets in our way because it is not where it belongs. It’s that disorderly mess of items that end up complicating even the simplest tasks. Papers, clothes, shoes, books, backpacks, dishes, gadgets, toys, bicycles, magazines, laundry, jackets, tools…you get the idea. It’s anything and everything […]

Owning Less is Great. Wanting Less is Better.

Since deciding to own less, I’ve experienced countless benefits: more time, more money, more freedom, more energy, less stress, and less distraction. Owning less provides me the opportunity to pursue my greatest passions. It’s great. And I’ll never go back to my previous lifestyle. But along the way, I discovered something even better than owning […]

A Season to Gather Happiness

6. Use meaningful measurements of success. Resist the urge to let society define success by achievements, awards, monetary value, or public recognition. Consider attributes like courage, effort, honesty, patience, determination, risk-taking, and compassion when evaluating yourself or your loved ones. Make a point to acknowledge your beginning point and frequently celebrate your progress. via A […]

How one German millennial chose to live on trains rather than pay rent – The Washington Post

So far, her experience contradicts studies that have recently claimed that “long commutes are killing you.” And financially, she  benefits from living on a train: The flat-rate ticket costs her about $380, whereas she had to pay about $450 for her previous apartment. However, living cheaper is not the only goal she has in mind. “I want to inspire […]

Understanding the Diderot Effect (and How To Overcome It)

We buy a new shirt or dress… and immediately begin looking for new shoes to match. We bring home a new couch… and suddenly the end tables in our living room appear old and shabby, in need of replacement. We purchase a new car… and soon begin spending money on car washes, more expensive gasoline, […]

The Joy That Comes When Less Is Enough – Frugalwoods

Our culture espouses continual consumption as the answer to all ills. But in reality, it only serves to chain us to the consumer carousel of endless buying. Conversely, if we allow ourselves to step outside of this buying-focused mindset, we can start to address the actual stuff of life. How are we fulfilled? Where are we happiest? […]