How to Want Very Little : zen habits

There’s a part of today’s consumerist world that drives us to want more, buy more, act on our impulses, hoard, spend to solve our problems, create comfort through shopping, seek thrills through travel, do more, be more. What would happen if we broke from our addiction to wanting and buying more? What would life be […]

A Healthy Way to Aspire to a Better Life : zen habits

Here’s the method in summary: Notice your dissatisfaction. Notice your ideals that you’re holding tightly to. Loosen your hold on these ideals, and turn to the present moment. Really see the present moment with curiosity, find something to appreciate. Accept the present moment completely, with love. From this place of peace, respond, take action. It […]

The weight of our possessions – Real estate – The Boston Globe

As a decluttering expert, the work I do sometimes overlaps with the efforts of researchers who study hoarding. There are differences between people who are merely heavily cluttered and those who are hoarders. But they’re not always far apart when it comes to specific attitudes. via The weight of our possessions – Real estate – […]

A Single Person’s Guide To Frugal and Happy Living – Frugalwoods

It’s been nearly a year-and-a-half since that moment. Much has changed. I sold my car. I bought a bike. I sold furniture. I sold my TV. I sold books. I donated clothing. I retooled my diet. I packed more lunches. I ran and biked to work. I got up earlier. I worked harder. I connected […]

Thursday Rant: Why my neighbor would never marry me – 1500 Days to Freedom1500 Days to Freedom

We love our little neighborhood. One of the things we enjoy most are little get-togethers with neighbors on our street. Almost every week, we’ll have a planned or spontaneous gathering were we’ll sit around and chat for a while. The kids ride bikes or draw pictures with chalk on the driveway. In the summer, we watch movies […]

A Simple, Powerful Self-Compassion Method : zen habits

Try this now if you’re feeling stressed, frustrated, in pain, disappointed, angry, anxious, worried, or depressed: 1.  Notice. Take a moment to turn inward and notice your pain in this moment. Now notice where it is in your body, and how it feels. Describe the pain to yourself in physical terms, in terms of quality, […]

Stuff it: Millennials nix their parents’ treasures – The Washington Post

Whether becoming empty nesters, downsizing or just finally embracing the decluttering movement, boomers are taking a good close look at the things they have spent their life collecting. Auction houses, consignment stores and thrift shops are flooded with merchandise, much of it made of brown wood. Downsizing experts and professional organizers are comforting parents whose […]

How To Cut Cable – My Tips For Cutting Cable Today – Making Sense Of Cents

I know of many people who spend much more than this as well, such as someone who recently told me that they spend over $300 a MONTH on their cable bill. While that may seem crazy to you, I have heard of many people who pay this much money and sometimes even more for cable. […]