Tag Archives: Excess

13Feb/15
Minimalist Closet Tour

Minimalist Closet Tour

Here’s a quick overview of the closet that JF and I share. We try to keep a fairly simple wardrobe, keeping pieces that we enjoy and wear on a regular basis. There’s no “right amount” of clothing, that is a personal choice based on your own preferences, space limitations, and lifestyle. We try to donate/repurpose anything worn out or that doesn’t fit anymore, as well as pieces that no longer fit our stage of life or circumstances (i.e. a maternity top when I am no longer pregnant). I don’t go into detail of all my clothing but what you see includes all of my workout/exercise clothing, and all of my more “regular” clothing, excluding undergarments and pyjamas – the same goes for JF’s side of the closet. Here are my 3 tips for how to keep your wardrobe simple and enjoy a tidier closet in the process!

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02Feb/15
5 Ways to Simplify Your Kitchen

5 Ways To Simplify Your Kitchen

Kitchens are one of the busiest rooms in the home and as such, can also become the most cluttered and chaotic. I’ve been trying out things to help keep it clean and simple, so here I share with you my 5 tips to keep a simple kitchen.

1. Clear the fridge. By removing almost everything from the surface of the fridge, it makes a much cleaner kitchen, both in the look of it and the actual surface. Eliminating cards, pictures, and calendars from the fridge can by done by hanging them somewhere else. For me, I chose to look inside the cupboards and that is where I place anything I need quick visual access to. You’re likely opening many cupboards frequently enough that it can also be a great place to put artwork or anything else that makes you smile.

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23Jan/15
The Day I Lied

The Day I Lied

The Day I Lied

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This is the story of the time I lied to our four year old. No, not about the existence of Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny. I didn’t lie to her about how eating green vegetables will give her magic hair like Rapunzel or that if she isn’t asleep in five minutes the fairies won’t be able to come and sprinkle her with fairy dust (that is what I call regular dust in my house; our home is incredibly magical). I lied to her about dog clothes.

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19Dec/14
Sonic Speed Cupboard Clean

Sonic Speed Cupboard Clean

Just because I try to keep a simple home doesn’t mean I am immune to clutter. Organizing isn’t a one-time deal, it requires daily maintenance and sometimes a mini do-over if you haven’t been keeping it tidy. Watch as I remove, clean, and rearrange everything in my “catch-all” cupboard in the kitchen.

First step is to pick where you want to organize/simplify. Next step is to remove everything, yes, even if it means jumping up and down to see the back of the cupboard like I had to. Then it’s time to wipe down the shelves. Then I went through the items and decided if there was anything that needed to be moved to another location or thrown out. I didn’t have much to remove because I had already done a purge of the cupboard once.

After that comes what I call the “fun”. Finding a place to put things back. Since the last system obviously wasn’t working for me (otherwise I would have maintained it better) I decided to try to put things back differently the second time. I put things I rarely use (once a week or less) on the top shelf, things that are used but not necessarily daily on the middle shelf, and my daily-use or things I need quick access to on the first shelf. I Hope you enjoy watching this and let me know which space tends to become cluttered for you.

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16Oct/14
3 types of hoarders

3 Types of Hoarders

Watch and learn about 3 types of hoarders. See if you identify with any of these and how you can learn to let go and find simplicity with your stuff. If you, or a loved one, struggle with hoarding to a greater degree, there is a great interview and resources on Joshua Becker’s website.

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09Oct/14
Minimalism Update - October 2014

Minimalism Update – October 2014

JF and I just came back from SimpleREV which was an amazing experience! Inspired by the conference, I bring you my current thoughts on minimalism, what it means to me and how I am applying it in my life. Part of my update deals with a question posed by author Patrick Rhone, check out his article on Minimal Mac.

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Previous update: September 2014

25Jul/14
Woman shopping

5 Ways to Shop Minimalist

Woman shopping

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I’m going to tell you something that might come as a surprise to some and a relief for others: being a minimalist doesn’t mean never going shopping again. We live in a world of extremes that wants to categorize things into “good” or “bad” but buying things isn’t the issue here. The questions behind the purchases are what matter—the what, how much, and, more importantly, why are we buying things. Here are 5 pre-purchase questions to help you live a simpler lifestyle.

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