I often (really – I do mean often) gather a box of stuff that I have decided I can part with and I feel so much lighter and happier when it’s out of the house. Seriously!
Why? Because once I was drowning in clutter. Too much stuff. And I will not ever go back to that.
Stuff was everywhere! Not quite like an episode of hoarders. But it was too much, it was overflowing from the cabinets and cluttering the counter tops and I hated it but didn’t know where to begin to make it go away. And that was bad. But what was worse was that I didn’t know how to make it stop multiplying.read more
Claiming that anything is “life changing” is pretty cliche, I know. It’s the sort of statement we throw around, but it doesn’t really mean anything…
So I should really call this post something else, but I’m struggling to come up with anything less cliche that could actually convey just HOW MUCH this simple change in my habits has improved my life at home.
I’ve stopped being messy. I do this thing where I put stuff away now.read more
Before we can have an honest conversation about how to stop wasting food, we need to look at some statistics. Did you know that just one quarter of all wasted food could feed the 795 million undernourished people around the world who suffer from hunger (source)?? What about the fact that In the USA, 30-40% of the food supply is wasted, equaling more than 20 pounds of food per person per month (source)?
More personally, the average American throws away between $28-433 in the form of about 20 pounds of food each month (source). That is an INCREDIBLE amount of money throughout the year! If we use the smaller numbers, 28×12= $336.00 per YEAR that we are just throwing away.read more
Minimalist-living blogs and articles. I find them so inspiring. But… almost without fail, those who are naturally minimally inclined don’t quite understand the emotional turmoil that some of us feel when we try to take on the (should be freeing) task of de-cluttering. So this post is for all you emotionally attached clutter bugs out there. The ones who WANT to live in a clutter free space, but your stuff controls you. I get it. I am high-anxiety, seriously over-sensitive, and easily overwhelmed. Or at least I can be. I work everyday and sometimes with all my strength to bring my Sane Self to the surface. That’s what I like to call the little voice of reason that allows me to function (when I choose to listen to her – and I do that more and more these days).read more
Ever stumble upon a tiny particular area of your home that makes you stop short with the realization that you live with grossness? Things you aren’t cleaning – but should be?
I sure do. A few times a year at least. Sure we all clean the floors, the toilet bowls, the counter tops. When we’re deep cleaning in the spring or fall we might de-scale the faucets or wipe under the cabinets and bleach out our garbage cans. If we’re really ambitious we’ll move the fridge and the stove – we all know it gets gross under those.
In my home, there are a few things that get super gross and I DON’T EVEN notice. Until I notice, that is.read more
I always loved the idea of my home as my sanctuary, but I didn’t realize that it would never be the case unless I made a point of making it the case.
For the most part I’m naturally pretty lazy and more than a little disorganized, so it follows that my house can get a bit messy. Dishes pile up, dust bunnies multiply and stacks of dirty (or clean but unfolded) laundry take over. Not to mention those weird paper piles that seem to appear as if from thin air.
When my house is like this I feel stressed, frustrated, and generally defeated.
When I’m not in control of my environment, my environment controls me.read more