What worked for me in 2016

class 1991.jpgThere’s this thing that a lot of bloggers (also ) I follow do at the end of the year– reflect on “what worked” and what didn’t. It’s a great tool to reflect over the past year and integrate new things into the year ahead. Since things have been pretty serious around the blog the past few months, I’m going to be sprinkling in some more stories on our experiments with minimalism starting with my variation of the 2016 “what worked for me”: the things we did without in 2016… Continue reading

Stuff Wars (pt2): Six lies I believe about my stuff

6 lies I believe about my stuff.jpgRecently this humorous advertisement for a clothing store popped up in my newsfeed. It’s referencing the very “tidying up” method I talked about in my last stuff post. Ironically, it’s talking all about getting rid of things, spring cleaning and minimizing– while advertising a clothing brand. We’re so weird in America. We can sell more clothes while talking about downsizing and getting rid of clothes.  Continue reading

Stuff Wars: Tidying Up

The Stuff Series: Since being in America, I’ve been thinking a lot more about possessions and the amount of stuff I own, and how I interact with this stuff. Here’s the first bit.

I finally read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing. This is coupled with a new obsession about tiny houses (aka emailing David every other day with a new link to some cool design). This has led to purging stuff. My sister, who is also currently “tidying up”, has run into a similar problem that I’ve been facing in all this purging, “What is a responsible way of getting rid of this stuff? I don’t want to just dump it all at Goodwill.” Continue reading