Rethinking necessities

Photo courtesy of brtsergio. By Leo One of the basics of minimalism is that you eliminate as many non-necessities as you can, to make room for what’s important. If you don’t need a ton of clothing, you get rid of much of it. If you don’t need that new gadget, you don’t buy it. Within reason,…

3 Steps to a Permanently Clear Desk

Photo by unimatrixZxero Post written by Leo Babauta. Follow me on Twitter. Once upon a time, my desk was cluttered with all the things I was currently working on — not to mention dozens of things I wasn’t working on: notes, post-its, phone numbers, papers to be filed, stacks of stuff to work on later….

Baby Makes Eight: Raising Six Kids – Part 1

The Babauta family. Post written by Leo Babauta. Follow me on Twitter. Last March, my wife gave birth to a beautiful baby girl, Noelle Cayce. She became our sixth kid, and within the space of a few years, our house had suddenly become very full. A little background is in order: my wife and I…

Zen Mind: How to Declutter

Enjoy the simplicity. Post written by Leo Babauta. Follow me on Twitter. One of the things that gives me most peace is have a clean, simple home. When I wake up in the morning and walk out into a living room that has been decluttered, that has a minimalist look, and there isn’t junk lying…

How to Handle Pets When You Can’t Afford Them Any More

Written by Trent Hey, look, today I’m going to wade into something that’s bound to get hundreds of angry comments! Yesterday, I read an article over at Get Rich Slowly where J.D. wrote the following (with my own emphasis added): “Thanks for finding that place,” Michael told me as he took a bite of mashed…

10 Ways to Deal With the Non-Simplifying Others in Your Life

“God grant me the serenity to acceptthe things I cannot change;the courage to change the things I can;and the wisdom to know the difference.”~Reinhold Niebuhr, The Serenity Prayer Post written by Leo Babauta. Follow me on twitter or identica. Probably the most frequently asked questions for those trying to simplify their lives isn’t How Do…

Collection or merely clutter

Writer Marc Sotkin produces the website Boomer Alley, which is self-described as a “consistently entertaining, professional grade, irreverent look at the world of the Baby Boomers”. If you can’t see the video in the post, you can find it on YouTube or Boomer Alley. Now I have to go clean out my collection of books…

Clutter Is Money

Recently, I was browsing through the Creative Commons pictures on Flickr (those that have been given permission to be shared freely) and I came across a few pictures that actually reminded me of my early professional years. by YellowDog by rjw1 by sindesign I see several things when I look at these pictures. I see…

Could you live with just 100 things?

Photo by sindesign Ridiculous consumption is one of the trademarks of the western world. We have the money, and spare time to make plain stupid purchases. We believe in consumption. It has become one of the new religions of the world. Trying to keep up with the Joneses is a never ending task, as there…