Fill your life with stories to tell, not stuff to show.
The simplicity/minimalism movement is a beautiful community. It is friendly, encouraging, and helpful. There is a genuine understanding that any promotion of simplicity is good for society—and there is little concern over who gets the credit for it.
It is a pleasure to be part of such a wonderful group of people. And I enjoy every opportunity to promote writing that encourages people to live more by owning less.
So fix yourself a nice warm cup of coffee or tea. Find a quiet moment this weekend. And enjoy some encouraging words to inspire more simplicity in your life today.
Why “Minimalism” Should Be Your 2015 Resolution | The Lala by Paige Pope. Nobody really believes happiness is directly tied to the number of things we own. Yet almost all of us live like it.
Why I’m doing something I don’t like doing today | Jon Acuff by Jon Acuff. Want a grateful 16 year old? Teach a 6 year old gratitude and give him 10 years to practice.
There’s too many things. | The Tonight Show by Jerry Seinfeld Stand-Up (5:48). “All things on earth only exist in different stages of becoming garbage. ”
Use a ‘Minimalist Wardrobe’ to Simplify Your Life | TreeHugger by Katherine Martinko. There is a reason why many successful people wear the same thing every day. Not having to worry about one’s clothes can be a huge stress reducer.
A Simple Year 2015 | Simple Year by Courtney Carver. Throughout the 12 months of 2015, I will be teaming up with 7 of my favorite writers and simple-living advocates to offer A Simple Year: 12 Months of Guided Simplicity. If you are looking for even more help in your simplification journey, I hope you will join us. The cost for 1 year of access is $199.
Advertising for one year of access to A Simple Year 2015, at $199, for 1 year of access? That’s sort of funny, I think that’s something I can live without paying for.
Julia Kate says
I’m feeling pretty good – we gave away 7 bags of clothes and grown-out-of toys this weekend. My husband and I have been looking around the house feeling awesome and are committed to keeping our house looking this good :-) Thanks for all of the inspiration on this site!!!
I’m reading this while sipping my tea and just enjoying the relaxing feeling in my body after an intense workout. Only Jon Acuff confuses me a bit, since gratitude is not something you need to express in order to thank other people. It’s not something you give to somebody else. Being grateful is something you do simply for yourself. A mountain climber does not stop for a breathtaking view out of a sense of duty to thank nature. Nature doesn’t even care. Gratitude just means enjoying the rewards of life.
Bob Pepe says
I did a huge closet cleaning a few months ago and are going to go at it again today.. It motivates me to see the results and it leads me to continue through the rest of my life..
Now if a buy a new piece of clothing.. I throw out (or donate) TWO…
A few years ago my husband & I looked around a saw that we had too much “stuff” and everyone in our family had too much “stuff”, including the nieces & nephews. We decided then that we would give the kids ‘adventures’ & not more toys, games, videos, etc that would soon be lost in the pile of other “stuff”. We have had awesome experiences with them & made super fun memories. We also have gotten rid of lots of things & will continue to do so- maybe one day we will downsize to a “Tiny House” just so we can pare it all down to what is really important.
Bob Pepe says
Mu ultimate goal is a tiny house… Trying to get my wife onboard… It will take awhile.. but I think she is turning a bit…
LL in Prescott says
Listened to the very clever Seinfeld in the midst of packing away Christmas. Timing couldn’t have been better. I was overwhelmed with bubble wrap, tissue wrap, and bins. Planning on a whale of a sale come spring.
I wear a uniform at work and love it. The thought of less everyday clothes is brilliant. Thanks for the idea. I’m donating and throwing out today!
i’m in too! one great purchase for a minimalist wardrobe–because who says it has to be unfashionable?- is a thin leather jacket. white t-shirt under, you’re done. to hell with the mall, haven’t been in years…
James Delles says
Thanks for sharing. Jon Acuff makes a great point, and Katherine Martinko hits close to home. I’m tackling my closet soon. I’d be happy to live in jeans and plaid shirts every day.
Jerry Seinfeld did awesome. How true is that. Inspired to throw more out today!!