Gifts for a (wannabe) Minimalist

flower garden

I used to have a wish list on Amazon, but I couldn't add the things I truly want. They can’t deliver on world peace or solutions to the climate crisis, and don’t seem to have any products to eliminate racism and sexism and ableism and ageism and all the other ways people are told they’re…

Resolutions and Setbacks

frozen lake

Blue Monday!? There's a tradition at my workplace for Blue Monday, where people wear their brightest, clashing-est clothing to fight off the darkness and cold of winter in Canada. I'm not sure the science behind it is solid, but it does mean I get to wear purple polka dot pajama pants all day so I…

A Simple “Winter” Getaway

mug with the word mindful against water and trees background

So still and grey, it could’ve been the sky, but the lake's small waves lapping on the shore whispered hello. I always feel at home by the water. The campground was full of people and my yurt had little privacy, but I had miles of shoreline to myself. I was confused by the solitude. While…

Radical Decluttering

peaceful picture of sky and lake with a rocky shore

A funny thing happened as I cleared my house of excess stuff: The invisibility cloak lifted off my furniture. I'd taken it for granted, it was part of the scenery. I hadn't considered living without my lovely living room wall unit, for example, until there was almost nothing left in it and the starkness of…

Letting Go

Waves

Resetting My Life I wrote before about the start of my radical decluttering journey (Powerful Books) - it was (officially) in 2015, after years of chaos and trauma in my personal life, when I'd found hope and excitement about the future. (Unofficially, I can trace my first step to a moment of sparkling lights glistening…

Sharing about Privacy

presentation abstract - full text is in the conference brochure link in my resources page

People talk about privacy laws and confidentiality requirements with worry and annoyance. I see it differently, and love talking about it in ways that inspire people. I got to do just that last week at a conference in Toronto.  I don’t have many specific goals in life - I’ve written about this before - but…

The Best Clutter

two cats looking out through a doorway

In the video called My Furniture-Free Minimalist Apartment Tour, I was charmed by Youheum Son, an extreme minimalist. I could listen to her soothing voice for hours, but it was the hope of seeing more of her cat, Boru, that kept me glued to my screen. I scrolled through many of her other videos, wondering,…

More Motivation for Minimalism

Me and my daughter on the ocean, near an iceberg.

I’m years into my quest for less, and the more radical decluttering I do, the happier I am. There’s an urgency to it now though, that has nothing to do with the delight I find in simplicity. It’s my children. The earth is on fire, and their future is burning along with it. Our home…

There’s Always Less To Do

notebooks with a to do list saying LESS ... and dance

Do you always get through your to-do list? If you're laugh-crying at such a ridiculous question, you're not alone. If your answer is "usually, not always" then congratulations, that's awesome! A) Tell us how and B) Are there things you'd like to be doing but can't fit them in? Maybe this will help. The key…

No Need to Keep Notes

blue box for recycling

I’m giving a presentation soon to a new group, who aren’t familiar with my radical decluttering methods, but they are professional organizers, so … I’m tempted to ask them: What will you do with the handout after the session is done? I love Marie Kondo's approach: “My basic principle for sorting papers is to throw…

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