Sometimes, I see people talk about wanting to be done with decluttering, finishing it off, and riding off into the minimalism sunset with not an unwanted or unneeded item in sight. The thing is, that's just straight up not realistic. If you're going to pursue minimalish living and all that comes with it, the declutter … Continue reading The Declutter That Never Ends
Minimalist – or minimalish – living isn't a destination, but a life full of intentional choices. Here are some daily practices that help me stay true to mine!
There’s nothing magical about the first of the year, but the time off and focus on the new does provide ample time to reflect and goal set. While I’m hesitant to label them “New Year’s resolutions,” I am setting new goals and changing some habits for growth in 2020. First and foremost, I’m going to … Continue reading New Year, New Opportunities for Progress
Creating a life that is safe and warm, merry and bright.
I love my library, my borrowed books on the table, and the slow kind of life it represents.
It’s amazing how many people don’t seem to understand priorities, progress, and how those two intertwine. I’ve never understood people who can go year to year, staying essentially the same the entire time. The same skill sets, the same books re-read, same music listened to, same opinions, same beliefs, same circular conversations. As far back … Continue reading Priorities & Progress
The holidays bring a lot of joys... and a lot of stress. Here are a few grounding practices to help you get through the harder moments.
In case no one has given it to you yet: you have permission to prioritize rest. Period.
Checklists can be your best friend or your worst enemy. Here's how to make the most of them:
There are a million and one reasons you may be working at home, but no matter why or how you're doing it, there are some hacks you should know to make the most out of your workday. Here are my top 5 productivity hacks for working form home.
One of the simplest ways to start implementing slow living practices is having more time off of phones and screens in general, but what are the real perks of doing so?
Sure, slow living sounds nice, but when you're a speedy person it seems totally unrealistic. Here are some ways to integrate slow living principles into your speedy life:
Letting your stuff make you happy doesn't make you a bad minimalist. We need to move away from the extremities of all or nothing, all-consumed with materialism or completely ridding ourselves of all but the essentials. My stuff makes me happy... and that's okay.
It's hard to maintain a good quality of life while living with chronic conditions. Here are a few ways that I've made it easier to live a life worth loving with chronic pain:
If you don't know where to start incorporating rest and mindfulness into your day, this post is for you.
We need to pause our sprint to the next milestone, step back from the project at hand, and embrace the rest we crave. It's time to fill your cup.
Continuing our discussion of minimalism, beyond the physical and into the simplicity that we pursue minimalism for.
We know a whole lot about pursuing minimalism (thanks Marie Kondo), but what about maintaining it once we've decluttered?
Even if you're an expert at using all your groceries, everyone ends up with a few scraps here and there. Here's how to use them so they don't go to waste!
Life with chronic illness isn't easy, but having a chronic illness buddy makes it a lot easier (or at least a lot more fun).
As a minimalist living in a small space, I try to avoid getting a lot of home decor items, but there's just something about fall decor that I can't stay away from. Here are some of the ways I'm decorating for fall as a minimalist.
In the online world of minimalism, it can feel like we have to digitize everything to be "real minimalists." Here's my case for keeping real books:
I'm out of spoons. No, I'm not talking about flatware.
The problem with minimalism isn't minimalism – it's us.
It's time to let go of the hoarder mentality and start enjoying life while we have time.
Although my primary motivations for pursuing minimalism are about saving time and energy, I still love learning more about eco-minimalism! I'm far from perfect, but here are a few everyday zero-waste swaps that I've tried and loved.
Minimalism, to me, means more time and energy for the things in life that matter. With chronic pain and unpredictable flare ups, this has become even more valuable even as it has become harder to attain.
The last year has included a lot of big steps toward reclamation of my body. I've put on weight, changed up my makeup, dyed my hair, gotten my nose pierced, and now, I'm sharing my most recent step in that process...
Intuitive eating has been taking the YouTube health sphere by storm, but it's good for more than recovery from disordered eating! Here's how intuitive eating has become part of my minimalism journey:
Moving 3 times in the last 2 years has given me lots of opportunities to continue pursuing minimalism, learning a little more and shedding a few more possessions each time.
Over the course of my college years, I'm not sure there's anything I did more frequently than editing. Rewriting, reworking, reorganizing, rewording, and shifting thoughts and actions and answers to create a finished project worth submitting. While this skill is valuable for academic pursuits, it is even more so for life outside the classroom. Whether … Continue reading Editing Life: Learning To Say No
Disordered eating continues far beyond changing actual eating habits. Here are a few ways I have been learning to love my body as I recover:
Anxiety makes most things in life harder, and decluttering is no exception. Here's how I'm continuing to KonMari with anxiety:
Recovery from anorexia is not a direct path, but I've made a lot of progress in this decade-long struggle over the course of the last year. Here is a portion of my story:
Hi, I’m Sarah. I have chronic pain. No, that’s not like your occasionally headaches when it’s rainy out. A normal 20-year-old’s pain routine might look something like this: you wake up, go about your day, feel a headache or soreness coming on. You groan, guessing at the cause. You take some over-the-counter pain medicine, lay … Continue reading Chronic Pain & Perspective
Positivity seems to be one of the latest trends, but is it just too much of a good thing? Here's my case against toxic positivity.