Three Weeks In

We purchased a cottage on 1-acre in the woods of the Florida Panhandle three weeks ago. It's a real fixer-upper, but each day we make a little more progress. The first week, running water was the biggest task. Some of the water pipes had cracked during the period the house…

Christmas bloat

'Tis the season for running up credit card debt, acting less than human while shopping, and purchasing things that are not needed or wanted, and will be end up clogging landfills in less than a decade. While we are far from living as minimalists, we have come a long way…

The Joy of Less

Becoming minimalist is a journey, I am finding, and it certainly doesn't happen overnight. I have bursts of activity, purging things and getting organized, followed by periods of inactivity. But at least I can say I have not been backsliding. For my book collecting, I have kept with my determination…

The power of vertical

As we are settling into our new apartment, the unpacking and putting away of items is pretty much complete. Now comes the more detailed organizing. Purging was a major theme of this move, and I relished donating pieces of furniture, and definitely the bulky television. However, I do accept that…