Four Walls and a Roof

If you follow me on Instagram ( and I hope you do! – I share pictures and updates regularly there), you know my family has been camping for the past month. We have been bouncing around this idea of downsizing our home, getting some acreage, and living minimally for a couple of years now. We…

Sewing and refurbishing items

When the average person (including myself) thinks of minimalism, the idea of fewer possessions, fewer luxuries, and less waste probably comes to mind. In my progression, I have purged belongings that were not being used, and I have tried to be more mindful of purchases that I am making. One other aspect that of minimalism…

The Book Progression

As an admitted bibliophile, I have been looking for ways to tackle my book collection in my downsizing project. While I expected parting with so many books to be difficult, I have really found encouragement in all the other progress that has been made in our household, and how good it feels to get rid…

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 some items will be necessary…

Progress

We have officially moved into our smaller apartment and are really enjoying things. We have the usual quirks with a new apartment and a list (thankfully short…) of things for maintenance to deal with, but we are quite happy with the change. The difference in temperature is immediately noticeable. We don’t have to run our…

A Smaller Space

If you had told me a couple of years ago I would be voluntarily moving into a two bedroom apartment with a husband and a kid, pets, and a whole load of crap, I would have told you that you were crazy. My husband and I started out in a one bedroom apartment with just…

The Kitchen

While my entire house is currently in a state of chaos as we get ready to move into a smaller apartment this week, I thought I would reflect on the recent purging we did in our kitchen. The kitchen is definitely my domain, as I do all the cooking and baking. Up until a couple…

My Motivation

Since Fall of 2003 when I first moved to Florida for graduate school, I have moved five times, most recently relocating to Maryland.I am actually getting ready to move once again in a week. What I have come to realize is that I have been hauling boxes and boxes of STUFF around for many years,…