30-Day Journey Into Minimalism

30-Day Journey Into Minimalism

Simple Living is a new category I am adding to my blog. Here I will document my journey towards minimalism and discovery of benefits that come from owning less. During the next 30 days I’ll be decluttering my home and my life by donating, recycling and removing superfluous and unnecessary...
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Day 30: Express Gratitude

Day 30: Express Gratitude

Expressing gratitude helps us to shift focus from ourselves to others. My life has been enriched by many people and today I am showing my gratitude to them with the help of a small present, a phone call or a letter. This may be the last day of the Month of Minimalism, but that doesn’t...
Day 29: 2000

Day 29: 2000

Today several bags full of stuff left my home. The experience showed that the most pleasant and fastest way of getting rid of stuff is donating it. In this way more than 2000 items left my home during the last month. Сегодня вывезла несколько сумок с вещами. Опыт показал, что самый приятный и быстрый способ...
Day 28: What's In Your Handbag?

Day 28: What’s In Your Handbag?

It’s amazing how the contents of a handbag seem to multiply, especially if you have a big one. Today I decided not only to clear out my handbag, but also to downsize to a smaller one. Now it containes only important for me objects: wallet, pedometer, card holder, keys and cell phone. Less is more....
Day 27: Minimalism With Children

Day 27: Minimalism With Children

Incorporating minimalism into life and simplifying is more difficult when you have kids. But it’s entirely possible. My challenge “Month of minimalism” comes to the end. Now that I spend less time cleaning and organizing, it is easier to find things, I feel less stressed and more relaxed. The greatest benefit ever is to have...
Day 26: My Simple Sewing Place

Day 26: My Simple Sewing Place

I used to have a small room dedicated to sewing with plenty of storage opportunities for my fabric stash and tools. Once the children arrive, my sewing place moved to our living room where I set up a permanent spot to sew. The table is near the window and it’s great to enjoy a good...
Day 25: Essentials

Day 25: Essentials

A month of minimalism taught me how to ask the right questions and to give honest answers. Do I need paper patterns accumulated over several years of active sewing? No! Do I need fabric remnants waiting for their time to be used? No! Getting rid of excess, we are left with the essentials that can...
Day 24: View From My Balcony

Day 24: View From My Balcony

I always wanted to live in a house overlooking the sea. I used to imagine the smell of morning coffee mixed with the sea breeze. But fate decreed otherwise. Honestly, right now I prefer the constancy of the mountains than the fickleness of the sea. From my kitchen you can see the Maritime Alps, and...
Day 23: Procrastination

Day 23: Procrastination

I am very good at procrastination. I have got lots of started but never finished craft project. But procrastination means clutter and chaos, and I am working hard right now on beating that beast. About a year ago I started making fabric bunting by preparing triangles of fabric cut from leftovers of my old sewing...
Day 22: Spring Cleaning

Day 22: Spring Cleaning

Today wasn’t about decluttering but about spring cleaning. Fridge, washing machine, oven and dishwasher work very hard  for my family on a daily basis. By following basic maintenance routines I hope to avoid many common household appliance problems. In addition to minimizing the chances of breakdowns and saving money on costly repairs, regular maintenance will...
Day 21: Digital Clutter

Day 21: Digital Clutter

Digital clutter is not very obvious, but like physical one it eats up our space and time. Today I decided to get rid of all kinds of digital clutter: I looked through my Documents folder and deleted half of those documents Uninstalled old software and programs freeing up space on hard drive Deleted excess photos...
Day 20: Accountability Partner

Day 20: Accountability Partner

Decluttering is quite a difficult task. But if done with someone else, it can become fun and there are more chances that you will stick with it. Studies show that sharing a goal with an accountability partner (in my case it’s my husband and close family members), can boost up its success rate. When the...
Day 19: Information Hygiene

Day 19: Information Hygiene

Every day we are bombarded with tons of information from all sides: TV, Internet, telephone, radio, printed press, billboards on the streets, products packaging. We are surrounded by words, they are everywhere. Thanks to a minimalist approach, I became more conscious of information hygiene. My home became more peaceful and quieter when I decided that...

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