I really enjoyed this article about living more simply. It goes along with what I have written about before, regarding minimizing your life.
These are the main points of the article, and what I think about them:
- Disconnecting from consumerism. I try not to let a lot of things into our house. Also, when people come over I try to give them our stuff if I think they might want/need it, much to my husband's annoyance :-(.
- Conquering the clutter. I have tried to organize every little space in our house. Still have a couple of areas to tackle though!
- Finishing what you have. Before I buy anything, especially toiletries, I finish the last drop of everything. This one has always been easy for me, as I have a mom who cuts the toothpaste bottle in half just to get the last little bit out! I'm not as extreme as her, though!
- Owning just one. I try to do this, but it's not my greatest strength.
- Focusing on quality, not quantity. It's better to have one good thing than several so-so things. This goes to the first point, but it's easier said than done when the "so-so" stuff you are getting is free.
- Challenging yourself. I should try what the author says, about wearing 30 pairs of clothes in 30 days.
- Simplifying your decorating. This is me realizing I don't need a million picture frames, candle holders and vases.