Cleaning, Tidying and Organizing

For the longest time I didn’t understand there was a difference between cleaning something, and tidying something. As for the word “organize” I never understood where that fit into the equation. This mystery remained unsolved for me until I read Marie Kondo’s book a few years ago. So, until then I had understood the words to be interchangeable, but that couldn’t be more incorrect. Continue reading “Cleaning, Tidying and Organizing”

Maria Storgaard’s Minimal Capsule Wardrobe

GoDownsize, with Maria and Morten Storgaard, has been one of my favorite YouTube channels for the past couple years, but I actually found the channel through their travel channel, One Girl One Suitcase. Maria has been such a light a positive influence on my clothing, I had to share. Continue reading “Maria Storgaard’s Minimal Capsule Wardrobe”

Fighting the Impulse to Fill Space

One of the first comments I hear when I tell people that Trevor and I have donated more things, and that we’ve almost got the amount of stuff we own to our goal, the first thing I hear is something along the lines of “pretty soon you won’t have anything left!” I’m not sure where the idea of filling a home with stuff came from, but I wanted to talk about this subject for those of you that are struggling on your quest to live with less. Continue reading “Fighting the Impulse to Fill Space”

Exploring Bullet Journaling

“Bujo,” or Bullet Journaling, is something that’s been on my radar for a little over a year. It’s a method of journaling, a tool you can use, that is simple and fast. It’s quick enough that it doesn’t such up to much of your time, but thorough enough that it’s easy to be productive and stay on task. I actually had adopted the “key” outlined by creator, Ryder Carroll, into the Day Designer I’d tried out for four months. It just didn’t stick and I wasn’t sure why until I picked up a new journal for a fresh start.

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How to Go Through Your Stuff

These days, it’s easy to see through social media that Minimalism is gaining more and more popularity online and the number of individuals turning to minimalism to improve their lives is ever growing. The promise of less cleaning and more free time is a pretty enticing one, but taking the first step can be pretty overwhelming and might turn a lot of interested people away. Continue reading “How to Go Through Your Stuff”

Mainstays 3-Shelf Bathroom Space Saver

If you’d ask me when NM started if I thought I’d do a post about a bathroom space saver from Walmart, I would have laughed. Never say never, I suppose. Continue reading “Mainstays 3-Shelf Bathroom Space Saver”

Ditching Filofax for a Day Designer

You guys are totally interested in planning posts, so I thought I’d give a little update on my planning situation. As you might have guessed from the title, I’ve ditched my Filofax Domino and moved on to something else. Let’s go over why I made the swap and the features of the Day Designer. Continue reading “Ditching Filofax for a Day Designer”

Questing For The Perfect Workspace

I write this article on my laptop in bed as I currently have no computer desk(again). I disassembled it in an effort to ensure I don’t tie myself to the functional but counter productive space it enabled. I have been through a number of desks or variations with 3 in the past year. None of them matching the ultra productive feeling of the one I had in college.

In college I had a very functional desk set up. This mainly consisted of a Z-Line brand L desk I obtained from Staples on sale for $40. Although cheap, it was very effective and help my dual monitors, keyboard speakers, pen tablet, printer, books, and art supplies in just the right places to get stuff done. I moved out after graduation and continued to happily use my desk until it slowly deteriorated. Since then I have been searching for an equally productive set up but haven’t found a solution yet. Continue reading “Questing For The Perfect Workspace”

A Cleaning Schedule

I’ve tried and tried and tried to get some sort of a cleaning schedule down that would work for me, and I had thought it would be easier to do living in a small space. Not true. At all. Turns out, the method was a bad match for my household and our habits, as well as my cleaning style. What does that mean? Continue reading “A Cleaning Schedule”

Get Organized: Under the Bathroom Sink

Before Trevor and I left for our fabulous cruise, I made it a mission to get the house relatively cleaned up. I didn’t want anything lying around that the cats could get into, I didn’t want anything left out in the open for the sitter to worry about/to have to deal with; it just makes sense to tidy up as much as possible before going away, for any length of trip. Continue reading “Get Organized: Under the Bathroom Sink”