All posts tagged: Minimalist Project

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Make Your Own DIY Notebook with Recycled (FREE) Materials

A long time ago, in what feels like an entirely different lifetime, I worked in an office. Yes, friend. It’s true. And in that office I worked with a bunch of environmental professionals, scientists and engineers, that worked on projects that helped improve the natural and lived environment. We did things like improving the efficiencies of water treatment and wastewater treatment. We improved drain systems and cleaned waterways. We remediated old dumping sites and brought ponds back to life. And we wasted A TON of paper. Still, to this day, I shake my head about it. You can’t see it, but I’m shaking my head right now. I never understood contradictions like that. And I still don’t understand them today. But anyway.   Recycled, or Repurposed, Paper Notebooks Being the action-oriented do-gooder creative that I am, I decided to do something with the wasted paper. Just to prove that it was possible. Just to make a point. But also, for the sake of the challenge. And because I wanted to see if it was something …

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Inspiration to Clean the Corners of your home

It’s the first week of me working on my Love Where You Live project, and I cannot believe how much my perspective on home has already changed. I have SO so much to share, friends. But I’ll start with a short story for your weekend. This week has been packed with deadlines, new work beginnings, new projects, and a whole lot of startup work for Little Paper Projects AND teaching yoga. The timing is a little crazy, but after I made it to the other side, I still had the same level of motivation that I did at the beginning of the week. I felt energized. And I launched, both feet forward, into the Love Where You Live Project. So we’re starting this week with a checklist of photos to take. It’s an interior home tour. But we’re also documenting our messes, and writing stories about our spaces. Our favorite places. At the same time, I’m also reading Gretchen Rubin’s book Happier at Home. And the combination of the two is incredibly inspiring. (Next week …

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Why You Should Start Documenting Messes

I could make a list of 100 reasons why you should start documenting your messes. I know, it sounds crazy, but hear me out. Messes are a reflection of our real lives. Right now. Messes reflect the things we know and love, the stuff we use so much that it never seems to be tucked away. And stuff, friends, isn’t all bad. Right now I’m reading Gretchen Rubin’s Happier at Home – which, if you haven’t yet, is a wonderful read. Especially the audiobook version. And the first chapter is dedicated to her relationship with things. In summary, what I took from it was that people who have relationships with their things, often also have good relationships with people. The things, research says, remind them of the people that they care for, the memories they’ve created, and the life moments that they cherish. I love that. That, of course, does not grant permission to hoard every item that has ever meant anything to you. Rather, I think it is further support for this type of …

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Minimize Your Desktop: Detox your Inbox

This post miniseries on Cleaning Your Desktop is part of my project #minimize: the the project where I get rid of all the things. It’s an awesome project. And it comes from a deep-rooted place in my soul – which is why you should check back on Thursdays to see all of the small yet awesome ways you can downsize clutter and live like a minimalist. If you want to know more about why I’m doing this project, read the first post. — Every time I sit down at my desk, I click the mouse to wake up my computer. And, as I settle into my chair, and glance across my screen, my first click usually brings up my email. And then I sigh for the first time that day. Friends, sometimes it’s hard to break bad habits. No matter how many times I have received the same advice: from books, blog articles, podcasts, experts on productivity, and general conversations with smart, productive friends, I just can’t seem to break the cycle of email-induced stress. …

Minimize Your Desktop - Challenge #2: Inventory Storage

Minimize Your Desktop – Challenge #2: Inventory Storage

This post miniseries on Cleaning Your Desktop is part of my project #minimize: the the project where I get rid of all the things. It’s an awesome project. And it comes from a deep-rooted place in my soul – which is why you should check back on Thursdays to see all of the small yet awesome ways you can downsize clutter and live like a minimalist. If you want to know more about why I’m doing this project, read the first post. — I have this thing with storage: I like to have it. A lot of it. Probably because I have a thing for keeping too many things. And that tendency towards curating my own clutter is not just in my physical space, but also in my digital space. It’s time to change that. There are these rules that I use to make decisions on de-cluttering. First, only keep what you need. Second, everything needs a home. And third, leave extra space. In order for me to take on this major desktop organization project, …

Minimize Your Desktop Clutter: Challenge Number 1 - First, Clean your Desk

Minimize Your Desktop – Challenge #1: First, Clean your Desk

This post miniseries on Cleaning Your Desktop is part of my project #minimize: the the project where I get rid of all the things. It’s an awesome project. And it comes from a deep-rooted place in my soul – which is why you should check back on Thursdays to see all of the small yet awesome ways you can downsize clutter and live like a minimalist. If you want to know more about why I’m doing this project, read the first post. — Well, friends, it’s here: the first #minimize post on Cleaning up your Desktop. When I started to craft this series I found myself stuck and a little frustrated with where to start. I knew what I wanted to write, I knew how I wanted it to go, and I even have some fun downloads coming. So what was the problem? I wracked my brain to figure it out. And, as I sat at my desk, pen in hand, blank paper awaiting ideas, it finally hit me: How am I supposed to work …

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My Winter Capsule Wardrobe

This post miniseries on Cleaning out your Closet is part of my project #minimize: the the project where I get rid of all the things. It’s an awesome project. And it comes from a deep-rooted place in my soul – which is why you should check back on Thursdays to see all of the small yet awesome ways you can downsize clutter and live like a minimalist. If you want to know more about why I’m doing this project, read the first post. — In my last #minimize post I rounded out my Closet Clean Out miniseries with some discussion on my approach to managing my seasonal capsule wardrobes. This week I wanted to share my full round-up on the winter capsule wardrobe. First, let me share two points that will help to clarify this project and why this post is coming out in mid-April. One. I didn’t set out to develop a “capsule” wardrobe this winter. Changing my wardrobe over with the seasons is something I do quarterly, as the weather dictates. Now that …

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Minimize Your Wardrobe – Tour My Minimized Closet

This post miniseries on Cleaning out your Closet is part of my project #minimize: the the project where I get rid of all the things. It’s an awesome project. And it comes from a deep-rooted place in my soul – which is why you should check back on Thursdays to see all of the small yet awesome ways you can downsize clutter and live like a minimalist. If you want to know more about why I’m doing this project, read the first post. — In my last #minimize wardrobe post I rounded out the Closet Clean Out challenge with some discussion on my approach to managing my seasonal capsule wardrobes. This week I was inspired – yet again – to switch up the originally scheduled post because I want to have a little more fun with the capsule concept and incorporate it with the self-portrait challenge #myselfiescrapbook. That means ONE final week of the wardrobe challenge before we move on. I’ve been wanting an excuse to spruce up my closet a bit, so when the …

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Clutter Comes in All Forms: Sifting through Mental Clutter

I embarked on the #minimize challenge earlier this year with a distinct purpose: to minimize the extra “stuff” in my life, and to allow room for us to grow into and with our new space. And, as you can see from the closet clean out challenges and the previous #minimize projects, I’ve done a lot of work to slowly but surely increase efficiency and decrease all of the “extra” in our home. But as I worked to finalize the last “minimize your wardrobe” post (which will release next week instead), I found myself totally paralyzed and unable to finish it. And after some reflection, I had a mini-epiphany about clutter and decided to write this post instead. Clutter comes in all forms. It’s not just in our closets, or in the corners of our homes. And it’s not just that one table that never seems to be clean. And it’s not just the never-ending laundry pile. And it’s not that bag of baby clothes you need to sort and store. There are two other forms …

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Minimize Your Wardrobe – Challenge #4: Every season is a fresh start

This post miniseries on Cleaning out your Closet is part of my project #minimize: the the project where I get rid of all the things. It’s an awesome project. And it comes from a deep-rooted place in my soul – which is why you should check back on Thursdays to see all of the small yet awesome ways you can downsize clutter and live like a minimalist. If you want to know more about why I’m doing this project, read the first post. — Last week I continued Closet Clean Out miniseries by cleaning all the cluttered corners in our closet. Each of these projects have been slightly life-changing, but between last week and this week, I really feel like I’m winning at life right now. Today, I’m rounding out this series with some talk about seasonal clothing. Weather before Fashion You see, I live in New England. We have Seasons here, capital “S” to emphasize that it’s currently under 30°F outside and we’re in mid-March. In the summer, we usually have a few weeks …