Our days are relentlessly busy and stressful and we long for a simple, uncomplicated life. It’s a challenge in our modern world where we are bombarded by more things to buy, more opportunities to pursue and more ideas to understand. Here are some practical ideas to help you simplify your life and find some calm in the space simplicity provides.Read More
Let’s be honest. Getting rid of stuff is hard work. It’s exhausting, and not just physically. I remember the early years of trying to get my clutter under control. After a day of sorting and decision making about what to throw and what to donate, and where to store the things I wanted to keep, I was absolutely smashed. Totally spent.
Apart from the decision fatigue associated with spending a whole day in decision-making mode, there was emotional and even spiritual exhaustion caused by letting go of things I had accumulated.
Through my own decluttering and simplifying journey and talking to numerous other women who are struggling with similar emotions, I’ve discovered three big reasons why decluttering is so hard.Read More
I walked through a local department store today. I was surrounded by a group of sales women with perfectly painted faces, not a hair out of place and broad fake smiles, spraying perfume onto cards of blotting paper.
The air in the confined space was so saturated with scent I could barely breathe. Looking around at all of the Mother’s Day displays in this expensive store, there was nothing I could see that I hoped my family bought for me this year. The most meaningful gifts are often not the ones that are on the store shelves.Read More
How to have more to wear with fewer clothes
Staring at a closet loaded with clothes and nothing to wear? I’ve been there. I feel your pain!
More is better, right? The more you have, the more choices you have, the more options you have, the more fun it is to get dressed! Right? Well, maybe for some, but this definitely hasn’t been my experience.Read More
I have a reputation for being pretty organised. I’m not naturally an organised person; seriously, you should have seen my bedroom as a teenager! I have learned to be organised by being very intentional and finding tools and systems that work for me. Without them, I am a literal mess!Read More
I love a good reading list, and I put one together at the beginning of every year. I never stick to my plan! Friends recommend books, I go to conferences and hear interesting speakers and just have to buy the book, I read recommendations from Facebook groups and blogging colleagues.
This year I read a fairly eclectic mix of books on ministry, leadership, faith and family. Some written by well known authors who I know I love, some by authors who were unknown to me until now, and even a couple that were written by friends who I know. I hope you find something that interests you enough to add to your reading list this year.Read More
It's coming to the end of another amazing year. Once again, our family has gone through big changes, moving into our apartment in the city, but there has been a lot of little things along the way that has made this year great. There is always something new to discover! I’m not a huge risk taker, but I’m often willing to give new ideas a go. This year I have found a few products and ideas that have in some cases quite literally changed my life.Read More
Enjoy a simple Christmas without being a Scrooge
I know Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, but it can also be the most stressful time of the year. Extra commitments, tricky relationships and unrealistic expectations coupled with years of family traditions and memories can create a melting-pot of emotions and pressures. Add to that the additional financial pressure of purchasing gifts, expensive food and impressive decorations and the ‘wonderful’ can start to melt away.Read More
We love our friends. We love our family. The way they traditionally show that love at Christmas time is to buy presents. But for the minimalist, or even just a regular person with a house full of clutter they are trying to get under control, the idea of acquiring a whole lot more stuff doesn't feel like something to celebrate at all.Read More
Making the transition to apartment living
We did it! It’s two weeks since we moved from a large family home in the suburbs, to an inner-city apartment on the 25th floor with beautiful river views.Read More
I love a good hack. Simple tricks that turn on the ‘Aha’ bulb in my head and make things easier.
I had three kids in three years and five months, and the first five or so years were absolutely manic, in a good way. To make things extra challenging, messiness came easily to me. I was not a tidy or organized person.Read More
We often hear about the benefits of owning less. When we only own the things that add value to our lives, it frees our time and attention to do the things we love doing.
Owning less does wonders for our wellbeing. When our physical spaces are clear from clutter, so are our minds. The only things left are those that are truly meaningful and important.Read More
A drawer full of undies and you reach for the same favourite pair every time. A pot full of pens and you reach for the same pen every time. A shelf full of mugs, but every morning you reach for the same tall white mug your best friend gave you. One set of favourite sheets, one pair of favourite jeans, one eyeshadow I use every day. So, why do I hang onto so much stuff so that I can have choices?Read More
I love going into my day in a well put together outfit and a smile on my face, but often the truth is that under the calm, confident smile I am overwhelmed and stressed out. I pretend I’m completely under control, but I feel utterly inadequate a lot of the time. I feel the pressure to perform and impress.Read More
I spent a few minutes going through my wardrobe again this morning and reflected on how different this process is two years after I first decided to get rid of most of my clothes.
I used to own a wardrobe overflowing with clothes. After spending 13 years as a stay at home mum, I enjoyed buying proper clothes when I went back into the workforce. I shopped the sales and grabbed some great bargains – pretty much anything that was cheap that fit me. I didn’t put an awful lot of thought into it. Buying lots of cheap clothes seemed smart at the time.
Then I found myself with a wardrobe full of clothes and nothing that I felt like wearing.Read More
I recently had the flu. Full blown influenza A. I spent four full days in bed and a couple more on half speed. It was truly awful. I can’t remember ever being so sick. But the worst thing about being sick for four days was day-time television.Read More
Murray and I go to Europe tomorrow. We booked this trip 9 months ago, but have dreaming of it for years. Literally, years. We’ve planned a leisurely schedule in just three countries, with only a few tours booked. All of our internal travel is by train, and all of our accomodation is Airbnb. To keep things super simple, we are just taking one small carry on size suitcase each.Read More
Playing the honesty card here… coming clean with an absolute mess I made for myself recently. If you walk past me at church on Sunday, this probably isn’t the conversation topic I am most excited to bring up.
I had a relatively simple problem to solve: I needed new walking sandals for our trip to Europe in June. Have I told you I’m going to Europe in June? (Insert excited squeal.) This should be easy. This should not rate on the ‘difficult decisions to make in life’ scale.Read More
I hate housework- always have. I had a messy bedroom as a child, and being clean and tidy has never come naturally or easily to me. I have had to work really hard to come to the place now where my home is almost always presentable, and rarely embarrassing. But, even though I’ve learned how to keep my house tidy, it’s been a genuinely difficult journey. Over the years I have learned how to do housework; recently, I’ve been learning how to enjoy it.Read More
We moved house. We found a brand new rental just ten minutes away in a great neighbourhood, close to major roads and shops. It’s a great house and we are going to enjoy living here. It has everything we need; four bedrooms, a study and two living areas. It has a good size yard with a fence for our dog, and a beautiful kitchen with a big five burner stove. Absolutely nothing to complain about. But, it’s smaller than our last house. That was always the plan, to downsize, but the reality of that has kind of slapped me in the face, and it stings a bit for a while.Read More