Honest Simplicity

my winding road to a simpler life

Month: August, 2014

Young Minimalist in the Making


I think I have a young minimalist on my hands (at least, one in the making).  I’m speaking of my creative, energetic, chatterbox 8-year old daughter.  One morning this week, I stumbled into the kitchen, half-awake, to make myself some coffee.  Before I could reach the teapot, this sprightly daughter of mine bounced into the room announcing she had a pile of stuffed animals she’d like to part with.  “Uh….ok…that is great!” I mumbled, caught off guard by her radiating energy so early in the morning.  I Read the rest of this entry »

Photo Album Purge

I enjoy flipping through photo albums.  I like having tangible photos around when I feel like reminiscing.  That said, I had too many.  Every time I glanced at the shelf of albums, I thought to myself I should really get rid of some photos.  Then, I’d distract myself with an unrelated task.  Logically, I know that delaying a task will only add stress.  Well, I decided to roll up my sleeves and take on the photo challenge.

pile of albums to deal with

pile of albums to deal with

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Owner’s Manuals…Goodbye!

Today, I opened a box labeled “owner’s manuals and parts” which was tucked away in our basement closet.  What is even in here and do we need all of it? I wondered.  My husband and I started going through it and quickly found manuals to items we no longer owned.  Those papers went directly into the recycling bin.  Then there were the manuals to items we do still own.  But, do we need a manual telling us how to install a ceiling fan, which we’ve already installed?  Do we still need to hold on to a manual showing us how to operate our toaster?  Life will probably go on without those.  We noticed that many manuals can be found online for appliances and electronics such as our washing machine, t.v., microwave, etc.  Realizing this, we tossed the contents of the entire box.  Goodbye box of owner’s manuals, and good riddance!


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