In September of 2010 my husband and I decided to become Minimalists. What does this mean? We want to live a life free of clutter – both physical and mental. We want to own fewer things and do more.

So far that means getting rid of half of our possessions including our car. It feels really good. You should try it.

Update: it’s now February of 2011 and we’re still living car-free and with a lot less stuff. We’ve paid off over $60,000 in debt in a year. We have just over $20,000 still to pay off. When I am asked about how we did it I say minimalism+luck.

Another Update: we moved overseas! My husband was offered an exciting job and we moved to the Isle of Man at the end of May of 2011. Before departure we sold all our furniture and donated a car load of items. We brought three suitcases with us and shipped 10 small and 4 medium boxes of housewares, winter clothing and what remained of Henry’s toys. We have just a few boxes in storage with family.

I use this blog to document our journey, inspire and inform those new to the minimalist movement and connect with like minded folk. You won’t find recipes for chicken stock here. You will find discussions on how to live a richer life with less stuff.

Occasionally, I link to information products like e-books that I like and that inspire or show how to live a richer life with less stuff. Usually I link to these items as an affiliate and if an item is purchased through the link I receive a small portion of the purchase price. I only link to books and items I have read and bought myself and that I love. I can honestly say for the $200+ I have spent on books and informational products I have saved thousands of dollars. I hope the same happens for you.

Articles and Posts

I’ve written a few pieces on minimalist life as a guest poster or contributor.

The Globe and Mail: We’re a minimalist family. Dream come true as a writer to have an essay featured in the Globe and Mail.

Farewell Facebook: guest post on the amazing BeMoreWithLess. Great minimalist and life simplifying resources here.


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