The Difference Between Hoarding & Sentimentality

The Difference Between Hoarding & Sentimentality

There’s nothing wrong with being sentimental or having positive sentimental attachments to stuff. (Insert pause to give you time to jeer and throw rotten fruit. Got that out of the way now? Good!) The problem is that too many of us have what I would consider an...

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Death, Life & The Legacy Of Clutter

Death, Life & The Legacy Of Clutter

I wrote this originally as a guest post for a site called Minimalism Defined. The author of that blog has since taken their site down, and I don't want to let this post disappear - so I'm re-posting it here. I think it's particularly appropriate for Mother's Day -...

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The Benefits Of Being Pedantic

The Benefits Of Being Pedantic

The other day I was thinking about some of the odd, almost-pedantic habits that I've acquired over the years. The thing that many of these habits have in common is that they front-load a bit of effort to save a lot of effort and hassle down the road. Some examples? I...

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Maximizing Motivation For Decluttering

Maximizing Motivation For Decluttering

When I was a kid, our school made us a simple offer: read books, get free pizza. Our teachers would set reading goals for us, and when we met those goals we'd get a free personal-size pizza (donated by Pizza Hut). Of course there were some kids who were pretty much on...

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The Key To Decluttering

The Key To Decluttering

I read a tweet the other day that said "decluttering is as simple as picking up each item, and making one of the following choices". It linked to a blog post showing six different options for what you could do with the item. Sigh. The problem has never been that the...

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Consumerism – Stepping Out Of The River

Consumerism – Stepping Out Of The River

Most people have a positively elephantine amount of possessions. All you have to do is look at the increasing size of homes and the unending construction of more and more "mini-storage" units to see that there's a problem. Now add to that the fact that there's a...

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Minimalism & Sunk Costs

Minimalism & Sunk Costs

"But I paid $1000 for that!" This is the sound of frustration, as yet another consumer (we'll call him Joe) learns a very hard, yet very valuable lesson.  Let's look at how he got here. An Illustration Joe spent $1000 on a piece of exercise equipment that takes up an...

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Relax: Decluttering Is Hard

Relax: Decluttering Is Hard

I've pretty much always known I needed to "get organized". I was a messy kid and I'm still a somewhat-messy adult. Back in 2006, I was still solidly mired in my packrat's nest of clutter when I stumbled upon a book by a guy named Don Aslett. The book was called...

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It’s A Landfill, Not A Compost Bin

It’s A Landfill, Not A Compost Bin

Landfills aren't particularly glamorous, but understanding how they work is a huge part of living a simpler, decluttered life. Most people have this vision of a landfill as a place where their stuff goes, decomposes, and eventually "returns to the Earth" - and that's...

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