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...
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...
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. ┬áLet’s look at how he got here. An Illustration Joe spent $1000 on a piece of exercise...
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...
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...