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Monday, July 15, 2019

Una Bella Vita *

Does the home you've created support the life you want to live?


"Tuscany" photo by Ky0n Cheng on Flickr


Tell me where you would rather be.  At the beach?  In a ski cabin near Lake Tahoe?  In Paris?



Friday, July 12, 2019

House Beautiful

Does the home you've created support the life you want to live?


Photo by Jorge Garcia on Unsplash


You don't need to add on a master suite or put in a swimming pool to make your home more supportive of the lifestyle you want.  Instead, figure out what bothers you, and use your creativity to improve it.



Monday, July 8, 2019

Home Improvement


Photo by Pablo Merchan Montes on Unsplash


Does the home you've created support the life you want to live?

You don't need to remodel the bathroom, install granite countertops, or buy new furniture.  Instead, figure out which details have the most impact on your daily life, and approach them like a minimalist.



Friday, July 5, 2019

Re-Decluttering


Our rooms shape our thoughts... our moods.  By improving the state of our surroundings, we can improve our state of mind....  It's clear that for most people, outer order does indeed contribute to inner calm.
Gretchen Rubin 


Photo by Toa Heftiba on Unsplash


Monday, July 1, 2019

A Real Home Makeover



photo courtesy of Magnolia Home


Imagine your dream home.

Walk up to the front door.  Open it, step inside, and look around.  What do you see?

Maybe you picture one of those HGTV makeovers.  The "after" reveals are beautiful, but notice what's missing:  no piles of magazines on the coffee table, no unfinished quilting projects taking over the guest room since last November, no unmade beds, no toys scattered dangerously over the floor.  The refrigerator door is clear of magnets and the dining table is set for a beautiful meal, not covered with a backpack, keys, sunglasses, a jar of peanut butter, cat toys, and the TV remote.



Friday, June 28, 2019

40 Proven Stress Busters

For many of us, the end of the school year equals the beginning of summer vacation.  Even if you don't have kids or grandkids, the longer hours of daylight mean that you have more leisurely evenings to spend with friends, go to a barbecue or picnic, attend an outdoor concert, or enjoy a long after-dinner walk.

Photo by Hello I'm Nik on Unsplash


Yet on a day-to-day basis, we still have work and errands and other responsibilities, and the stresses of those things can still get us down.

Relaxation and stress relief are what we hope to gain from leisure, and the following ideas can also be helpful.  And since minimalism is about making space and time for what is necessary and valuable, and removing what isn't, it too is a proven antidote to a stressful life.



Monday, June 24, 2019

Lighten Your Load

I'm very pleased to feature this guest post by my husband Jon.


John Muir Trail
by Chris LeBlanc for Austin American-Statesman