Downsizing can seem crazy overwhelming, especially if you have a lot to do. So many people know they will have a huge weight lifted if they can just get past the clutter, but often never get started because the amount of things that need to be done seem impossible. As an expert declutter-er I have some great tips to help get you started. If you were hoping to have 2018 be your year of more freedom, it can be and it doesn’t have to be hard. Well, one funny thing is about downsizing your stuff is that downsizing other areas of your life actually help with the whole process. I’ve gotten together 18 practical ways to downsize and simplify in 2018 to help you start achieving your goals and feeling a little bit less cluttered.
I’m not big into setting resolutions. Mainly because the second I set one I tend to go into panic mode. When I say I’m going to start a juice cleanse the first thing I want to do is eat a cheeseburger. That doesn’t mean I don’t have goals. I ended 2017 being an awesome goal setter (and achiever) see my post: How to Set Easy Goals that Stick for some tips that actually worked for me. This year, however, one goal I don’t plan on straying from is wise spending and smart budgeting. In two weeks Tom and I will be taking Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University; I hope you guys are prepared for all the blog posts that are coming at you after that! I plan on 2018 being a smarter year than all the rest when it comes to finances. So, if anything, this list of 33 ways to have more money in 2018 is my personal reminder of who I want to be and what financial goals I want to stick to so that I can head into 2019 with a heftier savings and even less debt!
Often times when people hear that I’m a minimalist they assume I am a hippy who lives entirely off the earth in a corn fueled van and I have renounced all my possessions. I have tried to be quite clear that minimalism to me is about simply clearing the clutter to get back to what’s really important. Despite my efforts, some people will never understand; and I’m ok with that. Beyond clutter and possessions, there is something much deeper that is plaguing the entire world now more than ever: depression. Minimalism for me has never been solely about stuff or what I own. It runs deeper than that, to a place that no one can see. After our family moved from a townhouse into a large 3,400 square foot home we never could have imagined that this big upgrade in life would actually start tearing us apart. You can read the full story about our downsize here: How Downsizing Changed Our Family. I touch a bit on why we decided to downsize and what went down to make it happen. Today I want to reflect after a year and a half, get really honest and break down for you exactly what has changed in our lives for the better since the day we ditched the big house for a tiny “starter home.” Basically how downsizing helped our family overcome depression, avoid divorce and reunite us as a whole.
In my post How Our Family of 5 Eats Healthy for $100 a Week I touched a little on how we cut back on our meat consumption not only to benefit the environment and our health but to also cut back on our grocery bill. Well, I wanted to really break it down and show just how big of an impact less meat can make. Not only are these frugal, healthy and hearty meals; they also leave you with plenty of leftovers and are fairly easy to prep. Yes, they will take some prep time and a few hours in the kitchen but it will also give you back all of your time during the week and make getting dinner on the table a quick, easy and less-stress-mess. For even less-stress in the kitchen and at the grocery store check out the $5 Meal Plan Here is your guide to 5 frugal family meals to make with only one turkey!
Hi, I’m Renee, and I’m a former slacker. For the last few years I haven’t even bothered at the idea of setting a New Years resolution. Now, I set new goals with each day. It has taken me years to finally get comfortable with setting goals, and it’s a real shame because it is such a simple thing to do. Below I have laid out how to set easy goals that stick as well as some printouts to help you succeed and keep track.
It seems these days most people are living to retire. They strategically plan for it, save money, invest and try to retire early. Well, as surprising as it may sound, there is a seriously important reason why you should reconsider retirement; and maybe why you should never retire at all. If you have ever struggled finding a reason for why you should wake up in the morning; I have the answer.