Never did I ever think there would be a day that I would enjoy packing light. The idea of being caught dead wearing the same outfit twice in photos made my skin crawl. I didn’t want people to think I ever re-wore things! Any new vacation meant an entirely new wardrobe and cramming as much as I could into a checked bag, carry on and an oversized purse. Yikes. Now, I’ve gotten my minimal packing down to a science and I’ve collected some of my absolute favorite methods so you too can get a minimalist suitcase strategy down for the next time you travel!
A New Year can be a time when people are super pumped and motivated to be a new version of themselves that they envision. Unfortunately, so many of us get so “gung ho” that we burn ourselves out after 2 weeks. My biggest belief is that the best way to stick to your New Years’ resolution is by finding simple steps to create lasting change. Take it from a girl who did the whole daily scale, never skinny enough bit. There are better ways and I’ve narrowed them down to my top 10.
So, I talk a lot about minimalism and living a more simple life. Some people take this to mean that I live with one fork, shun all clothing and consume dry beans. I mean, seriously, sometimes that’s the picture get when people think of minimalists. What do I think? Most of us are already minimalists just hiding in normal
I don’t know about you, but my kids are disgusting. After dropping them off at Grandma’s for a week, I finally snapped when walking into their bathroom. Because they share their bathroom with all of the guests that enter our home, I knew I needed to make some changes. Not only was the bathroom looking outdated, but our son had ensured that everything smelled like ammonia as well. That’s just what you want for a guest bathroom, right? No. I knew this small bathroom makeover would be a challenge in trying to make it both guest and child-friendly, but something had to be done!
So something starting irking me a few months ago. People would talk to me and say things like, “I know you’re super cheap, like me.” And I just had to silently pause and evaluate my life. Is this really how people see me? Does talking about money and downsizing instantly make me seem like a cheapskate? Am I a cheapskate? The thing is, there is a common misconception here, but at the same time, this theory can be right on the money. So let’s break it down, the difference between being a minimalist and being a cheapskate — or why you might be both.
Do you feel productive and motivated when you’re sitting in your home office?
If your answer is anything but a firm Yes, you are in the right place. Most importantly, there are ways (and not just one, but 10) ways to create a clutter-free home office that can help you feel more productive.