Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Simplifying vs. organizing

I had another thought regarding the goal of this blog.  Part of living simply is also being organized, so there may be times when I may have to add something to my life, rather than only purging things.  I will blog about those additions too, as I think they help me to simplify, even when it means another possession.

Simplifying vs. living green

As with all things, living simply has to be balanced with other things.  A strictly simple life can actually be worse for the environment.  It may be the simplest thing to throw everything away rather than hanging onto it in case you need it, but it's also rather wasteful.

As a result, my goal for this blog is to simplify my life, but also not at the expense of being wasteful or increasing my carbon footprint.  I think these two things have to be balanced against one another.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

New year, new beginning

Some weeks ago, I decided that I was going to start this blog back up in 2015.  In fact, part of my New Year's resolution is to do so.

My New Year's resolution this year is much different than usual.  Usually I resolve to work more on my own writing, to finish website edits, to read a specific list of books or a certain number of classics.  After a difficult year, though, I'm pretty much tired of how complicated my life has become.  So this year, my New Year's resolution is to make my life simpler.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

How to use less energy at home

While writing an article for a client I ran into this amazing infographic:

50 Cost-Efficient Ways To Make Your Home More Eco-Friendly

A lot of the suggestions in this infographic would be really easy to implement in your household, and some things you may already do.  I already clean with vinegar and wash the majority of my laundry on cold, and I'm considering using soap nuts instead of detergent for most things.  I've also been considering getting a power strip to plug my TV and Blu-Ray player into, so that I can turn it off when I'm not watching anything.

What about you?  What do you already do to save energy in your house, and what else could you do?

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Help with decluttering

At some point here I need to get back to my original plan of decluttering, one day and one item at a time.  Honestly I think I'll be making it my New Year's resolution and doing a reboot on January 1st.  In the meantime, though, check out this infographic to help you make a decision of whether to keep or get rid of something:

This Clever Infographic Will Help You Declutter Your Entire House In Just One Month!

Be sure to check out the second or third pages, too, which have additional suggestions for helping you declutter.