Category: Minimalist

Moving Towards Less But Having More

I was listening to the radio on my way home from work and a reporter was interviewing an IKEA executive who was discussing how we – as a society – have reached “peak stuff“. Meaning, we all have more than we need. I found it funny that an executive at one of the largest retail companies …

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Practicing Sobriety

This past week I stumbled on a link from the Google homepage to the film HUMAN by Yann Arthus-Bertrand. The filmmaker spent three years collecting real-life stories from 2,000 women and men in 60 countries. Since I’m a pretty big fan of documentaries and listening to other people’s stories, I found the first volume (there are 3 volumes) …

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How to Get Rid of Junk Mail (for Good)

A few weeks ago I came home to spot a large full plastic bag sitting on the front steps of our house. I thought it may have been a package my wife ordered or some nice baked goods from the neighbor. After getting closer, I discovered what it was: The Yellow Pages phone book. 

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What Has Charlie Been Up To?

So as a lot of you may have noticed, I’ve been spotty over the last couple of months in writing posts, and some of you may be wondering why. Well, I’ve recently started practicing what I’ve been preaching about providing multiple streams of income. BackyardChickenGuide.com – At the first of the year, Aaron, Laurie, and …

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10 Survival Tools You Should Have at Least Two of on Hand

I was feeling smug – a little too smug.  We were just over a year into our quest for self-sufficiency, and it was going well.  We were hang-drying our clothes, opening cans by hand and the like. We hadn’t used our electric mixer but once in the last 15 months – no sirree!  We would …

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3 Ways to Portion-Size Your Finances

Did you know: If you shrunk the size of your dinner plate just 2″, you could lose 18lbs in one year? You may have already heard of the Small Plate Movement started by Dr. Brian Wansink at Cornell University to help promote healthier eating habits. The focal point of the movement is to get people …

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How Much Money Are You Sitting On?

Yesterday I came across an article on MarketWatch talking about how American’s are sitting on about $34 billion worth of old cell phones. iPhone’s alone account for about $9 billion of that sum. So, what’s the deal? Why are so many of us sitting on money we could be saving or using for other purposes? …

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Minimalism – How Owning Less Stuff Will Save You Money

In 2008, I first heard of this crazy concept called “Minimalism“. It was where people were purposely removing unneeded stuff from their lives, because they didn’t want their possessions weighing them down. “Who were these strange people?” From reading Unclutterer.com I’d came upon this way-of-life, which was completely contradictory to everything I’d been taught as an …

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