Colleen’s visiting her mother, so I’m putting together the Friday Favorites, which are skimpier than when Colleen does it.
The first thing I wanted to link to is an article from the magazine Real Simple, which I subscribe to. I think steam was coming out my ears by the time I got to the end of “What Can You Really Afford?” The author spends the entire article outlining the various causes of overspending, which of course leads to clutter along with other negative outcomes, and then she justifies it all away in the last paragraph by stating that her purchase “makes her happy.” Unfortunately, this article is no where on the web or on Real Simple’s site. If you see the May 2013 issue at the library, it’s worth a read, just to see if you get as steamed up as I did.
This next link is from a friend who referred to it as a “throw down” (a challenge to a fight, for you non-native speaker). The author claims that she is against decluttering and purging, but I couldn’t help but notice that she brags that she reduced her storage bins from 18 to 12.
I love Rachel’s blog Small Notebook. For those of you holding onto sentimental items, this might be a help. For everyone else, the doctored photo alone is worth a look. (Don’t worry, you’ll know which one I mean when you see it.)
I thought this post on the process of becoming a minimalist was interesting. The author credits minimalism with getting her out of debt by reducing spending and also with allowing her to work a normal work week, and not the 15 hour days she had been working.
And to show Real Simple that I forgive them for their terrible transgression with the article not posted here first, I offer this primer on overcoming specific obstacles to decluttering, such as becoming overwhelmed or getting distracted.
Have a great weekend!