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Hi, I'm Stephanie. I believe that simple living is the key to long term health and happiness, so I try to live my life according to Blue Zone principles. I'm here to encourage you to consume less so you can live more.
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How to Declutter Your Closet for Good and Organize Anything

I'm fresh off the heels of Betsy 's closet declutter so everything I want to say about decluttering your closet for good is still on my mind. And hopefully in a way that helps you do this big project just one time and not have to make it a constant battle. The key, of course, is not bringing in more things tha…

What's On My Phone (and What's Not)

Here on today's episode of 'things no one asked for but I'm sharing anyway' is all about what's on my phone. But I have reasons for sharing it - it's another spot to simplify that people don't think about. Digital clutter tends to be the last thing people concern themselves with but it can …

Declutter 2021 Items in 2021

One thing that's not on my own goals list is to declutter, but of course you know that's because I've already done it. Nothing survives long in this house if it's not being used, because I prefer a minimalist, clean look. Having clutter just makes it harder to clean, harder to find things, harder to sp…

Starting a No Spend Year? Read This First

Are you watching your finances in 2021? I am, I'm doing a no spend year. And this is not my first rodeo, I'm pretty well-versed in not spending money. It's actually always been in my nature - I used to sell my Halloween candy to my cousins and mom rather than eat it, and then spend the money on ... nothing…

Gift Guide: for the Minimalist

Minimalists can be the hardest people to shop for if you're not used to having a minimalist in your life. But the great thing about us is that we usually have some sort of running wish list! We know exactly what we have and therefore exactly what's needed, so I'm always able to supply gift ideas if someone…

Living on One Income

In talking about the switch from full-time, outside of the home career to full-time homemaker, I would be remiss if I brushed over the fact that we are now living on one income. John brings home the paycheck and I find ways to make our budget stretch. It's always an adjustment to live on less, but since we've …

Adopting a Minimalist Diet

When I posted about our updated kitchen and the super adorable pantry containers, I wanted to share about what I've been eating and just how I make those pantry staples into meals. But I figured that would be quite a hefty post. Instead, I wanted to focus separately on slow food and a minimalist diet. I have a lot…

Timeless and Sustainable Wardrobe on a Budget

Even though the time frame started in May, you know I've been checking things off the 101 in 1001 list. It seems like a lot but those 1001 days go by quicker than you think! And I particularly wanted to make a game plan for some of the items that would take longer or potentially cost more money. Two that stuck out…

Raspberry Muffins and a Kitchen Update

I've been doing yearly home tours since we moved in in May 2016, but we haven't had any major updates since the last one, when I shared the deck. But we did recently make some changes in the kitchen that I've really been enjoying, so I thought I would share what it looks like now. And of course that shoul…

Proper Clothing Care and Why I Care for the Things Around Me

I like getting dressed every day. In an actual dress, like I mentioned . And though I love finding deals and living frugally, dresses aren't cheap and building a quality wardrobe still takes time and money. So once an item makes it into my closet and life, I'm going to do everything I can to care for it prope…

My One Day and Everyday Cleaning Routine

I know that title seems confusing - how can my cleaning routine be a one day routine but also an everyday routine? But it's actually pretty straightforward. I can either spend 4+ hours one day and deep clean everything on the list and then not touch anything again for awhile. Or I can do this routine every single …

Everything I Bought (and Acquired) in 2019

This post may contain affiliate links.  Everything that comes into my home is inventory that I have to manage.  Whether I buy it or accept it from someone else, I am now in charge of tracking, using, and caring for that thing.  This includes things like groceries of course, but it also includes physical items th…

Full Home Inventory (Plus a House Tour)

This post may contain affiliate links.  The question I get most often when I post anything about my Project 3000 progress is 'do you even have 3,000 items in your home?!'  Short answer, no.  Long answer is that I created an inventory of every item in our home, with the caveat being that I didn't incl…