The Gifts I Gained Through Minimizing

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By Kate Kole

I’ve experienced the craving to live with less for a while. Not to create scarcity or restriction in my life, but rather, to live simply and more intentionally. Put in the kitchiest of ways, to have a place for everything, everything in its place, and for all of those deliberately chosen and placed items to have a purpose.

So, room by room, closet by closet, and drawer by drawer, I set out to trash, recycle, and donate all the excess stuff I’ve managed to accumulate in the last 30 years. When I habitually found myself unable to sleep at 4 am, I rolled out of bed and began tackling one project at a time. Surprisingly, the sorting, decluttering, and tossing became therapeutic. It felt freeing to quite literally let shit go. Continue reading

Cleaning Out My Closet: What I Learned In My Quest Towards Less

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By Kate Kole

A couple weeks ago, I wrote about my 2017 goal to minimalize – not just my things – but my thoughts. The same day that post was published, I went out shopping to use a couple gift cards I’d received for Christmas. It was the first time I’d been to the mall in almost half a year. And you guys, let me tell you, I wanted it all. I wanted pants in patterns I didn’t even know existed and I wanted one of everything from Pottery Barn’s window display. In my mindset of craving more, I was fairly convinced that fancy tea and new snow boots were my ticket to becoming content. Continue reading

How I Became a Minimalist

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By Kenon Lamont Thompson

In today’s society it is pretty obvious to see how individuals are starting to make a paradigm shift in their lifestyles. I grew up in the 90s (the good old years) where being brand loyal to materialistic items was very important. Things such as clothing attire, CD players (aka Walkmans), and sporting equipment were considered things that you should only have by popular name brands. Continue reading