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#1 of 9 Old 05-12-2009, 11:25 AM - Thread Starter
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I read a thread on here last year with a link to this and have linked to it myself, but I just had to make a thread just for it. I don't even know how many times I've read through that article, but it's been many! I come back to read it every 2 months or something, for the inspiration that is there waiting for me to read again. I know minimalism is not everyone's cuppa joe or whatever, but it's totally mine. As Venom on Spiderman 3 might say if he were somehow made into a Momma/Venom hybrid monstrosity: "I like being a minimalist. It makes me happy." (In the actual movie he says, "I like being bad. It makes me happy." And it's Topher Grace saying that, so you can imagine how it would come out. My dd and I get a kick out of that line, heh.)

Anyway, I am prone to tangents, excuse me, a-hem. Hope some of you enjoy reading it for the first time or for the 50th.

And just for fun, here are a couple other good reads:

Peaceful Simplicity: How to Live a Live of Contentment


21 Tips on keeping a simple home with kids


Zen Mind: How to Declutter


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Thanks for the reminder. I love Zen Habits but haven't checked it out lately. I need some inspiration!
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Thanks for posting the links!

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Thanks for sharing! What a great website. I only read a bit of it before jumping up and getting rid of a bunch of wall decorations/ art that I didn't LOVE anymore. My husband loves the site too.
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Originally Posted by jennlyn View Post
I just checked in at Zenhabits today and came across an article that seemed like it was just for me. How to stop reading about things and start doing them!!!!! I am totally guilty of this and from the responses, I can see that I am not the only one. I love gathering information, but implementing it seems to be another story.
: I'm right there with you. It seems so much more fun to read about the stuff, but it's so much more gratifying to actually do them. It's the starting that's the hard part (especially for a perfectionist like me).

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I loooove Zen Habits! I subscribed to the email feed so I get all the articles. (The one and only blog that I've bothered to do this for.)

This "minimalist" article is actually the one that drew me to ZH in the first place.

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Thanks for posting this! I will take some time today to read it.

I had been decluttering, I have decluttered before, but lately have fallen off the decluttering wagon again.

I don't think I'll ever be a minimalist, but I could really use some inspiration.

If I lived alone and had very comfy furniture and fresh cut flowers in my house I could maybe go close to minimalist or some variation of minimalist.

But I live with a gadget/gizmo loving dh.

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I wish I could do this, but I can't. My two daughters love to make elaborate displays of legos, post their art on the walls and my buffet is filled with an elaborate display (that I have tried to contain). So the clear spaces thing is a fantastic plan but unrealistic, unless I curb (stifle) the creativity of my girls.

How do you deal with this? Because my sanity would be greatly improved by more clear spaces and less clutter.
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