Category: Minimalism

Happier from Less Clutter

Posted by davidjsinger - July 18, 2018 - Be Happy, Be Organized, Happiness, Minimalism, Organization
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Two articles I recently read reinforced my feeling that most people have too much “stuff”. Beth Teitell writes in the Boston Globe, “Clutter…can assume many forms. It can present as a once-used bread machine or Lego hair that’s come unsnapped from its person. It can look like Tupperware without its assigned top, garden tools when there’s […]

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The Garage Sale Test for Buying Less Stuff

Posted by davidjsinger - May 16, 2018 - Be Happy, Happiness, Minimalism
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Last week, I wrote about the many things I threw out when helping my parents move from a house to an apartment. I wrote about throwing things out or donating them along the way, rather than accumulating things you don’t need. There is another way. Don’t buy things you don’t need in the first place! […]

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Less Stuff, Happy Family

Posted by davidjsinger - May 9, 2018 - Be Happy, Happiness, Minimalism
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This week, my parents moved from the house I grew up in to an apartment. They don’t need as much space and the move has many pluses for them. Most importantly, they will no longer be responsible for maintaining their property and the apartment is one level, which will make life easier for my mom, […]

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Holding on Is Holding You Back

Posted by davidjsinger - December 20, 2017 - Be Happy, Be Organized, Book, Book Review, Happiness, Minimalism, Organization, Simplify
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This is a guest post by Courtney Carver. I had the opportunity to read a pre-publication edition of Courtney’s new book Soulful Simplicity, which will be published December 26th by Tarcher/Perigee, a division of Penguin Random House, and I asked if she would like to write a piece about one of the ideas I found […]

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Experiences as Better Gifts

Posted by davidjsinger - October 11, 2017 - Be Happy, Family, Friends, Happiness, Mindfulness, Minimalism
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I’ve written a fair amount about why experiences are better than things. Two of my posts are here and here. I read a really good article about the same subject on Motherly. In the piece, Elizabeth Tenety gives a helpful list of experiences one can give as gifts, in this case, it’s a list she […]

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Simplify Your Wallet

Posted by davidjsinger - July 12, 2017 - Be Organized, Minimalism, Organization, Simplify
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I carry around a super slim wallet and I owe that in part to my smartphone, to a trip I made to Europe, and to my good friends Elliot & Joanne. There are many good things I learned from my dad. But, the fact that my dad’s wallet has always been one of those busting-at-the-seams […]

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Giving Away Your Stuff

Posted by davidjsinger - May 17, 2017 - Be Happy, Be Nice, Be Organized, Happiness, Kindness, Minimalism
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I love reading. And I love books. I haven’t switched over to e-books yet, and I’m not sure if I will. Over the years, I’ve kept bookshelves full of the books I read. There were three reasons why I collected books: I liked how they looked on my bookshelves. I wanted to be able to […]

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Six Rules for a Simple Life

Posted by davidjsinger - April 19, 2017 - Be Healthy, Be Nice, Be Organized, eating, Exercise, Fitness, Habits, Health, Healthspan, Kindness, Minimalism, Organization, Six Simple Rules, Stress, Time Management, Well-Being, Wellness
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I was playing with words in my head earlier this year, as I often do, and the title of my book, Six Simple Rules for a Better Life, became “Six Better Rules for a Simple Life”. (I wrote about it in my monthly newsletter.) Simple things of all types appeal to me, so my mind […]

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Clearing More Clutter

Posted by davidjsinger - February 22, 2017 - Be Happy, Be Organized, Family, Habits, Happiness, Learning, Minimalism, Organization
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A few weeks ago, I wrote this post about all the things I’ve been clearing out of my house. For many years, I’ve been good about throwing out or donating things I don’t use. My house is not filled with clutter. We have very few toys from when our kids were little and I don’t […]

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Simplify with Less Stuff

Posted by davidjsinger - February 1, 2017 - Be Happy, Be Organized, Happiness, Minimalism, Organization, Simplify
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Last year, a friend of mine helped orchestrate his parents’ move from their house—the one my friend grew up in—to an apartment in a high rise. In the high rise, they would no longer be responsible for maintenance of their home, the cleaning would be reduced dramatically because the apartment they took was much smaller […]

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