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Today’s Solutions: July 14, 2024

A psychological perspective on

A psychological perspective on the benefits of minimalist living

In today's society, when luxury and consumerism frequently reign supreme, the minimalism movement has developed as a potent counterbalance. While minimalism may appear to be merely an aesthetic decision, the ramifications for our well-being go far beyond surface-level decluttering. Let's look at Read More...

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The ultimate guide to getting rid of your old stuff responsibly

Great. You went all Marie Kondo on your house and now you have a bunch of stuff you want to get rid of. Dumping it in the trash is definitely not an option, so what can you do? Here you’ll find some tips for properly disposing of items that people commonly try to get rid of. Tech If you have Read More...

How to be a conscious consumer

How to be a conscious consumer, even on a budget

Sociologist Joseph Cohen once said, “America is a place where the luxuries are cheap and the necessities are expensive.” While we might feel like our lives are overrun with cheap goods, it can be difficult to shop more sustainably when it feels like the greener options eat away at your Read More...

Decluttering your home? This 5

Decluttering your home? This 5-point scale will help you pick what to get rid of

By now you’ve probably caught wind of Marie Kondo’s approach to decluttering your home, which comes down to a single question: Does it spark joy? In other words, does this possession bring you joy. If it doesn’t, into the trash (or donation bag) it goes. But is it really so simple? Don’t we Read More...

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Be More with Less: Minimalism & Simple Living

“Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.” - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry By Shaelyn McHugh I used to be a thrift shop junkie. As a teenager, I would take BART into San Francisco and rummage through thrift store bins in search Read More...

Woman throwing clothes from shopping bag onto pile of clothes declutter minimalism simple living less stuf

Be More with Less: Minimalism & Simple Living

“Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.” - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry By Shaelyn McHugh I used to be a thrift shop junkie. As a teenager, I would take BART into San Francisco and rummage through thrift store bins in Read More...

Living a more minimalistic lif

Living a more minimalistic lifestyle will improve your day-to-day life

From having fewer financial burdens like debt or unnecessary expenses to decluttering your living space, living in a minimalistic way can significantly improve your life. Having less “stuff” can give you more space to breathe, think, move, create and also, connect with what you already have and Read More...