This is the documentation of our journey to a simpler life.

I began more than a year ago, a light bulb went off in my head – I have too much stuff! I began getting rid of things – realizing that the memories associated with those items would still be there even without the items. I wanted more space for my son and I to engage in new activities, to not always be cleaning the house or organizing STUFF!

During that time, my mind became open. I had space for new things and I found love. I married River Lee.

Then I found blogs about minimalism my two favorites, Becoming Minimalist and The Minimalist Mom, and I was hooked. Luckily River was already on board – when I met him he was living in a small log cabin that he had built himself it was off the grid and used a rain barrel to provide wash water for the house. Since then we have been getting rid of as much as we can, planning a smaller living space, and finding other ways of earning money so I will be able to work from home.

So we are dividing our house in half, adding a new kitchen and making the other part of the house a rental. We really needed less space, we wanted less to clean, we want to pay off our mortgage early and have a small income when we retire. I can’t wait for the renovations to be complete so we can start our life in a smaller, less cluttered space.

Although I have gotten rid of more than half my wardrobe and about half of my stuff, I find an item almost daily that can go in the Goodwill bin, be consigned or sold through E-bay or Craig’s List.  Every time I let go and enjoy the space that is created in my life.

Less stuff = more life and I just can’t get enough of it!

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