live simply.
by victoria comment

2/9/15

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if there’s one thing that keeps running through my mind as i house hunt, it’s the idea of seriously paring down. i’m continually asking myself, what’s really important and what do i love? removing unnecessary objects is a very zen way of asking yourself what you really need, and not so much what you want. even though i like having boots for every occasion, do i really need them? no. my design and decor books make the keeper list, but only because they completely inspire me and i go back to them time and time again. but paperbacks (all of them!) will be sold at a yard sale, donated and given away to friends. as will much of my clothing, accessories, artwork and an abundance of knick knacks that don’t really hold any personal meaning for me. i’m letting go of what i don’t truly have a connection with and passing them along for someone else to love.

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i think it’s healthy to pare down on a continual basis — and my new plan is to edit carefully but ruthlessly, and going forward shop with thoughtful consciousness. when something new comes in, one thing must go out. there’s a great book out right now called The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing and i am going to read it. my good friend kelly niland read, and followed the guidelines of the book and wrote a great article about her process for the san francisco chronicle — it’s definitely worth the read. the author of the book, Marie “KonMari” Kondo runs an acclaimed consulting business in Tokyo helping clients transform their cluttered homes into spaces of serenity and inspiration and in her book she’s pretty diehard about letting things go. she challenges you to ask yourself whether each object you have is achieving a purpose. Is it propelling you forward or holding you in the past? the basic idea of her book is to only surround yourself with things that spark joy, and i love the idea of that. what a wonderful way to start fresh, right? this is going to be the new tao i follow. want to come along? what tips do you have for decluttering?

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26 responses to “live simply.”

  1. I love the fact that more and more people are getting on the simple living train. Such a lifestyle can be beautiful and makes you appreciate what you do have a lot more and causes you to waste less as well.

    Rae | love from berlin

  2. I am working on this too but I have the challenge of having three children with all of their things as well.

    We are renovating a 4 unit building in lower pac heights. It’s such an exciting and scary time.

    We start on our unit next week and I’ve just been busy getting rid of as much as possible before the demo starts.

    Jen

  3. Add my name to the list of people joining the band wagon to simplify and de-clutter their lives! I couldn’t agree more that having less and letting go of unnecessary things is very liberating. I’m currently in the process of doing that with my closet by getting rid of clothes that I’ve held onto for years but haven’t worn for months! I love the way this minimalist home looks– totally stress-free, simple, and fabulous

  4. V, I think you already hit the nail on the head. Recognizing that your cast-offs will be a treasure and bring joy to someone else. It makes letting go so much easier. And you will find that when you experience a less cluttered space, you are less inclined to bring more in. The constant draw and need for things simply goes away as you appreciate the increased freedom that comes from managing all that stuff as well as tucking funds away for your future. It is a great place to live!

  5. This speaks to me completely! My husband and I have been traveling around the past few years, and only recently settled down in a little house in Spain. When we first moved in last year, we didn’t have many belongings, and lack of money meant decorating was relegated to basic necessities. Now slowly we are adding in new objects (and you’re right, my books are my most precious possession…it was basically my favorite thing about buying a home…a place to finally store my books!) but living so simply has been incredibly healthy and inspiring. Love the concept, I really believe my mind and creativity is at its upmost now without all the useless clutter! Thanks for this, as always love your blog

    Lucy x

  6. I am constantly decluttering, but I think most of that comes from moving several times in the past couple of years. But a good tip if you’re not moving? Ask yourself if you’d buy the item-in-question again. Or if you’d pay to pack and move it across the country. Both questions are so black and white and make the decision easy.

  7. I’ve read the book and I’m in the middle of the process now. I love this! It’s like something in my brain has “clicked” and everything in my home looks differently (purge vs. non-purge items). It can be a challenging process, but I love that this tidying only happens once! Everything that I am keeping is more special now that they aren’t being watered down by all the things that have taken up space and have no meaning.

  8. She’s coming to Bookshop Santa Cruz tomorrow night – 7pm!

    I just bought the book last week and my husband and I have already gone thru all our clothes. I’ve always considered myself a purger, but her method takes purging to a new level. I’m so excited to finish the process.

  9. I finished this book a few weeks ago and finally took the time to purge my clothing. The book really helped me feel ok about getting rid of items that I once loved yet haven’t worn in ages. It feels great to open my closet and see only things that I absolutely love and will be happy to wear. And with less stuff in the way, I can easily access and put things away. It’s a quick read and definitely worthwhile if you have a hard time parting with things.

  10. Inspiring. Just bought the book. I’m fairly clutter free and just purged a bunch of clothes…but I bet there’s gold on those pages. I look forward to more joy!

  11. Hi, Victoria. I’ve been a long time fan of your blog and truly love your ideas and opinions. I’m glad to read this post. You are so right and I couldn’t agree more. Living simply and having less actually takes off so much load of your shoulders — and brings joy too.
    I too, am in the process of redecorating our home which doesn’t fit-our-lifestyle at the moment. And that involves lots of giveaways and replacements. Seeing things that you once loved find new homes and become meaningful to someone else is so satisfying.
    Thanks for suggesting the book. It’s on my list now.
    Good luck with house-hunt and your approach to simple living — I know you would be much much happier.
    By the way; as for the tip — I give away two things instead of one for every new thing that I “need”. :)

  12. i checked the book out of the library and read it. while there are good ideas there, i think she neglects to address how we move forward from our one big tidy. yes, we need to go through everything ruthlessly and get rid of LOTS! then we find a place for what is left. in my experience, a big move can be the catalyst for this…but going forward, we need to continue to renew this mindset of refusing to let too much come in. we need to continually be going through what remains and getting rid of more and more. for me, it is not just a one time experience, it is a perspective and a never-ending process…and that takes awareness. it didn’t just magically happen. :)

  13. This post couldn’t have been more timely. I literally read the 15 min recap of that book this past weekend and decided to take off the entire week from work to declutter my space. I felt it was screwing with other parts of my well-being. I have so many beautiful things that I’ve amassed but not all are truly loved or bring me “joy”. Enjoy the whole process…it’s so refreshing! I may have to do a apartment sale of some sort, too.

  14. Really loving this message right now! This was on my mind today. And thank you for the book recommendation. :) I already added it to my Amazon wish list. I am serious need of decluttering myself. I’ve been thinking about it for months and *slowly* getting rid of more stuff. What is your advice for getting your reluctant partner on board??

    • oooh, that’s a tough one. maybe tell them the more they give away or sell, then they will have the space and/or money to buy one truly special item. like a trip, or something they’ve really been coveting. :)

  15. Thanks for this post! This is totally my life right now. My mantra for 2015 is to simplify, but it can be so hard for me to let go of items with sentimental value. (I’m always one to resist change!) The feeling you get when you do purge is what makes it worth it. :) I think cutting ties with the items you don’t really need makes you appreciate what you have so much more!

  16. Hi Victoria!

    I loved reading this! I too have been actively working to pare down my home, and I couldn’t be happier!

    What approach are you using exactly? Some people do one intense purse but I’m not sure I could do that.

    I wrote a post about my method here ➡️ lucky-lightning.com/attempt-minimalism/

    Anyway, I was so pleased to discover your blog!

    Regards,
    Danielle

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