Topic: Minimalist

Last Monday, I mentioned that I had come across an article titled "Conquering Clutter" in the October issue of Healthy Beginnings lifestyle magazine that I found quite fascinating from a minimalist perspective.

The first part of the article talked about the negative effects of clutter (which I discussed last week ), but the second part went to the psychology of why we might be cluttered people in the first place. 

According to Milligan, "Most cluttered people have high creativity ...

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I came across an article titled "Conquering Clutter" by June Milligan in the October issue of Healthy Beginnings lifestyle magazine that I found fascinating.

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The article starts out saying something you've heard me repeat time and time again on Minimalist Monday:

"We've been programmed by the culture, as well as by corporations and media, to buy, buy, then buy some more. We've been conditioned to believe that the more things we have, the happier we'll be ...

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Scott's been a GTD'er for a long time and it's finally starting to rub off on me (I even bought the book to read on my trip!). GTD stands for Getting Things Done a popular work model and time management system created by David Allen. 

Anyway, the one practice Scott has been trying to get me to adopt is having anactionable to do list. The idea is to break the goal down into smaller, actionable ...

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Recently, some friends of ours came over to spend an evening with us and throughout the course of the night, they both kept marveling at our empty apartment. "So this is how a minimalist lives" my one friend said. I looked around and responded "I actually still want to reduce." An hour or so later, the other friend remarked at how zen my home felt — like he was on vacation. "I wish my house was like this" he said.  ...

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When I was flying from Chicago back to Los Angeles, I picked up the October edition of The Oprah Magazine in the airport. I never read this magazine so I'm not sure what it was that made me want to buy it, but I'm glad I did! My favorite article was "May We Help You?" by Martha Beck. 

The article boasted 5 pieces of advice that everyone ignores but shouldn't. Beck wrote, "We go through life ...

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