Topic: Minimalist

In celebration of today's virtual minimalist declutter party challenge, this week's Q&A is dedicated to all things minimalism!

You've got questions...

Can you have a minimalist mindset and still plan ahead? Is the key just having an organized system and sticking to it? I have two kids, and try and find deals when I can, which means I often find out of season clothes and store them away. I try and keep boxes with labels and rotate them in and out of our dressers. Is that still being a minimalist?

There is no one-size-fits-all definition of minimalism; but yes a minimalist can plan ahead IF you actually end up using those things. I talk a lot about this in my new minimalist book (available in all electronic forms (PDF, Kindle, Nook) February 3!) -- how I used to buy out of season clothes on sale, thinking I was saving money, but then I never really wore them, so I wasted money and stockpiled. Similarly ...

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To get everyone ready for the virtual minimalist challenge this Saturday (if you haven't RSVP'd, check out the Facebook event!), here's a great way to minimize your bathroom cleaning products.

(BTW, cleaners and cleaning is one of the MANY topics I cover in my minimalist book, Minimalist Monday: Declutter Your Way to a Zen Home, which you can pre-order here.)

This all-in-one bathroom cleaner really does the trick AND it only takes a couple of products you ...

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I think speeches -- quotes -- are a lot like art. We see in them what we want to see, what we need to see.

This was something I came to appreciate during my rhetoric course in college. (We spent the semester reviewing and analyzing famous speeches. It was fascinating!)

When we came to study Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I have a dream" speech, I remember feeling angry when other students shared their interpretation of it, and those interpretations had nothing ...

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Before I jump into today's post, a quick reminder that I'm hosting a virtual minimalist challenge (party) on 2/1! (Click the link for details).

As of yesterday there were over 500 participants signed up on FB! YEAH!

I'm super stoked about our party, but also about today's mini-challenge!

(p.s. If you can't join our little declutter par-tay (maybe you're working or traveling, for example) this is a GREAT way to still participate ...

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So much news! I don't know where to start!

1) By popular demand I'm writing a minimalist book! It'll be here in February! (pre-order here and get the pre-order discount). (*I'm writing three total, the first one, about creating a zen home will be here in Feb.)

About the book:

I started writing about my projects on my blog under the column “Minimalist Mondays” and I’m embracing that approach in this book. I’ll share ...

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