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Minimalist Style: The 10-Item Capsule Wardrobe

(60) Comments | Posted February 5, 2013 | 11:30 AM

When I decided to pursue a minimalist lifestyle, one of the first areas I tackled was my closet. I had too many clothes that I didn't wear, and too little space in which to keep them. I wanted a wardrobe that was simple, elegant and functional -- and I wanted...

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Twelve Resolutions for a Clutter-Free New Year

(3) Comments | Posted December 31, 2012 | 3:27 PM

Do you ever look around your home, and feel suffocated by all your stuff? If so, the new year is a perfect time for a fresh start.

Clearing out the clutter is easier than you think (and actually a whole lot of fun!). Pick one (or more) of these 12...

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How to Avoid Christmas Gifts... and Clutter

(0) Comments | Posted December 12, 2012 | 6:43 PM

When you're trying to declutter, the holiday season can be a challenging time; with all those gifts flying around, it's almost guaranteed that one or more unwanted presents will land in your lap. But after you've spent so many hours cleaning out your drawers and closets, the last thing you...

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Have a No-Stress, No-Shopping Holiday

(56) Comments | Posted November 14, 2012 | 9:27 AM

Tired of the stress, clutter and credit card bills that come with holiday consumerism?

This year, try something different: Give a "One Less Gift" certificate to someone special.

Instead of exchanging presents, you'll both have one less gift to worry about and will save time, money and the planet's resources.

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Is One Child Enough?

(71) Comments | Posted October 8, 2012 | 9:48 PM

In the blogging world, I'm known as Miss Minimalist. Every week, for the last three years, I've been waxing poetic on "less is more." For much of that time, my husband and I lived overseas and owned only what fit in two duffel bags.

After such an experience, I...

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10 Signs You're Not as Rich as You Could Be

(77) Comments | Posted September 18, 2012 | 1:23 PM

Are you frustrated with your finances? Drowning in debt? Or just not sure where your money goes each month?

Saving more of your paycheck doesn't have to mean pinching pennies and clipping coupons; sometimes all it takes is a new perspective and some good habits. For a few (easy) ways...

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Less Is More: 15 Pieces of Furniture You May Not Really Need

(15) Comments | Posted August 2, 2012 | 4:15 PM

My minimalist philosophy gives me a unique angle on personal finance: instead of writing about coupons and credit cards, I focus on how a lighter lifestyle can mean a bigger bank account. I explore strategies that save space and money -- two things most of us can use more of!

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Less Is More: 15 Pieces of Furniture You May Not Really Need

(104) Comments | Posted August 2, 2012 | 3:16 PM

My minimalist philosophy gives me a unique angle on personal finance: instead of writing about coupons and credit cards, I focus on how a lighter lifestyle can mean a bigger bank account. I explore strategies that save space and money -- two things most of us can use more of!

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Consumer Disobedience: Save a Bundle and Stick It to the Man

(142) Comments | Posted July 2, 2012 | 6:36 PM

I live a minimalist and frugal lifestyle for many reasons: for example, I love the freedom, the flexibility, and the financial benefits of not owning a lot of stuff.

But I must admit, it's also a chance to indulge my inner-rebel. I've been a straight-A student, model employee, and overall...

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