Releasing My Inner Sparkle Pony

Working any job can turn off the creative switch. It’s so easy to come home and feel too tired to do anything inspired. In the past year I looked for inspiration in embroidery, resin art, pillow- making, and making barrettes from brass stampings. All of these activities had one thing […]

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Reflections on Less, How Living as a Minimalist Has Affected Me

Last time I was blogging regularly I had a lot of flux happening in my life. I had built a tiny house with my partner and we were trying to make a go of cohabiting the same patch of land as my mother-in-law. In the long run we decided it […]

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That’s a Wrap: One Year of Blogging

“If one advances confidently in the direction of one’s dreams, and endeavors to live the life which one has imagined, one will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.” -Henry David Thoreau *** THE SHORT Minimalist Packrat is one! It’s been a wonderful year and a grand experiment in right […]

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How to Be a Good Minimalist

  1) Toss Your Excess: Minimalism is a lot more than getting rid of your junk, but it’s an essential first step. As you clear your attics, your basements, your closets, and your car, you’ll come to realize that something bigger is changing than just  your outward physical space. You’re […]

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Simple Weekend Ideas for Fall

This fine fall weekend we’re going to a 50 acre botanical garden in Orlando with a friend. I’m excited for the outing and I can’t wait to see what kind of pictures we get. I consider it a minimalist weekend outing.  We’ll drive and use gas, pay an admission, probably […]

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Submit Your Blog to the 2012 All-Star List of Minimalist Blogs

Hey everyone. Today’s the day that I open up submissions for the 2012 All Star List of Minimalist Blogs. Want to see your blog submitted? Head on over to the submissions page. I’m really excited to see the list grow and expand from this year’s list. 2011 was the first […]

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A Minimalist Take on Collections: Incense Edition

Incense used to be a small part of my life. I loved it, but if I’d made a list of the top ten most important things in my life incense wouldn’t have made the list. Despite incense being a relatively small component of my world, I had a robust and […]

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Take It Back

Yesterday I was listening to some Pink Floyd tunes and came across an old favorite called, “Take It Back”. I’d heard this song many times before but as I listened yesterday, I picked up a different message. The song is written as though to a woman, but the woman to […]

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A Minimalist Take on Papers

For Olivia who asked for a post on paper clutter: Many of us find ourselves inundated with paper. It’s almost as though on some primitive Jungian level we still know  that paper is precious, the written word is precious. We save and amass paper. We create personal libraries in books, […]

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The Lost Art of Slowing Down

blue crab at our front door. last week. post inspired by Joshua Becker. Last week I stepped out the front door of my tiny house and onto our temporary step. It was one of those moments like a thousand other ones. I could have bustled on through the yard, head […]

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A Minimalist Take on Clothing

wash day. photo by me. taken last week. Lorna recently asked me how many items of clothing I own now. She saw my tiny house closet shot and felt compelled to ask. I don’t like to get number-bound, but I’ll share my clothing number with you (but I won’t count my […]

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Wisdom of the Cicadas

The cicadas are telling us that it’s time to relax. The rhythms and hums they produce when dusk is settling works as a primordial alarm clock. It’s saying it’s time for the rest of you, those of you with thumbs, voices, didjeridoos and guitars to play. Summon the night with […]

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Differences and Similarities

  This ones for you. For my long-time constant reader, for my brand-new reader, for you. Things are looking new here at Minimalist Packrat. New look. New writing. Shorter posts. Longer posts. More posts too. New topics. Bigger pictures. Less pictures.   I took out all the rules for myself […]

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Jill Foley’s Minimalistish Home

There are some pretty amazing bloggers in the world. And in the minimalist and simple living world, where money is less of a driving force, there are some absolutely dang fantabulous bloggers. There are probably a few names that come to mind when I write that, the most notable being […]

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Interview With Minimalist Patrick

  With Patrick coming on board here at Minimalist Packrat I thought it would be nice to give everyone a chance to get to know him better. Soooo, I cornered him and found out what lurks in the mind of one minimalist. It’s an interview! Let’s dig in… Me: You’ve […]

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