Category: Minimalism

Zero Waste Challenge

The zero waste movement has really taken off. In case you are not familiar with it, it is a lifestyle that aims to produce as little trash as possible. There are many benefits to joining this movement. 1. It is ethical. 2. It is economical. 3. It is efficient. Let me be clear. True zero waste will never be achieved. However, I think everyone can do their part to waste less.

Below I have listed the progress I have made over the years to produce less waste. Even though it has been many years of trying to reduce my waste, I still have a long way to go. Everyone progresses at their own pace. Any one action you take will make a difference.

My challenge to you is for you to look at your own life. What can you do right now to reduce your waste? Choose one thing or choose 10 things.

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Living minimally in a Victorian home in Oregon

My husband and I live in a 850 sq. ft. apartment in Forest Grove, about 25 miles West of Portland, Oregon. We pay $850/month. We live in the upstairs apartment of this Gothic Revival Victorian home built around 1890. It is a 2 bedroom apartment. This is one of the biggest apartments we have lived in. We have lived in everything from 350 sq. feet to 900 square feet. Even though we live in 850 square feet, we live minimally. Continue reading

Living comfortably in a 350 square foot apartment

My husband and I had been living in a 600 square foot apartment. However, we felt like it was too big for us. So, we decided to move to a 350 square foot apartment (13 feet X 28 feet) in the same building. We are so happy that this apartment became available because we can stay in this fabulous location in Queen Anne near downtown Seattle. The bus stop is right across the street and it is a 10 minute ride to my office. Continue reading

Buy Quality

A video I recently uploaded to YouTube is about buying quality things rather that cheap things. I don’t like to spend money, therefore it is hard for me to splurge on quality things. However, I have found that it is worth buying quality things because they last a lot longer than cheap things. Continue reading