So, you want to get your stuff organized in 2015 but you have no idea where to start? I feel you. I’m the kind of person who has a tendency to look at a mess, start panicking, and then ignore it so that I can just stop panicking. It takes every iota of strength I have to just put my stuff away sometimes.
That being said, it really is a worthy resolution. Having a home or workspace (or in my case, both) that’s tidy, efficient, and streamlined saves time and emotional output. Once you have your spaces organized, it’s easier to find the things you need, it’s easier to put things back where they belong, and it’s easier to relax and enjoy your life, knowing that there isn’t a pile of junk six feet to your left that you really should be taking care of. Life moves freely and faster when you don’t have messes to jump over. Keep reading »
Minimalists try to live on as few items as possible, spend money only when necessary, and prioritize having good experiences over having things. It’s an anti-consumerist lifestyle, so what do you do for them during the most consumeristic season of the year? Click through for ideas!
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Indie band Pomplamoose shared their recent tour’s financial information with their fans last week, and, um, it was … Not so good. They’d like everyone to believe that it was good, but it was not good.
The band took in $97,519 in ticket sales for a 28-day tour, which is insane. That is a lot of money for a month-long tour for an indie band. They also made $29,714 in merch sales and had a $8,750 sponsorship from Lenovo. All together, that’s $135,983 for one month of touring, which is practically unheard-of, especially for a band’s second tour. Keep reading »
I am a big gigantic proponent of only owning a simple, minimalistic set of high-quality shirts, pants, and dresses. It saves money in the long run, it’s versatile, it’s good for the environment, and it takes a lot of the guesswork, time, and agony out of getting dressed in the morning. My day-to-day wardrobe consists mostly of two pairs of black leggings, two pairs of jeans, and multiples of tank tops, T-shirts and long-sleeved shirts that I bought in a few neutral colors. Everything fits right, and everything matches everything. Voilà.
However, I’m also sensitive to the fact that women both are expected to adorn ourselves more prettily than that, and that many of us like to. I like to! I just don’t want to do it through my clothes anymore. The solution I’ve come up with is to buy interesting jewelry that’s bold enough to change the whole look of my outfit, making it appear as if I own more than basically four or five outfits. The great thing about it is that you don’t have to spend much money on it, and if you ever feel like getting rid of a piece, you can trade a friend for a different piece of jewelry. Frugality! Check out these inexpensive bracelets, necklaces, and body chains for inspiration.
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One of the big things I do to keep my wardrobe minimal is to buy the hardiest, simplest possible clothes and gear I can find whenever I have the occasion to buy something. I’m already gearing up for winter because the upcoming winter in Chicago is supposed to be about as bad as the last winter, which is kind of sob-inducing after the 2013-2014 Endless Winter. I spent the Polar Vortex in wool socks and motorcycle boots. That is not happening again. I will be buying insulated everything, and everything I wear will be able to eat through snow. Keep reading »
I’ve been trying really hard to live a more minimalist lifestyle lately. I’m super choosy about the clothes I buy, have been cutting down on clutter like whoa, and am aiming to live in a super cozy storage container within the next 10 years. Now, that being said, no matter how much I trim down my earthly possessions, you will never catch me without a massive stockpile of cute greeting cards and a wallet full of fresh stamps. There are some things that, no matter how much you simplify and streamline, you should always have on hand. Always. Here are 10 more of them: Keep reading »