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  • Matt,
    Great stuff as always. I took on the personal challenge a few months ago to minimize the “clutter” and it has had a dramatic impact on my contentment as well as my productivity. I am actually writing a post about the things I drastically reduced or eliminated in my life.
    Keep up the good work!
    ps – if you ever want to collaborate, I’d love to have you guest post on my fitness blog, http://www.fitanfueled.com or even my personal growth blog, http://www.grantellis.us.

  • I think it’s also good to think of TV as a category. Broadcast TV isn’t much of a temptation for me but I can end up keeping subscriptions and even disks around for things I want to catch up on some time. I can also let social games run away with my time.

  • Thanks for writing.
    This is something I’ve been thinking on for quite a while, but the processes seems overwhelming. Ironic. #7 takes care of that, though. One drawer at a time. Perfect.
    And you couldn’t be more right about the kitchen. We have to keep our juicer in the basement, but the Breville blender gets to hang out under the cupboard because it is used much more often. I share 620sq/ft with my husband, our 5-month old (So. Much. Baby. Stuff.), two dogs, and a housemate. Less stuff = more room. I’m excited to make that my 2015 plan, starting now.

  • This is truly one of the most lucid and cogent expositions (sorry that I sound so formal) of the
    outlook and practice we should SINCERELY manifest in life to simply accomplish what we
    want to gain in life. It’s not just about running. How about life in general.
    Peace and Health, George.

  • Thanks for the great tips for simpler living Matt. Someone (happened to be a Stanford post-doc) told me he doesn’t multi-task, he parallel-tasks. Meaning, he completes each job well and moves on the the next and does the same, all while heading in the same direction (I may be re-phrasing but the jist is multi-tasking leads to a frazzeled existence where you end up not doing anything as well as you could if you focused on it.)

  • You read like a minimalist to me! 🙂
    Living intentionally and having only those things that are of value TO YOU is the very essence of minimalism.
    As for the kids question, I get my son engaged and involved. He has been given a finite amount of space. When the space is full ‘stuff’ has to go. And we practice the ‘one in, one out’ rule. If either of us wants to bring something into the house, something (or things) must go out.
    Personally, I never toss his stuff for him. IMO doing this robs them of their own ability to learn responsibility, detachment, and simplicity.
    Reading your post and question today inspired me to write one of my own. I would be honored if you read it ~ http://wp.me/p293dz-6D

  • Since putting the tv in a closet over a year ago, family face & forum time has surged. I aspire to Nikki’s lean s.f. lifestyle!

  • I JUST wrote a blog post about needing to simplify and get off my hamster wheel… Your post was very practical and helpful! We actually just decided at dinner to turn off the TV Sunday – Thursday, and I will use some other suggestions you just gave as well! Thanks!!! Check out my post if you get a chance! 6deys.blogspot.com

  • I know when I try to simplify my life from the distractions from my blog, I just leave my phone in another room or at home.
    Sometimes drastic measures need to be taken.
    I know Matt has mentioned before that to simplify his life he down graded his phone from being a smart phone I believe.
    Sometimes just getting rid of the distraction works! It is a matter of figuring out priorities, which is hard to do sometimes for sure!

  • We have twelve children, and when they were young, they were each allowed to have five things (one box of Legos, one doll, etc). It kept the messiness to a minimum, and they spent a lot of time playing outside. Extra things that still had value were boxed up in the attic, and every few months, they could trade out some of their toys for something in the attic. The children never felt deprived and actually said they preferred it over clutter.

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