simplifying

Seven Steps to Simple: The No-BS Guide to Letting Go

Seven Steps to Simple: The No-BS Guide to Letting Go

You know you want to downsize. Heck - you NEED to downsize if you’re thinking about living in a tiny or small home!

And beyond that, no matter how many square feet you're gonna live in (because let's be honest that's not what matters), downsizing feels good. It saves you money. It gives you more time for your hobbies, family, friends, travel. More dollars in your pocket. Less stress. All that good stuff.

You know that downsizing will allow you to save more money, live the life you want to live, and have the time and financial freedom.

Maybe you’ve tried to “get organized” and “de-clutter” before. It probably felt pretty good…at first. But a few days later, your home looks the same as it did before. And the progress you’re making is slow-going. You’re stuck. You’re not sure why - because you’ve read the books and the blogs but nothing really works. 

Well, today I've got seven steps to help you let go.

No Regrets: Guest post from Troy Koubsky of Less Stuff, More Joy

Today I'm HONORED to share a guest post with you from someone very special. Troy Koubsky is a student in the Tiny Transition and Downsizing course, he was in the very first session over a year ago. Troy immediately stood out in the group as an incredible source of inspiration, motivation, and support. If you were having a bad day or struggling with downsizing, Troy was there to cheer you on and cheer you up. He quickly became a pillar of the vibrant community we have inside the course (Registration is now open for the session beginning on May 3rd! Register here).

Now, a year later, I am just completely in awe of the progress and transition Troy has made as a result of doing the course, setting goals for himself, and participating in the community forum. He keeps track of each item he donates and downsizes, inspiring everyone with his photos of progress. Troy is an incredible example of how living simply really is a lifelong process, he continues to curate and refine his beautiful life.

For the past year and a half Troy has remained an integral part of this community we've built in the course, he is an exemplary person and incredibly appreciated. I hope you enjoy reading Troy's post below.

I'll let Troy take it from here.

No Regrets, by Troy Koubsky

Stuff was controlling me, rather than me being in control of it.

This is part of my story with stuff.

I don’t understand myself sometimes and why I need things. I have struggled with the urge to collect stuff from an early age. There is no root person, and activity I feel has caused it to escalate out of control.

Make no mistake, it did get out of control.

A flood of emotion surely comes when I sit here, contemplate the hows, and whys, specifically my journey with collecting.

"Go places, Meet People, Do Things" Guest Post by Carolyn Morton

"Go places, Meet People, Do Things" Guest Post by Carolyn Morton

Today's post is a guest article from Carolyn Morton, one of the Tiny Transition and Downsizing students from "across the pond" (yes, we have quite a few international classmates!). Tiny Transition and Downsizing, the 8-week class that fundamentally changes your relationship with stuff and helps you de-clutter, downsize, and clear out your home and mind, starts today (yay!) and you can join the course by registering here.

Carolyn's story really illuminates the way we go deep in the course. It's so much more than just "de-cluttering tips" and "organizing" (in fact, we banish organizing!). Carolyn mentioned to me earlier, "The post indicates what an unexpectedly life-shifting experience the course has been for me".

I'll let Carolyn take it from here!

When Mariah asked 'how was it for you?' I wanted to share my thoughts and see if they resonate with other 'Tiny Transitioners'. I've been surprised at how significant your messages (the lessons) have been.

I certainly didn't expect that the American cheerleader-style of encouragement and celebration would have such an impact (not with my British reserve and engorged cynical gland).

The kindness of strangers is often the most affecting and whilst we're strangers we share similarities; not only the course or our desire to simplify but, I sense that many of us are adjusting to loss, coping with change and wondering how we got here …

A Watershed Moment: How to Get Un-Stuck from Stuff

A Watershed Moment: How to Get Un-Stuck from Stuff

Today I'm happy to share with you a letter/note I received from one of my Tiny Transition classmates, Jack Daniel. Jack has thrown himself into downsizing and simplifying - and has caught the tiny living bug as a result (he went to a workshop last year "just to see what it was about" and now he'll be attending another one I'll be teaching next spring).

Jack wrote me this post as a letter - and has kindly given me the green light to share it here. This letter warmed my heart - that sounds cheesy but it honestly made me tear up. It's beyond sweet and touching - it's just amazing to hear about the transformation that is possible when you have the right support and community to back you up.

I enjoyed having Jack in the class at least twice as much as he loved the course and community, so the feeling's mutual.

Tiny Transition + Downsizing is now open for registration for the class starting on January 4th. I hope you join us.

Thank you Jack for this letter. Thank you.

 

Dear Mariah,

One of my all-time favorite old-school reference sources, The American Heritage College Dictionary, defines WATERSHED as:

A critical point that marks a division or change of course; a turning point.

I am pretty sure that Im not the only person who thinks that the eight weeks our class spent together in your Tiny Transition and Downsizing E-Course qualifies as a definite watershed event for us.

A Simple New Year: Tiny Transition + Downsizing E-Course

A Simple New Year: Tiny Transition + Downsizing E-Course

Are you ready for a new year?

More importantly, what are your intentions for the new year? What do you want to be different this year?

Though I'm not much for "resolutions", I do always set some goals and make some intentions for the coming year. I find it's easier to focus and do what really matters to me when I lay it out like that.

What if this year you could...

Tiny Transition and Downsizing Class: Registration Now Open

Tiny Transition and Downsizing Class: Registration Now Open

You know, when I started the Tiny Transition and Downsizing class, I never would have imagined how awesome it would become. I hoped that it would be helpful and motivating, but I had no idea that teaching it would allow me to witness the absolutely amazing things the class has accomplished.

Right-Size Your Life: Guest Post by Terri Hosford

Right-Size Your Life: Guest Post by Terri Hosford

Today we have our last guest post in the recent series I've been doing. Each week for the past 4 weeks we have heard a story about downsizing, simplifying, and tiny-fying. You can see the other guest posts from this series here:

The Reason for a Tiny House, by Linda B.

My Story of Downsizing, by Becky Gibson

My Story of Stuff, by Andrea Mortensen

Today Terri Hosford has been kind enough to share her story with us. Terri is a member of the Tiny Transition and Downsizing E-Course. Her story has a lot that we can all relate to. I especially love Terri's idea of "right-sizing" - not too tiny, not too big, just right FOR YOU. Enjoy her article! Thanks for sharing with us Terri!

 

I am retired and a single female. I have had a health issues for the last couple of years. The effort of maintaining a home has become more difficult and costly. I have been interested in Tiny Housing for almost a year. The idea of having a smaller foot print and housing that is affordable, has gotten my attention. The idea of living more efficiently is intriguing. I have perused floor plans and pictures of hundred or more tiny houses less than 250 square feet built on trailers. The planned use of every square foot is mind-boggling, ingenious. It has also brought me to a concept of Right Sizing. This fits me better. Houses are 300-800 square feet. These homes are put on a permanent foundation. Most have full size kitchen appliances, a flush toilet, main floor bedroom and laundry.

I live in Michigan, my family is here. That, of course, is my first love.  Isn't that the meaning of life, relationships? BUT my soul longs to be in the mountains. How could I possibly live in both places?  Enter tiny house (right sizing). In a couple years my income will increase. Then I will start looking for property in the mountains. In the meantime, I need to prepare. This means I need to downsize! This is a process not an event!

Guest Post: My Story of Downsizing (Why I Did It)

Guest Post: My Story of Downsizing (Why I Did It)

Today I'm excited to announce we have another guest post from a member of the Tiny Transition and Downsizing E-Course (registration now open for the next session!). I'll hand it over to Becky and she'll explain all about her relationship with stuff and her simplifying journey. I think we can all relate to Becky's story, I know I definitely can! Thanks Becky!


I hardly know where to start for this blog entry for Mariah. I guess at the beginning. I have always loved to shop, loved getting new “stuff”, whether it was for my house or for me or as a lovely gift for someone.  So I was already primed for action when I met my best friend, who is a true shopaholic. And I took my cue from her – expensive purses, expensive makeup and beauty products, expensive clothes. She buys everything under the sun, and I tried to keep up with her for awhile. And I was always swearing I would reform and STOP, because my house was filling up with “stuff” and my bank account was emptying and my credit card balances were rising at an alarming rate.

It never got totally out of control, I just ran through a ridiculous amount of money in a very short time, all for “stuff”.

It was like Christmas at my house every day when I came home from work – boxes from Amazon, QVC, Coldwater Creek, etc etc etc, all stacked neatly at my door, waiting for me to come home and open them. I was so busy buying clothes that I very seldom wore the same thing twice in six weeks. I didn’t know if my UPS guy loved me or hated me, but I sure was keeping him busy, rain, snow, or sunshine. I started buying Coach purses compulsively – I loved them and I wanted them and I wanted people to see that I had them.