CSO Blog - The Art of Simplicity

The Art of Simplicity

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Enjoy this essay,The Art of Simplicity, from Wilfred A. Peterson's The New Book of the Art of Living, and feel inspired to simplify and streamline your life . . .
CSO Blog: 16 Things to Get Rid of Before the End of 2016

16 Things to Get Rid of Before the End of 2016

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As the year comes to a close, this is the perfect time to evaluate what you own and to create some space in your life. Take note of what you haven’t worn all year, what clutter is getting in the way of your daily routine, and what shoes have seen better days. Donate, recycle, consign, or pass on as much as you can to begin 2017 with a fresh start . . .
Create Space Organizing - 5 Steps to Start Living like a Minimalist

5 Steps to Start Living like a Minimalist

In a world where we are bombarded by advertisements to buy the “next big thing,” where we can buy disposable fashion garments from stores like H&M and Forever 21 for hardly anything, and where we can order things on Amazon in the middle of the night to be delivered on our doorsteps the next day, it is harder than ever to live like a minimalist . . .
CSO Blog: Real Simple's Tips for Mindful Shopping

Real Simple's Tips for Mindful Shopping

When my copy of Real Simple magazine arrives in my mailbox each month, I always look forward to pouring over the pages while enjoying my morning cup of Bhakti Chai tea. As I soaked up the recipes, the decorating ideas, and the beauty tips, my interest was immediately perked when I came across an article entitled “Mindful Shopping: Yes, it’s a thing. And like mindful eating and mindful breathing, this new sensibility ensures that every single purchase counts. . .
CSO Blog: 15 Things to Get Rid of Before the End of 2015

15 Things to Get Rid of by the End of 2015

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Start 2016 off Right by Getting Rid of These 15 Things by the End of the Year! 1. Shabby Holiday Decor: Lights that don’t work, broken ornaments, or any holiday decorations that you aren’t delighted to see as you unpack them each season can go. 2. Junk Mail: Recycle any junk mail, and address any other mail such as a bill that needs to be paid now so you can recycle that too . . .
CSO Blog: November: Give Thanks and Live with Less

November: Give Thanks and Live with Less

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As Thanksgiving approaches, we are presented with an opportunity to take stock of the abundance in our lives. It’s wonderful to take this time to feel grateful for our blessings that bring us joy and fulfillment and to spend time with our families and friends, but it is also important to notice areas of our lives where there is excess. Abundance in terms of possessions can lead to clutter . . .
CSO Blog: What We Can Take Away from the Tiny House Trend

What We Can Take Away from the Tiny House Trend

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As I was perusing my Netflix options the other night, I stumbled upon a documentary about tiny houses called Tiny: A Story About Living Small. As I watched, I was fascinated by the choice to live in these seemingly unlivable, and yet completely functional and efficient spaces. For those of you who haven’t heard about the tiny house movement, it is a lifestyle trend of living in a very small home . . .