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Going Analog

Going Analog

Alright, so you have to shave so you don’t scare children on the street. You want to have coffee in the morning so… well, so children on the street don’t scare you. You want to listen to music to relax on the weekends or evenings, and you need to work out because health is paramount.

So now you have a razor. Maybe you got it from Dollar Shave Club, I hear they’re the new hotness. Or maybe you have the Gillette ColdFusion  Supreme™, or maybe you have some torture-device looking metal contraption with 2 motors and a “clean” function on the base that it docks into to charge every day. You walk over to your coffee maker with 8 buttons, a dial, and stunningly, a digital analog clock. It has a replaceable charcoal filter and makes a solid 12 cup pot.

Now you have a subscription to Spotify. You have your Sonos speaker system and your phone with the LTE plan so you can stream from the cloud. You have a wireless receiver in your speakers so you can cast music from anywhere. Amazing! Now you can take your music and go to the gym with that premium membership. You can hop on the exercise machine that moves every which way and get to working up a sweat.

This was me until the past year or so.

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The Best Way To Declutter: Throw A Packing Party

The Best Way To Declutter: Throw A Packing Party

This weekend we frantically cleaned out our kitchen and threw out as much as we could. The reason? Our apartment building has exterminators coming through our unit, which means everything has to be out of our cabinets. Yes, even the bathroom cabinets. We had an opportunity to tackle the black holes of our home and go through everything we hide in plain sight. We threw a packing party just for our kitchen.

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Apartment Hunters: Do We Need That Extra Bedroom?

Apartment Hunters: Do We Need That Extra Bedroom?

If you asked us six months ago what our ideal next living space would be, we would have said a 2+ bedroom, 1,800 square-foot townhome. We’ve lived in apartments for the past few years, and we felt like it was time to upgrade. We are grown adults that deserve a second bedroom! We would have no trouble finding a townhome or condo that’s a little further away but with twice the space (maybe even a yard for our future dog!). After all, we can afford our rent now. Why not pay a little more for some luxury?

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Minimalist Closet: Which Brands Should We Buy?

Minimalist Closet: Which Brands Should We Buy?

We recently watched a documentary called The True Cost. It digs into the financial, societal, and environmental costs of the fashion industry and provides an eye-opening account of the lives of garment workers around the world. The film did a tremendous job illustrating how much waste is generated by the fashion industry, especially in the last 20 years with the advent of fast-fashion brands like H&M, Forever 21, LOFT, and Old Navy. As we incorporate minimalism into our daily lives, we want to re-evaluate things we previously took for granted and try to understand their impact. This documentary allowed us to see fashion in a totally different light.

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Minimalist Closet: Project 333 Challenge

Minimalist Closet: Project 333 Challenge

We watched an interview with Courtney Carver, creator of Project 333. We were inspired by her challenge to wear only 33 items of clothing for 3 months, which seemed totally doable. We wear only a fraction of our wardrobe, and even though we’ve spent months culling extra shoes and t-shirts from our closet, there is still more we could get rid of. If we try to limit ourselves to 33 items, maybe we will feel better about the clothes we own. Besides, who needs this much stuff?!

We hunkered down in our closet and counted every piece of clothing, from t-shirts and blouses to necklaces and scarves. Then, we separated things we wanted to keep and things we wanted to donate.

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