Give and Take Days

Ever heard of a ‘Give and Take Day‘? No? Neither had I. Until we went to one. We’ve now been to two of these, the most recent one took place at our local church here in Cromford. We turned up, deposited a number of items we were ‘giving’ on one of the tables then proceeded, with the kids to look through all of the other items laid out on various tables which were free for us to take. You heard me – free for us to take – anything we wanted and as much as we wanted. At first this … Read The Full Article …

Downsizing: The Beauty of Downsizing, Not Because You Have To, But Because You Want To

Do you really need that great big car? How big do you need your car to be?  Do you have 2 cars? Do you need 2? I’ve written a few articles here about downsizing and what it’s meant for us – mainly to do with downsizing my car as that was the biggest revelation for me in terms of not being what I expected, but we also downsized our house and our life. I’d like to tell you a bit more about all of that by putting it all together into one article which hopefully shows the beauty of downsizing, … Read The Full Article …

Finding It Difficult to De-clutter? Try This Simple 3-Step System

Do you like the idea of de-cluttering but when it comes to it have items you just don’t want to throw away? I’ve got a system just for you. You know I like systems 🙂 1. Get Rid Of The Junk But Try This First… You shouldn’t have any qualms getting rid of junk, dirty and broken beyond repair items, surely they hold no value to you as they are. BUT before you do though… a few things to try for free: The Repair Cafe: They’re a latest trend and have been spreading like wild fire. If you’re lucky to … Read The Full Article …

Nature (aka Head-to-Head: Nature Takes On Marketing…)

Are you confused by the ever changing nutritional advice hitting the headlines? You’re not alone… Don’t eat fat, they said. So, you chose low fat food. But later, we learn that fat is not really the problem, it’s sugar. So, you now go for reduced or sugar-free food… only to find out that these food contain aspartame or other sweeteners which keep you hooked on sweet taste. Don’t eat butter, eat margarine. Oh, no, margarine contains hydrogenated fat. Eat soy products, it’s healthy… Later, it is found that soy in high quantity could raise oestrogen levels, interfere with thyroid functions, … Read The Full Article …

Eat More Green Stuff (Efficiency Hack #10)

Another really easy one… Over the course of a day, check out the color of your food. Not too long ago I shared a very simple thought that’s helping me be more healthy – basically to choose to eat healthier. Well, an easy way to take any thinking out of it is just to look for one color: green. Use this super simple trick to look at what you eat over the course of the day or even better: each time you’re about to consume some food. Is there any green in it? Make sure that there is plenty of … Read The Full Article …

Decluttering: How Far Can You Go?

Is it “de-cluttering”, “minimalism” or “simplification”? I like the idea of keeping things simple. Apart from one particular connotation (#25), I rather like the word simple. Einstein said: “Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler.” I buy into that idea 1000%. In other words, make things as complex as they need to be, but as simple as they can be. Some things in life do need to be complex, but then we have a tendency to get really into stuff and over-engineer solutions, to over complicate things – to add complexity where it’s not needed. It seems like … Read The Full Article …