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ABOUT MINIMAL ME

The little things one person does truly can make a big difference. Environmental concerns and society’s demands can be overwhelming, but you have the power to make the world a better place!

The directory on this website contains resources to help you make the most of the things you no longer need, whether it’s through selling, recycling, or donating. By taking the time to distribute this stuff to the right place, you’re keeping it out of the landfill, giving it new life, and maybe making some money in the process.

The blog on this website is about a gradual journey to a more minimal lifestyle. There are varying degrees of minimalism. We all strive to make life easier, but life is also meant to enjoy, and no one wants to live without the things they love. I’m on a mission to find ways to make this lifestyle more attainable without having to step too far out of my comfort zone.

The community section of this website is a place to share success stories that relate to decluttering profitably and responsibly. Get inspiration to give you the courage and motivation to get rid of the stuff you’ve been hanging on to.

Living simply means that you’re making a conscious decision to simplify your life perhaps for economic benefits, the future of our planet, or the sake of your sanity. May the tips here help you live lightly so your legacy won’t be defined by what you leave in a landfill.

ABOUT ME

shelley

One of my favorite things to do when I was young was clean out my room. My parents didn’t ask me to, I just remember gathering my favorite things into several drawers of a dresser, and getting rid of most of the rest. My childhood was wonderful. I wasn’t deprived of anything, but was just good at letting go of things.

The space that was empty after cleaning out made me happier than the space that wasn’t. I remember showing off my sparse closet to a friend. “Where’s your stuff?” was her response, along with a look of condolence. After that, I figured I was kind of weird in that respect, so I was thrilled to discover what a minimalist was later in life and that the lifestyle is rewarding.

My renewed interest in minimalism developed out of necessity as me, my husband, and our two growing children lived in our small starter house for 15 years without a garage or attic. I had to get creative to combat clutter and keep our stuff straight. Even after moving to a larger house, I strive to be minimal because there are many benefits to this lifestyle.

Professionally, I have worked as an editor for a book publishing company and government agency, helping people organize their writing. I manage the administration and marketing of my husband’s martial arts academy, and have a master’s degree in mass media communications.

I live in a small town where living green and recycling can be a challenge. According to many standards, I wouldn’t be considered a minimalist, but I appreciate the lifestyle and am working toward it. My hope is to provide inspiration and information to help reduce your carbon footprint and keep your life simplified.

Shelley