Uncluttering for Lent

 

Dear friends,

After creating a Decluttering Snowball Plan last month, I’m motivated to unclutter the spaces in our house, room by room.

Lent started on Wednesday. As you probably know, the 40-day period between Ash Wednesday and Maundy Thursday is a time when some religious believers abstain from certain food or . . . → Read More: Uncluttering for Lent

About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of a dozen books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

A Decluttering Snowball Plan

Declutter space

 

Dear friends,

When asked to describe my blog, I often say it’s about Simple Living for Real People.

In other words, we’re in this together–experimenting, trying new strategies, practicing the art of less, and slowing down a bit to enjoy life.

I have a number of other simple living blogs I love . . . → Read More: A Decluttering Snowball Plan

About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of a dozen books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

When Decluttering Means Letting Go of an Old Dream

Bookends

Dear friends,

Since we moved into this house 11 years ago, two bins have remained unopened in the garage.

The labels read ‘BOOKENDS.’ You wouldn’t think bunch of bookends would carry emotional weight for me, would you? And yet they do.

This past weekend as I was putting Christmas ornaments away, I saw . . . → Read More: When Decluttering Means Letting Go of an Old Dream

About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of a dozen books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

The January Money Diet Begins with Challenge #1

Dear friends,

Happy New Year, and welcome to the first day of the 2018 January Money Diet! This year, we embrace our new dieters and say hello to many repeat dieters who have participated before. Our diverse group includes money dieters from across the globe – the U.K., Canada, Norway, Austria, Australia, Italy, . . . → Read More: The January Money Diet Begins with Challenge #1

About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of a dozen books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

3 New Things About the January Money Diet

 

Dear friends,

The 9th annual January Money Diet starts this Monday. Have you signed up? Here’s what’s new this year:

#1. Even if you’ve participated in past years, because we’re using a new mailing company you’ll need to sign up one time here: JanuaryMoneyDiet.com.

It’s easy — just enter your first . . . → Read More: 3 New Things About the January Money Diet

About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of a dozen books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

Looking Back and Pressing Forward

December sunrise

 

Dear friends,

Another year winds down.

Perhaps 2017 was really tough for you. Or maybe the year feels pretty positive overall, or perhaps it’s a mix of blessings and hardships. Isn’t it somehow freeing to have the promise of a fresh, clean slate ahead?

For me, this annual transition from ending to . . . → Read More: Looking Back and Pressing Forward

About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of a dozen books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

Our Short, Happy Simple Vacation

Dana Point Marina

 

Dear friends,

Last month my son and I enjoyed a three-day getaway to Dana Point, California. Even though it was quick, we packed in a lot of fun and returned feeling rested and rejuvenated.

Some of my goals when we travel are to stretch our money, stay somewhere nice, . . . → Read More: Our Short, Happy Simple Vacation

About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of a dozen books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

The October of my Soul

Autumn maple trees

The maple trees, from our kitchen window.

“I loved autumn, the one season of the year that God seemed to have put there just for the beauty of it.”- Lee Maynard

 

Oh, my friends.

October started so hard.

On October 1st, during what should have been an evening of fun . . . → Read More: The October of my Soul

About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of a dozen books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

The Simple Joy of Puttering

garden bouquet

 

Dear friends,

This morning I woke up grateful for the slower pace of a three-day weekend, and the sweet luxury of down time to do some small things around the house and garden.

Do you feel that way about unstructured time, too?

I love puttering — and isn’t it the most perfect, . . . → Read More: The Simple Joy of Puttering

About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of a dozen books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.