Easier Living

3 Magical Resolutions for Your Happiest Year Yet! 

I love this time of the year. January 1st is always a great time to make a fresh start. Many of us set goals and resolutions for the coming year. Some we keep, many we do not. But whether your resolutions revolve around losing weight, gaining weight, getting in shape, running a 5K, making more time for fun, going out with your spouse once a week, keeping your house neater, getting rid of clutter, getting your finances in order or simplifying your life in some other way, I’ve got 3 magical resolutions you’ll want to add to your list to make this year one of your happiest and most successful yet!  Magical Resolution #1  M.Y.O.B – Mind your own business.   Stop comparing yourself and your life to others. Social media sites like Facebook are an absolute menace when it comes to this.   Whether you’re…

7 Must Know Packing Tips to Pack Light & Pack Right

When you’re traveling it’s a great time to dabble in simplifying your life and try out your own version of minimalism. These 7 tips to pack light and pack right are a great start! I just got back from a wonderful 2 week working vacation in Maine. My husband and I have been going to Maine in the fall just about every year for the past 15 years. Most of those years we have stayed at the same cottage on the shore. It’s a pretty “no frills” kind of place, but the ocean views are so gorgeous and we just love it there. But I’m not writing today to tell you how lucky I am to be able to take this annual trip. (Although I truly hope each of you are able to get away to a place you love every year…

4 Steps to a Simplified Wardrobe – And a closet full of clothes you love!

How many clothes do you have in your closet? The average American woman has 103 items of clothing in her wardrobe. Yet most say they only like about 10% of the contents. (These numbers are based on a study of 1000 women done by the Closetmaid Company).   Another survey done by ING Direct and Capital One Banks found that the average woman with a life expectancy of 80 years will spend about $125,000 on clothing and accessories. If you are in your 20s that figure will probably be significantly higher (based on current spending trends). If you are 55 or older it will probably be a bit lower. I’m all for looking good and feeling great and if spending money on clothes makes you feel great and you can afford it – go for it I say. But then I think back to figure of the average…