Hello, Miss Minimalist readers!

I’ve been featured as a Real Life Minimalist on my favorite blog today, and I want to say hello to any new readers who have come over from Miss Minimalist’s blog.  Thank you so much for reading about my exhilarating (for me, at least) journey to my fresh perspective on life, stuff, and what I really need to be happy.

I hope my anecdotes amuse and inspire you today.  Please come back and keep reading, and offer comments and suggestions for any future posts!  I’m still new at this🙂

32 thoughts on “Hello, Miss Minimalist readers!

  1. Samantha says:

    I am a Miss Minimalist reader🙂 It is how I found you, but already subscibed to your RSS feed. I am feeling proud of myself as I only just figured out how to use that recently😀 Great blog

  2. Kirsten says:

    I just found your blog through MissMinimalist and OMG, I know exactly what you mean when you write about all the gifts and stuff that other people got for you – it is so hard to get rid off! But like you I’m trying and I really am getting better at it.
    Anyway, I’m definetely going to add you to my bloglovin’ and I look forward to following your blog.

    • Caitlin says:

      I’m so pleased you like the blog! Thanks for reading, commenting, and hopefully stickin’ with me while I keep on minimizing. I have some posts coming up about decluttering specific areas, so maybe I can be an inspiration as you keep going🙂

  3. LInda says:

    It’s wonderful that you discovered minimalism at such a “young” age. I am more than twice your age and have only been at this for a year or so. It has helped me to look at my things in a whole new light. With my wardrobe, I got rid of everything that didn’t go with black and blue jeans, and I’m working on owning and carrying only one small purse (black of course). Last week I cancelled 3 department store credit cards, and it feels so freeing to not shop on their terms, to not shop at all unless I need something. I got rid of my craft supplies and only kept my sewing machine. I long to downsize to a smaller house, especially since our youngest child is 18 and about to leave the nest. Now if the older kids would just come and get their stuff from mom storage!

    • Caitlin says:

      You tell those kids to get their stuff or you will!😛

      I am so glad I figured this out at such a young age too. It’ll really help me as I continue to mature and get to know myself — and finding out who I am underneath all the stuff! Thanks for commenting, it means a lot to me to get this great feedback.

      Keep at it!🙂

  4. Megan says:

    I also found you through Miss Minimalist and just read all your posts. I admire the steps you’ve taken on your journey to less! I’m going to add your blog to my reader – I look forward to seeing how your life changes and becomes richer ( especially since you were talking about having more experiences as opposed to more things!)

  5. Vanessa says:

    Hi there – I also found you just now via Miss Minimalist. I can totally relate to your rejection of the iron and ironing board! I stopped buying any clothes that require ironing about 2 years ago. I still have the odd shirt that does need it, and we have a cleaning lady for 4 hours a week, so she irons 4-5 things each week. Actually the cleaning lady has been really handy too for getting rid of clutter! She loves taking whatever I give her but I warned her and told her to eliminate one thing at her own house for every item of mine she takes. I love that practice of clearing out something whenever you get something new, and I am also addicted now to trying to find one thing per day to eliminate to keep the clutter away.

    I was 7 months pregnant when we moved apartments and at the time, moving felt like such a hassle, but it was a blessing in disguise as we did all the packing ourselves and I used it as an opportunity to get rid of a lot of stuff. And there was a Salvation army down the road which was really handy. At the new place, there is no salvation army nearby, but there is the Cleaning lady, haha.

    I tell all of my friends now who are expecting their first baby to clear out one ENTIRE room in advance. It’s amazing how much space is needed for diapers, prams, cots etc. It’s also a good idea to make friends with someone with a younger baby than your own so that you can pass on stuff easily that your baby has grown out of, and feel that it is going to a good home.

    • Caitlin says:

      Good idea on the baby planning stuff. My mom already has a stash of baby blankets and clothes for me because she’s a yard sale junkie🙂 She figured they would get used eventually, and they will!

      I’m glad someone else has ditched ironing. My job is so casual, none of my work clothes are fancy and they don’t really wrinkle. If I really need to release wrinkles, I’ll run the shower on hot and steam up the bathroom and steam the wrinkles out!

      Thanks for your support and kind words! I hope to hear from you again on other posts🙂

  6. Brittany says:

    Yay!! Also found you through Miss Minimalist and have been reading backposts on your blog and am LOVING IT!!! YEAH!! I have been purging things since July of last year in waves, depending on the amount of time I’ve had (was working on finishing up my bachelor’s degree, which I am now DONE with! *dance*) and have gotten rid of SO much stuff and made some money in the process! I’m saving for a trip to Antarctica in February, 2014, so I’ve been trying to be good about asking myself, “Would I rather have this or go see penguins?” It definitely helps keep things in check sometimes! Anyway, I look forward to more blog posts! :oD

    • Caitlin says:

      Thanks for visiting and your nice comment! Congrats on your degree too — I know I had a hard time letting go of old notes and textbooks but it was quite liberating when I finally decided someone else could get more use from them than I was.

      Good luck seeing the penguins! I’m going to be saving for a cruise, I think🙂

      Definitely stop by again, I post every Tuesday and Friday!

  7. DawnW says:

    Hi, I just came over from Miss Minimalist and subscribed to your RSS feed. I’ll be reading your past posts soon,your blog looks really good! Lucky you that you got rid of so much stuff so quickly. It’s taking me forever!

    • Caitlin says:

      Thank you for stopping by and subscribing!🙂

      The best advice I can offer is to set a goal before you start. Think “I want to only have 50 items in my wardrobe” and then take everything out of the closet and be really really critical. Same with books, jewelry, cleaning supplies, bath items. Set a goal and get crackin’🙂 You can do it!

  8. rebekkastarfish says:

    Hi there!
    I found your blog because of your feature by miss minimalist🙂 Pretty impressive how you managed to overcome your “just-in-case-syndrome” so fast! But it’s quite funny, I consider myself to be a clutterer and hoarder, but then I read that you still went four times by car and once with a truck to move your stuff into a 500 square foot apartment … my last move took one van full of stuff into an apartment half that size (plus two boxes and one carpet following later, but they still would have fit in the van), but I’m still feeling like I’m drowning in my stuff (especially paper). I hope to find ways to re-organize my life by keeping reading posts by you and the other minimalists! This is the post I wrote as an reaction to finding the blog by miss minimalist some time ago: http://starfishskies.wordpress.com/2012/06/15/minimalism/ (haha, I noticed you use the same theme, it’s so nice and minimalistic, isn’t it? :D) Oh, and please excuse my crappy English, I’m no native speaker ^^” PS: I lived without ironing for about three years now. It’s always a possibility to go over to a friend and use their’s if there is an important thing with dress code coming up!

    • Caitlin says:

      I still feel like I have too much! Four car loads and one truck (with a couch and a couple shelves) was way less than what I brought from my ex-husband’s place. Less than half by far. I hope to continue to purge with the goal of getting everything I own (besides furniture) into my car.

      I have noticed a lot of minimalist WordPress blogs with this theme! I loved its simplicity🙂

      I look forward to hearing from you in the future, thank you for stopping by and commenting! I’ll give your blog a visit too!

  9. minimalistsmuse says:

    Hi Caitlin, I just read your entire blog after finding it through Miss Minimalist. I’m impressed! Keep up the good work! I’ve just started my own minimalist blog too, hopefully I will stick at it and not get bored of it and give up.🙂

    • Caitlin says:

      No way you will get bored and give up, it’s too great a feeling to get rid of stuff and have a simpler life! Thanks for stopping by -you keep up your good work too🙂

  10. the minimalist says:

    Hi Caitlin, I also found my way to your lovely blog via Miss Minimalist. I’m also new to blogging, however I’ve been a practising minimalist for a while now. Good luck with your exciting journey. I’ll definitely visit your blog regularly. Hulya

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