10 Ways to Live with Less from Remodelista.com

June 18, 2013 | By | Comments (3)


Reading an article like this one from Remodelista.com makes me want to get rid of all the stuff that my little family of three has accumulated over the years and live with just the basics.

In the article, 10 Ways to Live with Less, Bea Johnson and her family did just that. Now, she has a book, Zero Waste Home, which is a guide to simplifying your life by reducing waste.

Johnson’s Zero Waste lifestyle is based on 5 R’s: Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rot. She says, “The most important thing one can do to stop waste and clutter entering the home is to simply say no. Turn down flyers, freebies, party favors, business cards, single-use plastics (such as flimsy grocery bags), and fight junk mail. Accepting these things not only creates a demand to make more, they are a waste of resources and once they are brought into our home, they add to the clutter and require effort to dispose of them later. Refusing is the first rule to living a Zero Waste simple lifestyle.”

I’d love to implement her simple lifestyle strategies into my home. We could at least start with our mail pile that’s embarrassingly out of control!

More from RealSimple.com:

3 Great Garage Makeovers

How to Organize Your Utility Closet

Decluttering Solutions for Your Home


  1. Ultimate Skincare & Beaute Report
    June 18, 2013 at 4:31 pm
  2. Chris

    Who wants to live in an all white, sterile environment? For someone who wants to live less, why do you need four bottles of wine or soda????

    June 26, 2013 at 10:01 am
  3. stipendousfood

    I write a blog about eating on a budget (stipendousfood.com), and I am twenty-something who has recently embraced this simplistic mindset. It helps me to save time and focus on the things that matter most to me. I’ll be checking out those links.

    August 11, 2013 at 9:48 am

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