MadLady’s Bricks on a Path Bucket List

How many friends do you know that can identify set goals without too much thinking? I don't think I know any off of the top of my head. I believe that most of us move along from one day to the next without much thought about how we are advancing out lives. I've been guilty …

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Basic Buildup: Capsule Closet Step III

So you know your colors. You've disposed of your "trash." You've taken the plunge. Now it's time to build back up your closet (not all the way back up). You're goal now is to have a functioning minimalist closet that you can work and go casual out of in a maximum of 50 items. See the previous FAQ for information about that number. In this post, we will look at what basics everyone needs, how to add your style to the basics, and how to limit the number of shoes you own (it can be really hard.)

Your Wardrobe of Colors: Capsule Closet Step II

You now have the basics in your closet. You only have items that you like and that fit. You have taken at least 10 bags of clothing to goodwill (was that just me?) and you feel your arms getting stronger. Back to the point, it's time for step two. In this step you will take a look at your closet to identify the base and highlight colors your wardrobe will consist of. You will pick a staple, and go through your closet again. This is where the real results are going to become visible. 

Getting Rid of Trash: Capsule Closet Step I

If you've ever been overwhelmed by the amount of clothing you have, minimalism will help. Previous to this we have talked about why one should minimalism their closet and that they even means. In this post we will take the first real step towards a great closet. In this post we will get rid of items that don't fit and haven't been worn. If you have already purged your closet, you can move onto the next step, Color Charts & Themes.

FAQ of a small wardrobe… Should I downsize my closet?

If you have ever looked on Pintrest, you have seen things called capsule wardrobes. You may have heard about a thing called Project 333. Have you ever thought about making your wardrobe smaller? Have you ever thought that you have to many clothes and need to get rid of some of some but you didn't know where to start? A minimalist wardrobe may be of help here. Maybe you think that you can't just own 30 pieces of clothing. Maybe you wonder why you should live on less. I have thoughts about these questions and more. I hope these questions and responses can help you decide whether or not to try downsizing your wardrobe. If you have already made the decision to downsize take a look at step one here. 

The Au Naturel Month: A Minimalist Frugal Challenge

I do my hair and makeup just like any other woman, just not nearly as often. A few years ago I realized that I didn't need make-up and my hair looked just fine the way it was. I'm going to challenge you, but I think you can manage ... I want you to go a month with no make up. I also want you to learn what your hair is supposed to look like. Even if you work in a office job. Now hear me out.

Orange Flower from Shakespear's Garden in Portland, Oregon

Minimalism for One Mad Life

On our journey to Financial Independence we have become both frugal and minimalist. Eventually, we realized how much more than a step minimalism had become. It became an integral part of our lives, something all unto itself. That, however, does not explain how we live simplistically or what we see minimalism as. This post is about those very questions. Here I will go into what minimalism is for us, what good comes of it, and why we chose it in the first place.