19 Responses to “Simplicity in Action: Christine Li”


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  1. Christine, don’t worry about stopping in the middle. Some people are good at decluttering all at once, but it’s okay if it’s more of a gradual process too. Every little bit helps and I’ve found at least, the more I do, the easier the next step gets. Taking breaks gives you time to bask in the joy of what you’ve done so far.

  2. I had to smile at the name of this book and at home much I resonate with things like “weird plastic items with no apparent function.” I’m so happy for you and encouraged that we don’t have to be perfect to be better with our clutter and thus feel happier and more content.

  3. Martha Cole

    My life-changing book was “It’s All Too Much” by Peter Walsh. It really turned things around for me a few years ago. There have been set-backs: inheriting a bunch of stuff after my mom died, etc. but there have also been opportunities to purge even MORE, like moving to a smaller place. It’s an on-going process: two steps forward, one step back, but always with the Less Is More goal. Thanks for writing such an awesome blog!

  4. Christy King, Sandra Pawula, Martha Cole and Courtney Carver– Thank you all for your support. Contributing this guest post and reading your feedback really makes me feel part of a supportive, forward-thinking community and that feels great. I’ll look forward to reading Peter Walsh’s book too! Best wishes to you.

  5. Michelle

    At this point, I’m 20 years down the road in my decluttering/orgainzation journey. One thing I did when my mom moved into a small garage apartment, I told her, “Pretend you are on the Oregon Trail and if it doesn’t fit in the covered wagon, it can’t go.” That worked really well to narrow down to the basics and she hasn’t missed a thing. Also, I challenged myself to try to fit all my particular worldly goods, not counting furniture and clothing or kitchen items onto my bed. That included health and beauty and sentimental things of mine. It helped me fine tune some categories. There are still grown kid’s keepsake toys in the attic, off season heaters and air conditioners but it helped me develop an uncluttered mindset.

  6. Michelle — I love your creative comments as to how to tackle clutter. May we all have an “uncluttered mindset!” I’m on the same journey with you.

  7. Yes, why did we ever have drawers/boxes/shelves (take your pick) full of things that have no purpose? As for stopping in the middle, theirs no middle but pausing until it becomes clear where to start next is a good thing. One more thing, remember this is your home and your life and just because someone else gets rid of something, for me that would be books, it doesn’t mean you have too. I now have them under control but i will always live with books – possibly.

  8. Sink Reflections saved the day at my house! The simplicity and do’ability of Cilley’s systems make it possible to see changes quickly. I certainly haven’t adopted all of the book’s ideas, but even baby steps make a huge difference.

  9. Beverley — Thank you for your support. The great thing about living more simply is when we “pause,” we don’t turn around to buy more clutter. Kristen — I wholeheartedly agree that Sink Reflections is a jewel of a book. For the uninitiated, check out Cilley’s website Fly Lady for help with home organization. Another wonderful book is Clutter Busting by Brooks Palmer. Best wishes! Christine

  10. MelD

    Flylady and subsequently Sink Reflections were hard at work in me, too – I liked how the whole system was back then, seems – ironically! – a bit cluttered now.
    I probably wouldn’t have begun to find any of these people, sites or books without Janet Luhrs’ Simple Living Guide, many years ago… Interesting how the simplicity movement has become the minimalist movement!

  11. Christine, thanks for sharing! I can totally relate to your journey. My journey towards simplicity has been a long and winding road, but I’ve definitely made progress, and my life is better for it. Over the weekend we had an unexpected snowfall, and it provided the perfect excuse to stay at home all day on Sunday, instead of going out and running errands (which, it turns out, didn’t really need to be done!). I couldn’t believe how relaxing the day was, just staying home and spending time with my hubby and pets, and doing things I really like to do (reading, writing, & playing with the pets). I even spent some time de-cluttering, and that felt good too! It always feels really great to let go of excess stuff.



  12. Kris,
    Liked everything in your comment. I now try to reduce the need for errands and opt for calmer time instead. Enjoy the snow! Christine

  13. Adore these steam showers

  14. Great post and great tips and advice. The part that I take away from your post is that I waste too much time on doing non-essential things then complain I have no time. Time to make some changes here.

    • Gail

      Wow! That describes me to a T ! I never really thought about it, but I know that I DO waste time on non-essentials, and I often complain of not having enough time. I get hung up on details.

  15. Hi Christine and thank you so much for sharing your story with us all :)

    “Part of the reason I wanted to share these facts is to help you understand that living more simply does not mean being perfect or doing perfect things.” – So very, very true! I’ve been living simply for the past twenty years or so and still learning new things on the subject!

    I also enjoyed your list and how empowered you started to feel. This should be the way we all live…to varying degrees of course depending on what works best for each of us as individuals!!

    Thanks again Christine and all the best on your continued life journey.


  16. Samantha– Your comment really took me back to a time I’d already forgotten. A time when I too would only complain about having no time. Now I have to be conscious of how to fill the time I have the way that works best for me. Still hard, but much much better! Good luck, you are almost there!

  17. Lyle — Thanks for your support. I’ve found once you start on the simplicity journey, you only want more ;). Best to you.

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