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  1. This is a truly delightful story Debbie. It is amazing how much money, time and energy we throw away mindlessly in our lives. In regard to money, I sometimes wonder if I could retire now (at age 35) if I hadn’t thrown away all of the money I earned and used it thoughtfully.

    Congrats on making progress on your shopping habits too. I have had some serious shopping addictions (non-clothes related) and know how hard it was to break.

    I hope you continue to make wonderful progress


    • Thanks so much for your comment, Mark! I know what you mean about being able to retire early. I’m more than 10 years older than you and sometimes wish I could have a “do-over” with money! But all we can do is do better when we know better, and that’s what I’m trying to do now. Thanks for your congrats. Seems like you deserve some, too. A lot of men struggle with shopping addiction, too, but what they buy is often different (gadgets and collections vs. clothing, shoes, etc.). The roots of the problem are often the same, though. It’s touch to overcome such issues, but it CAN be done!

      • I like your expression “all we can do is do better when we know better, and that’s what I’m trying to do now”. That is some great advice :-)

        Collections was my issue… collections of gadgets in an unusual niche.

        And I agree they come from a similar root. That is why Jess and I can help one another. And I agree it CAN be done. Slow and steady!

  2. Ann Marie

    Thank you for sharing your inspiring story! I know first hand how hard it is to say “no” when there is so much temptation all around us. We are continually inundated with the “latest and greatest”, whether it’s clothes, gadgets, hobbies, or whatever.
    Keep up the good work and you will accomplish all you have set out to do! :)

    • Thanks for your kind words, Ann Marie! You’re so right about the temptation being all around us. It can be difficult to swim against the current of consumerism, but it’s definitely rewarding when we’re able to do so. I know I feel better now that I’m buying less and enjoying more!

  3. sumarie


    This has nothing to do with this post, but just saw this Ted Talk I wanted to make you aware of — about
    a physician who cured her MS through diet:

    Thank you!

  4. Hey Debbie, I just found your blog. It’s great! I feel like our lives are parallel, in that
    we came from Ct. – a 4000 sq. ft. house – to a 6 month rental of a 2300 sq. ft. house.Ha!
    Our times is up this month, and due to no housing inventory and the exorbitant prices, we are returning to Ct. as a staging area for the next part of our lives.
    I am having great fun giving everything of no current use to me or my husband to Good Will or Salvation, or if any value to a consigment shop called Home Consigments.
    This is great – both the decluttering, downsizing, and Your blog!

    • Thanks so much for your comment, Kathy. Yes, we do have some parallels! Congrats on your success in downsizing – and for your enjoyment of the process! Decluttering can be addictive, can’t it? I continue to look for new ways to simplify my surroundings and my life and I’m happier as a result. I wish you the best of luck with your move back to CT!

  5. Moving is always a great way to realize how much you own and it is the best time of all to start changing your ways! Our small little family is starting to find contentment in eco-minimalism and while the journey may be long, the rewards are certainly fulfilling.

    Keep going with the decluttering, it is a wonderful art.

    • Thanks for your comment, Cheryl. Yes, moving definitely helps in terms of de-cluttering! My father and stepmother just moved after living in the same place for 17 years. They had quite the time de-cluttering and packing. It’s better to do it as we go along… Congrats on the contentment you’ve found through eco-minimalism! I wish you continued success and happiness.

  6. Kim M.

    Hi Debbie! Just saw your post here and had to comment. Your statement of having spent over $12,000 for a storage unit really hit home for me! When I moved in 2 years ago with my now husband, we didn’t have enough room for all our stuff so we got a climate controlled unit for $75/month. About 6 months ago I gave away several rooms of furniture to needy coworkers and that only left a small amount in storage. After reading this today I am inspired to just get rid of the rest. If I’ve not needed it in 2 years then it needs to go and we need to quit paying for the storage unit. Now I just have to get my husband on board with this. We truly do not have room in our current living situation and a couple of (large) items are special to him. Thanks for your inspiring message. BTW, I check in with your blog every day as everything you write resonates with me. Take care of yourself!

    • Hello Kim. I love hearing that blog posts inspire others into action. I hope it all works out. It will be great to lose that expense and gain that physical and mental freedom from less stuff.

    • Thanks so much for your comment, Kim! It’s good to see you here as well as over at my blog. I’m glad to hear that my story helped to inspire you to let go of the storage unit. Perhaps you’ll be able to avoid the type of wasted money my husband and I experienced. Maybe your husband will be ready to either part with the items you mentioned or find another solution. Good luck! Thanks for letting me know you like my blog!

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