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Why there are no comments on less-stuff

I'm doing a 30 day blogging challenge and on day 1 people started to ask why I don't have comments on the site. This is the post for day 2 so I don't have to keep repeating myself. What comments? When you set up a website on WordPress the default is to allow comments. At the bottom of each post ...
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how to have a perfect mindful camping holiday

How to have a perfect mindful camping holiday

I call my car an escape pod, and the most frequent escapes  are for an overnight camping trips. Staying away for longer involves cat sitters, worrying if the fat one has taken his medicine and if the little one has done a dirty protest in a very inconvenient place. An overnight camping trip restores me and recharges me for a ...
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Focus inside festival

How much tech is too much? Focus Inside Festival London April 17-22, 2018

How much technology is too much? - It’s time to get back control over our lives and make technology work for us  - By Anastasia Dedyukhina, organizer of Focus Inside mindful tech festival in London While our devices can be useful tools, we are definitely out of balance in using them today. We are bombarded with information, check our ...
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coping with clutter in a small space

Coping with clutter and storage in a small living space

Living in a small space brings extra challenges with storage. What is essential in winter can look like clutter in the summer and some tools and equipment might not be needed all year round. These tips and ideas are great for people living in bigger homes too. Ask the experts Take a picture of your cluttered space into a large ...
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mothers day

What mums really want for Mothers day (clue, it is not more clutter!)

Mothers Day generally catches me unawares. It doesn't have a set day, it is on the fourth Sunday of Lent or three weeks before Easter Sunday. If (like me) that means nothing to you, it is either in March or the start of April and is always on a Sunday.  Google is your friend here! Just like Valentines Day, the ...
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7 days of eating local food

Happerly 7 Day Know Your Food Origins Challenge

With the synchronicity of the internet that only the algorithms of social media can evoke, we were just talking about shopping locally in the Less-stuff Facebook group when this 7 day challenge came to my attention. Happerley is a new way of certifying food producers and suppliers that lets us consumers trace where it came from.  They are running a ...
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3 ways to slow down when you write

3 ways to slow down when you write

Why slow down? Most days I turn the computer on to a hundred or so emails, despite my control methods to stop junk mail. I check Facebook to be met with a barrage of things that need my attention. Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest all lure me to gather more information and ideas and occasionally the phone rings with more pulls ...
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will being ethical make you happier

Will being ethical make you happy?

In 7 months time I'm going back to college to start a MA in design. I did my degree about 25 years ago so I'm a little worried that my brain is rusty. I've been dipping into some research for another book about gentle decluttering over the last year though and one google link after the next led me to ...
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Feel the fear and draw in that nice new sketchbook

Feel the fear and draw in that nice new sketchbook

I don't like or enjoy drawing.  So, although I'm a professional designer in my day job I still feel a deep anxiety when I need to draw something. Despite my hatred of putting pencil to paper, I love new sketchbooks. My gut reaction with a new sketchbook is to hoard it away because it feels too good to use. This ...
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Writing a personal manifesto instead of making resolutions

The end of the year is nigh. Before the new year I want to reflect on this one, learn from my mistakes and celebrate things that have gone well. Next year brings some exciting changes - I've been accepted on a MA Design postgraduate course starting in September. It will take me 3 years part time and I could ...
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