5.29.2015

Online Weekend Reading (OWR): Minimalism, Closets, Exercise

Happy Friday! If you've got some free time on your hands this weekend, I have a few online articles that I recommend you bookmark and visit at your leisure. And hey, if you've found something interesting you think I should know about - leave a link in the comments!


For those feeling overwhelmed with your kids toys and clutter, I recommend reading this (short) article from Real Simple: http://www.realsimple.com/work-life/family/kids-parenting/reform-child-hoarder 
  • Favorite Takeaway: "Make a rule. If the items aren’t used by one month from today, then we’re going to recycle them. Or make a tradition out of it—schedule a regular clean-out day for the entire family."
Self-discipline in the realms of physical exercise and spiritual growth can be two of the toughest areas to gain traction. I know - I've been there. This past December my spiritual life got a much needed revamp (that's a post for another day), and now The Hubs and I are working on our physical (exercise) discipline, which is probably why I enjoyed this post from Jonathan so much: http://www.jonathanbriehl.com/2015/05/21/going-for-a-run/ 
  • Favorite Takeaway: "By the simple act of obediently studying His Word, the Holy Spirit has began to transform who I am."
Ever stood in your closet wondering what to wear to a special event or job interview? Real Simple is helping you out there as well with their colorful infographic: http://www.realsimple.com/beauty-fashion/clothing/wardrobe-basics/what-to-wear  
  • Favorite Takeaway: It's visual. 
"Biblical Minimalism" - don't let the title or idea turn you off before you read this post from South African pastor, Clint Archer: http://thecripplegate.com/fifty-shades-of-khaki-biblical-minimalism/ (H/T to Jonathan Briehl for pointing me in the direction of this post after I blogged about my closet guidelines this week)  
  • Favorite Takeaway: "The one-bag exercise is a therapeutic routine to remind myself that what I need is exponentially less than what I own."
There must be something in the air (I blame the age-old idea of "spring cleaning"), because Anne also wrote about clearing the closet clutter this week. While I don't focus on keeping my wardrobe down to a certain number, for some folks, this idea might be just what they need to keep from being overwhelmed: http://modernmrsdarcy.com/2015/05/ten-item-wardrobe/  
  • Favorite Takeaway: "Some people might think this topic is superficial, but we all have to get dressed. If you put some thought and organization into this daily task, you can completely change your life."
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What are YOU reading that you think I should check out?

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