A simpler life

Lisa Fuchs on how a simpler life makes space in your home and your mind.

Violet edition: Enjoying without owning

Clew’s recent colour musings have been leading up to this magnificent colour: Violet. Violet as in creativity, poetry, flowers, mystery, expectation…and Clew. Violet is Clew’s colour, and it is often regarded as the colour of wisdom and creativity. So our 3rd anniversary edition (already!) will revive some of our old words of wisdom and creativity. This is […]

A simpler life: It’s NOT about the numbers

Minimalism is not about not owning anything. It is about owning only what you need and love. This is why minimalism can mean something very different to a single young man living on his own compared to a family of five with two dogs.

Moving – a burden or a blessing?

There is this quote that I love: “You don’t realize how much you own, until you try to put it all in a box” Can’t seem to find who said it – but I think this quote is very fitting, and real to most of us expats. Anyone who has ever packed up a home […]

A simpler life: The basic kitchen

The kitchen is one area where many seem to go over the top when buying stuff. Even people who hardly cook still have a full set of pans and pots, oven forms and cake forms in every shape and size. We complain about our kitchens being too small, and there just isn’t enough cupboard space. We […]

A simpler life: Enjoying without owning

It may sound so simple, but it was really one of the biggest eye openers for me when I realized – I don’t have to own to enjoy. I used to love shopping. Browsing through shops and planning all the things I wanted to buy – because that was the goal: To buy. I wanted […]

A simpler life: The knick-knacks

This was me a few years ago: every surface in our home had some kind of arrangement placed on it. A vase with some decorative twig, a candleholder, bowls, books deliberately placed because of their colors, all of it arranged with much effort and thought. And then, season for season I would replace things. Rearrange […]

A simpler life: How many pairs of jeans do you need?

Regardless if you took the reverse packing challenge I wrote about three weeks ago or not, I think most of us could do with a bit of regular wardrobe organizing and decluttering. We live in a time of washing machines, but have more clothes than ever before. In most cases you only wear a few favorites […]

A simpler life: The wardrobe

Have you ever stood in front of your wardrobe thinking you have “nothing to wear”? It tends to be that we can’t see the forest for all the trees. So here is an experiment you can easily do to simplify and minimize your wardrobe. All without the scary part – you know, throwing things away.

A simpler life: Make space for yourself

January. A new year, new resolutions and new plans. You might be going through your home trying to find space for all the gifts Santa brought. Promising yourself to be more tidy. Buying new boxes, color coordinating clothes, wrapping papers and candles in their respective drawers and cupboards. Your home will look clean and organized […]