The Simple White Rabbit:
A Guide to Gradual Minimalism
My name is Christy King, and I’d like to welcome you to The Simple White Rabbit, a guide to gradual minimalism. This blog will help you simplify your life step by step, in small blocks of time.
By decluttering and organizing your home and mind, you’ll be happier, have more time to do the things you enjoy, feel less stressed, help the environment and save money.
Background: Minimalist Living
I’ve been drawn to minimalist living for several years, but for a long time, I felt that if I wasn’t ready to get rid of most what I owned, minimalism wasn’t for me.
A few years ago, I decided that instead of giving up on the idea or leaving it for some indefinite time in the future (when all the kids are gone or when we retire), I would immediately begin to simplify my life.
Although I’m only partway down the path to minimalism, I already see many of the benefits of “downshifting.”
I have more time for family, friends, hobbies and community activities, and my diet is healthier. We live in a smaller place, so it’s a lot faster to clean and maintain. Living more deliberately means I feel grateful for things that are so easy to take for granted, like the warmth of the sun on a spring day.
While there are (of course) still plenty of times life seems too complicated, they’re easier to deal with since I’m less stressed and more even-tempered.
When you start from a point of inner peace, it’s a lot easier to think through problems realistically instead of getting stuck in a loop of negative thoughts.
People who know me have remarked that I’m happier and calmer. When they ask me what’s changed, I explain how I’ve been gradually simplifying my life.
It’s surprising how often I hear that they’ve wanted to live more minimalist lives too, but don’t know how to start. That’s why I decided to share what I’ve learned through my own experiences on this blog.
As I mentioned, I’m still working on simplifying my own life, so I hope you’ll use this blog to share your ideas and experiences as well.
I’m 47 years old and live in a suburb of Portland, Oregon with my husband, 16-year-old son, cat and Shetland sheepdog. We recently moved from a 2,270 square foot house on an acre and a half to a 1250 square foot townhouse. I also have three adult stepchildren.
We’re loving the small space, and think we may downsize further in the future.
My hobbies include reading, writing, cooking, knitting, soap-making, photography, gardening, hiking, snowshoeing, traveling and learning (yes, I count learning as a hobby – I love learning just for the sake of learning).
I’ve been a lawyer for more than 20 years, practicing in the areas of business transactions and intellectual property, and I’ve co-authored numerous legal books, including The Deskbook of Art Law [no link now – it’s between editions], Art Law in a Nutshell, The Law (in Plain English) for Photographers, The Law (In Plain English) for Doctors, Dentists and Other Health Professionals, and The Law (in Plain English) for Restaurants and Others in the Food Industry.
I grew up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and left because it was too hot and humid. I love the cooler weather here in Oregon, but I still miss Cajun and Creole food.
More by and about Me
- Check out my interview at Simple Financial Lifestyle.
- Listen to Robert Wall interview me at Untitled Minimalism.
- Learn more about me through Kelvin Belfon’s interview at Going Uncomplicated.
- One of my posts was featured on Eric West’s Minimal You.
How to Contact Me
Also, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I would love to hear from you.