Living that minimalist life: decluttering in the digital age

Mike Rowe


As the days grow longer hinting at the imminent death to winter (Spring is coming!), I am renewed with energy to attack attack attack all aspects of my personal life and streamline: declutter.

My most recent project being my email account. I have spent this past weekend clearing out my inbox of old emails—like, really old (goodbye 2014). Downloading articles and photos worth keeping and going delete and unsubscribe happy.

In doing so I have come across a fair number of articles I saved to re-read again because they were noteworthy. Here Lisa Be shares a LifeBuzz article, A Fan Asks Mike Rowe for Life Advice… His Response is Truly Brilliant.

It really is good advice.

Happiness does not come from a job. It comes from knowing what you truly value, and behaving in a way that’s consistent with those beliefs.

Great quote.

My continual pursuit to live simply, authentically, and honestly has spilt over into how I interact with my personal space. Living minimally or trying ever so hard to clear the clutter to get to that place of freedom brings me great happiness. I’m forever a work in progress and though the act of cleaning out one’s inbox seems small, and possibly even trivial, to me it represents something bigger. My happiness spilleth over the more I tackle these seemingly small chaotic annoyances. It’s aggravating holding on to things that have no meaning or value—even emails—that don’t bring joy to your existence. The mess that was my inbox was frustrating as hell. You ignore it for a time, thinking you’ll get back to whatever item you put on hold, and sometimes you don’t.

I’m happy my affinity for a certain aesthetic keeps my hoarding sensibilities in check. Now it’s time to bring those sensibilities to the next level. Keeping on in the spirit of less is far more.



  1. Henry van der Sluis
    April 19, 2017 / 10:32 AM

    Reading this for the first time while cleaning out my emails!! Like your new format and decluttering is a very worthwhile goal.

    • Julia
      April 19, 2017 / 9:59 PM

      Worthwhile indeed, and a constant battle!

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