"Frugality is one of the most beautiful and joyful words in the English language, and yet one that we are culturally cut off from understanding and enjoying. The consumption society has made us feel that happiness lies in having things, and has failed to teach us the happiness of not having things." ~Elise Boulding

This week at the yardstead we have been discussing simplicity and frugality.  We moved into our yardstead 8 years ago.  I'm sure we are not alone but over these past years we seem to have filled up our house and our lives with so much stuff.  I'm willing to bet that 50% of it, if not more, is really unneccesary stuff.  Over the next few months we plan to donate, reduce, recycle and re`use until we have less clutter.  My goal is to then, NOT to fill the yardstead back up with more stuff.

If you have not seen The Story of Stuff with Annie Leonard.  Here is the link.  I highly recommend it.  www.storyofstuff.com