Never underestimate the importance of abandoning crap you don’t need.

Encouragement is important in all areas of life, but especially when trying to live a life different than those around us.

It provides us with motivation to persevere. It invites us to dream dreams of significance for our lives. And it begs us to work diligently with optimism and promise.

Overcoming the pull of consumerism is a difficult challenge regardless of our stage in life. Simplicity requires encouragement. To that end, I hope you will find motivation in these articles below.

Each post was intentionality chosen to inspire simplicity in your life. For maximum effect, find a quiet moment this weekend and enjoy them with a fresh cup of coffee or tea.

How Living with Less Can Give You More | SUCCESS by Melissa Balmain. Discover how people improved their lives by paring possessions, forgoing conveniences, and downsizing their homes.

The Science Of Simplicity: Why Successful People Wear The Same Thing Every Day | Elite Daily by John Haltiwanger. We waste so many precious moments concerning ourselves with frivolous details.

Your Kids, Too? Practical Advice When Kids Have Too Much Stuff. | The Washington Post by Sharon Holbrook. It may be an uphill battle, fellow parents, but let’s do it. We’ve got nothing to lose but the junk.

The Emptiness of Accolades | Storyline by Joshua Becker. The life we live is the life we live regardless if anybody notices or not.

Modern Moms Looking For Perfection in All the Wrong Places | New York Post by Karol Markowicz. There’s an instinct in every parent to try to give our kids everything. But “everything” doesn’t have to be living up to some picture-ready ideal you saw on the Web.