Patricia Steffy

321 Flips | 5 Magazines | 158 Likes | 18 Following | 23 Followers | @PatriciaSteffy | I'm embracing minimalism and focusing my energy on experiences, like travel, and creative writing. Follow along if you share those passions!

Bicycle Misadventures in Cambria, California

This is a tale of a yellow bicycle, I not so affectionately named “El Diablo.”<p>It all started in Cambria, California. I was absurdly excited to find …

Dresses

How to eliminate clutter: A practical and personal approach to paring down

There is a method, but no madness, to the type of minimalism espoused by Cary Telander Fortin and Kyle Louise Quilici. The organizing experts and …

Minimalism

8 Key Lessons for Living a Simple Life

For the last dozen years, I’ve been living a (relatively) simple life. At times, the complexity of my life grows, and I renew my commitment to living …

Minimalism

What We’re Accomplishing Through The Hope Effect

In a few short months, we’ll celebrate the three-year anniversary of The Hope Effect—the nonprofit organization we launched in November 2015 with the …

South Dakota

Unusual and Affordable Summer Whites

Rosé may be the queen of summer these days, but sometimes we need something a bit more thirst-quenching to beat the heat. There was a time when I …

Stonefruit

This 5-step method from 'the next Marie Kondo' will totally transform your life

Do you ever look around your home and wonder where all this clutter came from, or open your full wardrobe and sag with the feeling you have nothing …

Marie Kondo

Why millennials are filling their closets with other people’s ‘trash’

TAMPA — The sewing machine pedal buzzes against Ericka Leigh’s bare foot as she hunches over a work table.<p>Behind her sits a bookshelf stuffed with …

Tampa Bay

7 Helpful Ideas to Declutter on a Busy Schedule

<i>For every minute spent minimizing possessions, an hour is earned.</i><p>People live busy lives—sometimes by choice, sometimes by circumstance. Nevertheless, …

Minimalism

The Freedom of Travel vs. The Paralysis of Stuff

<b>I have a confession to make: There are things I miss about a stationary life.</b><p>Once upon a time I had a four story house, with three bedrooms, an …

Minimalism

The Only Guide You Will Ever Need For Amer Fort

Smart traveler's guide to Jaipur's premier tourist attraction, Amer Fort. When to visit, how to visit, Entry charges, places to see in Amer Fort. …

Royal Family

Where’s Wagner:  A Wombat’s Tour of Vienna in 2 Days - Tales of a Backpacker

This was my second trip to Vienna, but it had been a while since my last visit. I couldn’t remember much about Vienna so I was glad to have a guide …

European Travel

Nepal Eco Adventure Review: The good & the bad - Trains, Planes and Tuk Tuks

Over the course of two weeks, I trekked nearly 150 miles from the jungle, onto the Tibetan Plateau, and up and over a 5,200-meter high pass on the</b> …

Trekking

Overtourism in Japan: Becoming a Victim of its Own Success? • The Invisible Tourist

<b>Overtourism in Japan has led the locals to coin a new phrase: kankō kōgai, or tourism pollution.”</b><p>Are people beginning to <b>travel backwards?</b> By …

Social Media

33 Little Lessons from Minimalist Fashion Challenge Project 333

I’ve been dressing with 33 items or less every 3 months for the last 8 years. Minimalist fashion challenge Project 333 started as a 3-month challenge …

Minimalism

Mallorca Sights - special Top 3

Mallorca sights – my personal recommendations.<p>My <b>Mallorca sights</b> are completely different from the normal tips and are in most travel guides mostly in …

European Travel

How To Enjoy One Day In Santa Fe, New Mexico

If you plan to visit New Mexico, be sure to spend at least one day in Santa Fe. There's a reason it's known as "The City Different." Our one-day …

Santa Fe

How to Get the Best Cruise Deal - Ann Cavitt Fisher

Planning a cruise vacation? Understanding cruise pricing along with tips, downloadable worksheets, and strategies to get the best cruise deals.The …

Expedia

The Five Best Places to Visit in Kyoto - Japan - Asia Travel

The best places to visit in Kyoto can vary from personal preference and choice, you may be interested in visiting historical landmarks, or the …

Japan

Mediterranean Cruise with MSC Trip Report

Earlier this month we enjoyed our first Mediterranean cruise. We flew to Bari, Italy and boarded the MSC Poesia. Our itinerary took us to Italy, …

European Travel

Delicious Food You Should Not Miss in Vigan, Ilocos Sur, Philippines

The <b>Ilocanos (people living in Ilocos) are known in the country for serving some of the best dishes in the Philippines</b>. I’ve heard plenty about the …

Deep Frying

Pamper Yourself with Luxury at the Marina Del Rey Hotel

Andy and I rarely indulge in a night away at an LA-area hotel. We’ve done it on special occasions (including a recent birthday excursion to the Queen …

Marina del Rey

I Tried Marie Kondo's New "Hikidashi" Boxes, and They Made Organizing 10x Easier

Marie Kondo's tidying philosophy might seem startlingly simple, but there's no doubt it has had a profound global reach. Her book <i>The Life-Changing</i> …

Minimalism

A First Apartment, With (Almost) Zero Waste

Moving day for most New Yorkers involves stacks of boxes, reams of Bubble Wrap and rolls of packing tape, but Amanda Lindner was determined to avoid all of those commonly used supplies when she moved from Hamilton Heights to her first solo apartment in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, Brooklyn, this …

Zero Waste

Should You Donate Or Sell Your Unneeded Possessions?

Almost everybody, at one point or another on their journey to become minimalist, ask themselves a difficult question: What should I do with all the …

Minimalism

It Is Time for a Social Media Cleanse

As a budding minimalist, I’ve gotten comfortable questioning new purchases, reflecting on what things I keep around me and decluttering. To date, my …

Social Media

Inspiring Simplicity. Weekend Reads.

<i>F</i><i>ill your life with stories to tell, not stuff to show.</i><p>The simplicity/minimalism movement is a beautiful community. And I enjoy any opportunity to …

Minimalism

9 Hard Truths About Clutter You Need to Hear

Growing up, my home was a collection of other people’s things.<p>My parents bought plenty of things new, but many of the biggest items in our home …

Minimalism

Make life easier by clearing the clutter and setting up systems

Tackle clutter with a good sort and purge. Picture: iStock<p>THERE is a reason you feel miserable when you come home to a messy, cluttered home.<p>And, …

Minimalism

6 Quick Ways to Simplify Your Life

Do you ever get that feeling of crushing overwhelm? The almost manic sense of rising panic? If that’s you, these tips will help you declutter and …

Minimalism

5 Ways to Simplify Your Life

I've spent the majority of the last two years living on a boat. Life on a sailboat has required me to think about what I actually need to be happy in …

Minimalism