An Edited Life

“We’ve got to cut the extraneous out of our lives, and we’ve got to learn to stem the inflow. We need to think before we buy. Ask ourselves, ‘Is that really going to make me happier? Truly?'” —Graham Hill

While editing is often a writer’s Achilles’ heel (I’d know!), an edited life is one that many of us should be aspiring to live. Enter LifeEdited, a website and online resource devoted to helping you ‘design your life to include more money, health and happiness with less stuff, space and energy.’ Founded by Graham Hill, of Treehugger.com fame, the site is not all granola hippie, but rather gives useful suggestions on ways to simplify your life, your daily activities, and living spaces. This includes everything from a reversible dress to ways to share items with neighbors. Though the site appears to be just getting off its feet, I suspect it will become a necessary resource in this increasingly hectic, increasingly overcrowded world.

I know I often find myself struggling against our society’s desire for more and more ‘new’ stuff when the old stuff will do just fine. Fortunately, there are a lot of ‘old’ things that are actually better than their newer models, such as the five mentioned in this Yahoo article. I’ve always been a fan of vintage furniture, clothing, jewelry, and artwork—if you’re in Los Angeles, the Rose Bowl Flea Market is the best place to start.

In the meantime, here’s a little ditty from a place close to home for me and a reminder of how life used to be ‘simple’ in the ‘countryside’ of New Hampshire:

http://getdenso.com/videos/6507776#.T34aZCNy8yc
And here’s Graham Hill’s TED talk on living an edited life:

http://www.ted.com/talks/graham_hill_less_stuff_more_happiness.html

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About Kaitlin Solimine

Kaitlin Solimine was raised in New Hampshire but has considered China a second home for the past two decades. She is the author of the award-winning forthcoming novel Empire of Glass and co-founder of Hippo Reads, a media start-up connecting academic insights with real world issues. She lives in Singapore.
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