The first one that I happened upon is Minimal.
I really love this blog. Simple, clean and full of useful info. It is geared a little towards Mac use, but there are plenty of great ideas.
Next is Simple + Bold. This blog leans more towards the inspirational side of minimalism, but is also a great resource for simplifying your life.
Finally, we have Zen Habits. Zen Habits is really a "How-To" on simple living. Lots of good ideas here.
Now I'm not saying that we should all throw away all of our stuff but, for me, a little cleaning up is necessary. I'm tired of holding on to all of these things that I think that I need but really don't. I do believe in preparedness, so I am not just blindly getting rid of everything. I am, however, taking a hard look at what I have and deciding whether it stays or whether it goes.
My pack is much lighter because I have cut out carry a lot of things that I just threw in there to have.
My pockets are lighter because I am not carrying change, a full-sized wallet or six or seven pens.
Something else that I am trying to do is to consolidate my "planning materials". In other words, I am not carrying three or four notebooks and a calender around. I have taken my blank Field Notes notebook and created a calender to last me through the rest of this year. I printed out aPocketMod that has a nice 2010 yearly calender that I have clipped to it and I will use the rest of the blank pages for notes.
This will probably be of no surprise to any of you but the hardest thing for me not to carry is...writing utensils (and notebooks). I am in a constant personal struggle to lighten my pen load. I opened my bag last night and realized that I had a small organizer with 9 fountain pens in it, a pencil bag that was so full the zipper was about to burst and about five other pens and pencils stashed in other pockets. It really is an addiction, isn't it? Well, I still have the fountain pens but I did weed through the pencil case and took out about half of what I had. It's so hard!
I just wanted to update everyone and let you know that I am still here, just doing other things. I will get some reviews up soon. Please check out the links above and let me know if they are useful.
Also, I am still doing the Monthly Pain Cave thing and this month is killing me. I have set out to complete 5000 push-ups, crunches and jumping jacks. Needless to say, I am a bit sore. Please remember that anyone is welcome to join us in this madness and we love to see new people. It's really a good time.