a couple of years ago, i heard a story on npr about people involved with a “voluntary simplicity movement”. the goals they’d set for themselves — slowing down, cleaning out all the physical and mental clutter, taking the time to be a better friend and neighbor — appealed to me. i poked around yahoo!, and found the simple living network. (yahoo! now has a whole section on simplicity; hopefully, i’ll find time to look through it all.) i looked through their collection of books, and decided to buy simplify your life (100 ways to slow down & enjoy the things that really matter) by elaine st. james. i found a lot of practical advice in it which i began applying to my own life. i’ve since gone on to read other books on the subject, and i’d like to use this space to relate some of my experiences and thoughts about my efforts at uncluttering.