Why Less? {Day 1}


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31 Days of Less & More | Life Goals | Life Motivations | Goal Setting

This is Day 1 of our 31 Days of Less & More challenge.  To read all the posts in order, start with this post, then visit the Overview Page to see the outline for the whole series.  

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Last October, after practically killing myself to write & publish a post every day for a whole month, I swore that I would never again do another on of the Nester’s 31 days series.  I loved 31 Days of Living Well & Spending Zero, but by then end of the month, I was exhausted!  It was just too much work, too much stress, too much energy….just too much.

Well…..never say never.

Because of course a few months passed, the craziness of the holiday season faded away, and I found myself pondering another idea for 31 days series, spurred by an idea and a need that has been pressing on my heart for some time:


After a lifetime of always wanting more, I think I’ve finally come to a point where all I really want now is less.  Less distraction, less stress, less heartache, less stuff.  At the same time what I truly crave is purpose, joy, peace, and contentment.

When I talked to my dear blogging friend (and accountability partner) Edie about the idea of doing a 31 Days of Less series, she embraced it completely, but she also pointed out the other side.  The opposite of less, of course, is more.  Nature hates a void; if there is less of something, what will fill its place?

What if, she suggested, we did a series together31 Days of Less AND More.  Each day could tackle a different goal—LESS of one thing and MORE of something better.

I thought it was brilliant.

Edie and I are so excited to share this series with you this month.  It will be a little different from my regular lineup of blog posts, but my hope is that it will offer something even better.  We hope to offer nourishment for your soul and the encouragement you need to make a series of small adjustments that can together add up to a very big change.  We have been working on it together for the better part of six months now, and we have been praying daily that this will truly be a month of blessing to each of you.

31 Days of Less & More | Life Goals | Life Motivations | Goal Setting

So as not to overwhelm you, each of our posts will be short—500 words or less—and together will give you one small challenge to focus on each day.  You can do as many or as few of these tasks as you feel able.  Our goal isn’t to stress you out, but to offer practical tips and encouragement as we walk through this journey together.

The series will be broken up into three main parts.  Part One—days 2-11—will focus on filling our lives with less heartache and more joy.  Next, Part Two—days 12-21—will focus on creating less stress but more peace.  Finally, Part Three—days 22-31—will hone in on our physical spaces and focus on having less stuff but more contentment.

We will be encouraging lots of support and discussion on our Facebook pages, so be sure to “like” both Living Well Spending Less and Life in Grace on Facebook if you don’t already!

Finally, for those of you who want to do another 31 Days of Living Well & Spending Zero, please feel free to do that too!  These two series can definitely be tackled at the same time, and I will be joining you in a month of zero spending.  If you would like to join the no-spend challenge, be sure to join the dedicated Facebook group here, where I will be posting the challenges from last year each day.

Be sure to read Edie’s corresponding post HERE


Commit to joining us for 31 days of Less & More!  Public accountability is a powerful motivator, so we strongly encourage you to let others know that you are IN!  Leave a comment below or on the LWSL Facebook Page.  Even better, post about this challenge on your personal page so that your own friends & family can encourage and challenge you, or perhaps even join you!

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Are you ready for this challenge?  What are your fears or concerns?  What are you most excited about?


  1. Anonymous
    September 30 at 07:41PM

    Ready for change.

    • janice
      October 3 at 02:50PM

      I’m in.

    • Renee
      September 25 at 03:31PM

      This is 2016 but I like the idea and plan to go through your challenges! I fear procrastinating and not following through. I hope to learn and be inspired to be more purposeful in the way I live my life! I want less so I have more of God’s blessings! 🙂

  2. Holly
    September 30 at 07:57PM

    This is awesome! I’m in!

  3. Rachel
    September 30 at 08:02PM

    Awesome can’t wait!

  4. September 30 at 08:03PM

    I’m definitely in! October sounds like the perfect month for a challenge like this!

  5. Leann
    September 30 at 08:07PM


  6. September 30 at 08:49PM

    I am all in and ready to move forward! Thanks to both of you ladies for taking the time out to get this series set up. 🙂

  7. Anonymous
    September 30 at 08:51PM

    I have to replace my phone, but I don’t have to have the fanciest one. I chose one that will do the job well and not need replaced for quite some time.

  8. September 30 at 09:22PM

    I can’t wait to read your ‘less versus more’ 31 days! I could use help with both!

  9. Teresa
    September 30 at 09:26PM

    I can’t wait to read your posts for the month of October and the challenges

  10. September 30 at 09:35PM

    October is exhausting – but in a wonderful way. I’m looking forward to pondering less / more with with – and Edie!

  11. September 30 at 09:46PM

    So excited it’s finally October so we can get going with this challenge! Really excited for it!

  12. Clare
    September 30 at 09:58PM

    Sounds good to me! I’m in!

  13. Jaemie
    September 30 at 10:14PM

    I’m IN! I’m going to really try to SPEND less as well. NO shopping for anything ‘extra’ and decluttering!

  14. Sharon Parker
    September 30 at 10:17PM

    Sounds great!!!! Thanks MB…I am in! 🙂

  15. Sharon Parker
    September 30 at 10:19PM

    Thanks MB!!!!! I am in… 🙂

  16. Anonymous
    September 30 at 11:15PM

    I’m ready to attempt to declutter my life in order to fill it with what I truly love!!!

  17. Von Ann
    September 30 at 11:27PM

    I’m in …..Sounds like a wonderful series. ….!

  18. Paulie
    September 30 at 11:57PM

    My husband and I were just talking about tackling some debt by embracing less. Cant wait to see your posts!

  19. September 30 at 11:59PM

    I am accepting your challenge of Less and More, at least I hope.
    Here’s my post about it:
    Now to just do it everyday and blog about what I did. At least I’ve met challenge #1. 🙂

  20. em
    October 1 at 02:04AM

    Yes please 🙂

  21. Jackie
    October 1 at 02:19AM

    I’m in!

  22. Kristen
    October 1 at 05:15AM

    I’m in too!

  23. kris
    October 1 at 06:23AM

    Life has forced me to have less, now to work on the wants and be satisfied with simple and be full. I look forward to this series and the timing was impeccable.

  24. Jenn A
    October 1 at 08:38AM

    Found out about this series and came here from Edie’s blog. I’m looking forward to reading what you both have to say every day in October.

  25. October 1 at 08:41AM

    I am in with all of you! And when life gets too hectic, I just wrote some tips on how to slow down:

  26. October 1 at 09:01AM

    This could not have come at a better time! I’m so ready.

  27. venestina
    October 1 at 09:35AM

    Im in!

  28. Ally
    October 1 at 09:39AM

    I can’t wait to learn & grow from this challenge!

  29. Jen
    October 1 at 09:42AM

    I’m ready!

  30. October 1 at 09:49AM

    Soooo ready! I know this is going to be great! Thanks for putting this together. I am in!

  31. Lindsay
    October 1 at 09:52AM

    Yes I am in!!!

  32. October 1 at 09:56AM

    I’m in. I stated on Friday. Why wait. It’s going to be a great month, and I’ve already gotten a lot done around the house.

  33. Kourtney
    October 1 at 09:58AM

    I’m in!

  34. Eirika
    October 1 at 09:59AM

    I’m in.

  35. October 1 at 10:01AM

    I am a little nervous but I am in! Going to “try” the zero spending but I don’t think I’ll be able to!! AHHH!

  36. October 1 at 10:02AM

    I’m IN. In fact, I started on Friday with my husbands last paycheck. Let the saving, cleaning, and purging begin. Time to start enjoying life with less.

    • October 1 at 10:06AM

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      Thank you. Sorry for the duplicate comments.


  37. Donna
    October 1 at 10:12AM

    Count me in.

  38. October 1 at 10:12AM

    I’m in.

  39. Kim
    October 1 at 10:18AM

    Count me in!!

  40. Mureil
    October 1 at 10:19AM

    I’m in

  41. Juli L.
    October 1 at 10:30AM

    I am in! Ready for this challenge at this crossroad of life!

  42. laura
    October 1 at 10:30AM

    im in x

  43. Anonymous
    October 1 at 10:31AM

    I am in!!! ~Korin~

  44. October 1 at 10:59AM

    I’m in. I need to declutter my house and my families lives so we can live better, financially, spiritually, and emotionally.

  45. Terry
    October 1 at 11:02AM

    I’m in as well! 🙂 Thank you!

  46. October 1 at 12:05PM

    I’m a bit nervous about committing to be honest, but I so want what you are offering.. more of the good stuff and less of the bad, so what the hell… I’m in!

  47. October 1 at 12:27PM

    I’m ready!

  48. maria
    October 1 at 12:35PM

    Yes, I will try to join in each day!! Good idea!

  49. October 1 at 01:10PM

    I am completely looking forward to every post in this series. I know that the two of you are a dynamic duo.

  50. Diana
    October 1 at 01:49PM

    September and October have always felt like the start of a new year! So this can be very encouraging to a lot of people, including myself! Bring it on!

  51. Teri
    October 1 at 02:00PM

    help I’m trying to read the day one …Less but it just keeps putting me to repeating I doing something wrong

  52. October 1 at 02:16PM

    Brilliant! I love the dual-side approach. People often think that more stuff leads to more happiness/contentment. It will be very nice seeing how you ladies show how less really can be more. 🙂 Definitely will follow the series!

  53. Pam
    October 1 at 02:29PM

    Looking forward to it. This is what I’m searching for- Aug 30 was my last day of working outside the home.

  54. Anonymous
    October 1 at 03:46PM


  55. Sandy
    October 1 at 03:48PM


  56. Bonnie
    October 1 at 05:52PM

    I’m going to try the 30 days of no spending challenge first. We just bought a car and I need to seriously kick my spending habit. I have a tendency to go overboard around Halloween too.

  57. Cathy
    October 1 at 06:54PM

    I’m in.

  58. Monica Walker
    October 1 at 06:55PM

    This sounds great and I’m hoping to do it. I usually don’t get on the Internet everyday but I’ll try to keep up!

  59. October 1 at 08:19PM

    Thank you for this post. It is a great way to realize how much we are overspending our budget as well. I really wish we could do something like this. I’m working on building my stockpile up a bit, and then we may try it. We usually eat out once per week and spend a little extra on various things we don’t need. I’m just not sure if my husband or I have the willpower.

  60. Cecile
    October 1 at 08:25PM

    I am in like Flynn. The husband and I are also doing the 30 day no spend challenge. I am stoked for the moth ahead 🙂

  61. Karmen
    October 1 at 08:45PM

    I’m in

  62. Anonymous
    October 1 at 09:27PM

    I’m in

  63. Darci
    October 1 at 09:29PM

    I’m in!

  64. Amy
    October 1 at 10:29PM

    I am ready!

  65. Amy
    October 1 at 11:19PM

    I’m ready! This will definitely be a challenge .

  66. Leanne
    October 1 at 11:19PM

    I’m in. I needed inspiration and it came to me via Money Saving Mom:)

  67. Margie
    October 1 at 11:43PM

    I’m willing to give it a try!

  68. October 2 at 12:03AM

    Can I be half-way in? Maybe do a post on each subject? My main goal would be less computer time and more time with family–which is very hard when I babysit 4 days a week, 5 children, and fledgling blogger–plus I already agreed to do 6 blogposts with other bloggers this month. But I think it is such a needed topic, and I would love the challenge it would give me of thinking through and meditating on these subjects.

  69. Jessica Smoke
    October 2 at 02:13AM

    I’m in! 🙂

  70. lee Granger
    October 2 at 03:25AM

    I am in. I have done this whenever I can, but we live on a lake and the relatives come often so not always possible!

  71. Anonymous
    October 2 at 07:42AM

    I’m in!

  72. October 2 at 08:36AM

    looking forward to it!

  73. October 2 at 08:48AM

    This is going to be such a huge blessing for me! So many things have been going on in my life and I have felt totally alone. I’m so glad to have found a place for new ideas and support. Thank you!

  74. October 2 at 08:49AM

    I just began digging around your site and love it! I am in for the challenge!

  75. Jenni
    October 2 at 10:49AM

    Count me in!

  76. October 2 at 02:21PM

    I did 31 Days of Orange several years ago. It was great fun, but it is a marathon. Good luck!

  77. Sirena
    October 2 at 04:28PM

    I need this! Count me in! 🙂

  78. October 2 at 06:46PM

    Love these ideas.

  79. October 2 at 08:47PM

    I am so excited about this! So ready for Less & more in my life !!

  80. October 2 at 09:08PM

    Good idea. I’m in

  81. Eugenia
    October 3 at 12:23PM

    Looking forward to it!

  82. Anonymous
    October 3 at 07:08PM

    Count me in too!

  83. Anonymous
    October 3 at 11:09PM

    im in

  84. Rachel Reed
    October 5 at 08:28AM

    I’m in! So want to have less stress, less stuff more joy more purpose.

  85. Anonymous
    October 5 at 11:40PM

    I just found you and have spent the last 90 minutes reading your stuff. Ok. I’m in.

  86. October 6 at 09:29AM

    i’m late but i’m in! my heart has been yearning for this! just this past week I asked one of my closest girlfriends to be my accountability partner of spending.

  87. Lisa
    October 6 at 06:33PM

    Loving this!

  88. October 6 at 08:28PM

    Hi, Ruth! I just started catching up on email and saw this challenge (if you will) and I am IN! I am excited to see where this takes me and what the Lord and all of you will teach me.

  89. JennE
    October 7 at 07:29PM

    I am not sure how well I will do seeing that I am taking care of my hubby post surgery but with the change of seasons I think that I am ready for other changes as well. Let’s start!

  90. Sherry
    October 7 at 10:54PM

    I am in 🙂

  91. Winnie Berg
    October 8 at 02:27PM

    I’m in!!

  92. October 9 at 04:05AM

    Excellent challenge! It always feels good to be organised and have a goal to work towards 🙂

  93. pam
    October 11 at 02:55PM

    I’m joining late. I’m in the midst of my second move in less than a year and a half. I’m widowed and retired and have much of the stuff of someone who has taken things from my parents under my wing. The first move meant downsizing from a 3 bedroom/2 bath/garage/storage shed home to a 2 bedroom/2 bath/storage garage duplex. Sold and donated what I thought was a ton of stuff. Fast forward to today as I’m packing to move to a 1 bedroom/1 bath/no storage MIL apartment in my daughter’s brand new home. Everything that is not essential is going to the consignment store or being donated. I’m a scrapbooker/cardmaker/quilter so my bedroom will be my studio and I will be sleeping in the living area on a daybed. I’m learning that less is more and that things are not thoughts, and that being close to current family is more important than old things from family of origin. Looking forward to spending some time with the challenges I’ve missed and the ones to come after the big move on Sunday.

  94. Susan Trimble
    October 11 at 03:56PM

    This is something that I need. Thank you. Susan

  95. Jessica R
    October 16 at 09:45AM

    Better late than never. I need so much less and so much more. 🙂

  96. Summer Owsley
    October 20 at 11:57PM

    I am IN.. So glad I found this..

  97. Lisa
    October 21 at 02:15PM

    Just found you and starting straight away on this challenge. Thanks for the push 😉

  98. October 26 at 10:47AM

    I’m all for this. I am going to give it a go.

  99. Rosemary Kennedy
    October 31 at 03:13PM

    I’m in!!!!!

  100. Julie
    November 1 at 10:56PM

    I’m in!

  101. Cheryl
    November 22 at 02:13PM

    I’m a bit late, as usual, but I’m definitely in!

  102. Lauren Barr
    March 28 at 06:34PM

    Ready to do this. I’m a teenager living with a lot of things I don’t need right now

  103. Brandi
    June 30 at 12:48AM


  104. Christie
    July 30 at 06:25PM

    Lets do this!

  105. Anita
    August 22 at 11:13PM

    Can’t wait to do this!

  106. Heather
    October 29 at 04:03PM

    Always ready to try new things and this one sounds exactly like what I need right now

  107. Debbie
    February 3 at 09:32AM

    I hope I can still get in on this. Retirement is a few years away and I’m to the point that I want to clean everything out, get rid of stuff, and simplify, simplify, simplify. I stumbled across your blog and realized this is just what I need. A 31 day challenge to keep me on track and create new habits.

  108. Leslie
    April 24 at 12:16AM

    I’m in !! :))

  109. dallas
    April 26 at 02:42PM


  110. Erin
    June 11 at 10:03AM

    I’m in. Looking to replace this blog with social media like Facebook for 31 days.

  111. Linda
    July 9 at 09:19AM

    Just discovered this lovely site. I’m in…late….but in….beginning my 31 days today.

  112. Crystal
    August 17 at 06:08PM

    Count me in!

  113. Anonymous
    September 3 at 12:22AM

    Definitely time

  114. Pam
    September 7 at 12:07AM

    I’m excited to get started!

  115. Alicia
    September 23 at 02:05PM

    I am in

  116. Susan
    October 1 at 12:30PM

    Not sure if this is still going as it is 2 years old…but I’m in for a much needed change.!

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