Check out the Simple Living Network, a non-profit website (absolutely no commercials) that provides lots of information on how to pare down your material excesses. The site is run entirely by volunteers, who sincerely try to practice what they preach. Here’s the basic approach, as indicated on the home page:
[I]f you believe the world would be a better place if we all took a little more responsibility for what we consume and how we live our lives, then the path to simple living is probably one you will enjoy following. You’ll find many kindred spirits here!
The essence of voluntary simplicity is living in a way what is outwardly simple and inwardly rich. This way of lie embraces frugality of consumption, a strong sense of environmental urgency, a desire to return to living and working environments which are of a more human scale, and an intention to realize our higher human potential — both psychological and spiritual — in community with others. The driving forces behind voluntary simplicity range from acutely personal concerns to critical national problems. The appeal of simple living appears to be extraordinarily widespread, even gathering sympathy from among those who are not presently attempting to simplify their own life patterns. Voluntary simplicity is important because it may foreshadow a major transformation in the goals and values of the United States in the coming decades. Although a social movement still in its early stages, its practical and ethical positions seem well enough developed to permit useful analysis of this way of life.
After noticing this site, I couldn’t help but compare it to the many faux-simple living resources out there, such as the glitzy non-simple magazine, Real Simple.