From Clutter & Chaos to Freedom & Joy

My mission is to help you transform your home into a peaceful space with airy closets, organized cupboards and sparkling clear countertops.

My Journey

I started my journey to minimalism in 2008, struggling with depression and horribly embarrassed by the messy state of our home.

My goal for pursuing minimalism was to find contentment and joy in spending time with family and being able to focus on Christ. What I found was that minimalism wasn’t the answer. But it is a tool to use to help you focus on what’s important.

Minimalism doesn’t provide what you are looking for, but it can eliminate all the distractions as you are on that journey

My Mission

To help others turn their home into their own personal oasis.

Having found an immense amount of freedom with minimalism, it's my goal to share the methods of simplifying and the tools that I had to rely on (and still do!) to maintain a home that is easy to take care of and a joyful space to live.

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2018 in 2018

Each year I host a decluttering challenge. This year we are ridding our homes of 2,018 items!

Join 33, 302 subscribers and get your free tally chart to keep you motivated through the year.

Facebook Group

32,497 members and growing, this amazing group of ladies are making a difference in their home this year following the yearly challenge and encouraging one another along the way.

My Family

My husband Brian and I live in Montana with 4 of our 6 children still at home. Our children range in age from 4 years old on up to a 21-year-old Marine, who is  now married and serving in Hawaii. We enjoy nature, being creative; drawing (check out my collection of coloring books!), painting, and participating in our local renaissance festival with Brian's (and the kids) chain maille designs. 

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82 Comments

  1. Robin Anne Thompson on 11/07/2014 at 10:29 PM

    Awesome site!!! Thank you.

  2. Kathryn on 11/10/2014 at 6:16 PM

    Hi!! I’m so excited to find your site!! My husband and I have seven young children (ages 10 and under) . We are just beginning our minimalist journey, decluttering to sell our house and live in a much smaller home! (The goal being to have no debt!) I haven’t run across too many large families wanting to embrace minimalism (and actually applying it). I’m so excited to look through your blog and find ideas on how to declutter with many children. Thanks!!

    • Rachel on 11/10/2014 at 9:16 PM

      Thanks Kathryn! Glad to have you here!

  3. rachael on 12/01/2014 at 2:17 AM

    Awesome site! My name is Rachael, I’m married to Brian and we also have 6 kids. I was meant to find this blog:-)

    • Rachel on 12/02/2014 at 8:24 PM

      Totally meant to be. 🙂 Glad you found me!

  4. Christine on 12/02/2014 at 11:43 AM

    Hi Rachel:

    I grew up in Billings, Montana. You must love it! Your site has been helpful. I plan to do a 2015 challenge! Whoo hoo!

    • Rachel on 12/02/2014 at 8:24 PM

      Awesome! Glad to have you join us. 🙂

      And I do like Billings- lots of sunshine!

      • Brianna on 08/04/2016 at 11:55 AM

        Although i was born here in Georgia, I grew up in Miles City – and oh how i long to go back!

  5. Sara on 12/02/2014 at 8:03 PM

    I found your site a couple days ago and since then I’ve browsed through all 26 pages of your site. Very inspiring! Tonight I’ll be rounding up the brand new / never opened gifts from previous birthdays and Christmases to see if a local community center can use them for their Christmas presents. For the “must haves” that aren’t really must haves, I’m tackling the kitchen first. It’s primarily my domain and I don’t think the rest of the family is ready for this yet. We don’t really need 3 sizes of plates!

    All the stuff makes me claustrophobic every few months. This time of year is one of the worst because of the extra decorations, food, gifts. I love everything about Christmas but it makes me wish we didn’t have to move so much stuff into bigger piles just to make all the stuff we love fit.

    Thanks for sharing your journey and wisdom with us!

    • Rachel on 12/02/2014 at 8:23 PM

      Thank you so much for being here with me, and wow all 26 pages! I am honored. 🙂 And good work- I’m rooting for you!

  6. Ann on 12/06/2014 at 3:49 AM

    Your kitchen is so inspiring. I’d love to see other rooms in your house

    • Rachel on 12/06/2014 at 10:21 AM

      Thank you! It’s on my to-do list!

  7. Lisa on 12/29/2014 at 6:38 PM

    You have NO IDEA how refreshing and wonderful it is that I found your site! I love it so much so far. 2015 is going to be my year for decluttering and organization, thank you so much for all the inspiration! 🙂

    Happy New Year!!

    • Rachel on 12/29/2014 at 9:02 PM

      Awesome! Thank you 🙂 I’m glad you’re here and YES to 2015 being your year!

  8. Brooke on 01/09/2015 at 6:26 AM

    Hi Rachel,,
    I was recently introduced to your blog from a friend and am now doing the declutter challenge. I am really enjoying a new way of life and feel like I guidelines to work with. I am planning to get married and wondered if you have any ideas for a minimalist wedding ?

    Regards Brooke

    • Rachel on 01/10/2015 at 5:27 PM

      I do! I need to write a post on that. 🙂

      I think there are many ways to have more of a simple wedding, and still be very elegant. Outdoors is nice, limiting flowers, decor, asking guests to donate or bring an item for a charity instead of a gift for the bride and groom.

      I’m sorry I don’t have time to write it all out now, but I’ll be thinking about it and write a post soon. 🙂

      • Brooke on 01/11/2015 at 2:01 AM

        Great Thank You.

    • Rachel on 01/10/2015 at 5:27 PM

      And congratulations!!

    • Rachel on 04/24/2015 at 1:27 PM

      I finally go around to it Brooke! You can read the post here: http://nourishingminimalism.com/2015/04/minimalist-wedding-ideas.html

  9. Lori Brehm on 01/28/2015 at 12:29 AM

    so excited to “happen” across your site!! we are a big family living in China caring for abandoned special needs children…. we have been very encouraged by David Platt’s messages too… look forward to learning more about your family and benefiting from your insights…

    • Rachel on 01/28/2015 at 11:48 AM

      That’s wonderful Lori. Glad you’re here!

  10. Anna Davison on 03/04/2015 at 7:05 PM

    Hi Rachel!
    I am so excited to meet you via your blog!
    I am a young mother of two boys. 5 and 15 months. I am also a wife, lover of Jesus, and my husband and I run a large home daycare Monday -Friday. Two of my main new interests are minimalism and eating real home cooked food.
    I am over the moon to have found your blog!
    Thank you,
    Anna

    • Rachel on 03/05/2015 at 1:10 AM

      And I’m so glad you found my blog! Thanks for being here! 🙂

      • http://www./ on 12/24/2016 at 6:13 PM

        The house is livable at present but still has some open walls, missing sink in the bathroom, no weather seal on the front door, etc. I will get some smaller projects like those done during the holiday break. I figure by next year the kitchen will be done and I will have painted the roof and face boards. Maybe 5 years and its fully restored. The back breaking hustle is over now so we can coast and do things little by little here on out. The rest is up to us now so that will be cheaper.

  11. Becki on 03/10/2015 at 12:09 PM

    I too would like some thoughts on a simple wedding. It is the 2 marriage for both of us and at a later time in life. He has 2 grown sons and 2 siblings with families out of state. I have no children and only 1 sibling living in the same town. His elderly Mother lives out of state. Both of my parents are deceased. We’ve kinda planned – a service during worship thus no invitations, &the reception would be hosting our churches coffee hour with a brunch. Any ideas would be welcomed!! Please & Thank You.

  12. Tamara on 03/16/2015 at 1:31 AM

    I want to say thank you for te influence you have had on my home lately. My sister emailed me one of your articles, it was ok but I was more interested in the page about your book. After thinking about it for weeks I bought and downloaded it. What a difference! I’m not done with the last book of the 3 but already in more comfortable inviting guests around on a whim. Like you, we have a strong faith and this is allowing me to get to know the brothers and sisters in our congregation better. Also a big thank you for your newsletter about reading the book on the KonMari method. After reading your blog I investigated it and bought it and already that has continued to motivate me on my decluttering journey. I wouldn’t call myself a minimalist yet but I’m on my way! My mother keeps A LOT of stuff and clutter and I know I’m much better at throwing things away, but I’ve never learnt just how little is actually needed for a successful and tidy home until now. Thank you. 1 Timothy 6:8

    • Rachel on 03/16/2015 at 12:38 PM

      Thank you Tamara! I’m so glad to hear that!

  13. Kassi on 03/25/2015 at 10:43 AM

    I didn’t realize you were from Montana until I read a reference to Mother Earth Massage… So great!

  14. Nicole Roth on 05/13/2015 at 12:14 AM

    Great blog! I am excited to read more. Do you know about Norwex? If not please check it out. It goes right along with your philosophy in that our two main microfiber cloths using just water can clean 90% of your home in about half the time. LOVE! Thanks again for a great blog and I look forward to gleaning from your wisdom and experience. Blessings!

  15. Morgan on 05/28/2015 at 1:40 PM

    Question for you here, maybe you can touch base on it in another post – how do you feel about yearbooks? I searched your site through the nifty tool, but nothing has come up. I feel that yearbooks fall somewhere into that sentimental item, but also a definitely clutter and almost never get looked at again except for rare occurrences if you have people over from your childhood… which I never seem to have happened.
    Has social media tended to reduce the need for yearbook pictures and summer time “stay in touch” notes? I don’t think so (unless your yearbook is scanned into facebook page by page or something) Yet, I feel I can’t just trash 6th through 12th grade volumes of band camps, basket ball games, and math clubs.
    The real question I am left with, is do I want to really burden my kids some 60 years from now when I go, to have to throw them away for me? and burden myself every time I move to haul this rubbermade storage box up and down the attic stairs… Just wondering if you’ve had any success letting those kind of photo books, yearbooks, old anything that’s not really a gift, has no real value, just sort of sentimental with some use to let go into the trash pile? Thanks for your tips – on the slow journey – Morgan

    • Amy on 07/09/2015 at 12:46 PM

      Hi Morgan, I’m just beginning this journey. It is a very interesting question! I am a scrapbooker and I have most of my yearbooks. My question would be, “do these make you smile?” If flipping through them, seeing old friends and their “have a great summer” notes for you makes you smile, keep them.
      You might find that your kids and grandkids love looking at those pictures (wow, look at that giant computer monitor!) in the future, more than a “google search” because that is the school you went to.
      I hope I didn’t overtalk my suggestion

    • Cheryl on 02/06/2016 at 5:10 PM

      This is something I’ve wondered about, too, but I started thinking about my parents’ yearbooks. They kept theirs and when I was in high school we loved looking through them together! They would tell me stories sparked by memories the yearbooks brought up. So for me, I’ll be keeping mine for my daughter 🙂

  16. Shannon on 06/01/2015 at 6:21 PM

    Hi, I tried getting notified for your course, but I’m just not getting the email asking me to verify! I’d really like to take this course, I’m having trouble figuring out what my issue is with not cleaning.

    • Rachel on 06/02/2015 at 12:24 PM

      Hi Shannon, thanks for letting me know- I added you to the list, but I’ll look into my link and make sure it’s working properly.

      • Shannon on 06/02/2015 at 6:17 PM

        Thanks for replying!

      • Shannon on 06/02/2015 at 6:17 PM

        Thanks for replying and adding me to the list!

  17. Amy on 07/09/2015 at 1:43 PM

    Hi! I’m so thankful to have come across your page. I was diagnosed with a severe allergy to yeast. So I’ve begun the paleo diet (careful to avoid yeast) and feeling better and eating better has inspired me to live better.
    I love my husband and two children (2 1/2 and 5 years), work part time and am active in our church and community. We complain we don’t have “enough time.” I realize that we just spend to much of it moving around things we don’t need to keep the house clean and tidy. We love spending time together and I want to be more spontaneous. Lets go on a bike ride! with no worries about the clutter all over. Lets have friends over right now (with no clutter stuffing scramble).
    “Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to… Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.” They had less stuff, and a strong focus on what was important to them.
    Now I will too!

    • Rachel on 07/09/2015 at 5:57 PM

      So glad to have you here Amy! You are so right- and I love the quote. We can choose what we do with our time, and limiting our stuff, means we’ll have much more of it!

  18. Andrea on 09/18/2015 at 1:53 AM

    I don’t know what item to purchase: 30 day guide, 12 months of decluttering, or practical simplicity. What are the differences and does the guide include the others?

    • Rachel on 09/18/2015 at 5:40 PM

      Hi Andrea,
      The 12 month charts are for people who work well independently and want a basic guide to work through each month. The 30 Day Guides are no longer available, but all their information and tasks are being moved to the Practical Simplicity site. You can find that here: http://practicalsimplicity.kajabi.com/sp/37794-membershipps

      Thanks!

  19. Lynn on 10/20/2015 at 2:43 PM

    Hi,
    I had a hard time getting on your site the other day and was worried you were going off line. Made me realize that I never told you how much I enjoy it and how much I appreciate your insights on many things.
    Thank you for all of your postings!! I am also a Christian mom who loves good food and longs for simplicity.

    • Rachel on 10/20/2015 at 5:42 PM

      Thank you so much Lynn! I guess the site was down for a while over the weekend, I’m not sure what the issue was, but it all seems to be working fine now. Thank you for telling me. 🙂

  20. Paula on 12/02/2015 at 3:45 PM

    How do I sign up to have your blog automatically emailed to me?
    Thanks,
    Paula

  21. Kate on 12/07/2015 at 5:28 PM

    Just wondering if I could talk to you about your dreadlocks you used to have?!?

  22. Liliy on 02/20/2016 at 4:24 PM

    Hi Rachel,
    Just found you today. So glad! Any suggestions on things a dear one left behind? My mom passed away a couple of years ago. She was a big part of all our lives. She was an artist. We have so many of her paintings and art work still. Some finished and some not. So many mixed feelings. I too have a big family. There are 10 of us. Oldest has married so as of now 9. Looking to be minimalist big time. My sweet husband and kids are mostly messies to differing degrees. I have one out of the bunch that gets it. It is really hard to stay on top if the clutter. The mess zaps me. I know she us not in the stuff, but it’s so hard. Any ideas? Thx!

  23. jennifer on 02/28/2016 at 12:07 AM

    I’m so excited I found this site!!! I’m a mother of 7( 6 at home) and we live in a 1400 sq/ft home. I’ve always been an organizer of “stuff”. I realized with each child more and more stuff was coming in and hardly anything was going out. With a larger family people tend to think we need more (lots of generous donated hand me downs) and over the years it’s become excessive. I completely relate to your personal journey. I finally realized I needed to get rid of the excess and have been doing it for over a year now. Im starting to see the difference but im not feeling the freedom quite yet.
    Its been a challenge raising a large family since I was raised as an only child and I never learned to cook. Your five ingredient meals are great. Im looking into simpler eating mostly because we spend a lot of money eating out…and I will admit its mostly because Im always dealing with the “stuff”. I want to have more time for the things that matter instead of giving it to maintaining “stuff”.
    Thank you for sharing. Your journey is quite an inspiration.

    • Rachel on 03/02/2016 at 2:11 AM

      Thanks Jennifer!

  24. Frangipani Bloomfields on 03/04/2016 at 12:04 PM

    I wasn’t sure if Minimimalist Homeschool Blogs existed. I am glad I came across yours 🙂

    I am on the path to more intentional living (on the path to homeschooling, questioning how we spend out time and so much more). I have begun documenting my possessions to ensure I am being intentional about the stuff that is allowed to accumulate in my home.

  25. Ceilidh on 03/29/2016 at 10:52 AM

    Hi Rachel,
    I’ve been following your blog for the last year or two now – I find it so inspiring!
    I’m a child and family photographer, and I keep a blog about my work, as well as some more personal subjects. I just wrote a post about my decluttering journey – and I linked to your site – and I thought I’d share:-)
    http://willowbabystudios.com/blog/pilfering-crayons-decluttering-with-children/
    Thanks for your work!
    Best,
    Ceilidh (“k-lee”)

  26. Michelle Isenhoff on 06/17/2016 at 7:40 PM

    Hi Rachel. I just dropped by after Google search for homemade lunchmeats sent me here. I’ve enjoyed poking around. I too am a Christ-follower, homeschooler (just 3 kids), blogger, author, and a health-conscious, gardening mom. Great site. And great to meet you!

    • Rachel on 06/22/2016 at 3:41 PM

      Thanks Michelle!! So glad you stopped by. 🙂

  27. Amanda on 10/03/2016 at 8:44 PM

    I just found your site and am enjoying it. Our family homeschools and we strive to be minimalist and eat real food as well. We are also from Montana! Glendive to be PRECISE. I’m looking forward to reading more of the posts.

    • Rachel on 10/05/2016 at 9:24 PM

      Thanks Amanda! 🙂

  28. Evelyn Wang on 11/03/2016 at 7:39 AM

    Hi.

    I am Evelyn and I’m working for an e-commerce company which built since 2004. Seeing your site is really good , i am interested. Are the banner or text ads available now? What are the prices for them please? If i prepay for 3 months in minimum could you offer me a little discount?

    I’m looking forward to your kindly reply!

    Best regards,
    Evelyn

    • Rachel on 11/08/2016 at 4:07 PM

      Hi Evelyn, I will not be making ad space available. Thank you.

  29. robin on 12/19/2016 at 2:26 PM

    I like your website but everytime Iselct one of your tabs on the menu, i am asked if i want to down load the 2016 declutter chart. I have subscribed to you, I have downloaded the chart. i repeatedly say no to future resend, resend, resend notices.
    The asking if i want to download everytime i change a page is becoming annoying. please fix.
    i would like to read your archive articles before i lose patience, attention and focus of your “cluttered webpage (aka the do you want to download). your blog page is beginning to feel like my house.

  30. Helen on 12/27/2016 at 11:59 AM

    So the first thing I see on this sight. Is suggestion to buy stuff to keep track of the cluttering? Seeing any irony?

  31. Brett Drevlow on 12/31/2016 at 2:21 PM

    Rachel, if you don’t mind me asking, where do you and your family live?

  32. Karen on 01/06/2017 at 9:37 AM

    Rachel, could you please help. I purchased the Back To basic Bundle in January of 2016. As part of that package, 6 weeks of your Practical Simplicity Declutter, De-Stress course was included. however, clicking on the received link produces an error page. could you please help me access your training? My access expires on Jan. 15, 2017, so I’m under a time deadline. thank you so much!

    • Karen on 01/11/2017 at 11:21 AM

      Thank you for getting me set up! Wahoo!

  33. Stephanie on 01/12/2017 at 12:39 PM

    Would you ever re-open the 5 Secrets to Effective Decluttering webinar? I just heard about you through a friend and would love to listen to the webinar but it is closed.
    Thanks and God Bless!

    • Rachel on 01/12/2017 at 4:59 PM

      Hi Stephanie! I try to teach a webinar every few months. If you’re on my newsletter list, I’ll send an email out when I’m going to do another one. 🙂 Thanks so much!

  34. Natalia on 02/15/2017 at 9:41 PM

    Hi Rachel! I absolutely love your ideas and articles! i’m on the hunt for something specific and would be so grateful if you had any answers! for my son’s upcoming birthday, i am wanting to include on the invitation that we are pursuing minimalism as a family and do not want any presents. unless maybe a book? i just don’t know how to word it without sounding tacky or rude!
    any suggestions? also if you have written about this and i missed it, i do apologize!
    many thanks!

    • Rachel on 02/16/2017 at 3:57 PM

      Hi Natalia,
      Gifts is always a difficult one. Most people feel awkward not bringing gifts. I’ve seen people write cute poems to express that your “presence” is all we need for presents. If you are having children over, you can title it as a book exchange, so each child brings a book, you play some sort of gift exchange game and then each child leaves with a book. Also, having it at a more informal location, like a playdate at the park, but include cupcakes, seems to take the pressure off of having a “normal” birthday party.
      In the end, there are people who will still bring gifts and you’ll just have to accept them graciously and then find a new home for them after a week or 2 (seems to be the lifespan of a toy for us anyways).

      http://nourishingminimalism.com/2014/08/simple-childrens-birthday-parties.html

  35. priest's wife @byzcathwife on 03/08/2017 at 2:12 PM

    I’m excited to find your site- so many minimalists have zero or 1 kids (I have 4)- I am interested to see how you do it with a large family

  36. Louise on 03/08/2017 at 10:02 PM

    Hi, i cannot work out how to follow you or subscribe to uour blog? Thanks , lou

  37. Teri on 05/23/2017 at 2:03 AM

    Hi Rachel! I’m part of your FB group and wanted to reach out to see if I can interview you for a post on my site. If you’d like to answer a few questions to help others learn more about your site and provide tips for a minimalist wardrobe, I’d love to feature you in my next post!

  38. Kristen Cragin on 06/16/2017 at 6:42 PM

    Hi! I’ve been reading some of your posts and want to clean out some things from my home. (I know it makes me feel so much better). I work full time and homeschool our 4 children so I never have much time for crafts and projects that I want to do. So things keep piling up; like the scrap material that i keep in a spare dresser. My goal isn’t to get rid of it all just most. Thanks!

  39. Jason McFadden on 10/08/2017 at 8:59 PM

    Glad I found your inspiring site. I too wrestle with materialism vs contentment and am attracted to minimalism and simplicity. As a Christian, I also seek to understand minimalism from a Christian worldview. My wife and I also have 5 sons. This year we moved into a smaller house with one bathroom vs two and it’s been difficult. We manage well but the clutter stress is too much! So much stuff with no where to put it, no way to organize it. I struggle with promoting minimalism and ruthless decluttering in my home. My 5 sons share one room, always littered with toys. I would not be devastated if my house accidentally burned to the ground! We could start over with zero things and hopefully add not much more. I know that sounds drastic but it conveys my desperation to have a cleaner calmer home and life. I’ve had much stress and anxiety this year, partly due to my cramped cluttered quarters.

    I loved your article http://nourishingminimalism.com/2015/04/from-clutter-and-depression-to-minimalism-and-contentment.html

    Thanks for sharing.

  40. Nancy Jones on 11/11/2017 at 4:26 PM

    Hi Rachel,
    I just found your site. My 2017 word of the year is INTENTION. I feel that minimalism fits with being intentional about all aspects of life. I’m so glad I found your site. I’m going through your Christmas gift ideas and limiting our gifts this year. My husband is completely on board and is loving our house as it gets more and more decluttered. We live and minister in Great Falls, Montana. Small world! God bless!

  41. Colette on 12/12/2017 at 8:13 AM

    I used the 2017 chart and we are almost there! Joining again in 2018. We drew lots at every 100 to do d simple&fun together like a boardgame, crafting, movienight or (indoor)picknick. This certainly helped motivating the kids 😉

    • Rachel Jones on 12/13/2017 at 3:24 PM

      Thanks Collette! That’s wonderful motivation! 🙂 Sorry my captcha was acting up!

  42. Colette on 12/12/2017 at 8:16 AM

    (Wanted to post this at your recent blog but somehow captcha refused…)

    • Rachel Jones on 12/13/2017 at 3:35 PM

      I’ve been wondering why I’ve been getting so few comments lately! Just fixed it. Thanks!

  43. Nancy on 01/27/2018 at 4:20 PM

    Hi Rachel: Love this little intro to your site!

    May I ask what your tattoos represent? Is it one for each child?

    Have a great day:)

    • Rachel Jones on 01/28/2018 at 10:06 PM

      Thank you Nancy! I’m working on it! Yes, I have 10 lines, 4 are white lines (that are hard to see in the picture) that represent the 4 miscarriages I had, and the black lines represent my living children, I have their first initial on the inside of my forearm. All are in birth order. 🙂

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