Posts by Rachel Jones

Authentic Minimalist Home Tour

It is my pleasure to introduce you to Evelyn, who has kindly offered to share some images of her minimalist home with us: What square footage do you have in your home?  1,000 sq. ft. How many people live in your home? (And were they on board/participating in the change?)  We have four children, and they…

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Why a Minimalist Playroom is Better for Kids

I don’t remember any friends with playrooms when I was a kid, but when I started having my children, I attended many a playdate at people’s houses, always hosted at the houses that had playrooms. It was like a daycare facility, except none of them ran a daycare- that’s what they had acquired, trying desperately to keep…

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England Minimalist Apartment Tour

It is my pleasure to introduce you to Rosie, who has kindly offered to share some images of her minimalist home with us: 1. What square footage do you have in your home and how many people live in your home? It’s just my cat, Patti, and I. For a while, I led a nomadic lifestyle,…

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Combat Depression with Decluttering

The clutter-depression cycle is getting more and more attention these days, and as someone who struggled with it, I know first-hand how challenging it can be. Even one small simple action each day towards getting out of this cycle makes a difference. Like Courtney Carver recommends, take one small step each day and it will…

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Clutter-Free Easter Baskets

    If you have recently embraced a more minimalist lifestyle, the old traditions, like giving Easter baskets, tend to cause doubt and anxiety: the kids are expecting this, this is what we’ve always done, I don’t want to ignore all those traditions we’ve had, etc. You don’t have to give them up completely, there…

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Using Time Blocking in Everyday Life

  I love productivity hacks, I enjoy having schedules and goals and getting things accomplished. Something about having a visual layout of my day and week that helps me grasp everything that I have going on. I’ve learned though, that I can’t cram stuff into my daily or weekly schedule just to have it there, in…

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Building Margins into Your Calendar

Do you have a schedule that is so packed, you can’t even get it all done? This is a struggle for so many of us and the question is, how do I simplify it? In the culture of today, this is normal. It’s “normal” to have things scheduled for every family member from 8 AM…

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A Day in the Life of a Minimalist Mom

I shared what a typical workday looks like for me, but in all honesty, I only have 1 – 2 workdays each week, the rest of the week I’m a stay-at-home mom with a toddler climbing all over me and holding toys two-inches from my face so I can “see” what he’s talking about… So,…

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Minimalist Downtown Apartment Tour

It is my pleasure to introduce you to Cheryl, who has kindly offered to share some images of her home with us: I’m a 46-year old professional organizer living in downtown Lynn, Massachusetts; it’s a very artsy community on the North Shore. Lynn was recently recognized for its artist murals: Beyond Walls.  My apartment is on the…

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A Day in the Life of a Minimalist Entrepreneur

  Embracing minimalism gave me so much extra time, I was able to pause and decide what I was passionate about and how I wanted to spend that extra time I found I had. For me, that has been helping others simplify their homes and lives and for myself, experiencing life as an entrepreneur. Learning the…

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Decluttering Toys with the Kids

Rachel Bowman is a full-time working mom of three girls under 5. Rachel started Just Getting Things Done when she realized she didn’t want to be that mom that doesn’t have any energy anymore, who thinks everything is a burden or a chore. She wanted to be a mom that enjoys her children and her…

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Decluttering Challenge: 2018 in 2018

Is this the year you are going to do the “great home declutter” and turn your home from a cluttered, overstuffed embarrassment into a clean, organized and joyful space? Is this the year you’re going to embrace minimalism (or at least a form of it) and devote the time you want to, to those things that…

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6 Ways To Have A More Meaningful Christmas

Christmas is a wonderful time of year, steeped in traditions and memories, it’s a time to reflect, enjoy people around us and appreciate what we have. If you’ve been working to simplify your home, rid your life of excess and want to have a special Christmas with still avoiding all the commercialism and frazzled feelings…

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Completely Clutter-free Gift Ideas

Is there such a thing as a completely clutter-free gift? After you’ve completely pared down, have your home with only the essentials, and then comes an event in which either 1) people would like to give you a gift or 2) you would like to exchange gifts with your family. But, you don’t actually want…

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How to Keep Up During the Holidays

Reader question: Just in general, how to keep up? It seems it is a never-ending process and I am not able to keep decluttering and still do the necessary things to keep the house clean and prep for the holidays … maybe I am trying to do too much all at once… it’s hard to…

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