How-to: Declutter the Decor

  Decor can be confusing when one plans to declutter. Most want something on the wall, but should it be a grouping? Should there be something on each wall? What goes together? When I was growing up, my mom sold Home Interiors (a network marketing company) and the entire business model was to simplify the process…

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Minimalist Dining Room Tour

Our living room and dining room all are “open concept”, so it is one large room. Yesterday I posted a tour of our living room, so today I’m giving the rest of the room tour. In the dining room sits a “Library Table” that my maternal grandfather made. It’s a solid slab of redwood and…

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Minimalist Living Room Tour

Many times over the last year, after readers have browsed our kitchen tour, I’ve been asked to post other areas of our home. Because our home is small (1132 sq. ft.) it can be challenging to really capture the essence of it, but this morning I decided to buckle down and give it my best shot.…

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How Minimalism Can Benefit Those With Sensory Issues And Special Needs

Disclaimer: I have only a little personal experience with special needs and sensory processing disorder, what is written here is wisdom gleaned from friends who were gracious enough to share with me. We all are greatly affected by our surroundings and minimalism to any degree can benefit our mental and emotional health. With a growing recognition of autism and sensory issues, there…

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Minimalist Seasonal Decor

As a minimalist, I try to avoid most seasonal decorations. Which takes conscience effort to do, when walking through stores. Especially going through a craft store! They are wonderful about placing all the beautiful seasonal decorations at the front of the store to seduce you into buying cute decorations for the current season. The fact…

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Minimalism and Meal Times

A minimally decorated table is the highlight to the heart of your home. This is where life happens! Keeping the table simple, means that children can take joy setting the table themselves. It also means that you don’t have to continually declutter your tableware, because you aren’t tempted to add to the collection, but are…

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Clove Orange Ornaments

Have you made these before? I remember seeing them when I was a kid and reading about them in the Laura Ingalls Wilder books. We sat down to make them and had such a good time together! Clove Orange Ornaments Oranges Whole Cloves (about 1/4 cup per orange) Ribbon Straight pins Metal or wood skewer,…

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It's Time to Get Rid of Your China Cabinet!

If you are already a minimalist, you probably don’t have one of these, and if you have decided to strive for a minimalist life, then it’s time to think through each piece of furniture you own and it’s usefulness. Being a minimalist is about being honest. Removing all the things that mask who you really…

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Decorating a Minimalist Christmas Tree

Earlier in the week, I talked to you about the importance of traditions during the holidays. (Click here to read about Finding Belonging and Community Through Actions Rather than Things) Our first Christmas tradition is getting a tree. That means hiking up in the mountains and finding the perfect tree: I like them sparse (or…

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