Four Ways to Decode Your Wardrobe

This is a guest post by Cora, a fellow minimalist mom, expert in kids capsule wardrobes and author of Creature of Joy.   TAGS One time a friend of mine told me the back of her closet was filled with clothing that still had tags on them. This made me chuckle a little bit. Being the frugal…

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Tips to Declutter Your Home Before a Move

Moving can be a very stressful time in life. Along with all the hassle of changing addresses, arranging help and getting utilities lined up, there is all the stuff in the house. The easiest thing to do is get rid of all non-essentials before you have to start packing. No one wants to move boxes that…

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Simplifying Laundry for a Large Family

Minimalism and large families are a perfect fit. Granted, if I tell people my bio… “I’m a mother of 6 and blog about minimalism…” I get plenty of snickers and “A minimalist with lots of kids? Isn’t that a bit of a contradiction??” Well, no, it’s not. Minimalism is about letting go of non-essentials so…

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How to Prevent Clutter From Creeping Back In

Have you ever said “I’ve decluttered before, I can do that part. But how do I stop it from coming back?” I’ve been in that place myself. I remember as a kid grabbing up my mom’s copy of Clutter’s Last Stand and reading it through. I decluttered my toys and my room would be ok for,…

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8 Habits To Keep Paper Clutter To A Minimum

Papers are easily one of the number one clutter issues in our lives. We are afraid to get rid of something, for fear of needing the information on it, or needing a copy of it. We feel shame for not filing utility bills and grocery receipts. Aren’t we supposed to compare our receipts to our…

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Eco-Friendly Ways To Declutter Your Home

I was visiting with a friend recently and she has been working diligently to declutter her home. For many years the the idea of more stuff being trucked into our landfills, has kept the clutter in her basement and garage. Recently she discovered multiple places that will take those items, recycle them and put them…

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Getting Teens Involved In Holiday Traditions

Teens are at the point in life where they’ve experienced family traditions many times over and are disenchanted.  When we’re young, everything is big and amazing, and it’s romanticized in our memory.  As we age, the magic fades a bit.  And as we mature, the magic takes on a different form — but we’ll get…

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Simplify The Holidays, An E-book

Why are some people able to smile, anticipating the holidays with joy in their hearts, while others are facing them with tight chests and anxious minds? Why are some people able to get their shopping done, presents wrapped and cards sent by Dec. 1, while others are staying up past midnight on Christmas eve trying…

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Dealing With Over-Abundant Gifting And Excess Toys

  This post is 3 of 3 in my Simplify The Gifts Mini-Series   Toys and an overabundance of gifts is its own special challenge. One thing we can do to slow the piles of presents is to redirect well-meaning family members toward alternative gift ideas. Start the conversation with “I have some fear in telling you…

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Inspiration To: Declutter The Toys

  Getting rid of the toys has a draw to many in the minimalist movement. Many parents are finding that the toy situation is overwhelming to them as well as to their children. I loved how Denaye walks through each step of creating a wonderful play space for her son that fosters imagination. And you know…

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Practical Tips To Organizing Children's Rooms

  When you are organizing a child’s room, the more streamlined it is, the more likely kids are to follow through with keeping it clean and organized. After you declutter the toys, figure out the general path the kids take through their rooms, so you know where to place different organizational tools. Hooks, hooks, everywhere!…

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Easy Ways To Start Living A Healthy Lifestyle

  One of the biggest beliefs is that living healthy takes a lot of time and money. Thankfully, it doesn’t. But it does take a shift in thoughts and habits. The older I get the more I think about what type of shape I’m in. I’m getting close to 40 (only a year left!) and you…

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How To Create Free Time

  “Oh, if I only had the time for that…” Have you said it? I know I have. I have wished there were more hours in the day. There just never seemed like enough time to do all that I wanted to accomplish. Minimalism frees up time in a variety of ways. You’re not spending…

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Alleviate The Shame of Clutter

If you are struggling with clutter, than you are probably very familiar with the shame that shows up each time you try to deal with that clutter. We’re very good at being cruel to ourselves, even when we would never dream of being cruel to someone else. How many times have you encouraged a friend with…

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