Reclaim Your Life: How To Redirect Excess Gifting

This year has definitely been an eye opening year for me. I discovered that most parents are overwhelmed with the amount of toys children have and receive for gifts. And many long for extended family members to understand and adjust their giving. In our culture there is this idea that in order to show children…

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How To Simplify Your Cleaning Supplies

Marketers have directed their attention to cleaning supplies, because we so desperately want something that magically makes everything beautiful, clean and sparkling, huge bonus if we don’t actually have to touch it. But with all the “amazing” products, come the nasty chemicals. For me, removing soap scum from the shower/bath was my biggest challenge. I…

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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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How To Balance Minimalism And A Hobby

  Hobbies can certainly take a lot of space and for those who are striving for a minimalist lifestyle, which gives more freedom with schedules and time, hobbies that require a lot of stuff seem counter productive. Most hobbies can be fairly minimal. If we stay with the basics, which, is typically what we start…

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How Minimalist Traveling Can Mean A Relaxing Holiday

  Summer is here for us and we have a few trips planned out. Traveling used to be overwhelming and exhausting for me, but now that we’ve edited down so much of our material possessions, trips are significantly easier. Vacation for many families means parents are exhausted, children are cranky and everyone is looking forward…

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Summer and Winter Capsule Wardrobes

  I recently worked through Project 333 and created a capsule wardrobe. As promised in my previous post about creating a capsule wardrobe, here are my seasonal lists. When it came to creating my list… we live in Montana. We pretty much have 2 seasons: “Cold”, which is generally between 20° and 30° with about a week…

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Creating A Capsule Wardrobe

  Last week I purchased Courtney Carver’s Project 333 Capsule Wardrobe Course. Yes, I have a minimal amount of clothing, but it’s not exactly “capsule” and I get a fair amount of capsule wardrobe questions, so I figured I’d better learn how to put one together! The idea is pretty simple: 3 months of clothes (which…

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How I Got My Husband On Board With Minimalism

Just for a change of pace, I asked my husband to answer a few questions about our journey to minimalism. I was the one who started the decluttering, and though he was supportive, it was about 5 years before he started decluttering on his own and taking a minimalist view on life. Change doesn’t happen overnight,…

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Minimalist Wedding Ideas

Even before I claimed the title “minimalist” I sought to have a minimalist wedding. Why? Mainly because I didn’t want the stress of a big production. Planning a big event is exhausting and I wanted to enjoy myself, not try to remember a million different things. Besides that, we didn’t want to enter into our…

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How Children Can Benefit From Simple Living

The main reason I became a minimalist was to live in the moment. To be present with my family and friends. Too many times I would be with my family, but my mind would be elsewhere. Often on the cluttery surfaces surrounding us, the kitchen that needed serious work, the unfinished craft projects and all those…

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A Clutter-Free Easter Celebration

We don’t do Easter Baskets. I know that some people may be bothered by that, but guess who isn’t: Our children. That’s right! So, if you are reading this as a young parent and you don’t have massive gift-giving traditions in place, take some advice: don’t start them.  The easiest thing as a new parent…

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DIY Turkey Deli Meat

Today’s post comes from Libby at eatplaylovemore.com   Have you ever paid attention to the deli counter at your local supermarket? I usually just zip past it without giving it much thought but the other day I curiously stopped and just stared. I was in awe of the rows and rows and rows of preserved meats!…

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Declutter and Organize Kid's Closets

Closets tend to be one of those places where we stuff everything we don’t want to deal with. But they are really a useful space, allowing items to be stored here, rather than out in the open. The more space we can keep in our closet the easier it is for kids to keep their…

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Free Party Planner Printable

I’ve planned quite a few events, many for our church and many family gatherings. With 35+ in our immediate family (I’m the middle of 10 siblings), so our family gatherings require some organization. Even if it’s just knowing who is bringing what for food. I’ve put together a party planning printable for you to organize your next get together.…

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What to Do About Declutter Burnout

  Once we decide to live minimally we want our home to be decluttered… yesterday. Wouldn’t it be great if it had been done yesterday? But that’s not the case. Instead, we have to start today. And then it happens: In a mad rush, one entire room (or two) got decluttered and we started on…

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