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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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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Home Organization for the Minimalist

  So you’ve gotten rid of more than 1/2 of your possessions and thought the house would just fall into place, but it hasn’t. How do minimalists organize their stuff? This should be an easy task right? First off, maybe you need to get rid of more. This is going to vary for everyone, but…

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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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8 Ways To Create Instant Zen This Week

If you are in the midst of feeling overwhelmed with far too much going on in your life and too many cluttered surfaces, there are a few things that you can do to reduce that very quickly. No, it’s not going to take all the troubles away, but doing even one of these suggestions listed below…

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Life is Simpler When You Meal Prep

Note from Rachel: This is a guest post from Cara of Health Home and Happiness. She has been meal prepping in the form of freezer cooking for years, and has become more intentional with it as her children have gotten older. She’s going to tell you a little more about how a little bit of…

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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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Teaching Children Tidy Habits Early On

Responsibility and having to participate in housekeeping is good for children, it helps them to feel needed, important and trusted. It helps them feel like they belong. Setting Realistic Timelines Though essential for raising future adults, teaching children to do chores can be exhausting for mom (or whoever the primary caregiver is) if preparation isn’t…

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Take 15 Minutes To Cut The Overwhelm

When there is clutter is on every counter, dishes fill the sink, laundry on the couch and junk mail on the coffee table, the home is an overwhelming place to be. Often times when looking at this, we can see that there is a definite need to rid the home of clutter. And it’s true,…

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Children's Toys That Promote Creative Thinking

A couple years ago, I got rid of the majority of the kid’s toys and we’ve never regretted it. Since then, in order to limit the chaos that toys tend to create, I’ve been able to limit our collection to toys that really promote creative thinking. The less an object does, the more versatile it is…

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A Minimal Approach To Holiday Obligations

For most of us, the Christmas season has become two months of stress and busyness wherein we work, plan, shop, attend parties, host parties, bake, cook, wrap… and BOOM! It’s over.  We then switch to “aftermath” mode, a dreary several weeks of cleaning and organizing, punctuated by pondering creative ways to serve leftovers from the…

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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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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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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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Find The Motivation You Need To Tackle The Clutter

Recently I asked my readers: How do you stay motivated? What do you do when the house is so messy, it’s overwhelming and one doesn’t know where to start? The responses have been great! And if you’ve been lacking the motivation needed to declutter your home, here are some terrific suggestions: Break your room into 4 squares. Set…

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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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