Because Minimalists Aren't Just Trying To Prove A Point

  I just finished reading this post about Celebrating The Art Of Clutter and it got me to thinking. Minimalism tends to get viewed as shaming. The collectors are feeling shamed when someone they know is getting rid of all their collections. But here’s the deal: We’re not judging.   Minimalism isn’t embraced because of…

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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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Do Minimalists Keep Hand-me-downs?

I get asked this question a lot: “I have children growing out of clothes, I know the next child will need these clothes, but should I keep them for ___ years?” Well, that depends. If you are a die-hard minimalist and there is nothing in the children’s closet (or at least nothing on the top…

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7 Secrets to Always Have a Tidy Home

  Do you know people that always seem to have their house in order? Even when you stop in unannounced their home is beautiful and nothing is out of place. I wasn’t always clean, in fact, I’m a recovering “messy”. And even though I felt like I cleaned all the time. When people just stopped by…

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Free Menu Planning Printable

Click here to get your FREE printable Having meals planned out for the week is key to serving well rounded and nourishing meals. For many, it means the difference between boxed mac & cheese or a delicious homemade chili. I sit down every Sunday night, write out the menu plan for the week, do my…

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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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Entryway Organization Made Easy

Keeping the entryway organized sets the tone for the living room. It’s the first place you see (for most people) and a dumping ground for everyone who walks through the door:  coats, shoes, backpacks, purses, keys, diaper bags, mail, etc. It’s normal to have things to drop as soon as you get into the house.…

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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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Large Family Survival: Love, Logic, and Wine

  Ok, this picture is tongue in cheek. I don’t rely on alcohol to get through these years of parenting, doesn’t mean I’m not tempted at times… Here are the things I do do to be the best mom I can be: We are minimalists. Shortly after having a baby along came baby stuff. Lots and lots of baby…

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How to Organize DVDs

Keeping the DVD and Blu Ray collection at bay can be a challenge in our entertainment driven society. Many of us have book cases full of our favorite movies, shows and video games. Before purchasing any organization tools, evaluate whether or not these are items that you want to keep. Only keep ones that you…

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Storage Ottoman, Necessary or Not? Reader Question

Question: “What do you think of getting a storage ottoman for the living room to keep the kids’ blocks in? I’m keeping their toys upstairs, but I’d like to keep some books on the bookshelf and blocks downstairs so they have something to do down here without hauling toys up/down the stairs. Right now they’re in…

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How to Keep an Organized Fridge

By properly organizing your refrigerator, you can save both time and money. Not only that, but you will be well on your way to the start of an organized kitchen. Here are some tips to help you out: Meal Planning Jot down a list of the meals you plan to make for the week and…

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How to Stay on Top of Laundry

Okay, I don’t need any smart alecky remarks telling  me to pile it up and sit on it. My husband beat you to it! Having a big family- there always seems to be so much laundry. How do you keep it under control? Here are my three main goals: A minimal amount of clothing Wear…

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Organization for Families

Being a minimalist and having a family works quite well, but just because the family owns less, doesn’t mean the house is a beautiful empty room. With kids running around, there are still shoes, toys and school books all over, it helps to have some organized ways to handle it. With having 5 kids, we’ve…

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The Chore Jar

Over the years we’ve implemented many chore rotation plans. The kids have had more and more responsibility as they have gotten older, but between the ages of 5 to 10, the chore jar was the best! The method: 3 kids 1 “jar chore” each day 6 days of chores (Sunday off) =18 chores Each day…

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10 Spices for the Minimalist Kitchen

If you want to cook minimalistically you don’t need many spices. Really, it is possible to limit this list more, but these are the 10 spices that I find myself using continually. (I did not include salt and pepper, as everyone, typically, has salt and pepper on hand.) 10 Spices for the Minimalist Kitchen Basil, use…

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2013 in 2013 Decluttering Challenge

Do you want to make a dent in the amount of possessions you have? Are you ready to get rid of 2013 things this year? Would you like to see less of this? Come and join the challenge!! Subscribe to the Nourishing Minimalism Mailing List and receive a free printable chart! Each time you get…

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