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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Minimalist Downtown Apartment Tour

It is my pleasure to introduce you to Cheryl, who has kindly offered to share some images of her home with us: I’m a 46-year old professional organizer living in downtown Lynn, Massachusetts; it’s a very artsy community on the North Shore. Lynn was recently recognized for its artist murals: Beyond Walls.  My apartment is on the…

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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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Decluttering Toys with the Kids

Rachel Bowman is a full-time working mom of three girls under 5. Rachel started Just Getting Things Done when she realized she didn’t want to be that mom that doesn’t have any energy anymore, who thinks everything is a burden or a chore. She wanted to be a mom that enjoys her children and her…

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Decluttering Challenge: 2018 in 2018

Is this the year you are going to do the “great home declutter” and turn your home from a cluttered, overstuffed embarrassment into a clean, organized and joyful space? Is this the year you’re going to embrace minimalism (or at least a form of it) and devote the time you want to, to those things that…

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6 Ways To Have A More Meaningful Christmas

Christmas is a wonderful time of year, steeped in traditions and memories, it’s a time to reflect, enjoy people around us and appreciate what we have. If you’ve been working to simplify your home, rid your life of excess and want to have a special Christmas with still avoiding all the commercialism and frazzled feelings…

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Completely Clutter-free Gift Ideas

Is there such a thing as a completely clutter-free gift? After you’ve completely pared down, have your home with only the essentials, and then comes an event in which either 1) people would like to give you a gift or 2) you would like to exchange gifts with your family. But, you don’t actually want…

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How to Keep Up During the Holidays

Reader question: Just in general, how to keep up? It seems it is a never-ending process and I am not able to keep decluttering and still do the necessary things to keep the house clean and prep for the holidays … maybe I am trying to do too much all at once… it’s hard to…

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Lessons Learned From Being a Minimalist

Becoming a minimalist is embracing more meaningful living Letting the majority of your possessions go means you have to make difficult choices on what you feel should be allowed space in your life and in your home. Getting rid of the excess reveals the things that matter to you; the process reveals who you are…

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Simplify the Holidays

  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…

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13 Practical Ways to Simplify Your Family’s Day

This is a guest post by Zoë Kim, a fellow minimalist, mother of 4 and author of The Minimalist Plate. Simplifying your family’s day can feel like an uphill climb during a hurricane at times. It requires intentional effort to set new boundaries, mindsets, and habits. Every day we are pulled in new directions and given…

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