Country Minimalist Home Tour: Cori

Everyone’s idea of minimalism is different and that is very important to remember. When you are thinking about embracing minimalism, the whole point of it is to keep true to your authentic self. What is important to you, the things you enjoy and the life you want to live. I’m excited to share some real life…

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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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Decluttering 2017 in 2017: Join the Challenge!

Each year, this blog hosts a decluttering challenge to get rid of the same number of items as the year. In 2017 everyone who joins the challenge will get rid of 2017 items from their homes. 24,440 people have signed up to do the challenge in years past and I’m so excited to see how many people…

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Keeping Holiday Traditions without Holiday Stress

December is here, and regardless of where you are in your decluttering journey, the overwhelming feelings that lead many to embrace minimalism can resume with intensity through all the holiday activities. We can end up in the cycle of perfectionism, trying to do it all, including maintaining every. Single. Holiday. Tradition. Perfectly. (Social media is excellent…

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Christmas Gifts For The Crunchy Mom In Your Life

  I have some lovely people in my life that I am planning to gift to this Christmas, and most of them, like me, are on the crunchy (natural) side. While I’ve been thinking through what they would enjoy I figured I would share the cool crunchy gifts I’ve discovered. Crunchy Mom Gift Ideas: Essential Oils. This…

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7 Ways to Simplify the Thanksgiving Holiday

Thanksgiving has always been my mom’s favorite holiday. The focus is always on people and appreciation, rather than heavily commercialized and being bombarded with idealized expectations. I can totally get on board with that myself! I love turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy. Give me that along with friends and family to share it with, and it’s…

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Unplugged Gifts For Teens (and Adults!)

My older boys (men! yikes!) are 18, 19 and 20… and planning out our Christmas gifts has got me thinking on what to get them and what they will enjoy, that won’t require them sitting and staring at a screen. When you’re thinking through gift-giving, the best thing to do is spend some time thinking about the person and their interests. For…

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Declutter the Holiday Schedule With These 3 Simple Steps

A jam-packed, bursting-at-the-seams schedule is often a big contributor to the mess in our homes. When we allow ourselves to get so busy that we don’t know which way we are coming or going, our decluttering efforts, and the routines necessary to maintain a minimalist home, fall apart. We neglect to guard our homes against the influx…

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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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Minimalism Isn’t A Magic Pill

  It’s been a rough season for me. Most of life is filled with good days and bad days; the good days are nice- I want to get outside, I play with the kids, I read books and laugh at my husband’s jokes. But most often over the last couple months it’s been bad days, and they’re really bad. I found myself angry and overwhelmed, the…

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