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Does Minimalism ACTUALLY Make Life Different? These 3 Videos Tell the Truth

I am confident in the changes I made in my home and see the difference in normal everyday life. When you’re in the thick of it though, it’s hard to imagine that minimalism will actually free you up and give you more time. One day, I decided to film an example – some of the…

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CONQUER THE MESS: Do These 3 Things Every Day to Change Your Life

This previously messy person wanted to demonstrate how I turned my life around by teaching myself a few easy habits. First, I decided which habits I wanted to have. The temptation here is to have ALL THE HABITS.  But I had tried that before and failed miserably. I had to get down to only a…

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My 9 Hour Work Week – Running an Online Business and Still Being Available

I’ve been asked quite a few times to show what my work week looks like.  What does it look like to be present and available and still run an online business? It’s a challenge – I think it would be easier to have a job with consistent work hours and be told what projects to…

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10 Realistic Ways to Improve Your Mood

After embracing minimalism, and making our home so easy to maintain I don’t have to think about it. I don’t struggle with depression as much, and I don’t get as low as I used to, but it still happens. I find myself in a funk every couple of months and I sit in the house…

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Abandon the Fantasy Self, and unlock your true self

Tova shared a comment on my fantasy self article last week: “I feel like this was written to me. The fabric, the baking tools, all of it is the possibility of all the versions of me that could be, but they can’t coexist and I don’t have room for all of them! This has been…

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55 Questions to Help You Declutter Fast

When I first started decluttering, I would look at my stuff and ask: “What do I want to get rid of??” But it’s so much easier if you ask from the perspective of: “What do I want to keep?“ Remember as you simplify your home, that it’s a positive thing! You aren’t decluttering to make…

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Declutter the Fantasy Self and Free Yourself to Enjoy Life

I published a video last year talking about the fantasy self items I had to declutter (or if you prefer reading, here’s the blog post), walking through all the things I had to realize and be honest with myself as I decluttered the excess in my life. There were many comments of “Me too! We…

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Fantasy-Self items I had to Declutter to get Freedom

I am DONE living for a Fantasy-Self As we’re decluttering, we run into all kinds of things, we come across things from our past selves. Like “this is the Rachel in high school, and this is what she was interested in, and the things that she collected and the clothes that she wore.”  And we…

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3 Steps to Having Fun as a Family While Cleaning the House

My family helps clean the house every week.  How did we do it? A big part is having the kids participate in weekly cleaning since they were little. They don’t know any different, it’s a habit, this is simply what we do. If you’re starting out with a weekly routine and have never had one…

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Should a minimalist own an air fryer?

I’m a minimalist. And as a general rule, I avoid appliances unless an item helps me enough that it essentially EARNS the right to take my time, and occupy space in my home. The appliances I keep need to help me live my life the way I want to live or make my life easier…

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About me

I'm Rachel Jones, The Joyful Space Specialist.

In 2008, I determined to get rid of enough physical items so I could have clear counters, organized cupboards and a living room that I could consider an oasis.

After much trial and error (and a serious sewage situation) I finally figured out a system that worked for me. And this is what I want to share with you: hope, freedom and a joyful space of your own. ❤️

Favorite Products:

Clutter-Free Army

Monthly Membership: weekly PDFs sent with six 10-minute missions, including questions to help and an action plan to move your forward 10 minutes at a time.

Clutter Busting Charts

A room by room game plan to help you move from chaos & clutter to serene spaces. 12 charts with different rooms so you can keep your focus to one area at a time and see some major transformation with your decluttering journey!

Home Reset Checklists

Editable PDFs to help you establish daily routines, so you stop dreading the chores and begin living with freedom.

21 Days of Intention

Part training, part action, part journaling, 21 Days of Intention is created to help you move from a state of busyness to a state of living with purpose and intention.

Minimalist Mindset

A 21-day journaling course to help you shift your mindset about physical possessions, how you spend your time, and the people and things you surround yourself with.

What people are saying:

RJI' ve followed your blog for about a year now. Applying your method of decluttering has been a huge help for me! It is self-evident, pragmatic (I really appreciate your emphasis on preparing fresh meals day by day), and it really works. I found quite some truths in your blog postings: how joyful a kitchen with empty surfaces is, how emotionally challenging it is to declutter sentimental items and that you really save time and money when every item has its place. During the year our youngest child left the house and my husband and I moved from a town house to a significantly smaller flat - in this process we got rid of round about 3000 items and feel very comfortable with it. Thank you so much!
 
Kirsten

Rachel Jones' course has honestly been life-noel green thumbchanging for me. I've been trying to declutter my home for YEARS, without ever making lasting changes, but this course has taught me how to tackle the excess in my home in a very doable, step by step manner. Even though I've read many organizing books, Rachel clarified the process of reducing the amount of items I own so that now I feel equipped to tackle other areas of my home. And probably most importantly, Rachel helped me to see that I was believing things about myself that are not true, and that was limiting me in significant ways. Thank you, Rachel! 

"This is an awesome course! Rachel Jones leads you step-by-step. If you are decluttering in the 2015 challenge and unsure of your goals and aren't sure you are making progress, this course addresses the underlying issues you are facing. With very doable daily course assignments, Rachel's encouragement and the participants Facebook group support, I found a good basis to continue this journey towards my goal of minimalism. Go for it and improve your life free of clutter!" ~Kathleen Kocunik

Rachel is a wonderful instructor. Her course is well organized, easy to follow and do-able. Her videos are very encouraging and helps motivate you do each task. You are given a new skill set that will carry you through your decluttering journey. It's a process but well worth it. Thanks Rachel! ~Maria

Rachel was able to clearly guide me through the emotional journey of decluttering my home. I've hired professional help in the past to help me declutter, but I was never able to keep my home in a tidy state. This course helped me understand the why behind my clutter and how to fix it once and for all. I highly recommend this course. Well worth the time & money! ~ Anon