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Archive for September 2014

Let Go of Guilt and Find Contentment

  What do you think of, when you think of “minimalism”? Do you think of stark white walls, no pictures and very little furniture? Well, you may be right to an extent. But minimalism is much more than a design style or appearance of one’s home. Minimalism is as much about pitching unnecessary possessions out of your…

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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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What Our Homeschool Day Looks like

I believe any form of schooling/education can work  and produce good individuals. There isn’t one right way for everyone, and it doesn’t matter how much we shelter or how much freedom we give to our children, they will still make their own decisions. Success in parenting is: having a relationship with our children and that…

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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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How to Declutter, Even When You Think You Can't

Life change takes work- any sort of life change takes work. It’s difficult work too, changing habits take intentionality and drive. What happens when you get discouraged and you don’t see yourself following through, even though you want it? All of us want things to come easy, but the hard truth is, anything worthwhile, takes…

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Gluten Free Peanut Butter Flax Breakfast Bars

  Breakfasts are always busy times and, even though I typically get up early enough to make breakfast, I really enjoy having things the kids can grab right away and start eating. (Why do they have to be intensely hungry as soon as their eyes open??) It means there aren’t so many questions and requests before…

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18 ClutterFree Gifts for Grandparents

Grandparents typically are at the stage in their life where they have already purchased everything they want. They bought the good sturdy brands that have lasted and nothing is in need of replacement. Often times their home is filled and there is simply no needs at all. So, what do you get them? Here are a…

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What to Do About Declutter Burnout

  Once we decide to live minimally we want our home to be decluttered… yesterday. Wouldn’t it be great if it had been done yesterday? But that’s not the case. Instead, we have to start today. And then it happens: In a mad rush, one entire room (or two) got decluttered and we started on…

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Household 'Must-Haves' That Really Aren't

A reader asks: Would you please do a blog post listing/highlighting those items we all have in our house, but simply don’t need? The ones we keep because we think they are, or might be, necessary, but really are not. I figure you would know this all too well having been minimalist for so long. Love…

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