Practical Minimalism for Real-Life Families

People often ask how I can be a minimalist with so many children. Because children = mountains of stuff, right?! Well, yes, every person you have in your home means all the stuff they need to live has to be in the house as well, so with more people comes more stuff. But it doesn’t…

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3 Steps to Take as a Beginning Minimalist Mom

 Get up earlier than the kids Minimalism is shifting your mindset from a negative-focus, me-focus or reward-focus approach to life. Those are things that every human struggles with, we are a very self-oriented group, so shifting the way our mind works takes intentional effort.  But, one of the easiest ways to combat that me-focused thinking is…

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Four Ways to Decode Your Wardrobe

This is a guest post by Cora, a fellow minimalist mom, expert in kids capsule wardrobes and author of Creature of Joy.   TAGS One time a friend of mine told me the back of her closet was filled with clothing that still had tags on them. This made me chuckle a little bit. Being the frugal…

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Why a Minimalist Playroom is Better for Kids

I don’t remember any friends with playrooms when I was a kid, but when I started having my children, I attended many a playdate at people’s houses, always hosted at the houses that had playrooms. It was like a daycare facility, except none of them ran a daycare- that’s what they had acquired, trying desperately to keep…

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Clutter-Free Easter Baskets

    If you have recently embraced a more minimalist lifestyle, the old traditions, like giving Easter baskets, tend to cause doubt and anxiety: the kids are expecting this, this is what we’ve always done, I don’t want to ignore all those traditions we’ve had, etc. You don’t have to give them up completely, there…

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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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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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Minimalism and Homeschooling

Note: This is a guest post from Margi at Freespace Professional Organizing My name is Margaret (although my friends call me Margi) and I love French press coffee, travel, interior design, and great food, not necessarily in that order. I stumbled on Rachel’s blog recently and instantly loved the vibe here… Nourishing Minimalism. We live in…

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Why Moms are Overwhelmed and Stressed Out

Being a mother these days is stressful, but that is not your fault! Most mothers today feel like an out-of-control juggler that has so many objects up in the air if there is even one misstep, everything is going to fall apart around them. We all go into motherhood with good intentions; dreams of snuggles,…

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Limiting Toys Gives Children More Ways To Play

We live in a society (at least in the U.S.) that believes children are only loved when they have multitudes of toys. They need to have plenty of variety: fun, educational, building, role playing, video, characters, etc. and all categories in between. When we as parents come to the point where we see no benefit to…

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Teaching Children Tidy Habits Early On

Responsibility and having to participate in housekeeping is good for children, it helps them to feel needed, important and trusted. It helps them feel like they belong. Setting Realistic Timelines Though essential for raising future adults, teaching children to do chores can be exhausting for mom (or whoever the primary caregiver is) if preparation isn’t…

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Why Your Children Need To Learn To Declutter

Many of us that struggle with keeping a clean and clutter-free home, do so because we either have a skewed view of how to do it (if I can’t do it right, I won’t do it at all!), or we were never taught the routines to accomplish it. I’ve talked to people who had parents with immaculate houses…

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