Want to say “no” to seasonal cleaning?

The idea of a seasonal, bi-yearly, or spring cleaning has always given me a feeling of dread. So, at one point I just decided that I will not require that of myself, and that is okay. Instead, I wait until something bothers me or I’m in the mood for it. Because I dreaded cleaning for…

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When a Minimalist is Messy

When I record a video or take pictures of my home, I make sure that the house is tidy. When I share my home in any way, of course, I pick it up first so it’s pretty. But just because I tidy up and it’s nice in my video or on Instagram, doesn’t mean that…

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Finding Calm in Schedule Changes

I have always struggled with change. Not big changes… for whatever reason, I can handle those just fine. Get married. ✔ Move across the country. ✔️ Have a baby. ✔️ How about 6 of them? Sure! Why not? ✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️ But the small changes, those throw me for a loop! Things like: Kids starting school in…

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Decluttering Emotionally Heavy Things

On our decluttering journey we will come to things that are really difficult to let go of, and most of them are items that have a lot of emotions tied to them. On a recent YouTube video, Lisa asked: “Rachel, I’m having such a hard time going through my storage room. I want to clear…

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What Cleaning Supplies Should We Use?

I’ve had a few questions lately on what cleaning supplies I use. And I have hesitated to share, because when I ask that type of question, it’s because I recognize that what I’m doing isn’t working, and I see that what someone else is doing IS working, so I think I should try the products…

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7 Time Saving Hacks for Big Families

I don’t feel like we have to manage a big family anymore, now that our 3 oldest are out on their own. But I still rely on these things to make our lives run smoothly. 1. Minimalism. If you found me through the Mega Motivation playlist, I know you’ve heard from minimalists already, but I…

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13 Tips to Make Hand Washing Dishes Enjoyable

I’ve talked quite a lot about how it helps us to be consistent with routines. How establishing a habit of washing dishes regularly makes ours lives easier. But I have a dishwasher. And so I’ve gotten comments on my YouTube videos on how it must take me less time and it’s “easier” for me because…

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Kick the procrastination habit

One of the common factors of a messy home is procrastination. For me, I just flat out didn’t “feel” like dealing with things – whether that was getting off the couch to throw away a candy wrapper, cleaning the toilet, or washing the dishes. I never “felt” like doing it. Which is funny to think…

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My Morning Reset

I used to wait until all the dishes and pots and pans in the house were dirty before I washed the dishes. I hated dishes. Almost as much as I hated doing laundry. That actually feels weird to say, because now I don’t hate either of those tasks. When I think back all those years…

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4 things preventing you from decluttering

There are things that prevent us from decluttering. They get in our way. And today, I want to talk about four of them. 1.If we don’t believe something’s possible, we’re not going to take the steps needed to make it happen. If from the get-go, we don’t believe that we can ever embrace minimalism, that…

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Why emotions matter in our decluttering

Our things usually have emotional connections to them. Not all of our things, some of our things are completely utilitarian and it doesn’t matter whether we keep them or not, it’s an easy decision to make if we don’t need them. But as soon as we get rid of that surface layer of clutter, we…

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How many bathroom towels do we need?

I was visiting with a friend this week and we were talking about minimalism, she said, “I’m interested in minimalism, I need to find out some more information.” And I was like, “Well, what do you want to know? Because I could tell you!” And she said, “For example, how many towels do I need?”…

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Tips for Effective Decluttering

If we’re decluttering, we want all of our work to be effective, right? We want it to accomplish something. We want to see a change. We want to make our lives easier because of decluttering. For so many years, I decluttered all the time and I never saw a difference in my home. So today…

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Jalapeno Cheddar Sourdough Boule

My daughter-in-law is an amazing sourdough baker and when we visited she made this Jalapeno Cheddar Boule. Sorry, no pictures of the inside… but I can tell you it was DELICIOUS! If you want to see the video of her making it, you can watch that here. And she was kind enough to write the…

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Healthy-ish Pancakes

My kids love pancakes for breakfast. Because they like bread. Any sort of bread. Quick bread, yeast bread, sourdough bread- it doesn’t matter. If it’s some sort of bread they will adore me for making it and eat their fill. It goes like this: Eggs. Well, ok. Bacon. Yum, thanks Mom! Bread of some sort.…

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Baked Tilapia and Roasted Potatoes

  I avoided fish for so long because I didn’t know how easy it was to prepare. I was always worried about under-cooking and “how could you tell if it’s done anyway??” But it turns out, baking fish simplifies ALL of that. And it’s easy to mix things up with a variety of seasonings or…

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2021 in 2021 Decluttering Challenge

Say goodbye to feeling overwhelmed! We’re getting rid of 2,021 things in 2021! My FREE 2021 in 2021 Decluttering Challenge will help you transform your home into your own personal oasis. Freeing up our physical space is important because the environment in which we surround ourselves affects our moods, health, and how we interact with…

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Decluttering Kitchen Counters

Have you ogled the pictures of model homes, and longed for similar kitchen counters- where there is nothing on them except a bowl of delicious fruit? Me too!! And I never thought it would be possible, but I’ve learned and I’d love to share with you how to maintain completely decluttered counters. First, we have…

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