Decluttering 101

Step 1: Start with daily tasks Let me just tell you this now: Setting up a morning and evening habit of doing a quick tidy in the kitchen and washing the dishes makes all the difference in the world. And if you don’t believe me, I challenge you to try it for a month and…

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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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Authentic Minimalist Home Tour

It is my pleasure to introduce you to Evelyn, who has kindly offered to share some images of her minimalist home with us: What square footage do you have in your home?  1,000 sq. ft. How many people live in your home? (And were they on board/participating in the change?)  We have four children, and they…

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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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England Minimalist Apartment Tour

It is my pleasure to introduce you to Rosie, who has kindly offered to share some images of her minimalist home with us: 1. What square footage do you have in your home and how many people live in your home? It’s just my cat, Patti, and I. For a while, I led a nomadic lifestyle,…

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Combat Depression with Decluttering

The clutter-depression cycle is getting more and more attention these days, and as someone who struggled with it, I know first-hand how challenging it can be. Even one small simple action each day towards getting out of this cycle makes a difference. Like Courtney Carver recommends, take one small step each day and it will…

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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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Using Time Blocking in Everyday Life

  I love productivity hacks, I enjoy having schedules and goals and getting things accomplished. Something about having a visual layout of my day and week that helps me grasp everything that I have going on. I’ve learned though, that I can’t cram stuff into my daily or weekly schedule just to have it there, in…

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Building Margins into Your Calendar

Do you have a schedule that is so packed, you can’t even get it all done? This is a struggle for so many of us and the question is, how do I simplify it? In the culture of today, this is normal. It’s “normal” to have things scheduled for every family member from 8 AM…

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A Day in the Life of a Minimalist Mom

I shared what a typical workday looks like for me, but in all honesty, I only have 1 – 2 workdays each week, the rest of the week I’m a stay-at-home mom with a toddler climbing all over me and holding toys two-inches from my face so I can “see” what he’s talking about… So,…

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Minimalist Downtown Apartment Tour

It is my pleasure to introduce you to Cheryl, who has kindly offered to share some images of her home with us: I’m a 46-year old professional organizer living in downtown Lynn, Massachusetts; it’s a very artsy community on the North Shore. Lynn was recently recognized for its artist murals: Beyond Walls.  My apartment is on the…

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A Day in the Life of a Minimalist Entrepreneur

  Embracing minimalism gave me so much extra time, I was able to pause and decide what I was passionate about and how I wanted to spend that extra time I found I had. For me, that has been helping others simplify their homes and lives and for myself, experiencing life as an entrepreneur. Learning the…

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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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