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MINIMALISM & ORGANIZATION

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We began our process to go tiny in February 2015, during what is now fondly remembered as “The Purge.” 18 kiddos have been in our home long-term. When we began our downsizing journey, we had 12 living at home. That's pretty epic and probably pretty gutsy.




Our minimalism journey was born from stress. Many people embrace minimalism for financial reasons or to leave a smaller footprint, which is fantastic ideals. But ours was solely due to reducing ove…

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Minimalism - The Purge

It's the one year anniversary of The Purge. Time goes quickly and this year has been no exception. My take away's after a year? Life is much, much less stressful. I miss almost nothing that's gone (that one damned desk!). We can focus on what's more important than constantly cleaning and "organizing" clutter. What remains is what we love - except the couch that needs to be replaced eventually.

We know how we like to spend our time - with each other and as unstressed as possible, playing games…

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My Kind of Minimalist Capsule Wardrobe

It's been almost one year since minimizing and I have yet to embrace a traditional minimalist capsule wardrobe. The packing everything up except a certain number of items hasn't worked for me and I'm OK with that. I like having all my clothes out and available and it's actually kept me more accountable and helped me streamline. Could I live with less? Of course. If I got rid of half of what I have would life be honky dory? Yup. But I found a comfort zone and that's where I'll stay for now. My cl…

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An Unconventional Christmas

It was an unconventional Christmas for my family this year. Not what most would consider minimalistic but not entirely commercial either. We shot for a balance somewhere in between and (I think) came out well in the end. Our children are all getting older and although I wanted to take a family trip this year like we did last year, the kids asked for something different. They wanted a more "traditional" Christmas with presents, but most of the lists were practical.

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The very best thing was ha…

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Minimalism Through The Holidays

Stress, spending money, too many things to do. None of which most of us want, especially around the holidays. Most of it we bring on ourselves though, so if you're looking for less stress during the holidays, take a good hard look in the mirror and start talking.  That's the person with control.  To get the think tank going, here are five ways to minimize (and reduce your stress) during the holidays:

  1. Say no.  That little word that we aren't always good at using.  Say it.  Practice.  Feel th…

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Teaching Kids About Consumerism

Teaching kids about consumerism can be a big task.  Regardless of your income or your priorities, it's an issue parents have to face.  No matter how often you succumb to "the gimmies", there will always be more.  Commercials on TV, ads on the internet, friends who own more "stuff", the ability for social media to track what you look for and like - it's never-ending.  

Want to be thinner?  Faster?  Stronger?  Better looking? Have more energy?  Look better?  There's a product for everything and…

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The Minimalism Process

The minimalism process has its benefits. It all started a little rocky though. Those moments when we were minimizing and I was in tears for every reason and no reason at all and I wanted to burn the house down? Yes, I remember those moments. Where every decision about something I owned became emotionally charged and sentimental? And every time I let go I felt as though I was disappointing someone? Yes, those moments I remember as well. The moments when I was completely lost and I couldn't put it…

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Minimalism Updates

It's time to share some minimalism updates. I recently wrote about Stuff Minimalism Has Taught Me.  It's helpful and cathartic to review and analyze what works, why, and how.  In that post, these were the bullet points:

  • The habit to minimize email, Facebook, and other social media is ongoing but worth it.
  • I'm not as sentimental about things as I thought I was
  • I love an adventure, I love revisiting the memories of said adventure and I love looking at the pictures
  • When I need to buy someth…

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What Minimalism Has Taught Me

I've learned a lot from embracing minimalism.  It has taught me so much. More than I ever imagined.  What began as getting rid of clutter in the house and things we weren't using in the garage became something totally different.  I did a search one time about downsizing life and belongings based on something Dane said to me.  From the first conversation with him forward, we changed our entire lifestyle.  Sometimes something so unexpected creates such an amazing result.  That internet search sent…

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Family Christmas Alternatives

Last year at about this time, our kids approached us and asked if we could replace Christmas.  They asked for a family trip and no presents.  NO PRESENTS!  When most of your kids are teenagers, and they'd rather spend time with you than money on them, you take stock. This might be the perfect time for a family Christmas alternative.

I stressed myself out financially, emotionally and although the tree was filled with lovely gifts, the feeling I had on Christmas morning was one of being disconn…

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