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MINIMALISM & ORGANIZATION

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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My Fall Capsule Wardrobe Ideas

It's time to share my fall capsule wardrobe ideas. It was difficult for me to keep this to just Fall since it's September 1st to December 1st with weather from 90* down to zero and it's my first attempt. It sure feels like winter by then, although temperatures certainly can get colder.  I almost wanted to do a Fall/Winter and a Spring/Summer and maybe that's what will happen since I'll only add a coat to my winter list and probably won't take much of anything out of the rotation.  At any rate, I…

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Recapturing the Joy of Running Through Minimalism

How, you may ask, does minimalism correlate with running.  Minimalism is difficult for me to articulate sometimes, I feel inadequate trying to quantify the results.  Minimizing your life isn't just about getting rid of crap and having less clutter.  It spills over into every aspect of your life.  Minimizing puts your priorities into perspective.  It takes away the things that are unimportant and leaves behind what is important.

This philosophy becomes apparent in many ways other than your clo…

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Finding Yourself Through Minimalism

Initially, I thought the idea of minimalism was ludicrous.  It wasn't whether or not I could live with less, it was more about why would I want to.  If I have stuff, isn't that a great thing?  Besides, I had stereotyped minimalists into categories:  

  1. Poor.  If you can't afford stuff it makes sense that you promote not having stuff
  2. Rich.  You have the financial means to be eclectic and live an "odd" lifestyle
  3. Single, young, male who lives out of a backpack and tours the world

It took so…

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How Less Gives You More

Professor Harold Hill said — “You pile up enough tomorrows, and you’ll find you are left with nothing but a lot of empty yesterdays.”  Never wish away today.  Instead, make room for what's important.

Finding your happy place takes time.  I still don't know for sure exactly how it works and I'm not wasting my time wondering.  Less stuff - minimizing - makes life so much easier.  I'm just going to go with it.  Mostly I think it's a slow, subtle shift in how you think and do things.  My life was…

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How I Downsized with Kids

Moving sucks. Going through everything you own, cleaning it - because moving makes you realize that your house is not clean - packing it, hauling it, opening it, reorganizing it, then going back to the old house and cleaning that...  We wanted to move for months but the process is so daunting, we stayed where we were uncomfortably living.  In our journey, we were minimizing already, and being forced to move got us to do what we wanted to do but were dragging our feet on.  Even in our excitement …

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7 Benefits of Minimizing During a Move

Minimizing during a move. 7 benefits that have enhanced my life.

Being less stressed.  I can't explain how exactly, but I'm telling you, less stuff is less stressful.  Less to clean, less to maintain.  Less of everything.  You'll walk into rooms and feel good.

Being mindful.  With less stress and less time cleaning, you start to become aware of things going on in your home.  You too will be more mindful of people, time, anything that detracts from remaining in a happy place.  Part of being m…

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June 2015 Life Updates

It's now June 2015 and it's time for a life update. We've been minimizing for about 4 months now and we're getting ready to move in less than 2 weeks. It's still amazing to me, in this minimalist journey, how huge an impact minimizing media is. Enormous.

At most, I hoped it would be less frustrating, but it is truly inspiring.  It's also a surprise how stressful social media can be.  In my mind, I would have believed I controlled media (including TV, Netflix, movies, Kindle, iPad, etc...) whe…

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Adoption and Foster Care Questions

When people hear that we have 18 kids and 10 at home, I get asked a lot of questions about adoption and foster care. One question that is asked the most is -  "How big is your house?" or "Your house must be huge!".  With the exception of one larger house, I've never had a "big" house.

The assumption is that it would have to be 6 bedrooms and 4000 square feet.  Not at all.  It's not about the space you have, but how you use that space.  Certainly, a house has to meet certain requirements - we …

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Minimalism Equals Less Stress

I didn't get it at first. Minimalism equals less stress. If you don't get it, you will, just believe.  Don't worry about "getting it".  If you're stressed and overwhelmed - especially with your home, cleaning, organizing, media, etc... start researching the different ways to minimize your life.  When I took the plunge, I figured I had nothing to lose.  Except for the stuff I didn't want.

Find blogs, research the why's and how's.  We have an unusually large family, so for us, I was confused ab…

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