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MINIMALISM & ORGANIZATION

A Simple Place Called Home

Home should be simple not hectic. "Home is eye contact, hand-holding, hugs, tears and hearts bursting with love and connection. Home is compassion and patience. It’s laughter and trust and unconditional support. Home has very little to do with the physical spaces we create."

An excerpt from Courtney Carver's blog HERE.  She is one of my favorite bloggers about minimalism and so much more. I didn't understand minimalism and, in fact, would probably have told you you were crazy if you had appro…

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Advice on Balancing Life

I have been asked to write on balance more than any other subject.  I find that interesting.  It is supposed that because I work, run, throw in a couple of triathlons, have 13 kids and a dog, that I am somehow an expert on finding balance.  I am not, but wanted to share my advice on balancing life.

There were times - a lot of times - I put off a run (which means I didn't go at all) because I got home from work and the house was a mess, or dinner needed to be cooked, or I felt guilty because I…

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A Minimizing Update

It's time for a minimizing update.

Things I do that I'm not proud of, but I've changed:

  • Buy on sale or second hand - as if inexpensive makes it OK to get something you don't want/need.  Oh, it's only $3, $5, $10......  It's still a waste of money if you don't need it
  • Put an item of clothing on, dislike it, and hang it back up in my own closet.  Geez.  No more of that!  Why put something back you don't like?  But I've done it a bajillion times. (that's a real number)
  • Keeping things out of…

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How to Minimize Your Closet

My minimalism journey includes my closet. There are the items I kept and the items I replaced.  Both were important.  I sectioned my closet which was easy since I hang things by category and then by color. 

I went through each "department" in my closet and drawers, basing my numbers off a combination of several other blog posts on capsule wardrobes.  I wanted an idea of the amount - a number in each category.  I emailed a couple of fellow bloggers and asked about corporate/church clothing.  I…

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Minimalism and The Capsule Wardrobe

Minimalism and a capsule wardrobe can be achieved. I may never get to the point where my clothing is "capsule" sized. I'm not certain what the prerequisites are to hit that point, however I can tell you that less IS more.  Overall it's a journey to learn what minimal living looks like to me.  As for the house, it's determining what minimal living is for a family of 15.

Minimizing isn't about not being you.  Quite the opposite.  It looks different for everyone because it's living with fewer th…

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Prioritizing Your Minimizing

The first thing I minimized in my life was digital.  I started there because it seemed easy plus I was doubtful minimizing would make THAT much of a difference to someone who's fairly OCD about organizing. As you're doing this you must prioritize your minimizing. 

I went through all the email I get regularly that I "junk" or "trash", scrolled to the bottom and clicked unsubscribe.  Sure it was a few minutes of my time to do something I didn't want to do and it seemed like a waste.  Until I wa…

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Successfully Minimizing Your Life

This is my blog all about things my family and I experience. Mostly running, some triathlons, lots of being fit, tons of how we balance our lives, I'd like to throw in some things about cooking, kids moving out, divorce, single parenting, infertility, miscarriage, birth stories, foster care, adoption, blending families, and minimalism.  It's my crazy, hectic, nutty, sarcastic, loud, fun blog about having a huge, athletic, active family and that - yes - I"m probably crazy.  

And I love it.  I …

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