What is Minimalism? Plus 8 Things it’s NOT

Minimalism is one of those concepts, much like simple living where it can mean different things to different people. And that’s ok. Minimalism is something that should be personal and unique to the person living it. There is no single set of rules or standards that you must follow and meet to be a minimalist. But much like simple living, it’s important to have a clear vision of what minimalism is to you. Although minimalism is as much about the journey as it is the end goal, without having a clear goal of what you want minimalism to look like in […]

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Decluttering the Toys: 6 Ways to Encourage Kids to Minimize their Toys

My daughter, Emily, was five when I started really reducing the amount of stuff we had in our house. One area I really struggled with was decluttering the toys. Too many toys can be a big source of clutter and stress in many households. But most kids struggle with letting go of and decluttering the toys. Since Emily was old enough to understand what I was trying to do, I felt it was important to involve her in minimizing and decluttering the toys. My son, Gavin, was only two, and a bit too young to grasp the idea of decluttering […]

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7 Steps to Declutter your Home and Embrace Minimalism

Before I began decluttering my home and embracing minimalism, I often felt frustrated with how much time and energy I was spending managing our stuff. I spent so much of my day picking up, cleaning, maintaining, organizing and dealing with STUFF. Finally I had enough and began to massively minimize our home and our lives. Embracing minimalism and decluttering has benefited my life in so many ways. It is so freeing to declutter and let go of the excess stuff we owned and only keep what we love and use regularly. If you are ready to start decluttering your home […]

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7 Benefits of Minimalism: Why I’m choosing to live with less

I’ve already talked about what motivated me to start decluttering our house and our lives. As I’ve continued to declutter and simplify, I’ve realized there are more benefits of minimalism than just having less stuff for your kids to make a mess with. Some of these benefits are impossible to miss, some are more subtle. But I have learned the benefits of minimalism and simplifying are huge and make the work of decluttering worth it. There are so many benefits of minimalism and simplifying your life. This list is the most important benefits I’ve experienced as a result of choosing […]

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Why I Became a Minimalist: My Story of Life with Less

Growing up I loved stuff. All kinds of stuff. I even had a box in my childhood room full of junk mail I collected from the post office recycling bin! I always had collections and special things I was saving. In the last few years, I have completely changed directions. Now I find too much stuff stresses me out and makes me feel overwhelmed and stressed out. Over this time I’ve discovered there are many benefits to a simpler, more minimalist life. But before I realized all the benefits a more minimalist lifestyle could offer, two specific events in my […]

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