Treat Yourself to These Luxuries of Simplicity

The following post is from Rachel of The Minimalist Mom: Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. – Leonardo Da Vinci Many people equate minimalism or voluntary simplicity with austerity or deprivation. They picture minimalism as cold hard days with the most basic of meals and a home that echos with emptiness- instead of seeing what remains […]

When We Stop Making It Complicated

The following post is from Rachel of The Minimalist Mom: If you can’t explain it to a six year-old, you don’t understand it yourself. – Albert Einstein January is a wonderful time for change. You can see it in yourself and others. The big plans and the resolutions. I will run this much, I will […]

A No-Gift Christmas with Kids

The following post is from Rachel of The Minimalist Mom: Heather Greenwood Davis’s family is having their second no gift Christmas. Heather and her husband took their two sons on an around the world adventure for a year and living out of backpacks changed their views on what they really need. Not only because they […]

5 Awesome Free Things to Do on Black Friday

The following post is from Rachel of The Minimalist Mom: Are you a Black Friday shopper? Last year 225 million people went shopping the day after Thanksgiving. That’s one in three Americans. Some of them camped out overnight and missed Thanksgiving with their family in the name of a good deal. Now, I love a […]

7 Real Tips For Beating Clutter

The following post is from Rachel of The Minimalist Mom: Waiting in the doctor’s office I spied a title on the cover of a magazine: 7 Ways to Beat Clutter. I’m always looking for interesting ways to get rid of stuff. A few flips of the magazine pages, and I’m at the two page spread […]

The Time Cost of Our Stuff

You’ve probably thought about the cost of various knickknacks, doodads and gadgets around your home — at least for a minute or two — but have you ever stopped to think about the time cost of these same items? How much time do you spend moving things? Cleaning them? Thinking about them? According to Julie […]


Should You Keep Your Fat (or Thin) Clothes?

The following post is from Rachel of The Minimalist Mom: My husband lost 50 pounds recently. Ironically, his health quest started almost to the day that I found out I was pregnant with our second child. In six months he lost 50 pounds by watching his diet and running and lifting weights. At 43, he […]

5 Ways to Choose Less and Simplify More

The following post is from Rachel of The Minimalist Mom: “As the number of choices grows further, the negatives escalate until we become overloaded. At this point, choice no longer liberates, but debilitates. It might even be said to tyrannize.” ~Barrry Schwartz, The Paradox of Choice: Why More is Less The worst thing about living […]


Use It or Lose It: The Case for Giving, Donating or Selling Instead of Storing

The following post is from Rachel of The Minimalist Mom: The phrase “Use It Or Lose It” came to mind recently as I organized our cloth diapering supplies. They had been boxed up for close to two years and after one wash the elastics in the legs and back fell apart. Admittedly, I was surprised. […]


Three Steps to Wanting Less

The following post is from Rachel of The Minimalist Mom: I grew up wanting a lot more than I had. Six kids + one parent = a lot of hand-me-downs. I thought my life would be so much better if I just had the right clothing, jeans with a Guess triangle symbol on the back […]