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…

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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.…

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What to Do with Old Technology

The following post is from Michelle of Mommy Misadventures: Today's consumer technology advancements means that many of us are on a constant upgrading treadmill, moving on to the latest and greatest mobile device/printer/laptop/desktop, etc. But what to do with your “old” technology? Here's a few tips to help you get the most use out of…

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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…

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De-clutter Before You Spring Clean

The following post is from Becky of Clean Mama: Ready to start spring cleaning?   Did you de-clutter first?  If you want your spring cleaning to be effective and worth the time and effort, put in a little time before you start the cleaning process to de-clutter.  Why?  It's like prepping for a painting project. You have…

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The Simplest Gift

The following post is from Rachel of The Minimalist Mom: “One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” ~Virginia Woolf We've received some lovely little clothes for our second son since he arrived. Lovely notes in the mail and hugs and texts and emails of congratulations. Along with the…

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How I Remember to Return

The following post is from Andrea of AndreaDekker.com: I'm always an advocate for borrowing something versus buying something whenever possible. Not only do we save money by borrowing, we also save so much space in our home by not storing things we don't need on a regular basis. Plus, I personally feel like borrowing (and…

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3 Things You Can Skip Buying for a New Baby

The following post is from Rachel of The Minimalist Mom: Our second child arrived in January. We are in the throes of soft newborn snuggles and middle of the night feedings. It is a wonderful time, and I'm relishing these early days. The dark circles under my eyes will fade, but these first weeks and…

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Why I Gave Up Organizing…and You Should Too

The following guest post is from Dana White of A Slob Comes Clean: I always assumed that once I grew up, I'd be organized. In high school (as I used my full body weight to shove my locker closed), in college (as I searched through a sea of paper on my dorm-room desk), and in…

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7 Ways to Stay Organized All Year Long

The following post is from Becky of Organizing Made Fun: Most of us make goals or resolutions at some point in our lives, whether or not it's at the beginning of the new year doesn't really matter. But, many of us seem to do it at the start of the new year. If you are like…

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