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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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In Defense of a Small Home Library

The following post is from Rachel of The Minimalist Mom: The most contentious area to simplify or minimize in a home? Books. Nothing has raised hackles or eyebrows more than our decision to reduce our home library from a few hundred titles to a few dozen. While radically de-cluttering our home I boxed up most…

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Why Simple Is So Much Work

The following post is from Rachel of The Minimalist Mom: Mandi set a blistering pace with her Simplifying for Fall Challenge in August. I followed along, even got a head start the week before, and it still took me two weeks to simplify a half dozen areas of our home. Simplifying my home, schedule and…

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Giving Up Juice Simplified Our Life
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Giving Up Juice Simplified Our Life

The following post is from Rachel of The Minimalist Mom: It seems like such a small thing and such an innocuous item to have in your pantry, refrigerator or freezer. Juice. I grew up with juice. I drank orange juice and lemonade. My mother bought the frozen concentrate cans and mixed it up in pitchers.…

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What’s the One Thing Every Home Needs? White Space

The following  guest post is from  Brooke of Slow Your Home: As far as minimalism goes, I would consider myself on the fringes. One who, like Joshua Becker, embraces the idea of rational minimalism.One who loves the simplicity of living in an uncluttered home and the peace that brings. At the same time I want…

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10 Ways to Simplify Your Home and Life Today

The following guest post is from Lorilee of Loving Simple Living.com: Feeling overwhelmed? Stressed out? Crazy? You need some simplifying. Life gets so full. Full of homework papers, dishes, plastic toys, mail, laundry, library books, and so much more. Home should be a place to enjoy and de-stress instead of a place that just reminds…

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Maybe the Answer is Owning Less

The following post is from Joshua of Becoming Minimalist: “Anything you cannot relinquish when it has outlived its usefulness possesses you, and in this materialistic age a great many of us are possessed by our possessions.” - Peace Pilgrim Four years ago, we sold, donated, or discarded over 60% our possessions. We removed clothes, furniture,…

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