Category Archives: Simplify

Simplified Holiday Decor

When we moved into our tiny 900 square foot house 4 years ago I had to do a lot of downsizing to make everything fit comfortably in our cozy little home.  Holiday decor was not exempt from our purging.  I’ve never been a huge themed decorator, but there is one holiday I did go all...

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    Simplify & Slow Down Christmas

    Christmas. The season of peace, love, joy.  It’s a time to create memories and build traditions.  It’s filled with gingerbread house competitions, sugar cookie decorating, circling favorite toys in the local ads, cousin pajama parties, candle-lit services, slow strolls through lighted neighborhoods, and past bedtime replays of The Christmas Story. “You’ll shoot your eye out!!” ...

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      Top 10 Reasons I Love Living Tiny

      It’s been 2 years since we moved out of a traditional neighborhood with a traditional American-sized home and into our little house in the woods. As a family of 6, we downsized our belongings, as well as our square footage.  To get more specific, we moved from a 2,300 square foot home to a 900...

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        Packing as a Minimalist: Ellexa Anthony

        Traveling is a favorite of mine. Even if it means going to a place I’ve been plenty of times, I just find a lot of joy in getting in a car or on an airplane and going somewhere. Traveling lightly hasn’t always been my preferred method of travel (because as a one on the Enneagram...

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          A Simplified Christmas: Less is Truly More

          When our 4 kids were much younger, long before we’d ever heard of minimalism or made any attempts at simplifying; my husband, Drew, began questioning the materialistic behaviors that were surrounding Christmas. He wasn’t convinced our kids needed all the gifts they were being given during the holiday. I was still in the throws of...

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          • JacquelineWe give three gifts 1. A family gift from Mom & Dad (this year a basketball hoop) 2. The kiddos each get a Nike track suit from Santa. Typically we wouldn’t spend top dollar on a track suit, but it’s proved to be nice on the weekend when they want to be cozy and Mom wants them to look put together 3. They receive their one “wish” gift from SantaReplyCancel

          • A.WidemanLast year we started, want, need, wear, read. There was no complaint and i loved the simplicity of it. Plus it helped me when I’m shopping and get sucked in!ReplyCancel

          • christyI love this! We have done the 3 gifts thing too! I like one statement piece though… I’m trying to convince my boy of your tradition 🙂ReplyCancel

          • AngelaI have to ask, how old were your kids when you sat them down and explained this ‘one gift’ Christmas?  Did they still believe in Santa?  I love it but I feel like I’m just too scared until they are a little older.  I try to highlight Advent and giving of time and gifts for the season, but I can’t deny how much Daniel counts down every day until the ‘big day’.ReplyCancel

          3 Easy Steps to a Minimalized Teen Closet

          When you decide to minimize the things you own, in order to “live with less and experience more”, there can be obstacles.  Getting your teens on board with giving up a large sum of their possessions would constitute “an obstacle”!   It goes without saying that before the minimizing process begins it’s important sit down...

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            If Marie Kondo Were Lazy

            I’m a self-proclaimed lazy person.  I prefer naps over to-do lists and a hammock in the shade over a nicely manicured lawn, if I’m the “said manicurist”.  However, a few years ago I went on a journey to simplify our family’s life. That was no small feat. It required work; lazy lady step aside.  We...

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