We’ve all seen them: those amazing articles about the families who ditched the traditional lifestyle in favor of experiences and life on the road. Whether it’s an RV or a tiny house, the message behind those articles is that downsizing can bring with it an almost ethereal bliss and, while there might be some “growing pains,” the family ends up stronger, happier, and more
Downsizing can seem crazy overwhelming, especially if you have a lot to do. So many people know they will have a huge weight lifted if they can just get past the clutter, but often never get started because the amount of things that need to be done seem impossible. As an expert declutter-er I have some great tips to help get you started. If you were hoping to have 2018 be your year of more freedom, it can be and it doesn’t have to be hard. Well, one funny thing is about downsizing your stuff is that downsizing other areas of your life actually help with the whole process. I’ve gotten together 18 practical ways to downsize and simplify in 2018 to help you start achieving your goals and feeling a little bit less cluttered.
Often times when people hear that I’m a minimalist they assume I am a hippy who lives entirely off the earth in a corn fueled van and I have renounced all my possessions. I have tried to be quite clear that minimalism to me is about simply clearing the clutter to get back to what’s really important. Despite my efforts, some people will never understand; and I’m ok with that. Beyond clutter and possessions, there is something much deeper that is plaguing the entire world now more than ever: depression. Minimalism for me has never been solely about stuff or what I own. It runs deeper than that, to a place that no one can see. After our family moved from a townhouse into a large 3,400 square foot home we never could have imagined that this big upgrade in life would actually start tearing us apart. You can read the full story about our downsize here: How Downsizing Changed Our Family. I touch a bit on why we decided to downsize and what went down to make it happen. Today I want to reflect after a year and a half, get really honest and break down for you exactly what has changed in our lives for the better since the day we ditched the big house for a tiny “starter home.” Basically how downsizing helped our family overcome depression, avoid divorce and reunite us as a whole.
Today I have an awesome guest post for you from Stephanie with Mama Minimalist. She and I share a lot of similar beliefs when it comes to our kids and the Christmas season and she has some great things to consider before wrapping all your presents this year!
Bare feet pitter pattering down the hall. Pig piles in Mommy and Daddy’s bed, then bear hugs and wet smooches. High-pitched squeals and cheeky grins – all amidst the backdrop of a twinkling Christmas tree, no less. These are what parents’ dreams are made of.
I realized my typical day to share a new blog post fell on Thanksgiving this year. So I thought to myself; “What is something people would actually want to read on Thanksgiving?” I mean, you’re surrounded my family and food (at least I hope so) what would you want to do with me or my blog post? Then I started thinking about turkey hangover time. Tom and I spent years and years with full bellies browsing the Black Friday ads in preparation for the “big day.” Now, we tend to pass on Black Friday. Not only because it now cuts into quality Thanksgiving time but also because we now plan ahead and budget. That means frivolous, credit card shopping sprees are a thing of the past. Then it dawned on me: small businesses. Small businesses tend to get the shaft when it comes to Black Friday, yet so many of them have specials going on. So, I decided, what better post to share than a guide to some of the best online small businesses for you to shop during your turkey hangover? So here they are, they are taking this day back, Black Friday Small Business style.
I have been sitting with my laptop for the last hour thinking about how to write this post without sounding like the worlds biggest Grinch. It’s not that I don’t like Christmas mmmK? Really, it’s more that I love Christmas so much that I refuse to let any silly little things ruin it. I mean, we’ve all seen Four Christmas’s right?
All the hustle, bustle and shopping is enough to make anyone go mad. Well, for the last few years, I have decided to not partake in the madness. Let me tell you how I created a minimalist Christmas for me and my family. A clutter free, less stress Christmas…hold the Grinch.