Minimalism in the Bathroom and a Beauty Giveaway!

Over the past few weeks, I have slowly been working my way through our bathroom drawers and closet.  We currently have one bathroom to service our family of seven, and lines are frequent in our hallway.  The good news is that we will hopefully have a second bathroom installed this year yet- hallelujah! I don’t care how minimalist we become, a second bathroom is a necessity with a family of our size and ages. One thing our current bathroom has[Read more]

Minimalism Means Less Comparison and More Contentment

The pile of discarded items in my garage is growing each day, but, try as I may, I can’t seem to make a good blog post out of my progress.  I’ve been through the bathroom drawers and closet and my kitchen cupboards. I’ve made great headway, paring down the items we use each day to a manageable amount. But,as we are reading with the kids in Ecclesiastes, it all is meaningless.  I haven’t found joy in the accomplishment, and I[Read more]

Saturday Minimalist Mission: Bedroom Closet Cupboards

They must have been calling out to me in my sleep, all of those unwanted and unused linens hovering over my closet, because when I woke up this morning, my foremost goal for the day was to clear out my bedroom closet cupboards. First, I cleared out everything from the cupboard space:  sleeping bags, sheet sets, comforters, toys (I hide the especially annoying offenders up there), and other linen-related items.  Then, I began to sort.  Can you believe that I[Read more]

Why I Said No to Organized Sports

Fall is here, and with it brings a whole host of opportunities to sign up, join up, start up. Only, the more we say yes, the further down we slide into lives filled with excess.  On this journey toward less stuff and more life, I realized that one thing we had more than enough of with five kids was organized sports. Over the past five years, we have allowed our older boys, ages 10 and 12, to participate in baseball,[Read more]

Simplifying in September

I know it seems crazy, with all the back to school, season-changing madness, that I would pick September to write a series on simplifying our lives, but . . .  Imagine achieving a peaceful, uncluttered, happy home now before we make a futile attempt to slow down and scale back at the holidays. Imagine saying no to Black Friday and the excessive, budget-busting gift-buying and the stress of trying to juggle a million holiday party invitations and family commitments. Imagine[Read more]

Book Review: The Brainy Bunch (with my reflections on public vs home schooling)

Our local Family Christian bookstore is closing next month, and everything is 50% off, so I took the kids there last week in search of a couple of children’s bibles.  That search proved fruitless, but I did stumble upon a fascinating book that I was so tempted to buy, called The Brainy Bunch: The Harding Family’s Method to College Ready by Age Twelve by Kip and Mona Lisa Harding. I reluctantly left it on the shelf, with hopes that our[Read more]

The KonMari Method: Tidying My Clothes and Accessories

Earlier this week, I shared some of the work I had done with regard to “tidying,” inspired by the book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, by Marie Kondo.  Today, I’d like to show you some of my progress.  I spent the morning learning how to fold the KonMari way by watching several YouTube videos and practicing with both my children’s and my clothes. My girls were especially interested, joining me in the folding lessons.  It was so cute to[Read more]

Minimalism: A Bigger Life with Less Stuff

Over the past several weeks, I have begun to seriously attempt to adopt a minimalist mindset as we prepare to reconfigure the basement space of our home.  Daily, I read articles by Joshua Becker of Becoming Minimalist, and I just finished The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. I read minimalist material daily to keep myself motivated on the quest for less.  I read to gain the tools I need to let go of things instead of[Read more]

Family Movie Night Review: Charlotte’s Web (2006)

I read the wonderful classic Charlotte’s Web to my boys years ago, and I remember Phinehas’ devastation at the final pages.  He couldn’t comprehend or process the sad, yet inherently hopeful, ending.  I will never forget the tears that welled up in his eyes, which he refused to let fall (he’s my tough and tenderhearted guy).  So, I wondered how the rest of the family would fare watching the film adaptation.  My two girls haven’t heard the story yet; our[Read more]

Friday Reflections: Disconnecting from Devices and Reconnecting with My Life

When I’m not blogging, life is happening.  Here’s what’s been going on in my world this week.  In honor of this week’s content, I am only including the featured image of my children, the inspiration for this post.  I’m reading Hands Free Mama again- for, like, the third time.  I read bits and pieces of it often, to remind myself of the life I want to be living: a life that is fully present with those I love, not consumed[Read more]