Simple life idolatry. Yes, my friends, this now exists. And there – I said it. It's easy to idolize a simple life because, well, everyone's doing it! Yes, having a simple life is awesome. Being (or trying to be) minimal is awesome. But coveting this lifestyle to achieve peace and joy should never be the main … Continue reading Minimalism: The New Modern Idol
Why all the fuss?... less this, less that, tiny house, capsule wardrobe. What's the big deal? I can see people pleading with those of us who promote minimalism to stop shoving it in their face. But you see, many of us simply cannot stop. And here's why:
Because no matter where we are in life, consumerism tugs at you like a strong ocean current until you wisely decide to swim sideways, ultimately saving your life.
“There is no greatness where there is not simplicity, goodness, and truth.” – Leo Tolstoy We recently moved into a new-to-us home. I've never felt joyful about relocating multiple belongings from one place to another. But this time around it was more of a pleasure than a burden. And here's why: We decreased what we own … Continue reading Our Minimal Move
Let's be honest, for a "minimalist" family our home is still often a little bit messy (keeping your kitchen perfect as you homeschool kids who need snacks every hour is utterly impossible. Believe me, I've tried). Our kids still have more clothes than I'd like, my closet still isn't paired down as much as I'd like, and my husband's office, … Continue reading What Makes You Happy? Do That.
When we hear the term "minimalism" we instantly apply it to our physical world – less belongings, less consumerism, less clutter. We rarely apply this term to our mental space. But I think (no wait, feel) clearing our brains of unwanted, unnecessary thoughts is a huge component of pursuing a minimal, simple lifestyle. One day, as a young … Continue reading Mental Minimalism
January's nearing to an end and well-intentioned resolutions may or may not have already started fading away (or were never made at all – in my case – oops!). But I think we can all agree there's something still lurking in the back of our minds, nagging us as we continue to move forward in life, reaching … Continue reading 8 Minimalist Family Must-Haves
You've probably noticed it takes time to update software on your new computer, to wash your (or your child's) massive laundry pile, to organize your cluttered closets, to read about how to use, clean, upgrade and store your newest insert latest gadget here. Simply put: it already takes an awful lot of time to maintain what we own – so … Continue reading The Freedom of Maintaining Less Stuff
Once upon a time our family chose to intentionally pursue a more simple, less chaotic life – we wanted to slow down, spend more time as a family and do the things we're individually most passionate about. But this didn't happen overnight. Things like having a small home, moving back to Oregon where it's easy to explore the … Continue reading 5 Easy Ways We Simplified Our Lives
We've worked hard the past couple years to minimize our belongings and consumption as well as any obligations or activities outside of the home that don't fit into our family's mission to slow down and enjoy life and our passions as individuals. But what do we do when Christmas comes? Do we give our kids gifts? … Continue reading What do Minimalists Give their Kids for Christmas?