I was listening to a podcast this morning about simple living. Both women began discussing how they found minimalism in their lives. As I listened, it occurred to me that maybe not everyone actually knows what their life goals are. In fact, I’m sure not everyone knows. So what can you do to start getting clear about what you want from your life? How can you start getting purposeful about your goals. What does it take to plan them out so they actually happen? Based on my own experience as well as some research, I have gotten together a basic plan for how to figure out your life goals and start planning for them. If you need some guidance, you can find it here.
I’m Renee and I am a minimalist. Not only that I’m a minimalist with kids. This isn’t a thought I walk around thinking about on a daily basis because it has just become a way of life. So I had to pause for a moment to think about just what it has meant for us living a smaller life with our kids. You may know by now that downsizing changed things dramatically and for the better. Downsizing worked for our family as a whole, but how has it worked for just the kids? What do we do when it comes to managing toy clutter? Do we allow them freedom to choose their room decor or do we buckle down because we know less is best? Let’s talk minimalist living with kids. I’ve got some simple tips for toy clutter and how to raise them minimalist while keeping life fun.
You are currently talking to (or reading from) a former hot mess. My brain was a giant house of scattered thoughts and wishful thinking. That’s why I got my start in photography. All you need is a “good eye” to work in photography and the ability to pencil name’s in to a calendar. I used to not have much faith in myself when it came to organization. Keeping myself and my family organized was something I categorized as a weakness. Then life forced me to get organized with a work-from-home blog and 2 kids to homeschool. Now I’m hear to pass on my wisdom about how to get organized when you’re a hot mess.
I don’t live in a tiny home, but it is definitely a dream of mine. Even though I’m not officially “living tiny,” we did downsize our house and lose 2,000 square feet of finished living space. Although we don’t have a crazy tiny house, I did look around the other day and realize how creative I have been in finding and creating storage in the space we do have. I know some people have gotten even more creative than me and that’s why I wanted to share some genius ideas with you. Here are some of the best ways to create space in a tiny home so you can stay small and organized at the same time.
Even though I am a stay-at-home mom, running errands still takes up far too much time out of my day. When it came to homeschooling my kids the hardest part was trying to find time to do it because it seemed like something always came up! There was always something that needed to be picked up, some new errand to be ran. That’s why I had to get serious about simplifying my method. Thankfully, in today’s day and age, there are short-cuts all around us to help us keep up with our busy schedules. I wanted to share with you some time saving hacks you may not have known about. These things are designed to help you stop running errands so you can get time back in your day.
I have a confession to make. I am terrible at keeping plants alive. Even succulents. People tell me, “Try succulents, they are super easy to care for.” Meanwhile mine are slowly dying. Despite my lack of a green thumb, I still absolutely love flowers and all things green. They can brighten up a house and make it feel instantly like a home. While occasionally a friend will cut me some fresh blooms from their garden, I usually opt for faux flowers in my house. When we downsized our house 2 years ago I had to get even more creative with my faux flower use when decorating. A big part of this was because we lost a lot of storage space…well, just space in general. Because of this, I had to get more creative with where I stored things and how I decorated. I’m sure anyone with a smaller home can totally relate. Let me lay out some tips that I have for getting started using faux flowers to make a small home feel bigger and hide the clutter too!