10 Tips to Give Your Small Master Bedroom a Makeover on a Tight Budget

Who doesn’t love spending a weekend in a hotel? Tom and I loved our romantic getaway at the Loews Hotel Minneapolis this past fall and when we came home our bedroom felt, well, a little underwhelmed. After downsizing our house we set out with the intention of creating a home rather than a well-decorated house. We wanted each room to have a purpose. A living room should feel cozy and welcoming, a kitchen should feel warm and open and a master bedroom should feel relaxing and tranquil. Unfortunately, our dated comforter (that was literally filled with holes) and our too-small discount sheets left us feeling more frustrated and grimy. Now that we are debt free, we have finally been able to give our small master bedroom a makeover that it needed. Here are 10 tips on how you can give your bedroom a makeover even on a tight budget.

10 Tips for Plant Aesthetic in Small Space Decorating

My brothers gifted me a hand-made table…although I think of it as more of a bench. It fit perfectly under the window in our living room and gave me the perfect opportunity to try owning plants again. Because I enjoy keeping a simple space it has been tough for me to figure out a good plant aesthetic for decorating our small house. This bench seemed like a perfect starting point. As I started researching, I started to find similar trends that other minimalists have used to add plants to their small house decorating without making their spaces feel cluttered. Here are 10 tips for having good plant aesthetic when you are living in a small space.

I Stopped Buying Clothes for 3 Years and It Changed My Life and Finances

If you would have told me 5 years ago that there would come a day that I would stop shopping completely, there is no way I would have believed you. Clothes were my life. I even had a shoe club membership! My closet was jam-packed with fancy high heels and tons and tons of bargain clothes. Then, I stopped buying clothes for 3 years and it changed my life and finances forever. It was not easy breaking this spending cycle that had become a habit, but it has been worth it every single day. Here is my story about why I stopped buying clothes for 3 years and how it changed my life and finances forever.

Clutter Free​ with Kids – Is It Even Possible?

So I see a lot of posts out there about how to live totally clutter free with kids. While these posts might sound super appealing, I kind of think they’re BS. Don’t get me wrong, I live in a rather minimalist, low clutter home considering the fact that we have 3 kids living here, but I still think living in a completely clutter free home sounds a little too June Cleaver (is this reference too old? Probably…just Google it.) Even if clutter free with kids is a total myth, I still have 9 practical tips for helping you keep the clutter in your home on the down low.

How to Fake a Minimalist Home: 11 Minimalist Hacks to Fool Anyone

So this whole minimalist craze is pretty awesome, but what if you just haven’t made peace with parting with your stuff just yet? How do you give that illusion of a simple, minimalist home without actually having to have gone through the whole process? No worries, I have peeked around our house, searched all the internet photos and watched all the minimalist apartment tours and found quite a few things that minimalist homes have in common and they’re pretty easy to fake!

Let’s Talk About Why Our Microwave Doesn’t Match Our Kitchen

So not too long after we moved into our smaller house, our microwave went out. Because we were smack dab in the middle of debt payoff we decided that a new microwave was not our top priority. It wasn’t until we were visiting our oldest daughter at her apartment and our other daughter asked, “Do you have a pot I can warm this up in?” –She was referring to some cider that she wanted to warm up. We were all met with blank stares as everyone realized we had been living like…basically cavemen for months. Sure, it was no big deal that we were warming our leftovers on the stove…until we realized that our children had totally forgotten about the modern convenience of a microwave. So why didn’t we just shell out the $200 for a new one? Well, I’ll tell you.