No Knick Knacks Allowed: 6 Reasons I’ve Banned Tchotchkes From My Home

Knick knacks, trinkets, baubles, figurines, tchotchkes, whatever you call them; they are no longer welcome in my house. I have enacted a strict “No Knick Knacks Allowed Policy”. Violators will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. If a knick knack dares to trespass on my property, it will be donated, sold, or shot on sight! (I’ve given my husband permission to use knick knacks for target practice).

Why have I gone to such extreme measures to keep knick knacks out of my home? I’ll give you six good reasons why…

How We Homeschool Without Books

Some homeschool families prefer to dedicate an entire room (or floor) of their home to their homeschool treasures. When you walk into their homeschool rooms, you’ll likely see maps and educational posters on the walls, and books. Lots and lots of books. Our family is a little different. In fact, when you enter our (small) house you may notice something is missing. That’s because, in our house, we homeschool without books.

Now, before you alert the authorities, allow me to explain…

40 Things I Do Not Buy Since Simplifying My Life

Since I began simplifying my life, I’ve discovered that I do not buy many of the things I once thought were essential. A welcome side-effect of simplifying my life has been that I have also been able to simplify my shopping list! Here’s a list of 40 things I no longer buy (and I can’t believe I ever did).

What I Own: Minimalist Makeup

What I Own: Minimalist Makeup

Welcome to another post in the series, “What I Own” where I share a sneak peek into what I (and my family) currently own. I don’t do this so I can say, “Nah nah nah boo boo, I own less than you do!” But rather because I hope to encourage you by showing you that it is possible to live with less; even when you have a family. You can look great and have a minimalist makeup collection at the same time.

Today I present to you, my personal minimalist makeup collection.

My Minimalist Journey-From Material Girl to Minimal Mom

From the time I was born, I’ve lived with less. But, I haven’t always been a minimalist.

My sister and I were raised by a single mom. My father paid child support, however, my mother was addicted to drugs and alcohol. Therefore, there usually wasn’t much money available for the basics, let alone any extras.

As a child, I was forced into “minimalism” by way of poverty.

How to Live in a Small House With a Family

Our family of 5 plus our 2 dogs, multiple fish and a crawdad all live (rather) harmoniously in a 1,100 sq. ft. home. Is it easy? Not always. Is it worth it? Absolutely. Why does our family choose to live in a small house when we could live in a much larger one? How do we deal with the challenges of being crammed into a small space for 12+ hours a day? Keep reading. I will share the pros and cons of living in a small house with a family. And, I’ll give you tips for staying sane while doing so.

Boy’s Winter Capsule Wardrobe

Today I decluttered my children’s closet and reduced their clothes down to the items they actually wear. I created a minimal boy’s winter capsule wardrobe for each of them. Check it out:

What I Own: Minimalist Hair Care

There’s a funny meme going around about how to take care of curly hair. Just add water. While that’s mostly true, there are ten items (in addition to water) I regularly use in my minimalist hair care routine.

In my first post of the What I Own series, I gave you a glimpse at my clothing. Today, I will share with you the ten items I use to keep my hair manageable as well as the frugal services I regularly utilize in order to care for my long, naturally curly hair.

 

Fall/Winter Capsule Wardrobe

Today, I want to share with you a tour of my Fall/Winter Capsule Wardrobe.  The hanging portion of my closet contains 27 pieces and I have 5 pairs of shoes, bringing the grand total to 32 pieces. This number does not include my winter coat, hat, gloves, scarves, undergarments, clothing I wear around the house, or accessories. All of my clothing fits into a 3 1/2′ X 6′ space. As a result, everything I need to get dressed is contained in one convenient location.

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