Minimalist Packing List: 12 Days in Europe as a Family of 5
Abundant Life With Less
by Rachelle Crawford
6M ago
Inside: Here you’ll find our packing lists, itinerary, highs, lows, and lessons learned as we traveled lightly for 12 days in Europe. * Packing Like a Minimalist My kids and I just returned from middle school retreat. I had the privilege of tagging along as one of the school nurses. This was my first time attending, but I now see why my kids always come home like zombies. It was insanely fun, but unbearably exhausting. Prior to our departure, as I skimmed through their bags to make sure they had packed all they needed, my eleven-year-old daughter said this to me… “I spent twelve days living o ..read more
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Why Now May or May Not Be the Best Time to Declutter
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by Rachelle Crawford
8M ago
“I’d rather schedule a surgery than ever move again.” These were the words of my dear friend and frequent mover. They say moving is one of the top life stressors a person can experience. If you’ve ever moved, then I’m sure you can testify to this fact. As for me? I’ve lived in the same home-sweet-home for my entire adult life. Eighteen years to be exact. But this winter, we’re officially moving. Our new home isn’t really all that far from where we currently live, but it puts us on the side of town where we tend to spend the majority of our time. We’re certainly going to miss our little su ..read more
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How to Maintain a Clutter-Free Home
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by Rachelle Crawford
1y ago
Inside: Decluttering your home is one thing, but maintaining it is next level. Here are 5 strategies to help you maintain a clutter-free home. I wouldn’t call myself a “runner” by any stretch of the imagination. However, one thing I really start to miss this time of year is a morning jog as the sun rises. A couple weeks ago, my husband and I had the pleasure of visiting our friends in Florida. While it’s been a relatively mild winter here in Michigan, there is nothing quite like sticking your toes in the ocean during the middle of February. On our very first morning in sunny Florida, I eagerl ..read more
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5 Items I Decluttered for Good
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by Rachelle Crawford
1y ago
Inside: Here you’ll get an inside look at 5 items I decluttered for good after going minimalist. Today marks exactly six years since I went minimalist. In one serendipitous Wednesday morning, I learned minimalism wasn’t just a lifestyle reserved for 20-something globetrotting singles; it was for messy, midwestern moms as well. That day, I decluttered over half of the clothes in my closet and continued to prune the rest of my home over the next twelve months. Since then, we’ve let go of so… much… stuff. My once overstuffed home now contains plenty of room to breathe. It’s delightful. In honor o ..read more
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5 Signs Minimalism Might Be for You
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by Rachelle Crawford
1y ago
Inside:  If you find yourself drawn to clear spaces and articles about simplifying your life, minimalism might exactly what you’re looking for. Here you’ll find 5 reasons minimalism might be for you. Minimalism isn’t a trend.  Well, it may be for some and advertisers have certainly jumped on board to convince you their products will help fast-track your way to a clutter free home. However, while minimalist design may be “trending” right now, minimalism is timeless. It’s a lifestyle that has been around long before you and I ever even  took a breath. I didn’t learn about the c ..read more
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What Makes People Decide to Become Minimalists?
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by Rachelle Crawford
1y ago
Inside: Here you’ll learn why I actually agreed with a negative-ish book review and what it is that drives us into minimalism. A few weeks back I read a Messy Minimalism book review that referred to the introduction as “trite.” I had, of course, to Google the exact definition “trite” because all I could picture was the tripe sandwich I ate in Florence, Italy a few years ago. Sorry Florence. It’s a 1 star from me for the tripe sandwich. Do not recommend. As I read the definition of “trite,” I actually found myself nodding my head in agreement. She was right. The story of how I found minimalism ..read more
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3 Things I Quit to Sleep Better at Night
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by Rachelle Crawford
2y ago
Inside:  We all know quality sleep is important, but getting it is more difficult for some than others. Here you’ll find the 3 things I quit to help me sleep better at night.  I used to wake up all the time in the middle of the night and stay awake for hours, worried about the most obscure things. Tiny things that would never bother me during the light of day, scenarios that were likely never going to happen, and conversations yet to be had, would keep me tossing and turning. I’d lay there, trying to reason with my own brain, somehow managing to grow more anxious as the night moved ..read more
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