Kid’s Artwork: The Simplest Way to Eliminate the Overwhelm

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By now, you know I’m a big fan of simple storage solutions designed to work with your family’s habits, not against them. Today, I’m sharing my super simple method for dealing with your kid’s artwork.

If there’s anything that can bring on decision fatigue, it’s deciding what to do with kid’s artwork. And when I say artwork, I’m referring to the hundreds of sometimes indecipherable drawings just one of my kids can produce in a week.

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Decluttering Toys: Our Moderately Minimalist Toy Collection

Decluttering toys is a hot topic among moms today. Minimalism seems to be a lasting trend as so many are seeing and wanting the benefits of owning less stuff, especially families with young children.

When left with a limited selection of the best toys for them, children will play for hours without you needing to push and prod them.

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The simplest, cheapest LEGO storage solution

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Are you frustrated by your current system for organizing LEGOs©? Do you spend forever cleaning them up? Do you want the cheapest, simplest LEGO storage solution? I did, too.

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4 Ways we are using our tax refund to reduce stress

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It’s that time of the year again: tax time. When you’re a family paying off debt and living paycheck to paycheck, anticipating a windfall like your tax refund is like looking forward to Christmas. You’re not quite sure what that pretty package has in it, but you’re certain it’s going to be amazing! And you already have about fifty million exciting ideas for how to use that refund.

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5 Online Sources for Big Savings on Clothes

Online shopping has a bad reputation. For many people, online shopping triggers overspending and impulse buys. But for all its downsides, online shopping has the potential to be a vital source for saving a LOT of money on clothes. You just need to know where to start.

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7 Tips for Finding Hand-Me Downs (when your sources run out)

Any parent on a tight budget and a growing family knows that finding a reliable source for hand-me-downs is a key factor to saving big on clothes. Even with all the free brand new clothes I get, hand-me-downs still play a huge role in our savings on clothes.

But what if you run out of sources? Or don’t have any to begin with? Don’t despair! I’m going to give you several ideas on how to get your hands on some good hand-me-downs.

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3 Reasons Folding Clothes the “Marie Kondo” Way Just Makes Sense

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Laundry and dishes. The two constants of life with kids, and ever so controversial.

The way you fold clothes is kind of like the way you load the dishwasher: everyone has her own method. Have you ever watched someone load your dishwasher, horrified at their misplacement of cups and bowls, knowing that you will [secretly] rearrange it later? (Is it really just me?)

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My Secret to Getting Brand New Clothes (more than $500 worth a year!) for FREE

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After our second child turned a year old, my husband and I realized we both wanted a big family. We loved seeing the personalities of each child blossom, seeing the fun and unique people God made them to be. With that realization, however, came the money doldrums.

Have you been there? When all you can see is one [small] income for years and years as far as you can imagine? I was committed to staying home with my kids, but stretch that out for years with multiple kids, and you start to wonder how the numbers are going to work out.

Our sources for hand-me-downs were drying up (why oh why did my daughter need to outgrow not one, but two kids a year older than her?!), and I knew I needed a sustainable way to get the majority of our clothes for less…much less.

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How to Work Consignment Stores like a Boss (and get clothes for free!)

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Consignment stores are often viewed as thrift stores’ pricier, slightly better dressed cousin, at least that’s how I used to see them. To me, they were cut from the same cloth, but then I started shopping both types of stores more regularly. The differences became obvious, once I stopped to consider where each store gets its inventory. And by understanding that difference, I discovered yet another way to get clothes for free!

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7 Tips to Building a Minimalist Child Wardrobe

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Building a child’s wardrobe can be challenging, especially if you don’t have regular access to hand-me-downs or a wealthy grandparent who just can’t stop buying clothes for your kids. If you need to purchase clothing on your own and money is tight, you should definitely consider a minimalist child wardrobe.

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Kids don’t need overstuffed drawers and closets: in fact, too many choices can increase stress in your child’s life.  They can actually get by just fine (and thrive even!) on far fewer clothes than you think. To help you get started, I’m sharing my 7 best tips for crafting your child’s wardrobe.

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