Minimalist Homeschooling for the Overwhelmed Homeschool Mom

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Inside: Are you an overwhelmed homeschool mom? Minimalist homeschooling can give you the tools to change that.

Last year, another minimalist blogger and I chatted about the directions I could take this little blog. She brought up that many minimalist families she knew also homeschooled and were looking for direction on how to apply minimalism to homeschooling.

She suggested that I help them do just that: create a course on minimalist homeschooling – how to use the basic principles of minimalism to calm the chaos that homeschooling can be when you’re trying to do all.the.things.

I hesitated for a long time because relaxed homeschooling is my primary homeschool style, and I wasn’t sure what I could really say about minimalist homeschooling.

But after thinking about it for over a year, I realized that I do apply minimalism to my homeschool. Once you start living a minimalist lifestyle, minimalism tends to seep into every corner of your life in a good way because it’s just that beneficial (especially for moms).

There’s no course coming anytime soon, but minimalist homeschooling has SO much to offer the overwhelmed homeschool mom, I couldn’t help but share as much as I can in one blog post.

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30+ Useful Stocking Stuffers for Everyone on Your List


Inside: Searching for a list of useful stocking stuffers? You’ve come to the right place! Fill your stockings with items from this growing ideas list, so you can enjoy your Christmas stockings without all the cheap crap and clutter.

Halloween is over, and the Christmas count-down is on. At least now Christmas décor has a semi-legitimate reason for being out and about at every major retailer. There are really no excuses for bringing it out before the end of October!

Even though we still have Thanksgiving to go, Christmas shopping and preparations are on the brain, at least for those of us who want to stay sane during the holidays. And the Christmas shopping that often gets pushed off until the last minute is always the stocking stuffers.

Why not change that this year? Get a head start with this list of 30+ useful stocking stuffers! Order them on Amazon now, and stash them for the big day.

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Decluttering Clothes: A Realistic Step by Step Guide

Inside: Is your closet driving you insane? This realistic step by step guide (you won’t be left with ten pieces of clothing by the time you’re done) will walk you through the entire process of decluttering clothes, from start to finish. 

Three years ago, when I picked up a copy of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, decluttering clothes was one of the first projects I tackled. When I pulled everything out of the closet, I was shocked.

Did I really have this many clothes? It was staggering, especially when I loved only a handful of them.

And because I didn’t love them – they were either uncomfortable or I didn’t love the way they looked on me – I rarely wore them, leaving the majority of my wardrobe unused.

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7 Reasons You Have Difficulty Throwing Things Away (and how to make it easier)

Inside: Do you have a hard time getting rid of stuff? Knowing why it’s so difficult is the first step to being able to let stuff go. Here are seven common reasons getting rid of stuff can be so dang difficult, with tips to make it easier.

As much as I’ve decluttered over the years, I still have difficulty throwing things away. Just yesterday, I filled yet another basket with 15-20 items I needed to let go of that I’ve been holding onto for way too long.

All the reasons why I decided to hang onto the clutter for just a few more weeks (o.k., months, I admit it) seemed perfectly rational at the time.

That’s the thing about clutter, it’s subtle and stubborn. Once you let that thing in the door, it’s ten times harder to get rid of it.

But here’s the truth about stuff: every single item you decide to bring into your home takes your precious time.

Even if it’s only a few minutes a week, do you really want to spend those minutes cleaning up a book no one reads anymore (but the toddler pulls off the shelf every day), or moving that kitchen gadget out of your way in order to get to the object beneath it?

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How to Start a Mom Blog that Actually Makes Money

Inside: Have you heard that moms can make money blogging, but you have no idea where to begin? Get step by step instructions for exactly how to start a mom blog that actually makes money (many blogs don’t), along with information about blogging that I wish I had before I started.

Three years ago, I learned that you could actually make money blogging. One of my favorite mom bloggers mentioned in a random e-mail that she had finally learned how to earn a part-time income from home through her blog.

She started her mom blog as a hobby, having no clue it could pay her bills. Five years later, she consistently earns $2,000 a month.

Without her telling me it was possible, I wouldn’t be earning money blogging today. How I wish I’d known sooner!

It’s not too late to start a mom blog and make money from home.

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An Honest Brave Writer Review from a Former Skeptic

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Inside: Brave Writer reviews can be extremely polarized and confusing. As a new homeschool mom searching for a unique language arts curriculum, I read them and walked away bewildered, not knowing what to think. So what turned a former skeptic into a Brave Writer enthusiast? Read my honest Brave Writer review to find out. 

A few years ago, I decided to step away from the University Model school my daughter attended and brave homeschooling all on my own. As I was researching various curriculums, I focused my attention primarily on math and language arts.

All my daughter knew of language arts at that point was a phonics workbook she absolutely despised. I’m talking serious hatred: as in she would sit and stare out the window for 45 minutes instead of doing one page in that workbook.

I knew she needed something different, but what?

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How to Declutter with No Time and a Tight Budget

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Inside: Do you truly want to declutter, but you have almost no time? Is any decluttering time you do have ruined by the decision fatigue that comes when you’re afraid you might get rid of something you’ll need in the future? Then this decluttering guide is for YOU.

Decluttering takes time and effort. It’s something you need to decide you really want to do. It requires a strong commitment and careful prioritization.

All of those statements are true.

That being said, so many of the women I talk to are moms with young kids and bigger than average families (i.e. more than the 2.2 kid American family average). They also work from home, homeschool, or both!

If that’s you, I absolutely believe you when you say you want to declutter – you really do – but time to get the job done is a very real roadblock.

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