How to Declutter Toys in a Big Family

When you take the plunge into minimalism, every “expert” tells you to start with toys if you have kids. It will give you easy wins and you’ll see such a huge difference, it will give you the momentum to continue. Or so they say. But when you have multiple kids (especially of different genders), decluttering toys can get complicated fast.

I started with toys after reading the Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, and let me tell you, it was painful. I debated a long time over things like dolls and Little People and wooden blocks. Hopefully sharing my experience will save you some of the decision fatigue I experienced.

I’ll give you the simple questions that I eventually (after much debate) came up with in order to decide what to toss and what to keep. I’ll also show you exactly what remained after we decluttered. Your toy collection will probably look different, but I always find it really helpful to see what other families end up keeping when they declutter toys.

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How to Declutter with a Sentimental Child

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Minimalism saved my motherhood. It gave me the gift of time and freed me from the stress that comes with clutter. I went from spending all my spare time cleaning up and organizing all the stuff to having time to do things like homeschooling and blogging.

But the real challenge has been learning how to declutter with a sentimental child.

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I finally found a children’s clothing company that I LOVE. I love it so much that I am transitioning as many of my kid’s clothing purchases here as I can possibly afford. And that’s a big deal in my frugal world. If you hate shopping for clothes and are frustrated with the options in kid’s clothing today, you need to know about

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7 Tips to Building a Simple Wardrobe for Kids

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Building a simple 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 simplifying your child’s wardrobe. It will save your sanity and your pocketbook!

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The Capsule Wardrobe: How to get started and why you need to

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In a world chock full of choices at our fingertips, we parents suffer decision fatigue more than others because we make decisions for more than one person ALL. THE. TIME. Building a capsule wardrobe significantly reduces decision fatigue.

Capsule wardrobes also save money, but the best part is that they simultaneously save time and energy, and that’s what I’m all about here at this Simple Balance.

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The Downside to Minimalism (that no one likes to talk about)

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Minimalism is in. Marie Kondo has become a household name, and even Emily Gilmore jumped on the decluttering bandwagon!

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7 Benefits of Minimalist Meal Planning

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Minimalist meal planning is a tool every mom should have in her meal planning toolbox. This method will not work for everyone long-term – not everyone loves to eat the same meals week after week.

But there are events like childbirth, deaths, and moves when you just need to not think about meal planning. Decision fatigue in these times is overwhelmingly high.

You need the ease of take-out without the cost. Minimalist meal planning can help!

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Boston to Raleigh: Downsize Non-negotiable


Oh no.  It’s not going to fit.  Deep breaths.

The cube had arrived, and it was smaller than expected. Much smaller.

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