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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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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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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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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Baby Registry Tips & Must Haves

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Baby registries are so exciting! You’re given that magical scanner, sent off with a checklist of things you “need” as a new parent. Off you go, adding everything that looks beautiful and fun, and of course, everything on that essential checklist.

Want to know a secret? You don’t need three quarters of it! And those baby registry checklists are definitely not made with multiple kids in mind.

Check out these tips and registry must-haves that this minimalist mom of four wishes someone would have told her when she was making her baby registry eight years ago.

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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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Save Time in your Homeschool with Picture Books

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When you are homeschooling multiple children or juggling babies and toddlers with homeschooling, time is of the essence. The more you can teach in less time, the better. Teaching with picture books engages your younger children while allowing you cover multiple subject areas with your older children at the same time.

It’s cheap, time-saving, and just plain fun. You’ll be amazed what you can cover with just one picture book.

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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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