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Minimalist at Home - A Simple Approach to Living with Less
A Simple Approach to Living With Less

When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Take a Nap

In our household of 10, all but three of us have been sick during the last couple weeks. From croup to bronchitis to sinus infections and good old-fashioned colds, we’ve had quite the collection of sickies around here. I am thankful to be one the three healthy folks so far.

Dealing with sickness is never fun, but in between the moments of exhaustion I am thankful.

  • I am thankful that there’s a drugstore less than five minutes away.
  • I’m thankful to have a dad who’s an ER doctor. He’s saved me many a trip to the doctor for prescriptions and is on call for those scary 1am croup attacks.
  • I am thankful that we homeschool so my kids aren’t getting behind while they are trying to get better.
  • I am thankful that I have a job that let’s me work from home so I am available to help nurse my family back to health.
  • I am thankful for the reminder to slow down and rest.

The Going Gets Tough

There will always be things that come up in our life unexpectedly. A change of job, a sickness, or other needs in the family. We simply can’t plan for everything. As an emergency room physician, my father jokes that “Accidents keep him in business.” If we knew they were going to happen, they wouldn’t be called “accidents.”

Here are some strange accident statistics to be aware of:

  • 11,500 Emergency Department visits are related to snow shoveling each year
  • Air and Paintball Gun Injuries caused more than 20,000 ER Visits in 2008
  • Table Saw-Related Injuries have remained consistently high
  • There has been a 70% Increase in basketball-related traumatic brain injuries

If we knew what was coming, some days we would just hide in bed under the covers. The only thing we can do it take it one day at a time and keep our lives as simple as possible. [Continue reading]

Article originally published on 11/03/2011

Organized Excess is the Cousin of Clutter

Organization is a tricky thing. It can fool you into thinking you’re getting rid of clutter and getting rid of your mess and chaos. But often instead of getting rid of the mess, you’re just putting it in cute color coordinating bins or stacking it … [Continue reading]

Setting the Course

As a stay-at-home mom, I feel that it’s my job to set the course for how our home functions. I don’t see it as old-fashioned to believe that my responsibilities include meal planning, keeping everyone clothed in something clean, and managing the mess … [Continue reading]

Simple Pleasures and Living Like a Princess: Life As a 3-Year-Old Minimalist

There is more to being a minimalist than getting rid of everything. One of the great things minimalism does is bring to light the simple pleasures in life that are far too easily overlooked. Life gets busy and complicated as we accumulate possessions … [Continue reading]

Minimalism is my Diet

I read three interesting posts this week that had me thinking about my motivation for minimalism. Jenny's post on Minimalism and the Need for Control, Rachel's post about two four letter words: Debt and Diet, and Joshua's post on the continued … [Continue reading]