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Faith Janes, Author at Minimalist at Home
A Simple Approach to Living With Less

How to Have a Minimalist Family Christmas

When I began my journey into minimalism, dealing with Christmas, the gift giving and receiving, and the crazy holiday schedule was really hard for me. Making the decision to declutter wasn’t hard. Once I realized our quest to accumulate was actually stealing our family time from us, I had no problem getting rid of clutter. […]

Progress Does Not Equal Perfection

I have a confession to make. I’m not very good at changing. Next week I’ll turn 34 and while I have many things I want to change about my life, I’m not making the kind of progress I had hoped for.

One of the things I have learned in my almost 34 years of life is:

If nothing changes . . . Nothing changes.

Yep, my life won’t change if I don’t. That kind of truth sort of slaps me in the face.

36 Ideas for Minimalist Christmas Gifts

I’m sure it’s on your mind. Christmas is coming and we all want it to be a memorable time for our friends and family. It has surprised me how much more energy it takes to plan for gifts that are both meaningful and minimalist. It is much easier to throw another piece of plastic in […]

Are Your Summers Lazy or Crazy?

As my kids have gotten older, their summers have gotten busier and busier. I can’t decide if I’m really happy about that. Ok, actually I’m not happy with it at all. However, I’m trying to weigh the busyness against the fact they are having fun and having experiences they don’t have throughout the year. As we were putting our plans on our calendar, it hit me how much busier this summer is going to be.

Go Slow: Part 2

Editor Note: This the second part of a guest post series on “Go Slow by Gena Smith from Hanuiloa. If you have just arrived at Part 2 I highly recommend you bookmark this page and head over to read Part 1 of this 3 part series.

My name is Gena, I live on an island and I want to teach you how to “Go Slow.”

If you are approaching an intersection and discover the signal isn’t working correctly and crossways traffic is still headed through in spite of you having a green light; are you going to take your chances because you were given the green light and barrel on through the intersection hoping not to get hit? Of course not. You understand the need to apply the brakes in that situation. You may even pump them to get the traffic behind you to notice the predicament, but you’re not going to ignore the situation. You’re going to deal with it. You don’t want to get crunched by an oncoming cement mixer, right? So you put on the brakes. Funny thing how we notice the obvious when a few tons of steel are headed our way, but not the equivalent of an invisible freight train. Hello dear reader, meet your life’s schedule, otherwise known as a ‘freight train.’ Something is going to give soon, and it won’t be the locomotive; you are going to have to decide to put the brakes on.