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Minimalist Moms Favorite Reads This Week

A Little Update from Faith: We had a great week with family here for Thanksgiving. We are still busily moving and decluttering rooms and house is pretty chaotic. I’m going to try posting regular articles here on Tuesdays and Thursdays and then include these favorite read lists on Saturdays. I’m also working on an ebook ready to go by January. I really appreciate all my readers here. Being able to share my journey here is something I am truly thankful for.

Now on to the goodness . . .

This a collection of my favorite things I’ve read this week. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.

Miss Minimalist’s Gift Avoidance Guide
by Francine at Miss Minimalist

The holiday season can be a challenging time for minimalists: with all those gifts flying around, it’s almost guaranteed that one or more unwanted presents will land in your lap. And after you’ve decluttered your house, reduced your consumption, and pared down to just the necessities, the last thing you want to deal with is more stuff.

Never fear – my handy Gift Avoidance Guide is here! Put these tips into practice, and you’ll greatly increase your odds of coming through Christmas unburdened with extra things. Just think: no more items to return, regift, or defeatedly stash away in your drawers and closets!

A Planning Notebook for Peaceful and Productive Holidays
by Prerna at Productivity Your Way

I love the holidays – the warmth and festivity, gifts (yeah!) and happy times with friends and family. However, this time of the year can also be the busiest, craziest and most stressful if you don’t plan and organize at least a little. Using a holiday planning notebook is a super-simple way of staying productive and organized during the hectic festive season.

Here’s how to create your own holiday planning notebook, akin to a home management notebook but specifically for the busy holidays.

Minimalism for the Masses: Small Change
by Rachel at The Minimalist Mom

Instead of encouraging 10,000 people to live with 95% less why not encourage 300 million people to live with 20% less. Don’t tell them to move to San Francisco and hit up the 4 o’clock yoga class while living on $1000 a month from their e-business. Show the masses that with more thought at the register, less shopping as a hobby, more time with family or working on passion projects, fewer rooms to clean and upkeep and collect clutter in a smaller home, they can all live a better life. A more engaged life. A life with less stress, debt, fast food and waste. A better life through small change.

35 Gifts Your Children Will Never Forget
by Joshua at Becoming Minimalist

Very few childhood memories actually include the gifts that I received. I distinctly remember the year that I got a blue dirt bike, the evening my brother and I received a Nintendo, and opening socks every year from my grandparents. But other than that, my gift-receiving memories are pretty sparse. Which got me thinking… what type of gifts can we give to our children that they will never forget? What gifts will truly impact their lives and change them forever?

To that end, here is an alphabetical list of 35 Gifts Your Children Will Never Forget.

One Being Not Thankful
by Deb at Kommein

I do a “what I’m thankful for” post  every year and so does everyone else. I want to talk about the things I’m not thankful for. I realize that my whole shtick is about being positive and how positivity is more productive, but just once, I want to talk about the things I don’t like.


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Article originally published on 11/27/2010

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  1. Thanks for sharing my post at PYW, Faith. Glad you liked it. All the best on the eBook. Really looking forward to it. Am heading over to check out all the other links as well now.
    Happy Holidays!

  2. Hi Faith,

    Thank you so much for sharing my post and others. To me, that’s what blogging is all about and I owe so much of my success to the generosity of others.

    I’m so please you liked what I don’t like and I hope you won’t be a stranger!

    – Deb

  3. Hi Faith!
    Good luck on the rearranging and the decluttering!
    And good luck on the e-book! I am preparing and psyching myself up to write one as well!

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