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When Inspiration Doesn’t Strike

This is going to be a very honest post. Blogging can be great. My blog started as a place where I posted stories about my family and shared information about Mac when she was a baby. It morphed into something bigger when I started to share some of the unconventional parenting things we were doing like not using a bucket seat, having a floor bed, and sharing what Montessori means. This blog has been an amazing outlet for my writing and I have enjoyed sharing my ideas and thoughts here. Until last week, when inspiration didn’t strike.

Exploring Minimalism

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Minimalism is still a relatively new concept for Andrew and I. Listen to us chat about striving to be minimalist parents and what inspired us in the first place.

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Books I Mentioned:

The More of Less by Joshua Becker

The Magical Art of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

More Posts to Read about Minimalism:

Minimalism Resources

The More of Less: A Great Minimalist Book

Tidying Up: Simplify to Keep the House in Order

Minimalism Resources

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I never thought I would call myself a minimalist. I have always been the Queen of Too Much Stuff. Once, I packed 12 pairs of shoes for a week-long mission trip in high school. To be fair, each pair had an outfit or a purpose, but gosh my suitcase was heavy. I have seasonal decorations for each and every season and holiday during the year. I even have extra decorations for some of the bigger holidays.

But then something happened. I had a baby. When I found out I was pregnant, I was determined not to be one of those families that triples their belongings simply because there is a kid in the family. For one thing, we didn’t have any space. I was already taking up all of the storage space in our small townhouse with my own stuff. For another thing, frankly, I was sick of being surrounded by stuff.

Minimalism seems pretty hard to obtain, especially once you have kids. But I have found a few resources that really helped when I was just starting on my minimalism journey. Read about them here. quirkyandthenerd.com

Family Presents that Aren’t Toys

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With the holiday season on the horizon, now is the time to start brainstorming gift ideas. Gift guides for kids of all ages are easy to find. Most of them contain a long list of the popular toys of that year. But what about gifts that aren’t just toys, especially if you want to buy the entire family a gift? That is where my non-toy gift guide for the entire family comes in.

(Click to read why I don’t want people to buy my kid toys for Christmas)

This gift guide is designed for entire families. Whether you are parents buying for all of your children or an aunt, uncle, grandma, grandpa, etc. who wants to buy something for an entire family, this gift guide is for you. Presents for the entire family don’t have to be big or expensive to satisfy everyone.

If you want to read non-toy gift guides for other ages, make sure you check out my Non-Toy Gift Guide for BabiesNon-Toy Gift Guide for Toddlers, Non-Toy Gift Guide for Preschoolers, and Non-Toy Gift Guide for Elementary Aged Kids.

When you want to buy a family present for everyone, what do you buy? You don't want to just buy a toy. Here are four big ideas of presents for the entire family. quirkyandthenerd.com

The Non-Toy Gift Guide for Elementary Aged Kids

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With the holiday season on the horizon, now is the time to start brainstorming gift ideas. Gift guides for kids of all ages are easy to find. But what if you don’t want to just buy the latest popular toy for a child? Or what if you are a parent who is highly critical of the toys your child plays with? That is where a non-toy gift guide comes in.

(Click to read why I don’t want people to buy my kid toys for Christmas)

This gift guide is designed for children ages 6-10. By this age, children should be old enough to understand a balance of gifts you can unwrap and gifts you can’t (like an experience or a ticket to something happening in the future.)

If you want to read non-toy gift guides for other ages, make sure you check out my Non-Toy Gift Guide for BabiesNon-Toy Gift Guide for ToddlersNon-Toy Gift Guide for Preschoolers and Non-Toy Gift Guide for Families.

It is so easy to default to buying a kid a toy for the holidays. But what if you don't want to buy a toy? Or what if the parents are strict with their child's toys? Here is the ultimate guide to non-toy gifts for children ages 6-10. quirkyandthenerd.com

 

The Non-Toy Gift Guide for Preschoolers

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With the holiday season on the horizon, now is the time to start brainstorming gift ideas. Gift guides for kids of all ages are easy to find. But what if you don’t want to just buy the latest popular toy for a child? Or what if you are a parent who is highly critical of the toys your child plays with? That is where a non-toy gift guide comes in.

(Make sure you read about why I don’t put toys on my kid’s Christmas list.)

The preschool age (3-6) is where non-toys will start to get tricky. At this stage, children will understand the holidays and the fact that their peers may be receiving toys. So at this level, the trick is to make sure there are enough presents to physically unwrap while also making them fun.

(P.S. I also have a non-toy gift guide for babies, a non-toy gift guide for toddlers, a non-toy gift guide for elementary aged kids, and a non-toy gift guide for families.)

It is so easy to default to buying a kid a toy for the holidays. But what if you don't want to buy a toy? Or what if the parents are strict with their child's toys? Here is the ultimate guide to non-toy gifts for preschoolers aged 3-6. quirkyandthenerd.com

 

Slow Progress with KonMari

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I have been making slow progress decluttering my whole life after reading “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” by Marie Kondo. The KonMari method is unlike any other I’ve tried before. (To read a little more about my previous progress, read part 1 here and part 2 here.) It is also working so much better than the other methods I have used.

KonMari is working for me! Click to read about my progress. quirkyandthenerd.com

To sum up, you ask yourself if each item you own sparks joy. If it doesn’t, you get rid of it. This has been extremely helpful to me because I enjoy thinking that someone else may discover something I have donated and it could bring them joy. You are also supposed to finish discarding first. This is the step I am still on and that I still struggle with. I don’t have the time or energy to go through every single thing I own at once. But I am trying to take large chunks of my house (like one whole closet or an entire bookshelf) and going through it all at one time.

So, let me show you what I accomplished this weekend.

The More of Less: Review of a Great Minimalist Book

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Minimalism sounds like a scary word. When I first heard it, I imagined having to give up everything. As I sat surrounded by all of my unnecessary stuff, I quickly dismissed it as a nutty idea for hipsters and hippies alike. Who wants to give away their clothes and childhood mementos?

But then something changed. I had a daughter and all of my priorities shifted. I want to spend my time with Mac, not working to pay for our house and all of our possessions. So I have slowly been going through my things and getting rid of what I don’t need.

Recently, I was given a copy of The More of Less by Joshua Becker to review. It has totally rekindled the spark of minimalism within me. Right away, Becker introduces his journey to minimalism by using the phrase “You don’t need to own all of this stuff.” What a powerful phrase! Right when I read it, I knew this was the book for me.

Minimalism can be scary. But fear not, you don't have to throw out everything you own. The More of Less is a great start on the journey to minimalism. quirkyandthenerd.com

A Minimalist’s Guide to Cloth Diaper Accessories

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I am working towards being a minimalist in my entire life. It might be a struggle, but I am definitely a minimalist when it comes to raising a child. There were plenty of things that were “must-haves” that we didn’t buy and haven’t missed. One thing we did accumulate, however, was cloth diapers. Now, I have been good and I don’t have a ginormous stash (although it is hard not to buy every single cute cloth diaper I find), but I have found three cloth diaper accessories that we couldn’t live without. One can even be used with disposable diapers too. (Make sure you take a listen to my cloth diapering 101 podcast.)

It is so easy to keep buying all of the cute cloth diapering accessories. But what are the accessories that you actually need? Read my minimalist's guide to cloth diaper accessories. quirkyandthenerd.com

 

Decluttering Progress with KonMari

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A while ago, I posted about trying to tidy up my house. (Read about it here.) I have been re-reading The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo and attempting to apply it to my life. So I think it is time for an update.

Overall, I feel like it is going really well. But decluttering is a slow process. Kondo recommends doing it all at once, but I just can’t do that. Not only do I work full-time and have a daughter and a house to care for, I also spend a lot of time working on my blog. When the weekend comes, I feel like we can either have a fun weekend or a productive one. And most of the time, I will pick a fun one. But I was finally able to be productive and start in on the second chapter of the book: Finish Discarding First.

clothes bag donation

See that giant, stuffed full bag of clothing? I donated that. Plus 3 other boxes of stuff! (And P.S. to anyone who might not know, keep a list of things you donate and you can write them off on your taxes.)