Everyone needs a little motivation to achieve great things. Last year I began my journey to live a simpler life. I read a lot about reducing clutter, parenting, and reducing my stress all around. I found great resources for living a simple life in many books and websites and now I want to share them with you!
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I have been working on living with less stress for over a year. I have rid my house of excess things we don’t need and we have lessened the activities we, as a family, do. One day we were all sitting around relaxing when my old self kicked in. I started telling my kids to go clean and pick up the mess on the floor. My oldest, Diesel, looked at me and said, “what stuff? There is nothing to pick up!” I looked around and he was right! We had achieved our goal. We were spending time as a family and the stress of a messy house and clutter was not looming over our heads.
Along the way I have read articles and books that have inspired me to reduce my material possessions, reduce our over crowded schedule, and thus live a simple, stress-free, minimalist life. Sounds appealing right? I have found the resources below to be helpful in my journey.
Resources For Living a Simple Life
Ridding my life of stuff and giving back to those in need are some of the tips I found in this book. It helped me refocus my priorities from wanting a bigger house, new car, new wardrobe, to seeing what I have and appreciating that I have it.
This past spring, our oldest was coming home from school and letting all his frustrations out. He needed to run, climb, and play those emotions out. Running to sporting events or errands, however, took over some afternoon. He didn’t have a chance relax and it effected him and the family.
I found this book to be a lifesaver. Reducing our over-scheduled and over-structured days so that our kids have time to be kids were some of the points made in the book. That is exactly what Diesel needed. I started to make sure that he had down time to do what he wanted and we immediately saw the benefits.
The book also discusses how fewer toys is more beneficial than too many toys. This falls right in line with my minimalist views:)
This blog was probably the first one I found on the subject of minimalism. I think it appeared on my facebook feed somehow. He has some great posts and every weekend, if you join his email list, he sends “weekend reads.” This is a compilation of articles that he or others have written on the subject of minimalism. Very informative and helpful.
I like her stuff because she has four kids (I have three) so I can relate to her kind of minimalism. She also homeschools which I will be doing this fall. She has great posts on living in the moment with your kids, getting outside and enjoying life.
I like her facebook page. She is constantly posting great articles that inspire me to lead a better life for my children and family. These posts focus on living a more simple life for the sake of our kids.
What About You?
What resources have you found to guide you on your journey for a simpler life?