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Minimalist Family Life – Spring Updates

Today I am making a few Spring updates in our minimalist family life.

I started out my day with our regular morning routine.  We all wake up really early, have breakfast, and Grant leaves for work.  Here is a post I did all about our simple morning routine and 5 tips to stay productive.

Morning Routine

Before I head into our breakfast morning routine I like to do as much tiding as possible.  I always make my bed the moment I get up.  I then wash my face and tidy up the bathroom.  As I walk around I pick up anything that is out of place or left on the floor.  My final task ( I don’t do everyday) is to do a quick clean of the boys room.  This is usually picking up any clothes and pulling up the covers on their beds.  Now I know I can head into the breakfast routine with confidence.

5 Simple Morning Routine Tips

After breakfast I clean up the dishes and get dressed (if I haven’t already). Usually my living room is pretty clean from the night before, but if it isn’t this is when I would put things away.  I also throw something together for Emmett’s lunch.  We are then out the door to drop him off to school.

While Emmett is learning at school, I am getting things done with Calvin.  If I need to go grocery shopping or any other errands this is when I would do them.  It is so much easier to get the shopping done with one child.  If we don’t have to go anywhere then we just head home to play.  Today I was so thankful I had made a cup of coffee in my to go cup!  As we were driving back from the store I saw there were about 30 cars waiting in the Starbuck drive through.  We put the groceries away and I got to work on some Spring updates around my home.

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Spring Updates

One new thing that we are trying out is some Eco Toilet paper from the Grove Collaborative.  You can click HERE to check it out and get a free gift with purchase.  So far I am loving everything we use from the Grove Collaborative.

Today I ironed all of my new curtains I purchased from Ikea.  We currently have blinds in our bedroom, but so much light still gets through!  So I found some affordable white curtains from Ikea that look awesome and solve our problem.

Decluttering and minimalism has changed the way I look at my home and the way I shop for my home.  Minimalism has made me realize I want to make my home exactly how I want it and to quit waiting for the perfect time to do something.  When we first moved into our home we made a few necessary updates, but then we slowed down on the updating.  Maybe I felt we would move before long, but it turns out we have been living here six years!  There is a fine line with home updates.  I know this isn’t our forever home, but I also know we could be living here for another five or more years.  I have decided we are going to make updates what will improve our way of living.  For instance we are installing overhead lights, right now we only have lamps.  These type of updates make our lives better and it will make the value of our home go up too.

minimalist bedroom

Office/ Guest Room

We also turned our second bedroom into a multipurpose office and guest room.  After a ton of decluttering I realized our boys can share a room which allowed us to have an office room.  We have a guest coming to visit in July and we are going to have to finish the few changes that we have started on that room.  The goal is to have a place that someone can come and visit us, but when its just us we will have a place to be creative.  We can all work on art or homework and have a fun hangout area.

The goals for this room; fresh coat of paint, new closet, add a rug, add a pull out couch, and decorate.

Lunch Time

Calvin who is two, usually naps in the afternoon, but today he fell asleep early!  Don’t you hate when they accidentally fall asleep!  The big problem is his nap will be short.  Since Calvin took an early nap, I pushed lunch to after we pick up Emmett from school and decided to get some writing done.  As a stay at home mom I have to use my time wisely.  Anytime that the kids are happily playing or sleeping is my time to try to work on my projects.

Minimalist Family Life Conversation

I thought when we became more minimalist I wouldn’t have to clean ever again!  Well the joke was on me LOL.  While minimalism will definitely help with the amount of cleaning it doesn’t mean you don’t have to clean as often.  We do have a home for every item in our house, but I find with kids a lot of things are pulled out and not put back.  Personally I don’t want to spend my entire life cleaning up so often I will wait until the end of the day to do a big tidy.  Especially on the days when I want to edit a video or write a blog post.

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Decluttering Tips for Kids

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Kids Declutter BEFORE AND AFTER

Capsule Wardrobe for Kids

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Being Minimalist – What has Changed?

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