14 Reasons You May Want to Try Minimalism

14 Reasons You May Want to Try Minimalism

Sometimes minimalism can sound a little intense.

The white walls, the modern art, the stereotypes. . .

If you have ever been interested in minimalism, but have been intimidated by all of the reasons that you “couldn’t be a minimalist” then keep reading because this post is for you!

I’m going to show you how you can implement minimalism in the areas of your life that work for your family!

There are so many different ways that you can embrace minimalism in your life, and it doesn’t have to be an all or nothing type of thing. Just having minimalism in one or two areas of your life can help lower your stress and make your life easier.

As I go through the different types of minimalism, I’m going to tell you why you might find it helpful. I’m also going to tell you if it is one that I use in my house!

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Different Types of Minimalists

1) Ambience Minimalists

These minimalists stereotypically like the white walls, curated art, and keep very few possessions. This is what many people associate with minimalism.

These minimalists are really concerned with how their house feels and looks.

This type of minimalist is more concerned with having a minimalist look and feel to their house than they are with having any sort of personalized decor.

Now, I personally don’t relate to this type of minimalist because I love decorating my house with family pictures. And having a house that looks and feels like a minimalist house isn’t as important to me as having a customized space that I enjoy living in.

But just because I don’t personally relate to this one, doesn’t mean it wouldn’t be a great reason for you to explore minimalism. If you love clean lines and clean looking spaces, this may be a great reason for you to check out minimalism and see if it might fit with your lifestyle.

2) Cozy Minimalists

The cozy minimalist is much more concerned with having a space that is customized to them and feels cozy when they are in it.

Often when you think of the ambiance minimalist, it looks like a sterile environment. Often they don’t have as much furniture, or if they do, it’s very minimalist. Typically no throw pillows and things like that.

Whereas, the cozy minimalist will have more pillows, blankets, wall decor and things that just make the house feel homey.

You would enjoy this type of minimalism if you want your house to feel clean, but you also want it to be comfortable and feel like it’s customized to you and your lifestyle.

This is definitely a type of minimalism I subscribe to. I love having a home that is easy to clean, but also feels warm and inviting.

A lady reading a book with a cup of hot tea.

3) Extreme Minimalists

Now, this is the type of minimalism that you would have seen if you watched the documentary on Netflix called Minimalism. These people have very little furniture, they pack for months in a tiny little suitcase, and they just have a miniscule amount of possessions.

People who like this type of minimalism will often will count their possessions and know exactly how many things they have in their house at all times.

This is not a type of minimalism that I am drawn to. I like to have enough things in my house for it to be comfortable for me to live in.

However, some people find this type of minimalism freeing because they can easily pack and travel at a moment’s notice.

So if you just have too many things in your house and you’re ready to just get rid of everything, this type of minimalism may appeal to you.

4) Frugal Minimalists

Frugal minimalists are typically drawn to minimalism because minimalists tend to buy less things. And when you buy less things, you happen to have more money (funny how that works 😅).

This type of minimalism might be appealing to you if you are already a frugal person by nature. But it might also be something that could help you if you have a budgeting problem and you need to reign in your finances.

Being a frugal minimalist helps you to not spend extra money unless you actually need to.

This is one reason I was drawn to minimalism in the first place because I am a very frugal person and I don’t like spending money on things that I don’t need.

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5) Meal Planning Minimalists

Now often when people become meal planning minimalists, they create meal plans where they eat pretty much the same thing every single day. Or they may have a one-week or a two-week rotation of meals that they repeat over and over again.

Now, I do implement this type of minimalism in my house… but I put my own spin on it!

If you’ve read any of my meal planning posts, you know that I am a huge fan of having theme nights for every night of the week, and that simplifies my meal plan, without making things boring.

If you want to check out the Crazy Way I Meal Plan, you can read this post. Or if you want some help creating your own meal plan, check out Set It and Forget It Meal Planning.

But this is a great way to simplify your meal plan while still having variety!

6) Budgeting Minimalists

These types of minimalists are different than the frugal minimalists in that they try to actually minimise the overall budgeting process. This means that they will often have maybe one giant account that they pull everything out of, and they just have very broad categories within their budget.

Maybe at most they have four accounts that they work with, but it’s very simple, very streamlined. A lot of things will come out of the same chunk of money because they don’t want things to get too complicated with their finances.

Now I don’t personally subscribe to this type of minimalism. And I actually recommend that people have several accounts for their budget because that actually simplifies things in your mind. Check out this post here if you want to know which accounts I think everyone should have.

If you feel like you are going in way too many directions with your budget and you need to simplify it, this might be a type of minimalism that would work for you.

7) Stuff Minimalists

Just in case you’re wondering, yes, I am making some of these terms up as I go along 😅. But stuff minimalists are people who just don’t want to have so much stuff in their house.

They don’t really care if their home has the perfect minimalist ambience. They don’t necessarily care if they have a cozy minimalist house.

They just want to have less stuff in their life, and they want it NOT to look like Toys R Us threw up in their house.

So yes, this is a type of minimalism I definitely can relate to because I do not like having too much extra stuff laying around my house whether that stuff be toys, clothes, books, or anything else.

You may be interested in this type of minimalism if you feel like you just have so many things that you can’t keep your house clean.

I highly recommend stuff minimalism for anyone who has kids. I have found time and time again that my kids are happier, they share better, and their rooms stay cleaner more easily when we have less stuff.

I can always tell when it’s time to go through and start decluttering some things when they start fighting about toys.

And there’s kind of this reverse logic with it because you think when they have more, they should be happier. But it’s just not the case.

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8) Cleaning Minimalists

The next type of minimalist is a cleaning minimalist. Cleaning minimalists just like to clean their house as quickly and efficiently as possible.

And if you’ve been around my blog or my YouTube channel before, you know that I can absolutely relate to this type of minimalist!

I used to clean my house all day on one day of the week and expected it to stay clean all throughout the week. And it did not work. So instead, I created a very simple weekly cleaning routine where I do a small amount of cleaning every day of the week except for my rest day.

So if you are interested in this type of minimalism, you can check out my simple weekly cleaning routine and create your own.

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A clean, minimalist room

8) Low Waste Minimalists

Low waste minimalists embrace minimalism because they want to have a lower impact on the environment.

Now, this was not one of the original reasons that I came to minimalism. However, I would definitely say it is something I can relate to now!

Because I am a frugal minimalist, I started looking into buying things that were more reusable and figuring out which things I didn’t need to buy anymore. And it kind of led me down this low waste rabbit hole, which has been fun and eye opening!

And the further down the rabbit hole you go, the more willing you are to do some crazy things in the name of being low waste.

But if you care a lot about the environment or you just want to reduce your impact on the environment, this would be a great reason for you to explore minimalism.

9) Schedule Minimalists

Schedule minimalists want to have more white space on their calendars. They like to say no to a lot of things so that they can really enjoy the things that matter.

I definitely relate to this type of minimalism and I highly recommend it if you have children. Children can get very overwhelmed if they are constantly going and doing something (like so many of us are in western society).

If you schedule in time to be slow and schedule in simple days, children cope much better. And honestly, so do we, even if we don’t want to admit it!

So, if you are interested in this type of minimalism, check out my How to Set Up a Weekly Schedule so that you aren’t constantly going from one thing to the next.

10) Routine Minimalists

The next type of minimalists on my list are routine minimalists.

And these people really like to have a simple, predictable routine that will make their lives easier.

I can definitely relate to this type of minimalist as well because as you guys know, I love setting up easy routines that just make your life kind of run on Autopilot.

And if you guys are interested in setting up some routines that will help your home run itself, check out the YouTube series I did on How to Easily Manage Your Home, where I walk you through how to create every single routine that you need for your home to run smoothly.

A plant and cup on a coffee table.

11) Travel Minimalists

The next type of minimalists are travel minimalists.

This is a type of minimalism that I was interested in back when my husband and I were first married. We really slimmed down on just about everything else so that we could pay off our debt and travel before we had kids.

But this isn’t necessarily a huge driving reason for us now because we are on one income and we have kids, so we just don’t get to travel as much as we would like to.

But if you want to travel more, travel minimalism can definitely help you do this!

12) Quality Over Quantity Minimalists

Next are the quality over quantity minimalists.

These minimalists are very similar to the travel minimalists because they are able to get exactly what they want, when they want it, since they don’t have all the extra stuff and noise in their life.

For me this was not something that initially drew me to minimalism. I was very frugal and I liked buying clothes on the sale rack at Walmart because I figured “Why spend any more than that?”

But as I’ve gotten a little older, I have realized that certain things will last longer when you buy Quality over Quantity.

So this has been a mindset shift for me as I have continued to explore different aspects of minimalism. But it has definitely paid off to spend a little bit more on something that will last much longer than to buy something cheap over and over again.

So this type of minimalism might appeal to you if you are tired of buying cheap things and having them break all the time. You can invest a little bit more upfront and have things that last longer.

13) Off-The-Grid Minimalists

The next type of minimalist that I have on my list is the off-the-grid minimalists.

These people really like to be on their own.

They have so few needs and ones that they can take care of without needing anyone else to help them out.

Now, I just spent a week off-the-grid backpacking with my husband and several friends, and it was amazing. But I don’t know that I’d want to do that full time.

So I don’t really think that it’s for me, but I can definitely see the benefits of it if it appeals to you!

I mean, you’d spend a lot less money and you’d have a lot less waste if this was the type of minimalism that you embraced.

14) Practical Minimalists

The next type of minimalist is the practical or moderate minimalist.

These people love the benefits of minimalism, but they aren’t ever going to count their possessions or worry about how many things they have… as long as they have a manageable amount for them.

They also aren’t particularly worried about if they feel like they have a minimalist house or if their house is cozy.

They just take the aspects of minimalism that work for them. So this is definitely something I can relate to, although I do like to have a cozy atmosphere.

I think it is more important to be practical about how minimalist you are, than to just to be a minimalist for the sake of being a minimalist.

15) Rule-Breaking Minimalists

And the last type of minimalist that I have on my list is the rule breaking minimalist. There are a lot of unspoken rules out there about being a minimalist, but these types of minimalists just don’t care if they are breaking the rules or if they’re doing everything correctly.

But if you have seen my post on the 12 Minimalist Rules That I Break, you can probably guess that I can definitely relate to this type of minimalist.

Because, like I just mentioned above, I think it is more important to have a type of minimalism that works for you and works for your family than it is to just say, “I’m a minimalist and I follow all of these rules,” even if I don’t enjoy following them.

So that is it. That is all of the different types of minimalist that I could think of. Let me know in the comments below if you think I missed any, and I’d love to hear which types of minimalists you most relate to or which types you could definitely never see yourself becoming.

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How to Have a Minimalist Christmas {When You Have Kids!}

How to Have a Minimalist Christmas {When You Have Kids!}

When you are new to Minimalism, the thought of having a Minimalist Christmas can be daunting.

And if you are thinking about having a Minimalist Christmas with kids… it can feel like you shouldn’t even bother!

But not only is it possible to have a Minimalist Christmas with Kids, it is so rewarding that you’ll never want to go back to your old way of celebrating.

So in this post, I am going to show you why I love having a Minimalist Christmas With Kids, and then I’m going to show you how we do it!

Minimalist Christmas with Kids, How we do it!

Why You Should Consider a Minimalist Christmas

1) It Is Easier

Let’s just start with the obvious, why don’t we?

Having a Minimalist Christmas is so. much. easier. then having a more traditional go-all-out type of Christmas.

I have so much less stress during the holidays now because I am not putting as much pressure on myself to make everything so elaborate.

2) It is Cheaper

And speaking of obvious reasons to go simple … it’s also cheaper to have a Minimalist Christmas!

If you want to see how we budget for the holidays, you can check out this post.

3) You Won’t Have to Declutter After Christmas

If you’ve recently started (or ended) your decluttering journey, you don’t want to have to declutter again just because Christmas happened.

If you have a Simple Christmas, you won’t be starting back at square one after New Year’s Day.

4) The Kids Will Appreciate Simple Things

One of my favorite reasons for having a Minimalist Christmas is to teach the kids to appreciate simple things!

I know I’ve talked about this before in other posts, but it’s honestly one of my main reasons for having a minimalist lifestyle for my kids all year round:

I want my kids to appreciate the simple things in life… from enjoying simple toys to being excited about simple activities, and being able to entertain themselves in simple ways.

If you have extravagant holidays every year, it makes their expectations higher and it makes them less satisfied when things are low key.

5) The Kids Will Be Grateful

I have found this to be a really strange phenomenon with kids and gifts:

The less they get, the more grateful they are.

I can’t explain it, but I have seen it over and over again!

When our kids receive more gifts, they get into a “what’s next, what’s next” frenzy, and when they receive less, they get giddy about things like slippers. Seriously… our oldest’s reaction to getting slippers is one of the best reactions we’ve ever gotten.

6) The Kids Will Use Their Gifts

This one is also strange and I can’t explain why this happens, but the girls play with, use, and generally enjoy their gifts more when they have less of them.

When they receive more, the gifts tend to get played with quickly and then forgotten.

How to Have a Minimalist Christmas With Kids

Alright, now let’s get into the nitty-gritty of how to do this.

Most parents’ biggest worry about having a Minimalist Christmas is that their children will feel left out, or disappointed, or weird if they don’t have as extravagant of a Christmas as their friends do.

But by using these tricks, our girls have never felt left out… even though they receive far less for Christmas than their friends and cousins.

And when I say far less… I mean FAR less. It’s probably somewhere around half the amount of gifts.

So here’s how we do this!

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1) Have a Talk With the Grandparents

I know it’s awkward. I know it’s uncomfortable.

But seriously, if you want to have a Minimalist Christmas and not feel like you are going to have to Declutter as soon as it’s over, you need to set expectations with grandparents and anyone else who buys gifts for your kids.

Let them know why you want to have a Minimalist Christmas for your kids, and let them know what that means for your family.

The other reason that you’ll want to have this conversation ahead of time is that you might feel overshadowed by the grandparents if you are trying to give the kids minimal gifts, but the grandparents still think that the status quo is the same.

It’s not that they are trying to bum you out, they just don’t know any better unless you tell them.

If you are open and honest about your desires and intentions for the holiday this year, and for years to come; you will all be much happier. And *hopefully,* you won’t feel like it is an ongoing fight with your parents and/or in-laws.

But once you have this conversation, don’t forget to include them in the process and let them know how they can still celebrate and enjoy the holidays with your family (see #8 below!).

How to Have a Minimalist Christmas With Kids

2) Plan to Enjoy the Experiences of the Holidays

There are so many wonderful experiences that go along with the holidays, many of which are *FREE*.

See if any churches have free concerts, go look at Christmas lights, find unique things that your city does to celebrate the holiday, and go sledding!

Some fun activities that cost a little bit of money are: cutting down your own tree in the forest (be sure to have a permit if you do this), going ice skating, making a gingerbread house, and making Christmas cookies.

If your budget allows for it, you can also check out some of the more expensive experiences that come around during the holidays.

We love going to the nutcracker, but we find a community production instead of going to the expensive one downtown. This was a great way to save money, and I’ve never felt like I was missing out too much if a little one was fussy and I had to step out with them.

When I was growing up, and we were old enough to stay home without my parents, my parents would go Christmas shopping for the first time and have a date night. While they were out, my siblings and I would decorate the tree and the house, make Christmas cookies, and watch a Christmas movie together.

It was so much fun for us, and it cost my parents very little extra money.

If your kids are young, decorate the tree with them and have a fun family night all together at home.

Enjoying the experiences is a great way to make the holidays special without bringing extra clutter into your house.

3) Give Practical Gifts

This is always the first gift category that we look at when deciding what to get our girls.

Our oldest daughter can usually use a new pajama, a new coat, a fleece jacket, or a raincoat by the time Christmas rolls around. (Our younger daughter has plenty of hand-me-downs *second-child problems!*)

If you’d like to see the full list of Intentional Gift Ideas, check out this post.

4) Give Experiences as Gifts

The second thing that we look at getting them is an experience gift that they can use for at least a couple of months past Christmas.

In the past, this has been swimming lessons or museum memberships.

But this year the girls are requesting a zoo membership since our children’s museum and swimming lessons are still closed in our neck of the woods (thanks, Covid.)

For more Experience Gift Ideas, check out this post!

5) Give Them Something They Want

And once we have chosen a practical gift and an experience gift, we will also choose a gift that they want that doesn’t necessarily fit into the other two categories.

I keep an ongoing amazon wish list for each girl that I keep updated throughout the year. Anytime one of them mentions something that they would like or I have an idea of something I think they would use I add it to the list.

Then as birthdays and Christmas approach, I go through the list and prune it to make sure that everything on the list is something that I would be happy with them having and that they would be thrilled to get.

I have a full post on Intentional Gift Ideas for Kids that you can check out for more ideas, but here are a couple of things to keep in mind when you decide which wants to fulfill.

Go for Classic Toys Over Trendy Toys

Things like classic blocks, legos, lincoln logs, and other toys that you know will stand the test of time are better than toys that are trendy and will go out of style quickly.

Can you have a minimalist christmas with kids?

Think Quality Over Quantity

When Giving Gifts to your kids, give them one or two high-quality gifts instead of giving them a lot of low-quality gifts.

My oldest daughter’s wants this year could technically also fit into the practical category: She recently started violin (and FYI, a 1/10 violin is THE CUTEST THING EVER!), and we are going to get her a music stand and a metronome for Christmas since she will be needing them and has been asking for them anyway!

We could just get her cheap ones so that we could give her more gifts, but instead, we will spend a little more money on them so that they will hopefully last for her whole musical career.

One of my younger daughter’s wants this year could also fit into the practical category, but she is obsessed with my mom’s hydro flask water bottle… and I found some really cute Kid’s sized Hydro Flask water bottles!

Give Family Gifts Like Games, Puzzles, and Books

The girls love games, puzzles, and books because they have fun with them…

I love these gifts because they teach them to share and are things that we can enjoy together as a family.

I saw that one of their friends got a create-your-own puzzle last Christmas so I have that on my younger daughter’s list. And I have a couple of books that I think my oldest would enjoy on her list.

With these gifts, I don’t worry too much about which child is getting which item because toys in our house are community property. Aside from their most special doll and stuffed animals, we don’t make a big deal about which things belong to which person, we just say all of our toys are for everyone to enjoy.

6) Give Minimal Stocking Stuffers

If you want to have a Minimalist Christmas, be sure that you don’t go crazy with the stocking stuffers.

Stocking stuffers can be an easy way for extra clutter to creep into the house in the form of cheap toys and trinkets.

One way to keep the junk out of the house is to give consumable and/or small practical gifts in the stockings.

This is what their stockings will have this year:

Stocking Stuffers

Sometimes they also get new socks in their stockings, but this year they are both set.

If they need any chapstick, we will also put some in their stockings… but they won’t be getting any this year either because we have so many chapsticks right now!

If you have older children, a wallet is another great stocking stuffer that would be useful all year round.

7) Make a List

Now that you have some ideas of what you want to give your kids, make a list of everything that you want them to receive this year.

If you are used to going overboard, try to restrain yourself.

The first Minimalist Christmas will be the most challenging, but you’ll get the hang of it!

We will only purchase one gift from each category unless there are multiple needs or multiple books that they would like. But I still list everything out that I would be ok with them receiving so that I can let grandparents know when they ask me what the kids would like.

Our list this year looks like this:

How to Create a Minimalist Christmas with Kids

Both Girls

Daughter #1

Daughter #2

Stocking Stuffers

You probably noticed that *most* of the individual gifts for our oldest are practical ones and our younger daughter is getting more “fun” presents. There are a couple of reasons for this:

  1. Our oldest is so excited to be taking violin lessons right now. She just started a couple of months ago and as soon as she got her book last week, she began asking for a music stand. She also has been asking for a metronome since her teacher has one and we do not. So while these gifts seem practical, she’s incredibly excited about getting them and they are still a really big want for her.
  2. The music stand and metronome are quite a bit more money than we would typically spend on one child for Christmas, but since they are needs, we will still be getting them.
  3. Our second daughter is two. When our oldest was two, she got stuffed animals and a doll bed too, but since she already has a lot of toys, she doesn’t need more right now.

8) Get Grandparents/Relatives Involved!

Now that you know how much is enough for this Christmas, figure out if you want to have grandparents/relatives give any of the gifts.

Almost as soon as I know what I want my girls to receive, I talk to my mom and see if she wants to get any of the things for the girls. Then I put down their names next to any of the items that they want to buy.

This works really well for us because I know that what my parents are getting won’t bring clutter into the house, it saves me money since I won’t have to buy everything on the list, and my parents know that what they get the girls will be appreciated and wanted.

And if any other relatives ask what our girls want, I will give them an option or two from the list as well and put their names next to what they decide on.

Here is what this looks like for us this year:

How to Create a Minimalist Christmas With Kids

Both Girls

Daughter #1

Daughter #2

Stocking Stuffers

Then if anyone wants to claim anything else from the list, I simply put their names next to the items.

I hope this gave you some ideas for your Minimalist Christmas!

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How to Create a Simple Weekly Schedule for Busy Moms | The Minimalist Weekly Rhythm You Need!

How to Create a Simple Weekly Schedule for Busy Moms | The Minimalist Weekly Rhythm You Need!

Ross and I have always been up for anything, even at a moment’s notice.

Unless we already have plans, any invitation to do something fun will have us loading into the car for an adventure.

When we had our first daughter we wanted to continue to be up for anything at a moment’s notice, but we also knew that babies and young children needed structure. So how could we balance both?

We didn’t want to be tied to a schedule that we could never break, but we also wanted to teach our children to sleep and eat well… which we knew would be easier if they had a predictable rhythm.

So I started using a weekly rhythm in an attempt to balance the two things that we knew we needed for our family, and it worked like a charm!

Having a weekly routine helped me to create the predictability that children love and crave, but it also allowed for plenty of flexibility and spontaneity when we needed it.

What is a Weekly Rhythm?

Even when you use a Daily Bock Schedule, it can be easy to over-schedule and over-complicate our lives.

That’s where the Weekly Rhythm comes into place.

The Weekly Rhythm allows the week to have a predictable ebb and flow between Busy Days and Simple Days, without allowing one to take over the other.

Having this Rhythm in your life will also ensure that your extroverted family members get their out-of-the-house time, while your introverted family members get their at-home time.

Organize Your Life with a Weekly Routine that combines simplicity and productivity.

How to Create a Weekly Rhythm

In Simplicity Parenting, Kim John Payne describes having “A” days and “B” days when you are creating your weekly rhythm.

I prefer to call these days “Busy Days” and “Simple Days” to be sure that everything is clear, but you can call them whatever you’d like.

Everyone will naturally have days that are busy, full, and crazy; but they need to be balanced by days that are simple, easy, and peaceful.

To create this balance, we need to designate Busy Days and Simple Days

1) Decide on Your Busy and Simple Weekend Days

Weekends can especially get overloaded with too many activities and become stressful.

To keep this from happening, the first thing that you need to do is choose one weekend day that is going to be Busy, and one that will be Simple.

It’s good to have at least one Simple Day in your weekend so that your kids can recover from all of the busyness…even if that means that your busy day will be busier.

I’ve found that it is better to have one really busy day and one simple day, instead of having two days that are both a little bit busy.

Since we go to church on Saturday, this is our Busy Day.

Saturdays often include going on hikes, bike rides, hanging out with friends, and game nights.

Saturday is the only day of the week that I’m ok with naps being pushed late or skipped and the girls getting to bed late (or even going to sleep at other people’s houses and getting woken up to go home).

So to balance this out, Sunday is a Simple Day at our house.

On Sundays, we catch up on yard work, clean up from any company we had the day before, and we are very particular about making sure that naps happen on time (or early!) and getting them to bed early.

2) Choose Busy and Simple Week Days

Now decide how many Busy and Simple days you will have in your week.

I recommend having at least 2 Simple Week Days and 3 Busy Week Days, but I prefer to have 3 Simple Week Days and 2 Busy Week Days.

You can do whatever works for your life, but I suggest erring on the side of having more Simple Days than Busy Days when you are first getting started. You can always add in more Busy Days if you need to later.

To determine which days of the week should be Simple or Busy, look back at your weekend.

Since I know that our Saturdays are very busy, Friday is a Simple Day for us. I make sure that the girls get down for naps early and get to bed early on Friday so that they are ready for a busy day on Saturday!

I like to have my Simple Days and Busy Days alternate to avoid having the girls (especially my second daughter who is my introvert) getting overstimulated and overwhelmed from going all of the time.

So I just work backward from there: Thursday is a Busy Day, Wednesday is a Simple Day, Tuesday is a Busy Day, and Monday is a Simple Day.

Simple, Simple, Busy, Simple, Busy, Simple, Busy

That gives me two simple days in a row with Sunday and Monday being Simple, but I like having two days to catch up on sleep for the girls.

For us, even on the busy days, I am really particular about nap time and bedtime (except for Saturday). I use my Out-Of-The-House Block to run errands and schedule appointments on my Busy Weekdays, but I do my best to be home for the Nap Time Block.

Even on your busy days, you want to make sure that you let your kids rest in between all the busyness.

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How to Plan a Fun Family Vacation When You’re on a Tight Budget

How to Plan a Fun Family Vacation When You’re on a Tight Budget

The Best Family Vacation Ideas When You're On a Tight Budget

After Ross and I paid off our student loans (more on that story here) we wanted to travel… but we didn’t want traveling to hurt our financial goals.

So we decided to go to New Zealand, Ross’s dream destination, and spend the least amount of money that we could. Think couch-surfing, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and sleeping in our car when we couldn’t find a couch to surf on cheap.

When we went to Europe (my dream destination) the following year, we carried our enormous backpacks everywhere we went because we were too cheap to rent lockers, we slept in train stations and on trains, we couch-surfed, we ate more peanut butter and jelly (but we did remember to buy trail mix this time for some variety!), and only paid to use a public bathroom once… because I was desperate (I still can’t believe they make you pay to pee in Europe! I’m over it, honest.)

When we had kids, we knew we still wanted traveling to be a part of our life.

But since I was quitting my job to be a stay-at-home mom, our budget was even tighter than it was before.

So we took what we had learned from traveling cheaply as a couple and figured out how to have a fun family vacation on a shoestring budget.

In this post, I’m going to show you how to set your vacation budget, give you some budget-friendly travel ideas, and tell you how to stick with your budget, even when you’re on vacation.

How to Plan a Fun Family Vacation on a Tight Budget

1) Determine Your Budget for the Vacation

The first thing that you need to do if you are on a tight budget is to sit down with your monthly budget and determine exactly how much you can afford to spend on this vacation.

Be sure to talk with your spouse or significant and come to an agreement on an amount that you are both comfortable with.

When you vacation shop first, you will probably be disappointed when you can’t afford your dream vacation. So always start with the budget… then look at which vacations you can afford.

2) Prioritize Your Spending

When you are on a tight budget, you have to choose where you want to allocate your money.

You won’t be able to afford spending a lot of money on eating out, fancy hotels, and exciting excursions.

But, you can probably spend more money on one of those things if you are frugal in the other two areas.

When we were traveling to our dream destinations before we had kids, we chose to travel, sleep, and eat very cheaply. That way we could spend more money on some fun experiences that we had always wanted to do, like skydiving and bungee jumping in New Zealand.

We wouldn’t have been able to afford to skydive or bungee jump if we hadn’t determined before our trip that we weren’t going to spend much money on meals and lodging.

So prioritize what you are going to use your money for before your trip to make sure that you spend the money where you want to.

Decide which of the three areas you are going to spend some money on and which two you are going to be frugal in.

How to Plan an Awesome Family Vacation on a Budget

3) Brainstorm Ideas for Your Vacation

Now that you know your budget, you can decide what type of vacation that you can afford.

Here are some ideas to get you started!

1. Visit Family

Visiting family for your vacation will save you a lot of money on lodging and food.

If you don’t want to be a financial burden to your family by staying with them, offer to pay for groceries! It will still be a much cheaper vacation that if you go to a hotel and eat out for every meal.

We are lucky enough to have family living in Hawaii right now and were able to have a really fun vacation while staying with family in a lovely tropical location.

Since we have family that live all over the US, we usually plan our trips to visit someone and do some sight-seeing at the same time.

2. Visit Friends

Just like visiting family, visiting friends is not only fun, but it will save you money on your family vacation.

A vacation doesn’t need to be far away from home. We love visiting friends that are only a couple of hours away just as much as we love visiting friends that are states away!

3. Go Camping

If you don’t have friends and family on the route that you want to take, bring your camping gear!

Not only is camping a great way to spend time in nature with your family, it is a lot cheaper than staying in a hotel or hotel alternative like AirBnB or VRBO.

Another reason I love camping is that campsites often don’t have WiFi or cell service. This forces everyone to put down their devices and truly spend time together.

If you want some help planning your camping meals, check out my post How to Create Your Perfect Camping Meal Plan!

4. Go on a Road Trip

Instead of flying to your destination, try taking a road trip instead!

We have driven a lot with our kids from the time they were tiny to get them ready for the bigger road trips that we wanted to take.

Neither of our girls was particularly fond of their car seats when they were babies, but we kept taking short 2-3 hour road trips whenever we could to get them used to it.

By the time our younger daughter wa 15 months old, we were able to go on a multiple-day road trip with happy campers in the back seat!

The only thing that we did to make them a little bit more excited about being in their car seats for so long is we got them each one new toy that we gave them for the trip. Our second daughter got a Buckle Toy, and our first daughter (who had just turned 4) got a Doodle Pad.

If you still aren’t sure about taking a road trip with your kids, check out the post How to Survive a Long Roadtrip with Young Kids for tips on how to make the trip fun for everyone!

Inexpensive Vacation Ideas for Families on a Budget Plus Plus How to Stick With Your Budget When You're on a Vacation

5. If You Need to Fly, Use a Credit Card to Get Points

When Ross’s brother moved to Hawaii and we knew that we wanted to go see them, we immediately got an Alaska Airlines credit card and began accumulating points.

Since we signed up when bonus miles were available, it didn’t take us too long before we were able to go to Hawaii with only needing to pay for 2 tickets (our younger daughter was under two, and our older daughter was able to fly on the companion ticket.)

If you know that you need to fly somewhere, see if you can find a credit card that you can earn miles with.

6. Have a Stay-Cation

If your budget doesn’t allow for you to do any of the above ideas, have a stay-cation with your family!

There are probably a lot of fun things to do close to your home that you’ve never done before. Are there fun restaurants that you have been wanting to try? Has a new water park opened up in your area? Are there gardens to visit or hikes to go on?

Take some time off work, put away your phone, and pretend you are on vacation with your family right in your own city!

4) Make Your Decisions And Begin to Prepare

1. Set Aside Money Every Month for Your Trip

It’s never too early to start saving for your trip.

You won’t be disappointed if you end up with more money to spend on your vacation than you originally thought, but you will be disappointed if you come up short.

You could even put a spare change jar in the kitchen so your whole family can see the goal and easily contribute to it.

2. Make Arrangements for Your Trip

This is when you want to check with any family or friends to see if they are available for you to stay with them, book hotels, book airline tickets, and anything else that you can purchase and reserve ahead of time.

Many things get more expensive as the date approaches and you can save money by booking in advance.

3. Meal Plan and Eat Out Sparingly

If you need to save money on your vacation, meal plan before you go.

Plan which days you will eat out and which days you will make your own food.

Do some research ahead of time on the local favorites so that you can be sure to go to the good places while you are there.

We have saved so much money on all of our trips by meal planning and going to the grocery store instead of just hitting the restaurants.

It’s not to say that we don’t go out to eat at all, but we plan on which meals we are going to eat out and we try not to impulsively go to restaurants just because it seems more fun at the time.

Check out How to Meal Plan for Your Road Trip for more ideas on creating your vacation meal plan.

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4. Research Free Things To Do Before Your Vacation

No matter where you are going (or if you are going nowhere at all!), there are free things to do.

There is no better way to make your budget stretch even farther than by taking advantage of cheap or free things to do.

5) Pay Attention to Your Budget When You Are On Your Vacation

If you are on a tight budget, make sure you aren’t overspending when you are on vacation.

It can be really easy to get caught up in #vacationmode and start making it rain everywhere you go, but all those little expenses add up.

If you don’t want to be paying for your summer vacation from now until Christmas, keep track of all of your spending either with pen and paper, through the Mint.com app, or by using cash for everything!

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How to Have A Simple, Clutter-Free Birthday Party for Minimalist Kids

How to Have A Simple, Clutter-Free Birthday Party for Minimalist Kids

A lot of people don’t think that the words “Minimalism” and “Kids” go together.

I mean, kids are supposed to add a lot of expense, stress, and… well…stuff to your life! And even if you were able to declutter all of your things while having kids at home, what are you supposed to do about birthdays??

Birthday Parties tend to focus on the accumulation of stuff and almost seem to have become a display of who can throw the most elaborate party these days.

So how could you navigate birthday parties as a minimalist mom?

Well being a Minimalist with kids is not only possible, but it will reduce the amount of stress and expense in your life as well!

So I’m going to show you how this Minimalist, Budget-Conscious family does birthdays without missing out on any fun!

And if you prefer to watch instead of read, check out this video:

1. Skip The Decorations

Setting up and tearing down decorations takes a lot of time and money… and usually the child couldn’t care less about them.

Sure, they make a cute backdrop for the photos… but are they really adding to the enjoyment of anyone at the party?

Unless your child loves to decorate and enjoys seeing the decorations, just skip it!

And if your child does love to decorate, give them a small budget and let them do the decorating themselves (or with the help of a parent if they are young).

It may not be Pinterest perfect, but it will bring them joy.

We have never done any more decorating than having a few balloons on the floor that the kids could play with, and our kids didn’t notice that anything was missing.

How to Have the Perfect Minimalist Birthday Party For Your Kids

2. Forget the Party Favors

Kids don’t need a reward for coming to your child’s birthday party. Playing with their friends and eating yummy food is already fun!

Party favors can also be surprisingly expensive, especially when they are usually very cheap trinkets that will be played with a couple of times before they end up cluttering up your friend’s house.

Trust me, the kids won’t miss them and the parents will probably thank you if you skip the party favors!

3. Go Potluck Style for Food

Some people may find this tacky, but we have never had a party for either of our girls where we provided all of the food for everyone.

We have done everything from grilling at our house and asking everyone to bring what they want to grill plus a side dish for everyone to share, to having a picnic at a park and asking everyone to bring their own picnic lunch, to having a take-out party and telling everyone to bring their favorite take out!

The take-out party kind of happened by accident, but it was a huge hit!

I wasn’t planning on having any party for my oldest daughter’s second birthday, but a bunch of our family on both sides ended up being in town on the day that we were going to celebrate. Since I was planning on getting take-out Thai Food (her favorite) for our family anyway, I just told anyone who wanted to join to bring their favorite take-out from anywhere they wanted.

My aunt loved it because she isn’t a big Thai food fan, and she wanted The Spaghetti Factory instead! Everyone got to enjoy their favorite take-out while spending time together and celebrating.

4. Ask for Help With The Cake

If you aren’t much of a baker (like Yours Truly!) ask a friend or a relative who is good at baking to make it for you.

My mom is the resident baker in our family. She makes amazing-tasting, gorgeous-looking, gluten-free, refined sugar-free cakes and pies for every birthday party.

Several of our friends also love to bake and make beautiful desserts. One of them has brought a dessert a couple of times for birthday party potlucks.

People who love to bake will take it as a compliment if you ask them for help!

And if you don’t have any relatives or friends who like to bake, grab a box cake at Walmart! My grandma made those for every birthday growing up since they were the cheapest option. And you know what? They were delicious!

5. Have the Party at Home or at a Park

I know it’s super cool to rent out a bowling alley, or museum, or trampoline park for your kid’s birthday… but it’s also super expensive!!

Not only is it expensive, but it also tends to overwhelm the birthday kid and can lead to a lot of meltdowns.

A great way to simplify is to host the party at home.

We have had birthdays at the park, at a splash pad, at our house, or at a relative’s house (which was super fun because they had a pool!).

One of my daughters’ little friends just had an at-home High Tea Party complete with crafts and the adults serving the tea for the kids. The girls had a blast!

You can be really creative and have a special party without all of the extra bills.

The kids usually have the most fun when the party is the most simple.

How we Do Birthday Parties as a Minimalist Family

6. Limit the Guest List

A great way to cut down on stress is to keep the party small.

If your child is more introverted, like my younger daughter, they may enjoy and even prefer having only one or two special friends at their party.

If your child is an extrovert, like my oldest daughter, you may need to give them a limit on how many people can join… or you may decide they can have as many people as they want as long as you have a potluck style meal and request that people don’t bring gifts (another great way to reduce stress during and after the party!)

But even my extroverted child loves spending a full day or weekend with a really special friend instead of just a few hours with everyone.

Don’t be afraid to think outside the box!

7. Ask for No Gifts

I know it may seem a little awkward to ask for no gifts, but it isn’t hard at all once you get the hang of it!

In my experience, most parents are relieved to know exactly what is expected as far as gifts go and are happy when they don’t have to run to the store and spend money before the party.

We have had No Gift Parties in 3 different ways:

  1. We spelled it out! Don’t be afraid to ask. We created a Facebook invitation for my oldest’s 3rd birthday and I simply wrote on the invite, “No gifts, please 🙂 She just wants to spend the day at the splash pad with her favorite people!” This is the best approach if your group of friends is used to doing a lot of gifts for parties.
  2. We didn’t specify that it was a birthday party. One year, we just sent out a text to our friends saying that we wanted to go to the park and spend the day and anyone who wanted to join could. People obviously found out that it was her birthday when they got there, but everyone just had a great time being together and no one had to worry about bringing gifts. To this day our oldest still talks about it being one of her favorite birthdays because she got to spend the whole day with her friends.
  3. We didn’t give a lot of notice. One year we didn’t plan to have a party at all and had thought we would just spend the day doing special things with our family. But when we asked my oldest the day before her birthday what she wanted to do, she said she wanted to eat in the backyard with all of her friends. So I shot a quick text to all the parents and asked if anyone was free to come over the next day. Amazingly everyone was! I didn’t specify “no gifts” since it was such short notice and I figured most people wouldn’t have time to get anything anyway. Only one friend brought over a gift and everyone else just brought homemade cards (which she loved!).

8. Go Simple With The Gifts

I know that we all want to give our kids the most amazing birthday ever, but more gifts won’t accomplish that.

Giving the child too many gifts will overwhelm them and lead to everything only getting played with for the first week or two until they are left on the floor of their room.

Simple gifts are often cheaper, they encourage imagination, and they tend to get played with longer than more flashy and expensive toys.

Simple toys will generally get a more subdued initial reaction from the child, but they end up getting played with much more than the flashy toys.

This year for my oldest daughter’s birthday we built on something that is already a passion of hers (I talk about how to do that in This Post) riding her bike!

We got her a water bottle holder, a basket, and her grandparents got her a bell. She was thrilled with the additions to her bike and will get a lot of use out of these simple gifts in the coming months (or years!).

If you want some ideas for how to give simple gifts to your children and get even more minimalist gift ideas for your kids, check out The Best Intentional Gift Ideas for Children.

9. Get Relatives to Collaborate on Gifts

If you want to get your child a larger gift, but your budget doesn’t allow for it, see if you can get your family members that would normally buy your child a gift to go in with you on the one item.

We have done this several times with our family when we wanted to buy our children larger gifts like a Strider Bike or a Museum Membership.

Even if each set of grandparents and aunts and uncles only contributed $10-$20, it still makes the larger present much more feasible for you to be able to pay the difference.

10. Have An Amazon Wish List For Each Child

If you want to be intentional about the gifts your child receives, start an Amazon Wish List for them.

You can let any grandparents and aunts and uncles who want to give the child a gift know that they have a wishlist. And you can even let them know which are the most desired items.

I have a wishlist for each girl and every time they express a repeated interest in something (I don’t put every whim they have on the list) then I go to Amazon and add it.

Then when their birthdays and Christmas come around, I know exactly what would bring them joy to receive and I have an answer when grandparents ask what they want.

How to have a Simple and Stress-Free Minimalist Birthday Party for Kids

11. Have a Fiver Party

If you have a group of friends that are used to giving gifts, throw a Fiver Party as a less expensive option for you and your guests, and a way to get a more intentional gift for your child.

When you throw a Fiver party, you ask your guests to bring a $5 bill instead of bringing a present.

Be sure to let your guests know what the bigger gift will be!

If you want to throw this type of party, simply put on the invitation “No gifts please, (insert child’s name) just wants to spend special time with friends. If you want to get them something, please bring $5 instead… (insert child’s name) is saving for a (insert the desired item)!

I like using Facebook or texts to invite people instead of spending money on paper invitations. Then you can save money and the environment at the same time!

12. Have a Special Birthday Week Instead of Focusing on One Party

We started this little tradition when the Covid-19 Pandemic hit right before my younger daughter’s 2nd birthday. Since she is my introverted child, she didn’t necessarily mind not being able to get together with friends, but we still wanted to make her birthday special.

So I got the idea to ask her what she wanted to eat every evening for the next week. She listed off all her favorite meals (including K-Loaf twice!) and we had a week full of special meals and desserts… and lots of K-Loaf!

It made it feel like we were celebrating all week long instead of just one day. This became an instant tradition! The girls have so much fun choosing their meals and they start thinking about the meals that they will request months in advance now.

Plus it is a lot cheaper to just make special meals instead of having a big party, and it will take care of your meal planning for the week!

13. Let Them Be King or Queen for The Day

If you want to go simple but want to make your child’s birthday special, let them be King or Queen for the day.

Let them choose what they want to eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. And let them pick the special activities for the day (if they have expensive taste, give them a list of approved activities!).

If your child is someone who needs time to think things through, give them the options in advance so they can think it over.

Fun ideas you could include would be going to the park, going on a family bike ride, hanging out in a hammock and reading together, painting nails together, going to the library, making a fort in the living room, baking a cake together, going on a hike, doing crafts, the sky’s the limit!

14. Set Realistic Expectations

If your child is used to having lavish birthday parties with tons of presents, sit down with them before the minimalist birthday party.

Let them know that this year will be a little different.

Explain to them why you are going to have simple birthday parties now.

Kids can understand if you are just wanting to simplify your life, or if you are getting your budget under control. Be sure to explain the benefits of a minimalist party too like getting the larger present that they really want, and getting to choose how they want to spend their special day (or week!).

Children are usually much more understanding than we give them credit for.

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Minimalist Birthday Ideas for Kids to make the day special!

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  • Declutter Your Home
  • Put Effective Routines in Place
  • Create a Set-It-and-Forget-It Meal Plan
  • Get Your Finances Under Control

Simply Streamlined walks you through exactly how to Completely Streamline Your Home in just 15 Minutes a Day!

Plus you will receive

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  • Set-It-and-Forget-It Lessons, Workbooks, and Spreadsheets
  • Master Your Money Lessons, Workbooks, and Spreadsheets
  • AND Weekly Live Coaching Calls!

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