6.1.17

minimalist family - a new series!

As a writer and blogger, the majority of my content kind of goes out into the interwebs and I never really know how it's received. These days, blog commenting isn't as much of a thing. I know this because years ago when my blog had 1/8 of the readership it now has, I had way more comments per post, so something's changed. The challenge for the content creator is that isn't not always easy to know what my readers enjoy and want more of. One exception is small/minimalist living with kids.


I get SO many questions, comments, e-mails, and queries about how we live small and live simply as a family of five in under 1,000 square feet. From room sharing and minimizing toys to schedules and budgets, I love sharing our story.

So now there's a blog series for that! I plan to tackle FAQs and new questions as well as inviting some guests to post interview-style in the months to come. So if there are any burning questions you'd like me to answer, or if you'd like to participate in the series somehow, let me know by commenting below or e-mailing me at ournestinthecity@gmail.com.

12 comments:

  1. I can't wait for this series! As well as simple living with young kids, though, I'd love it if you'd feature some families who are doing simple living with teenagers. And not just the home schoolers, either.

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    1. Do I often feature homeschoolers? lol! I didn't think I did... I have one family signed up who have three teenagers and they do not homeschool ;)

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  2. Anonymous6.1.17

    I am soooo looking forward to this series!

    A few things I'd be happy to read about:

    1. I think I commented on this a couple of weeks ago, but I would love to hear how you deal with paperwork, bills, etc. We don't have a desk and the console in our entryway becomes piled high way too quickly. (Also how you deal with a place for projects, etc. that are being worked on and don't have a home.)

    2. In a post before Christmas, you talked about getting rid of the toys your kids don't place with. I'm interested to know how you talk to them about this. My two-year old (28 months) is more attached to things than I think she should be. She'll ask MONTHS later for a book that I donated because we barely read it, or she'll ask for "baby" toys that have been put away for months in her closet. Her memory is freakishly amazing. When I talk about giving things she doesn't use to someone else who could use it, she'll say, "I play with it" and then will play with it for a day or two.
    (We received a big crockpot as a gift so I gave away our smaller one to a friend who needed one. My daughter said, "We use it". I explained that we don't use it, we don't need two and it will make our friend happy to use it. But now she's fixated on the fact that we gave the crockpot away.)
    Maybe this is something that children outgrow when they become better at sharing? Or just with more experiences giving things away? We keep talking to her about how happy she is when others share their toys with her.
    Anyways, you seem to be a good example of a Godly mother and I'd love to hear more about how you go about teaching your children to let go of things.

    3. Books! How do you deal with the kids' books? (We visit the library but the kids books we own still seem to multiply faster than rabbits.)

    I'll probably think of more things I'd like to learn about from you, so will comment again if more ideas come to mind.

    Thanks for a great blog! I always enjoy it.
    Sarah

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    1. I replied to your previous comment, Sarah!

      Will totally try to cover those things, thanks for sharing!

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    2. Anonymous18.1.17

      Cool, read your reply on the other comment. That was helpful, thanks!

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  3. Anonymous6.1.17

    P.S. There are only three blogs I read - yours, 600 sq ft (I'm guessing you'll be having her as a feature), and the Assortment blog (which is now www.carmellarayone.com). (I think I've found you all via Apartment Therapy Small Spaces!) They live in a 665-square foot cabin in the country in the US with 3 teenagers (or at least almost teenagers). An interview with her might be good as well to reach out to people who are in the country and/or have older kids.

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  4. What are some ways you have explained the minimalism lifestyle to friends or family members that constantly want to give your kids 'gifts' or trinkets. I don't want to offend some of our (baby boomer) relatives but I've also noticed that the majority of stuff is gifts and trinkets that are from the same person. Have you had any awkward conversations with friends and family, or do you just graciously accept it and then pass it on after they leave?

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    1. we deal with this all.the.time! Will totally share :)

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  5. I have no real questions yet. I'm a minimalist who's looking to move houses this year but I don't think we'll be downsizing. Still I look forward to the series and will probably have more questions when we find our "family home"

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  6. This sounds exciting. We have three kids, two bedrooms and 950sqft! I am sure I can learn a lot from you. Glad I found you!

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