Keep it simple.

A quote that has stayed with me since I started simplifying and minimizing my life and our life at home has been just the phrase: Keep it simple. Today on the blog, I’m sharing how keeping it simple can help remind you to slow down, declutter your life and home.

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But now I know better. I remind myself often to keep it simple. And keeping it simple has led to less stress, less busywork. And way more making space for honouring the person and mom I am every day.

Ways I’ve learned to keep it simple over the years?

  • Saying no to keeping up with housework. See my blog on how I keep housework flexible now.
  • Saying no to keeping up with laundry (all put away perfectly). See my blog on my laundry routine.
  • Saying no to complicated homeschool curriculum and trying to pull things out of my head. See my blog on our slow and simple homeschooling routine.
  • Saying no to complicating my huge so called daily priority business tasks and went down to the MOST important.
  • Saying no to being a pinterest mom and embraced the mom I am: a dirt and cardboard loving mom.
  • Saying no to filling my house with decor stuff just because I thought I had to.

There are so many ways that phrase “keep it simple” has affected my life since I embraced a life of living more simply. And I’m so looking forward to seeing how it evolves for me over time too.

Further reading?

I recommend the book Slow: Simple Living for a Frantic World.

PS if you’re looking for some solid ideas of how to be more simple in your days, I have a list of ten other practical suggestions that I found for you. Feel free to email me at if you’d like that list for free.

Hi, I’m Kelly! I’m a mother of four children - three boys, one toddler girl - and our family lives on the beautiful east coast of Canada. I’m a past elementary teacher, turned stay at home, work at home mom eight years ago after I had my second child. I’ve found that the busier I’ve become and as my children age, that it’s become even more important to figure out what is most important to me and us as a family. Living a simpler lifestyle has helped us in so many ways in our home life - from better routines to faster tidying up times. It has been through my children that I have been inspired to learn how to effectively manage my time and to simplify in all areas of my home and life. I enjoy helping busy moms simplify home life by teaching flexible planning methods and skills. Enjoyed this blog and think it would be helpful to others? I'd love if you shared it. Thank you!