Whether you’re interested in becoming a full fledged minimalist or just getting rid of 50% of your stuff, the best advice I have is to surround yourself with like-minded people. Here are some great blogs and books that I have learned tons from and that have encouraged me to keep going when I lose site of the goal.


Becoming Minimalist
The Minimalists
The Minimalist Mom


Simplify by Joshua Becker
Clutterfree with Kids: Change your thinking. Discover new habits. Free your home. by Joshua Becker
It’s All Too Much: An Easy Plan for Living a Richer Life with Less Stuff by Peter Walsh


This is the podcast that changed my way of thinking: The Art of Simple- Freedom from Stuff


Why I Wear the Exact Same Thing to Work Every Day
21 Surprising Statistics that Reveal how much Stuff We Actually Own
The Completely Achievable Path to Becoming a One-Income Family

Why Successful People Wear the Same Thing Every Day 
11 Ways Finland’s Educational System Shows that “Less is More”
Why I Got Rid of My Wardrobe



Hi Dawn

I have recently subscribed to your channel on youtube and although I’ve always been interested in a simpler lifestyle, I never knew how atainable it could be. I love your tips (different from the Mari Kondo) of just picking out the toys, clothes and even dinnerware that we use, and then moving the rest out of sight for a while. My home, my routine and my life has been transformed and its soooo sustainable. Thank you

I’m moving onto meal planning now. I cannot find your meal planning/shopping list template you showed in your video. Please help.


P.S. I would love to see a video about your husband Tom and how he has responded to this change. My husband just cannot relate to your videos although he is loving the changes. He attempted to reduce his t-shirts (he had 98!!!) and it was a struggle for him. He couldn’t even halve it. I would love to show him Tom’s perspective.


Hi Dawn.

Ditto to every single point, request and comment that Kayla said above (except the 98 shirts part–but it sure feels like it!)
Love your fresh aspect. Best I’ve ever seen on Youtube or elsewhere. And it all seems so achievable, affordable and without stress. You don’t add to our “To Do” list…you actually help. Your outlook and priorities are in total alignment with my own…and I live in Hawaii. Now that’s really saying something about your demographic!

God bless your endeavors to help people…and may you be blessed 10 fold in return.

Aloha, Donna


Hi Dawn,
I also can’t find your meal planning list/ template. Can you send a link?
Jeannie Camp


The minimal tells where to get the master list on


Can you please send me a link for your meal planning list you mentioned in your video?


I, too, am searching in vain for your template.


Hi Dawn, I want to thank, thank, thank you for your YouTube videos and blog. You have been a Godsend for me. I had a complete Ah-Ha moment about a month ago and I realized that all the stuff in my house was making my family so tense. We were by no mean hoarders, and really probably had about the average amount of stuff in our house. Our house was always clean, but every shelf, nook, cranny and room was full. Almost all desk tops, tables and walls were decorated in one way or another. And then I added Christmas decorations on top of all of it; within a week I was going crazy. About that time God sent me you via your meal planning video and I began to binge watch your minimalism videos on my phone as I tore through the house getting rid of stuff IN EVERY ROOM. At first I think my husband thought I had actually lost my mind, but now a month later and he is thanking me for making the house so peaceful – and I am not done yet!! Letting go of all this stuff has been so uplifting, so freeing, so amazing. Thank you for helping me realize that it can be done even for a family. Last night I finally tackled the kids toy room and completely mimicked your library. I did leave a storage cubby in there with the small toys they actually play with (which is mainly LEGOS). This morning was like Christmas morning in reverse! They were actually happier with my taking toys out of their room than they were on putting new toys in it! They played for 6 hours in there today with no fighting, to fussing and it was cleaned up easily at the end of the day. I am planning on putting up before and after photos on my blog and I would love to send folks your way if you don’t mind me adding a link to your blog. I think you have a great message and a wonderful way of delivering it.
May God bless you and your family! Keep up the great work.


I am so happy I found you! I have so little space I can’t put anything into easy storage, so everything is on show. Also, we are trying to sell our house so I’m not investing in new storage furniture until we are in or forever home. I hate tidying and cleanING and decluttering but we would all be so much happier with less stuff – especially the kids. So I’m joining you on the journey, not quite to minimalism yet but certianly to less stuff. Thanks for the inspiration.

My biggest thing I’m struggling with is a make up. I have loads of it bit wear little of it. Just the same things most of the time. I can’t get rid of though because “it was expensive” and “just in case” and all that. Any ideas or inspiration?


c’mon people. YouTube comments or the almighty Google.

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