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Minimalism for Families with Children

People frequently ask us how to incorporate minimalism into their lives when they have a family. Many folks seem to think it’s impossible to simplify if they have other people in their household. But it’s not.

We frequently give this advice: Spend half the money and twice the time with your family. The return on your investment will be exponential.

Of course, it’s easy for a pair of childless thirty-somethings to give advice on implementing minimalism in a family environment. So instead of pretending we know what we’re talking about, let’s turn to some of our good friends who can show how they have integrated minimalism into their family lives….

Leo Babauta, a 41-year-old husband and father of six in San Francisco, recently wrote an essay about eliminating the excuses and implementing minimalism as a family: No Excuses: Minimalism with Kids.

And, for a deeper dive, Joshua Becker, a 39-year-old who lives in the suburbs with his wife and two kids, recently published a wonderful new book about this very topic: Clutterfree with Kids.

We hope you find value in both resources. And stay tuned: we interviewed both men—and dozens of other minimalists—for our documentary.

Additional reading: Minimalist Family: Start with Yourself.