7 Minimalist Family Blogs That Are Living Clutter-Free and Happy With Kids

by | Mar 3, 2021 | Minimalism | 2 comments

minimalist familyLiving clutter-free with kids isn’t just some pie in the sky dream. Not convinced?

Take a look at these minimalist family blogs and see for yourself.

And no, they’re not all hippies.

They’re regular families with regular lives who’ve decided to cut down on the amount of stuff they own and focus on living intentionally instead.

While not quite as commonplace as their child-free counterparts, minimalist family living is definitely becoming more mainstream.

And with good reason.

If you live in North America, there’s a good chance you own too much stuff. If you have children, that number just shot up even further.

These clutter stats prove just how crazy Americans are about buying for the sake of buying. To be fair, Westerners in general consume too much.

There are 300,000 items in the average American home. [LA Times]


3.1% of the world’s children live in America, but they own 40% of the toys consumed globally. [UCLA]


Shopping malls outnumber high schools. And 93% of teenage girls rank shopping as their favorite pastime. [Affluenza]

Minimalist Living With Children (No, Really)

Maybe you’ve heard about minimalism but always assumed the lifestyle was just for hipsters, hippies and child-free couples. After all, how can you possibly live with less when you have kids?

I mean, they’re like little clutter magnets aren’t they? Sort of. Children themselves aren’t the problem. It’s the well-intentioned adults who ply them with stuff from day one.

We’re conditioned to show our love for someone by getting them gifts. Plus, we’re bombarded with adverts insisting that we buy our kids whatever they’re selling or risk being labelled a terrible person.

As a result, our offpsring are already drowning in clutter by the time they arrive. A couple of years down the line and even Marie Kondo is at a loss.

Children need minimalism just as much as we do. They might not be able to articulate it, but having so much stuff is overwhelming for them too.

Speak to any minimalist parent and they’ll tell you the same thing. Their kids are happier with fewer belongings. They’ve seen firsthand the benefits minimalism has had on their lives.

Take a look at the blogs below to see how to go about it. If none of them resosnate or if you find yourself in need of additional inspiration just do a search for ‘minimalist family blogs’ and see what else comes up.

Minimalist Family Blogs Doing It for Themselves

If you’re feeling overwhelmed by all the clutter in your house —especially the kid clutter— grab a coffee (or some wine) and keep reading. It’s time to reclaim your sanity.

These minimalist family blogs will show you that having children doesn’t have to result in a clutter ‘splosion. And if your house already looks like Amazon and Walmart had triplets, don’t worry. It can be remedied.

Trust me on this, it can be remedied.

1. The Minimalist Mom

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Photo Credit: The Minimalist Mom

Rachel aka The Minimalist Mom advocates a rich life with less stuff. Her journey into the joys of living with less kicked off in the fall of 2010. As a stressed out new mom, Rachel was fed up with her family’s constant accumulation of stuff.

She embarked on a decluttering spree to find a little peace and space, selling as much as she could to tame the mountain of debt she and her husband had racked up over the years.

Fast-forward to today, Rachel has added a few more kids to the equation, moved houses a couple of times and finally taken that leap of faith and left the city for a slower life in the country.

The one thing that hasn’t changed is that she still loves sharing the power of minimalist family living along with the joy to be found in wanting and owning less.

Rachel has written three books:

The Minimalist Mom: How to Simply Parent Your Baby
Do Less
The Joy of Doing Nothing

Check out these articles on her blog:

The Cure for Too Many Toys
Paring down Kid Clothing

2. Slow Your Home

minimalist bloggers with kids

Photo Credit: Slow Your Home / Julie Williams Photography

After being diagnosed with severe post natal depression in 2011, Brooke embarked on a one-woman mission to cut out the excess in her life and reconnect with what was really important.

She learnt about minimalism and simplicity, immersed herself in the slow living philosophy and discovered the benefits of living with less. Over the course of two years Brooke has decluttered more than 25,000 items, created a slow home and rediscovered her health.

Brooke’s mission with Slow Your Home is to help people understand more about simple living. She also hosts The Slow Home Podcast to help spread the idea of a slower pace of life to an even wider audience. Brooke lives in Australia with her husband and two kids.

Brooke has written two books:

Slow – Live Life Simply
Destination Simple – Everyday Rituals for a Slower Life

Check out these articles on her blog:

Decluttering Series
Slow Holidays: our Christmas Traditions

3. Raising Simple

minimalist bloggers with kids

Photo Credit: Raising Simple

Becoming a mother drove Zoë to become more minimalist. In 2010 she and her husband moved from Hawaii to Florida with their two children. The move prompted her to quit ‘the busy life.’

Zoë decided she’d had enough of caring for and maintaining things in her life that were defeating her passion for living an intentional life. Over the last seven years her minimalist family has significantly reduced their possessions, keeping only what they feel adds value to the season they’re in.

As a mom of four kids, Zoë knows how complicated and cluttered life can be. She says we all want to feel connected and live a meaningful life. Raising Simple shows you how living simpler is better, inside and out.

Zoë has written one book:

Minimalism for Families: Practical Minimalist Living Strategies to Simplify Your Home and Life.

Check out these articles on her blog:

Why Families Need Minimalism
Letting Go: 7 Ideas to Help Your Kids

4. Simplify & Pursue

minimalist bloggers with kidsPhoto Credit: Simplify & Pursue

Robin is married with two kids, but she didn’t let that stop her from declaring herself a minimalist. Now firmly entrenched in the less is more lifestyle, Robin believes that by reducing our possessions and decluttering our schedules, we give ourselves the freedom to invest in deeper relationships, follow our dreams or give more time to our passions.

Robin hasn’t written any books yet, but her weekly newsletter promises tips and inspiration to help you simplify your life and pursue what matters most. She’s also available for speaking engagements and declutter consultations.

Check out these articles on her blog:

5-Step Guide to Declutter Any Area
Minimalist Working Mom: Finding the Time

5. Shannon Torrens

Shannon lives with her husband Grant and their two boys, Emmett and Calvin, in California. For this happy family, striving to live a simple life is they key.

With a longterm goal to downsize their stuff and enjoy more experiences, Shannon is currently on a mission to declutter both home and life.

She documents her minimalist family journey on her YouTube channel. You can also find plenty of decluttering and simple living inspiration on her minimalist mom blog Shannon Torrens.

Shannon has written one book:

How to Declutter Your Home (and Keep What Matters)

Check out these articles on her blog:

10 Life-Changing Minimalist Practices
Decluttering Kids Toys – Fall Declutter

6. Squirrels of a Feather

A few years ago, Marissa Zen (how cool is that name!?) was a self-confessed hoarder. Along with a whopping $25,000 in debt, she also had a large pile of clutter from lost loved ones.

Fast forward to today and Marissa has a beautiful (uncluttered) home in Europe, a happy family and no debt whatsoever. She says minimalism changed her life and makes the bold claim that it can change yours too.

I totally agree with that, btw. 

Marissa also writes about money and meal planning and her YouTube channel is full of fun videos that are equal part helpful and entertaining. Make yourself a cup of coffee and go hang out there for a while.

Check out these articles on her blog:

• 10 Minimalism with Kids Tips That Can Save Your Motherhood
49 Eco-Friendly Ways to Get Rid of Stuff After Decluttering

7. Making Life Simple

Erica Love calls herself minimalish. In case you’re wondering, that’s somewhere between maximalist and minimalist. Erica says minimalish is cozy, comfy and isn’t dictated by a number.

Rather than a race to zero, Erica views minimalism as a way to explore what is simple, healthy and essential in her life. Using a ‘grow with me’ approach, she inspires people to make positive changes along with her.

Whether you want to be more productive, get organised, live with less stuff or simply sleep better, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for on Erica’s YouTube channel.

Bring snacks, ‘cos you’ll be there for a while.

She also shares her wisdom on Instagram, Facebook and through her weekly emails. If you need support decluttering, join Erica’s free Facebook group, Decluttering One Day at a Time.

Check out these articles on her blog:

Where Do I Take Decluttered Items?
My Minimalist Gift Guide

Note: While Erica does have some content on her blog, the bulk of what she shares can be found on her YouTube channel. Don’t forget snacks!

I’m not the only one who believes snacks should be a food group, right?

Ready to Give Minimalist Family Living a Try?

As Joshua Becker highlights in the video above, minimalist family living is super beneficial for kids. Children learn by example. Teach them from the get-go to value experiences over stuff.

They may not always see it as a positive, but in the long run they’ll appreciate the time you spent with them more than the things you bought for them.

Whether you’re a parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle or whatever, consider gifting the child in your life an experience rather than the latest toy or gadget. The latter is by far the easier, but it doesn’t make for good memories.

A camping trip, on the other hand, has all the necessary ingredients for creating lasting memories. If you hate the idea of sleeping in a tent (I hear you), you could go to the theatre, spend the day at the skate park or explore the city on a red bus.

It’s really up to you and your kid (and your budget, of course).

There you have it. A blog post full of declutter inspiration to get you started. Who knows, maybe you’ll end up joining the ranks of minimalist family blogs and motivating others on their journey.

Photo by Daria Shevtsova from Pexels



  1. Mari R

    Kids are NOT clutter magnet, absolutely! I say this from my childhood growing up in a very messy home. It was painful for not being able to invite friends. But it was more painful that my parents constantly blamed me and my brother that we were the ones making a mess.
    Right after we moved out of parents’ home with all our belongings, they quickly filled up two rooms. They finally realized that it was THEM not kids who were making the house cluttered.

    • Ang

      Isn’t it crazy how easy it is to justify buying/keeping stuff, even if we don’t need it? It must be nice to not live in so much clutter anymore! 🙂


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