Episode 69: Motherhood + Minimalism

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This week we’re talking about minimalism—but don’t worry, we’re not coming to Marie Kondo your closets. Whether you’re a self-identified maximalist like Indiana, an aspiring minimalist like Ashlee or somewhere in between like April (does owning jewel tones disqualify one from being a minimalist?), we hope today's conversation sparks joy for you. Rest assured: this isn’t an episode about how to be a minimalist; rather, we’re exploring the connection between how we feel about what—and how much—we own, and our overall sense of happiness and well-being. Plus, learn who can’t bear to part with her prom shoes, and who secretly keeps a seemingly-unending supply of Target clearance candles on hand.


Show Notes

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Mentioned in this episode:

Caroline’s Un-fancy blog

Emily Ley’s Simplicity Challenge

Books: The Joy of Less // The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up // Chasing Slow // The Curated Closet

Marie Kondo’s Netflix special

Ashlee’s on the capsule wardrobe train

Indiana is not

Ashlee’s tips for decluttering:

  1. Do one area at a time. Start with the kitchen junk drawer.

  2. Take everything out. Everything. You cannot sidestep this one.

  3. Open yourself up to the idea of borrowing things. Be a renter and not an owner when you can.

Related previous episodes:
Ep. 21: Chasing Slow With Erin Loechner
Ep. 34: The Kids, The Mom, And The Wardrobe

Related essays:
Building Things
Lessons in Folly


Show credits: 

Hosted by Indiana Adams with Ashlee Gadd and April Hoss, produced by Katie Leipprandt, edited by Kyle Cummings, content managed by Jennifer Batchelor.


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