Five Things I Am Not A Minimalist About and This Week

I like to think of myself as somewhat of a minimalist with material goods. Ever since I read this book a few years ago, I completely changed the way I thought about the things we own.

Minimalist bedroom with steel bed frame and gray blankets

I have a handful of pairs of shoes, hoodies, and jeans. My shirts all fit in one space, and we don’t have a million cooking gadgets. Nail polish and makeup? I can probably hold all that I own of each in one hand.

But… there are some things I’m unashamedly not a minimalist about and those are:

  • Coffee makers. We have three! A drip coffee maker that grinds beans, a Keurig, and a Nespresso. We really love coffee.
  • Books. I have a hard time saying no to books (especially children’s books and ones on midwifery), but only keep ones I truly love… but I love a lot of books 😉
  • Nut butters. I am peanut butter’s #1 fan, but also enjoy sunflower seed butter, cashew butter, almond butter, etc. We currently have six different jars of nut butter sitting in our pantry right now and I use ’em all!
  • Essential oils. I’m new to essential oils, but I’m slowly building up a stash of ones I use to diffuse and others I apply topically for health ailments. I’ve got a whole shelf of oils and it’s fun to pick and choose what suits my mood.

I’m curious, are you minimalistic about some things, but not others? I want to hear about it!


This week has been nice. The weather has just been beautiful, with abundant sunshine and warmth!

My sister came over on Wednesday and brought her son and daughter to play with Sadie (and her dog to play with Niva!) and we had such a great day together.

Sisters with their babies in carriers on their backs
Two month old baby boy laying on a blanket in grass

We took all three kids to Dollar Tree and vowed not to do that again for a long, long time 😉

We’ve been spending lots of time at the parks in our neighborhood and it’s really neat to see Sadie get more brave with climbing things, going down slides, and being more outgoing with other kids as each season passes. Little Sader Tot is growing up!

We attempted a little family picture in the park one night but Sadie was busy chasing rabbits. We have so. many. rabbits. in our neighborhood! They provide endless entertainment for Niva and Sadie.

Mom and dad with daughter photobombing a selfie

Before I go and make Sadie some lunch, I wanted to share a picture of this flyer we got in the mail the other day from a home improvement store.

I saw the part of the ad that said “wicker gone wild!” and I don’t know why, but it made me laugh so hard. Wicker, gone wild?! How? 😂

Funny ad about wicker gone wild in home improvement store flyer

Are you a maximalist about some things and a minimalist about others?

What’s the funniest thing you’ve seen lately?

8 comments

  1. I’m definitely a maximalist when it comes to the following things: coffee creamers (I currently have 6-7 different flavors in my fridge), body wash and shampoo, & make up.
    I can’t really think of anything In which I’m a minimalist (maybe I should read that book 😳)
    One of the funniest things I’ve seen lately is 2 of my granddaughters playing outside together during a Bible study in our home. They were just having so much fun and thought it was the coolest thing that YaYa walked around the fire pit with them- they just loved that the 3 of us kept walking in a circle. I guess that’s not really ‘funny’, but it was fun 🥳🥳

    1. I love you love for coffee creamers! Your fridge is like a gourmet coffee bar!

      I loved when you sent that video of Caroline and Sadie playing and just so enjoying their time with you and each other!

  2. Those wicker chairs really need to calm themselves down… HA, ha, ha!!!
    We’re definitely minimalistic in some things! We have like no knickknacks lying around the house, and we just generally hate clutter (although kids toys are currently scattered throughout the house, so – when you have kiddos – you just have to adjust. LOL!!). We don’t hold onto things, thinking we might use them one day. And my wardrobe has always been on the smaller side just naturally.
    We’re constantly donating or throwing out.
    But I definitely have way too many coffee mugs and books. Ha, ha!! And currently, we do have too many toys kicking around the house too. 😉 But it does help to keep the kiddos busy, so I’ll accept it for now. Ha ,ha!

    1. My thoughts exactly, haha! I love that you guys are minimalists with most things, too! I remember you saying that you pick just one new Christmas or fall decoration each year and I thought that was so smart and a good way to make things special and build up a stash without going overboard! I feel ya on all the toys. If it keeps the kids busy then it’s worth it 😉

  3. We share the thing with children’s books! In general we tend to lean pretty minimal, but children’s books are apparently my weakness. We have SO many, haha! So I totally get that!

    1. Aren’t they just the best?! There’s nothing like sharing a book with your child, so it’s worth it to me to have an abundance! I’m glad you’re in the same boat 😉

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