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  1. Heather
    Monday, 30 July 2012

    I think this is obviously a great visual! It is hard sometimes to really understand what a “minimalist” may or may not have. And I think it is hard for people that are striving to be more minimalist to understand that they are still allowed to own things, but to make sure they are important to you and your family. Love that all of your clothes fit in one closet! Awesome!

    • Lorilee
      Monday, 30 July 2012

      thanks :)

    • Owen the second
      Wednesday, 12 March 2014

      I definitely agree, this might be a little out there but even in the movie Fight Club, like the Brad Pitt character says, what you own eventually owns you. We think stuff makes us happy but honestly it’s overcoming life’s challenges that makes us happy, not the stuff we have.

  2. ailsa
    Monday, 30 July 2012

    At the moment we live in free housing provided by our employers. Next time we move and it’s our rent money again, we’re going one bedroom too (we’re also a family of 4) You have inspired us! Thank you :)

    • Lorilee
      Monday, 30 July 2012

      yay! Housing provided by employers is great :) When you move I would love to hear about your small apartment story too!

  3. Pat MartInsen
    Monday, 30 July 2012

    Amazing!

    • Lorilee
      Monday, 30 July 2012

      Thanks Pat!

  4. Josh @ Live Well Simply
    Monday, 30 July 2012

    Love how you converted the closet space into a computer station.

    • Lorilee
      Monday, 30 July 2012

      thanks, I really want to be able to close the doors on the ‘office’ sometimes and it was able to accomplish that. I hate having the office spread all over the bedroom, but I hate the idea of having another room just for an office. :)

  5. Jill
    Monday, 30 July 2012

    I love this and love seeing the photos! I’m hoping to do some more major decluttering this week, so this is inspiring.

    • Lorilee
      Monday, 30 July 2012

      good luck :)

  6. Megyn @MinimalistMommi
    Monday, 30 July 2012

    You’ve got such a nice sized kitchen for a 1 bedroom! Did you have problems finding a complex that would allow all 4 of you to live in a 1 bedroom? Most of the complexes here have limits on the number of people (including children) that can live in certain size apartments. Also, what is your sleeping plan for the kiddos as your daughter reaches puberty? I can see two kids of the same gender sharing a bed, but I’m wondering what your daughter will think as she matures. Thanks for the tour!

    • Lorilee
      Monday, 30 July 2012

      Megyn, thanks for your comment :) I don’t have plans out farther than a few months at a time usually so I am sure we will be doing something different by then.

      There are usually code issues (though I think it is pretty dumb), this complex is somehow outside the city in someways and inside in others so they had no problem with it. They have lots of 2 bedrooms we could move to if we need more space in the future.

      The kitchen is pretty cool. It actually is smaller (number of cabinets) than our last one but because it has the open bar area it feels bigger.

  7. Mereta
    Monday, 30 July 2012

    So I love the idea of using the closet for an office! SO simple and creative at the same time! We are trying to get into an apartment (but we dont dare to try a 1 bedroom, lol) and I was wondering what in the world I was going to do with all our paperwork/documents we have to keep.
    Great post Lorilee!!!

    • Lorilee
      Monday, 30 July 2012

      Thanks Mereta :)

  8. Leslie
    Monday, 30 July 2012

    Thanks for sharing the photos! I’m really new in toying with the idea of minimalism and it help so much to see photos of how you live. I’m struggling right now with whether minimalism has to be a certain type of style too? Or can someone be a minimalist with a crazy colorful bedspread and throw pillows? It is ok for minimalists to hang things on the wall or is it just about what it means to you??

    Thanks again Lorilee! I started following!

    • Jill
      Monday, 30 July 2012

      You probably want Lorilee’s answer, but minimalism for me looks very different. I think there is a whole new movement of minimalism (some would call it simple living) and it looks different for each person and each situation. I consider myself an aspiring minimalist, but I have way more stuff than Lorilee does. For me it’s about only having stuff that is meaningful and useful.

      • Lorilee
        Monday, 30 July 2012

        Jill, thanks for your response :)

    • Lorilee
      Monday, 30 July 2012

      Leslie, I can answer you in two different ways :) 1. Minimalism is about having what you love and need and nothing else. If you love crazy colorful bedspreads and throw pillows than that is great. I love how color makes a focal point in a room. Because what you love and even what you need is personal there is no list of what a minimalist would own or not own.

      2. Minimalism is a pretty popular idea right now. Minimalist is a photography style – taking pictures of close ups or very open areas with a small focal point. Minimalist is a running style. Minimalist is also a decorating style. What I have seen is light, open, minimally decorated (obviously), white or very natural colors. I don’t think there is anything against hanging things on the wall but the idea that the less distraction there is the better the few focal points can stand out.

      I wouldn’t feel like you need to adopt the decorating style to adopt the benefits of #1 :)

      Thanks for your comment. Good to meet you!

      • Nicole
        Tuesday, 31 July 2012

        Is there a difference between Simple and Minimalism living, decorating etc.?

      • Lorilee
        Tuesday, 31 July 2012

        hum, that might depend on who you ask. I see simple as just less stuff, minimalist is sometimes a more ‘hard core’ term. For me, and for this blog, I use them interchangeably.

  9. Jessica
    Monday, 30 July 2012

    How does it work with your kids sleeping in the living room? Do you go to bed/get up when they do?

    We’re wanting to move to a 1-bedroom but this issue seems to keep coming up. (we have a 3-yr old)/

  10. Deb
    Tuesday, 31 July 2012

    Wow! I’m inspired! I love office closet!
    You’vee made such a happy home for your kids! I love that they will grow up knowing how to embrace what’s important and let go of the rest.

    • Lorilee
      Tuesday, 31 July 2012

      Thanks so much for your comment! Good to meet you :)

  11. By Word of Mouth Musings
    Tuesday, 31 July 2012

    OMGawsh, you would simply shrivel up and faint dead away if you came to my house 😉

    • Lorilee
      Tuesday, 31 July 2012

      :)

  12. Jessica
    Tuesday, 31 July 2012

    You’ve definitely inspired me!! But, how does it work with the kids sleeping in the livingroom? Is that hard to do?

    • Lorilee
      Wednesday, 1 August 2012

      Thanks for your comment! It hasn’t been hard at all. We work in the evenings or hang out and read or watch a movie and we do all those things in our room/office/reading room. So as long as I don’t want to clean the kitchen after 8 (I never want to clean the kitchen) then the kids can have it quiet and dark. If we have people over late it would make it hard for the kids to go to sleep but we haven’t run into that being a problem yet. Does that answer your question?

  13. jenfletcher
    Monday, 6 August 2012

    I love how light and bright your space is!! Thanks for the walk through…I think it’s answered lots of questions. :)

    • Lorilee
      Tuesday, 7 August 2012

      You are welcome :) Good to meet you!

  14. Jennifer G
    Tuesday, 21 August 2012

    LOVE the kitchen. I would miss my microwave and my coffee pot. So for my kitchen, those have to stay out. I had been storing my toaster away, but my son is finally getting old enough (and tall enough) to be able to make his own toast, so I think it is about to have to find a home on the counter again. I think it is time for my crock pot to return to the laundry room, though.

  15. Evelyn @ Smallish
    Monday, 24 September 2012

    I agree with the above comments– it’s so fun to see what a minimalist home looks like! The visual definitely helps me picture it… and realize that wow, I am absolutely NOT a minimalist even though I blog about living small and living simple. Thanks for sharing!

    • Lorilee
      Monday, 24 September 2012

      Minimalism and simple living comes in many forms :)

  16. evelien
    Tuesday, 25 September 2012

    Thanks so much for sharing, love your organized closets!

    • Lorilee
      Wednesday, 26 September 2012

      your welcome… I wouldn’t say super organized, but they aren’t overflowing :)

  17. Jennifer G
    Wednesday, 26 September 2012

    Wow, we have WAY more stuff than that, and I’ve only counted my living room and kitchen so far. I’ve pared down a lot, but I can see I have still got a long way to go. But we are hopefully moving next summer and a large majority of stuff will stay here when we go because this will be come our weekend/vacation cabin. So some stuff will be tossed/donated and others will be divided and only important stuff that we use regularly will get moved (For example, I have 2 crockpots, one will move and one will stay, the same with our extra coffee maker…our favorite one will move and the extra will stay, so I’m not dragging stuff back and forth). That will give us time to sort through the “unimportant” stuff when we are back on weekends.

    • Lorilee
      Wednesday, 26 September 2012

      sounds super nice :) Good luck with the move!

  18. Stephen
    Thursday, 27 September 2012

    It’s SO refreshing to see such an uncluttered,well organized home! My wife,(2) kids and I are just beginning to re-evaluate our lifestyle and downsize as you have done-seems like a monumantal task indeed,but we’re inspired by your (and other’s) journey :)

    • Lorilee
      Monday, 1 October 2012

      Stephen…. will take uncluttered but with 2 kids the organization is not always there :)

      • Stephen
        Monday, 1 October 2012

        LOL,trust me when I say I understand (mine are Jamie-daughter-15 years old,and son Nicholas is 10) :p :) I hope your week is off to a great start,happy Monday! :)

  19. Sarah @ Raising Isabella
    Saturday, 13 October 2012

    This is so inspiring! We’re working on an adoption right now, and it’s crazy what our government thinks we “need” to be able to bring another child into our home! I’m sure whatever we have is more than our child in Ethiopia has right now! I do plan to do some simplifying and decluttering soon, I am a minimalist at heart.

    Your apartment reminds me of when we lived in China. I’ve been thinking a lot this week about how little we had while we lived there, and how much simpler life was!

    • Lorilee
      Sunday, 14 October 2012

      oh wow! Congratulations! I got to preview ‘Until We All Come Home’ by Kim de Blecourt about her Ukrainian adoption (book coming out Nov 6) I was blown away! So excited for you and pray the process will go smoothly :)

  20. Eva
    Tuesday, 15 January 2013

    Thanks for inviting us into your home! Reading your list of possessions and seeing the pictures was really inspiring and helpful. It’s great to get an idea of what a minimalist home actually looks like.

    • Lorilee Lippincott
      Wednesday, 16 January 2013

      so glad you liked it! I am working on a follow up post in a few weeks too. That was last summer but we have changed up a few things :)

  21. Simone
    Monday, 25 February 2013

    Wow, i’m so amazed by these pictures. I have just started to try and organise my home and simplify my life, I have no kids and I am finding it almost overwhelming the amount of work to be done! I work long hours in the corporate world and I feel I just don’t have the time to be organised and minimalist, because when your in a rush buy and store to get things done fast! But if I could just get the right habits in place! My husband and I have a 3 bedroom, open plan, 2 garage home on an acre. And we don’t have enough space! I can’t believe 4 people’s clothes fit in one wardrobe ****brain explodes****.

  22. Tara
    Saturday, 13 April 2013

    Enjoyed your willingness to share all. Curious about others on the minimalist path. How much (or rather how little) are most minimalists able to comfortably live with (or without)?

    • Lorilee Lippincott
      Sunday, 14 April 2013

      Everyone is so different. That is probably the beauty of it :) Seeing other examples helps us change our ideas of normal and gives us ideas. Thanks for your comment!

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  27. Robin
    Tuesday, 23 April 2013

    In such awe of your family…it’s fantastic that your children are having these great values instilled in them at a young age. My daughter is 11, my son is 18 (will graduate in a few weeks) and my husband is a lover of technology and has the latest/greatest of every gadget.
    To my excitement, we’ve decided to convert a barn into a house and will be downsizing our 2200 sqft home to about 1400 sqft. I love home decor, so I won’t be parting with many of my things, but I’m hoping to minimize considerably. Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Lorilee Lippincott
      Tuesday, 23 April 2013

      You are welcome! Sounds like a really fun house project :)

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