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Rachel wrote a book, The Minimalist Mom’s Guide to Baby’s First Year - How to Save, Time, Money & Space.
You know what? Babies don’t actually come with stuff. But we all wind up with it somehow. Rachel will show you how to avoid being buried alive under baby gear that never gets used.
Don’t let this happen to you!
I sent Rachel a couple questions and she answered them and I’m just going to copy and paste some of it because she is too darn interesting.
Why did you write the Minimalist Mom’s Guide to Baby’s First Year?
“Boy did I waste a lot of money on baby stuff that I never used. It all sat in a closet, piled on top of each other, and none of it made my life easier.
This book was what I wish I had read when I was pregnant. It’s a book about slowing down when you have small children. It’s a book about how to live well with less so you can sleep more, pay off debt or find the dollars for those extra things like a cleaner when you’re infant is reverse cycling and you’ve had 11 hours sleep over four days.”
Have you always been a minimalist or was this something that developed over time?
“I was never a hoarder but I did love sales and stuff. Chances are if you complimented me on what I was wearing the first thing out my mouth was “I got if for 60% off!”
When my son was born things changed. I was at home a lot, stressed out by our stuff and finally saw that I wasn’t using everything that was stored in our closets.
In September of 2010, after a summer reading about minimalists that were living out of backpacks, I decided to massively downsize our possessions to get back more time, money and space. We also cut our living expenses in that year, selling our car, cutting bills and buying very little, so that I could stay home with our son. A huge benefit to this lifestyle change is that we paid off $82,000 in consumer debt in under two years.”
(Does anyone else have this sudden urge to declutter right now? Or is it just me? So inspiring!)
Rachel is giving away three copies of her digital e-book, Minimalist Mom’s Guide to Baby’s First Year today.
She is also giving away one Grand Prize of her book plus a Clutter Coaching Session.
Here is her description of the Clutter Coaching Session: “Tired of stuffed closets and junk drawers? Overwhelmed by piles of ancient bank statements and stressed out by your mud room? This is a chance for a fresh start.
Rachel will help you declutter three areas of your home and life. She will virtually hold your hand (and sometimes kick your butt) as you shred those statements and pare down your wardrobe.
You’ll receive tasks tailored to your specific needs that will help you banish clutter for good. Rachel will also be there for you with email support for the duration of the session and a maintenance plan to help you stay clutter free.
The session will last four weeks and can be started at any time between April and November of 2012. The value of this personalized four week clutter coaching session is $249.”
Yes please! Who doesn’t need some decluttering help? I really hope I win this one. Oh, I’m not eligible? Dang. My closets are crying now. They had hope for a moment. It always feels SO good to clear space, doesn’t it?
Minimalist Mom is giving away three copies of her digital e-book, The Minimalist Mom’s Guide to Baby’s First Year. One additional grand-prize winner will receive a copy of her digital e-book as well as a Clutter Coaching Session described above.
How to Enter:
Comment on this post! One comment per person. Comments will close Tuesday, May 8th at 8PM PST & winner will be picked via random # generator, notified and announced here at the bottom of this post.
Comments are now closed, thanks everyone!
Leslie – “I really hope I win this one”. and I’m eligible!!
Julie Domme - I would love to win either prize! We’re working to afford for me to be able to be a stay at home mom with baby #2 on the way and this would help a lot! Thanks for offering the prizes!
Shira - Expecting any day now…show me the way.
Pati - I’m moving and feel incredibly overwhelmed by the sheer amount of stuff we have. I’m piling up stuff to get rid of but still there seems to be so much STUFF! Please help me declutter and have a home where closets are roomy and my house is not always in a state of chaos! (Grand Prize)