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Link Roundup: K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple, Sunshine)


I was originally planning to do another blog series this month, this time about faithfulness, but this month is really chaotic. I need to simplify and scale down the things that are in my power to do so or I will lose my mind, and one of those things is this blog.

So this month (and probably next month too) will feature easy posts that include links and fun stuff, as well as some repeats from the archives.

Speaking of keeping things simple, this week I’m sharing links to my favorite links about minimalism, simple living and keeping house, since that’s mostly what’s occupying my head space right now as I scrutinize every object in my house (or at least the ones my husband hasn’t declared hands-off) to determine whether it belongs or needs to go.

For starters, if you’re interested in simplifying your life, I highly recommend watching the Minimalism documentary for inspiration and motivation. It’s on Netflix, but if you don’t have a Netflix membership, you can watch it here on YouTube for $3.99.

Or you could just watch this TEDx Talk by the Minimalists — it’s free, much shorter, and you’ll get the gist of what the documentary’s all about.

This lecture from Joshua Becker of Becoming Minimalist is long but worth it (I had the privilege of chatting with Mr. Becker a few weeks ago for an upcoming article and he is a nice guy who is full of Godly wisdom about this subject).

The Simple Show Ep. 60: A Slob Comes Clean – You guys, I think Dana White is my brain twin. I wish I had read her book because all of her mental road blocks to cleaning and housekeeping are identical to mine and I just figured out how to get around them in pretty much the same ways she describes in this podcast. Her book might have saved me a lot of trial and error. I put it on my wish list so I can see if she has any insights that I haven’t yet stumbled into on my own.

And here is her blog. I think I have a new guru, y’all.

Speaking of gurus, y’all know I love the Lazy Genius, and I want to give you a heads up that her podcast is starting back up this month.

I also want to give a shout-out to Trello because it’s really coming in handy for organizing and tracking what we’re doing this month. I can see this being a really useful tool when it comes to tracking a big decluttering project, too.

Finally, for those who are into this sort of thing, I’ve started a Lifestyle Goals Pinterest board where you’ll find all kinds of inspiration for slowing down and simplifying.

Got any links of your own to share? Do any of these look helpful? Share your thoughts in the comments!


PS: Find more encouragement for your soul at these linkups:

Holley Gerth’s Coffee For Your Heart

Missional Women’s Faith Filled Fridays

#DreamTogether at God-Sized Dreams

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JeanA Jesus girl through and through, Jean Marie Bauhaus is on a journey of healing and rediscovering who God purposefully created her to be and figuring out how to do life within that context. She’s the wife of Matt and mom to a crew of four-legged dependents, all of whom make their home in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Jean counts coffee, dark chocolate and a yarn addiction among her vices. She’s the author of Restless Spirits, a family-friendly paranormal romance/mystery now available from Vinspire Publishing. You can learn more about her novels and short fiction at



  1. Cheryl Gerou

    Visiting you from #DreamTogether link up. I appreciate this post. I am working on getting rid of clutter also, so I am looking forward to looking at some of the resources you share. Thank you for giving us all of these links for easy access. May your soul be refreshed as you find rest and contentment in Him in the midst of all the chaos of life.

    • Jean Marie Bauhaus

      Hi Cheryl, thanks for stopping by! Clutter seems like a never-ending battle. I’ve already gotten rid of so much stuff and there’s STILL so much left. Good luck with yours, and thanks for the blessing. I wish the same for you.

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