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Messy Minimalism with Rachelle Crawford


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This is episode 71 and today I’m here with Rachelle Crawford talking about messy minimalism.

Rachelle Crawford is the author of Messy Minimalism and founder of Abundant Life with Less. She makes minimalism doable by offering a grace-based approach to living clutter free.


Messy Minimalism: She defines Messy Minimalism and shares how she found her way into it.

Identity: We explain why we start with the who instead of the why.

Narratives: She walks us through what other assumptions she wrestled with as a result of her minimalist awakening.

Family: We cover how we can help our kids through a transition into minimalism.

Consumerism: She offers advice for how we can become more conscious consumers.

Decision Fatigue: We talk about decision fatigue and how we can reduce it.

Organization: We cover why another woven bin is not the answer to the overwhelm problem.

Perfection: We talk about how perfectionism keeps us stuck.

Decluttering: She shares some of her favorite decluttering tips. Slow: She speaks to what she learned about herself when she slowed down.


We answer the question, “If my desire for minimalism is in fact a manifestation of anxiety and a desire to control my environment. I wonder if accepting that my life is ‘messy’ right now might be the healthiest thing to do for my mental health, a sort of ‘letting go of control’,” from the Sage Family Village.

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Rachelle’s website

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Messy Minimalism book

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Atomic Habits book

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Xero Alpine Boots

Minimalist Wardrobe course

The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry book (faith-based)

Finish book

Minimalism Book List

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I work from an island in the Pacific Northwest, where I live wild and free in connection with my hilarious husband and three growing sailors in our fixer upper on the beach. I authentically live this healing work out loud raising my own neurodivergent family (inner child included) and draw on my decades of education and experience (I've done all the nerdy work so you don't have to) to guide a revolution of overwhelmed parents just like you to feeling at peace within yourself, consciously connected with your children, embraced by a supportive community, and enjoying a values-aligned life you love.

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