Renee Cook, founder at Rhythms + Grace Blog


Once upon a time, I was drowning in piles. Piles of laundry, piles of toys, piles of clutter.

With 2 kids under 3 and a 3rd on the way, I was waddling around toys, stepping on toys I couldn’t see under my belly, and tired of “mom brain.” 

I chalked it up to the pregnancy, but my brain felt crazy. Why couldn’t I remember what I came into a room for? 

And why did I feel like I was cleaning all the time, yet the house was always messy? I had tried some decluttering and organizing here and there, but I just couldn’t get a handle on things. 

Then came the great bead incident of 2016. Long story short, my 2 year old dumped out an entire, humongous container of teeny tiny beads that 4 year old had received as a gift. The baby was crying instead of napping again, and I shouted, “Pick them up or I’m throwing them all away!!!!”  (Not my finest parenting moment.) 

My highly-compliant-mommy-pleasing 4 year old burst into tears, “Please don’t throw them away, Mommy, I love all of them!” She was frantically trying to clean them up while her 2 year old was laughing and not helping. And I was basically in tears. Now 3 out of the 4 of us were crying and I just wanted to crawl into a hole and eat cake because motherhood is hard sometimes.

Sometimes, becoming a pseudo-minimalist of sorts seems like it was gradual. (And no, I don’t mean the 1-outfit-owning-only-2-chairs-black-and-white-everything type of minimalist you might be picturing.) 

While a lot of our decluttering and shifting our routines has been gradual, that bead spill was the turning point. 

I started on a journey of evaluating everything we owned. Did it serve a purpose, or was it just there to be moved around or piled on top of? Did I really want this home decor item or just grab it because it was on clearance? 

This journey has led places I didn’t expect. 

  • My kids play for hours on end together, at home.
  • I don’t spend all day cleaning up after everyone… which has left space and time for things I’ve always wanted to do!
  • We’ve saved SO much money approaching our buying habits in a different way. 
  • My brain is less cluttered and our household needs happen somewhat on autopilot with me managing loosely, but not buried under piles of stress and to-do lists. 

And on and on. 

I hesitate to use the word “minimalism,” because I know what you might think when you hear that word. And it’s not me! And it’s probably not you either!

My site is about helping YOU love your family & home life. 

I want you to feel peace & happiness in your home. 

I want you to enjoy your kids’ little years, not just walk around cleaning up behind them. 

I want you to not feel like your brain is always overwhelmed and keeping track of 100,362 things at once.

That is life uncluttered.

The secret to getting there? Well… I explain it more in this free workbook! Grab your copy and let’s get started on figuring out how YOU can experience more peace & happiness with your family & at home.