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Minimalist Mama Jessica Schultze shares her beautiful Minimalist house with Leah "MamaBear" Martin. Come explore the beautifully styled interior and drool over Jessica's thrift store treasures as you see what it REALLY looks like to live a Minimalist lifestyle. | www.MamaBearMartin.com | Minimalist Bedroom | Living Room | Kitchen | With Kids | Play Room | Decorating

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Today on the blog, I have something extra special for you to feast your Minimalist hungry eyes on, mama. This is a blog post topic that I am hoping will grow to be a regular installment here on MamaBear Martin, but that’s entirely up to you! More on that in a bit!

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Minimalist House Tour

I first crossed paths with the lovely Jessica Schultze in a Facebook group dedicated to Minimalist living, The Minimalist Life, and I’ve been drooling over her Instagram feed ever since. I just had to get to know this Minimalist Mama a little better and discover from where she draws her inspiration that is guiding her seemingly effortless design style.You’re going to love what she had to say.

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Minimalist Mama Jessica Schultze pictured with her two little ones. 

Today the beautiful Jessica Schultze has generously shared photos of her Minimalist home with me to display here for your endless inspiration. As you view room-by-room of her beautiful home you’ll notice that the atmosphere is infused with a peaceful serenity that can only come with owning less. Her front porch looks so cozy and makes me long for warm summer evenings spent in a porch swing with a glass of hot tea and my favorite blanket.

What am I waiting for? Let’s take a peek inside.

The Minimalist Home of Jessica Schultze

Leah: “Tell us a little about the place you call home, Jessica.”

Jessica: “My house was built in 1867 and I bought it from one of my closest friends. I was fortunate enough that they had finished the basement and added a bathroom. They also put new carpets upstairs and hardwood in the living room. It is an old house and needs a lot of work. Most of our windows need replacing we need new gutters, and most of the cement outside needs to be redone, but I love that we bought a fixer upper. It brings us so much joy!”

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Y’all. Picket fence and everything. Swooon.

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Joy abounds.

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A little slice of heaven.

L: “Have you always intentionally lived with less? If not, how long did it take you to declutter your home?

J: “No, I would say I was more of a hoarder. I didn’t want to get rid of anything. I held onto every single childhood toy, stuffed animal, baby doll, etc. I used to collect glass animal figures and I had them all. 100+ I bet. I finally let go of all of them about 3 years ago. I let go of all my stuffed animals, trophies, medals, and all the other random stuff as well. I took pictures of it all, but I have never looked at them since. It felt so freeing.”

Minimalist Entryway

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L: “Okay. You’re going to have to share where you found your amazing wooden bench.”
“My entry bench was a Craigslist find! Some of my best pieces have come from Craigslist, family, churches, and other places like that. Most of it is extremely cheap or free. Win win.

I also love buying secondhand. It’s a way more reasonable route to take. Buying new is often way more expensive, and not even close to the quality of the things I buy secondhand.”


I you’re like me, and you’re just aching to have a similar bench in your home you can find a similar country-style bench on Amazon here. Amazon also has a few options for large circle-shaped mirrors to match Jessica’s gorgeous entryway. 

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You can find barstools similar to Jessica’s on Amazon here.

J: “I’ve been at this [Minimalism] for about 7 years now, and I am still a work in progress. I had never even heard of the word Minimalism until a few years ago maybe. The Minimalists website and Minimalist groups on Facebook really kept me focused and pushed me further into this journey.

Recently, I have been listening to The Minimalists podcast and it’s inspiring me so much. I did my own version of their packing party idea, and I have enough to get rid of that I want to have a garage sale.

I have never sold a thing so far. It’s been given to family, friends, or donation centers, but I think making a bit of money on some of these items that are harder to get rid of will make it easier. Anything not sold will be loaded up and taken to our local thrift store.”

Minimalist Living Room

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I just LOVE her bright blue couch!

L:  “Could you tell me a little more about your Minimalist journey to get your house to the point it is?”

J: “It has taken me an incredibly long time to get here. I can remember the first time I ever felt overwhelmed by my stuff. It would have been 2010. My husband, who is in the Air Force, and I had just gotten married and we moved from Nebraska to California.”

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L: “So how did you accumulate the clutter?”

J: “We had never lived together before getting married so we had nothing for a home other than our wedding presents. I brought ALL my stuff from home that I had collected over my 22 years of life. I didn’t pare down anything or ask myself, “Why would this be useful to me?” I just had it packed.

Once we got our house, I was ready to fill it with anything and everything. I made so many impulsive purchases. I loved thrifting and garage sale-ing. I took free stuff. Within no time my house was packed.”

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L: “How cluttered did it get?”

J: “A three bedroom, large home with a 2 car garage was stuffed to the max. We could only fit 1 car in the garage! I remember cleaning one day and realizing, “I have so much crap! And no place to put it!”

I had a GIANT box in my basement and I just walked around my house and filled it. I took it to a donation center and I was hooked. It took years though. I have a really bad sentimental attachment to my stuff and it’s not easy for me to let it go.

Nowadays I can walk through a store and appreciate things without feeling the need to buy everything (especially the dollar section at Target!), though I am still a sucker for free items.”

Minimalist Kitchen and Dining Room

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Is it weird for me to say your kitchen is my happy place?

L: “What are your favorite parts of your home?”

J: “My favorite part of my home? That is tough.

I love my kitchen. We completely gutted the old kitchen and knocked down a wall to make it bigger. It’s in the center of our house and it’s where we gather the most, especially when we have company over.

But I also love our front porch. All spring and summer we sit out there to drink coffee in the morning, and a beer on the weekends. We live in a neighborhood with lots of other kids so my kids have the freedom to ride their bikes up ad down the sidewalk and go to the neighbors’ yards. It’s so fun to watch them create a magical childhood.

And then there is our living room. The way the sun shines through in the evenings is just magical. We also sit in there on our couch for coffee every morning once the weather turns cold. I’ve turned every space in this house into something I love. Each room really serves its own purpose.”

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Subway tile heaven, y’all. <3 <3 <3

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I think I could wash dishes all day here. 

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And she keeps the coffee going all day?! I’m running away from home for an extended vacation.

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L: “What would you say your decorating style is?”

J: “I have no clue what my style is. My friend and I have often discussed this. I have several modern pieces mixed with antiques. Basically, if I love it I buy it, and it seems to be working out well for me.”

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L: “Okay. Is your home as perfect as it appears?”

J: “I always like to let people know about my storage room that’s too full and holding some things I really don’t need. It’s a complete mess. It’s my dirty little secret. Our home is far from perfect, but I am enjoying all the added benefits that Minimalism has brought me.”

Minimalist Bedroom

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Calm radiates out of Jessica’s meticulously curated bedroom.

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The stripes in Jessica’s sheet set add a touch of detail without overwhelming the design of her Minimalist bedroom.

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Minimalism With Kids

L: “Do you think it’s more difficult maintaining Minimalism with children in the home?”

J: “Having kids definitely makes it difficult. Some days I look around at the house and think, ‘Wow. I would have so much less stuff if I didn’t have kids.’ Birthdays and Christmas make it tough, too, but my family and friends are getting really good about not buying them random things. They have me tell them what to get them for holidays.”

I can relate to that!

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L: “I bet it’s a huge relief having both sets of grandparents in agreement with your lifestyle.”

J: “It’s great that [our families] cooperate and understand that we don’t want to be drowning in toys. I am so lucky in this area because they have never just given them random toys and junk for no reason. Both my parents and in-laws prefer to buy quality over quantity. We were gifted tickets to the Children’s Museum once which was AWESOME!”

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Similar items to Jessica’s toy shelf and tassel banner can be purchased here and here.

L: “Do you get your kids involved in the actions of Minimalism?”

J: “I am really trying to get my kids onboard with donating toys and clothes. I want them to understand that it’s a good thing and not a sad thing. I don’t wish my sentimental attachment to items on anyone. The movie “Toy Story” ruined me!”

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L: “What is the most difficult part of being Minimalist with kids?”

J: “Easily their baby items. I attach my memories to the items. I feel this need to keep everything. It’s also hard because we want more kids so it’s tough to decide what to hang onto, and what to let go of. I recently went through all their baby clothes and got rid of 2 trash bags! A lot of the stuff I didn’t even like too much…. I want to give it to someone who will use it before it all becomes too outdated. I also have realized how much I hate the obnoxious, bright clothing so I feel like I could get rid of most of their clothes and start new. I will go through it all again when the time comes.”

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Doesn’t her home leave you breathless in the best way???

I don’t know about you, but Jessica’s pictures make me wish I could crawl inside her photos and visit with her for a spell. Her love of thrift shops, eclectic furniture, and subway tile has me thinking we would be besties in no time.

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Want more Minimalist house tours?

That’s where YOU come in, beautiful mama! I really want to keep this segment of sharing Minimalist homes going on my blog as a source of real-life, realistic inspiration for you and other mamas like you that may be aspiring to live a less cluttered Minimalist lifestyle.

The thing is, the only way I can keep it going is if YOU contribute! Don’t stress about your home not being “perfect” (I did mention I want this to be realistic, right?). I want to portray homes at each different step of Minimalism. If you want to be included just shoot me an email and let’s chat.

If you have a Minimalist home, before and after pictures of your most recent decluttering spree, or even ONE single room in your home that is clutter-free and brings you joy, I WANT TO SEE IT!

Send any photo submissions along with your contact email to Leah{at}MamaBearMartin{dot}com– except add the correct punctuation in. You can also find me on Facebook and send photo submissions there.

Show me whatcha got!

A HUGE thank you to Jessica Schultze for allowing me to share her Minimalist home here with all of you! Follow her on Instagram @Simply_Mama_J to see more of her beautiful abode.

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Minimalist Mama Jessica Schultze shares her beautiful Minimalist house with Leah "MamaBear" Martin. Come explore the beautifully styled interior and drool over Jessica's thrift store treasures as you see what it REALLY looks like to live a Minimalist lifestyle. | www.MamaBearMartin.com | Minimalist Bedroom | Living Room | Kitchen | With Kids | Play Room | Decorating

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