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Large Family Blog: Helping famlies minimize clutter and mazimize joy.

Minimizing Chaos and Maximizing Joy in Our Large Family

My name is Renee and I am an American minimalist who married a Canadian packrackWe have 14 kids (nine homemade and five adopted) and three beautiful grandsons who live in New Zealand

I write about minimizing chaos and clutter, organization for large families, raising kids with special needs, homeschooling, and how to feed a large family and my favorite kitchen hacks and recipes.

I am a birth photographer and content creator

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Hole in the wall at Northern State Hospital in Washington.
Jubilee class of 2021
Avi and Jubilee practice social distancing at a nearby park.
Making math fun through book-inspired. hands-on STEM projects. What's Your Angle Pythagoras?

Home Education


Raising a large family is different than raising a typical family. While it means more of a lot of things (food, laundry, noise) it also means we sometimes require different items. I am a minimalist at heart and will always go for quality over quanity. But I’m also thrify…I am always willing to give a genric brand a try. Here you will find our favorite things. Products we use and love because they work for our large family.

Kiwis on Mt. Baker

Why is Your Family Obsessed with New Zealand?

Actually, we’re not. But we are obsessed with our family who lives in New Zealand. Our two married daughters live in New Zealand. Adalia is married to Ben and they have two children, Percival and Montgomery. Tilly is married to Jared and has one son, Abel. Chuck and I fly to the southern hemisphere as often as we can to visit. Below are some photos of our Kiwi family.

Abel two months
Adalia, Tilly, Percy, Abel, and Monty
chuck, Judah, Ben, Adalia, Percival and Monty
Apollo in New Zealand 2020
Adalia and Monty
Adorable Abel in Whangarei, New Zealand.
Ben, David, and Percy.
Baby grandson, Montgomery
Jared and Tilly on Ocean Beach
Judah holding Abel in Whangarei, New Zealand.
Percival 21 months old New Zealand
Judah and Abel at Whangarei Falls.
Crevasse walking in New Zealand. School Closures mean a loss of needed therapy for special ed students.