As a newish mom, my minimalist lifestyle and journey have changed throughout the last 5 years drastically. My husband and I used to travel around the world with a suitcase each! Now that we have our sweet little girl there is no way that will ever happen again.
Or maybe it will.
The main goal with minimalism is to live a freer life. Be less weighted down by all of the things we have collected throughout our lifetime.
When you start your journey into a minimalist lifestyle you want to give yourself plenty of time to get through each and every part of your life. This includes areas like your computer, your mind and of course your kids’ playroom.
When you embrace a minimalist life you will be able to move more freely in your home, have extra time to play with your kids and be able to think more clearly.
Something most moms have trouble with when it comes to a minimalist lifestyle is time. When do we ever have enough time? Time to do the dishes? Time to do the laundry, to cook dinner or to get ready for bed? The list goes on and on.
I’m not here to tell you that by incorporating minimalism into your life you will magically be free of your mom duties BUT I am here to tell you YOU WILL HAVE MORE TIME!
One of the positive effects of a minimalist lifestyle is actually having time. Wouldn’t it be nice to actually just spend time with your kids and not have to clean up after them for hours? Spending more time as a family or even more time to yourself!
Want to feel less overwealmed and exhausted?!? Start your free 15 day email course today!
I have created a Beginners Guide which includes a 15-day email course to keep you motivated and accountable. If you have been thinking of adopting a minimalist lifestyle this is certainly the guide for you.
If any of these sound like you I know you will benefit greatly from this email course. If you are willing to give it a try then wait no more and sign up today.
Throughout these next 4 weeks, I will be going over some minimalist basics and common struggles that other moms are having with their journey. Next week we are going to focus on a schedule. Schedules are great because like I mentioned earlier they help to hold yourself accountable for the goals you set.
I hope to help you see the light at the end of that very cluttered tunnel.
Be sure to subscribe so I can send the next 3 parts of this series straight to your email as well as the Beginners Guide to a Minimalist Lifestyle with children.
Have you started living a minimalist lifestyle? If not what is holding you back from being a minimalist? Leave your reply in the comments.
I think the thing I struggle with most (apart from my husband’s hoarder tendencies) is worrying about the kids asking “where has this or that gone?” Sometimes they don’t play with certain things for a while but will ask for it out of the blue. Often it’s those awful kinder toys/ mcdonalds toys (we’ve stopped buying/ going to those places as much now but they still have a fair few left!)
So I suppose my question is how can I be as upfront and honest with my kids about it and get them on board with living minimally?
I find that my own child is quite resilient. I often think she will react badly to getting rid of some of her toys but she usually doesn’t notice. May I suggest rotating your toys out ever 2-4 weeks. If instead of getting rid of the toys right away, you stash half of them in the closet for 2-4 weeks time you will be able to see if any of them are truly missed. Then you can bring some back out and throw out the ones you don’t want in your home without worry.
As for being upfront and honest, I say YES! If you include your children in the whole process they are going to be much more likely to be on board with the whole idea. I suggest giving them special tasks each week. Maybe go through clothes that don’t fit one week, then shoes, then toys. Start with something small and work your way up.
Leave a Comment:
Thank you very much for this awesome article Holly. Friends of mine got a child recently and are also complaining about all the clutter that they acquired over the time. I’ll share your article with them. Maybe they find a solution for that. 🙂