Living Your Best Minimalist Mom Life ~ Top Tips on How to Lead a Simple Life Without a Lot of Stuff
Imagine living a life surrounded by only the things that add value to your life. Imagine having free time to actually enjoy your things instead of spending all your time organizing and sorting them. I dream about being a minimalist mom.
Open space, less to clean and more to enjoy.
A few years back, when we surprisingly found out we were pregnant with baby number 4 we decided that we needed to move into a bigger house. Another baby means having more things so of course we need more space. So me and my big belly started packing up our home. It was quite the process. We were in our home for 10 years and we had 3 kids ages 7, 6 and 3 years old who had an average amount of stuff, so I thought.
It took our movers 2 full days to pack up our home. We filled 2 and a half large moving truck and filled a very large storage unit. In fact we had to leave stuff behind because we couldn’t fit it in our large storage unit. My mover told us he has never seen anyone with so much stuff. We laughed and thought “yeah okay”. We were a big family so rightfully so we had a lot of stuff. It was normal.
I spent days and nights unpacking and making our new house a home. Because of my OCD tendencies, we were completely unpacked in less than a month. Our home looked like we’ve been living in it for years. Each room was filled with all of our things. It was warm and cozy and we all loved it.
Well it wasn’t long before the honeymoon phase ended, and our nice, clutter free home was becoming disorganized and overrun with stuff. I spent so much time organizing and then re organizing to find the perfect place for everything. If everything had a specific place, I can keep my house tidy, or so I thought. I went out and got bins, baskets and bookcases. I must have rearranged things a thousand times. There was a point in time that my husband would come in from work and our entire living room was rearranged on a daily basis. But, it didn’t help. With 4 kids in the house, things got disorganized And I thought maybe I’ll just have to accept the fact that I will never have the clean, organized home that I craved.
I am all about embracing the chaos and I absolutely do, BUT… all of our stuff was getting to me. I was constantly organizing and implementing systems for my kids to tidy their stuff without me having to constantly remind them. #brokenrecord I read tons of books, magazines and Netflix documentaries (check out Minimalist if you haven’t watched it), to come up with the perfect solution to organizing all of our stuff.
I finally accepted the inevitable, we had TOO MUCH STUFF. So my mindset shifted from organizing all the stuff we had to only organizing the stuff that adds value to our lives and discarding the stuff that doesn’t.
Why take steps to become a minimalist?
When you have less things, you have less to organize and less to clean. You will be surrounded by only things that bring you joy leaving you happy, less stressed and with healthier relationships.
- You’ll be able to find things more easily.
If you have a place for everything and everything in its place, you and your family will know exactly where everything is.
- You will shop less
Once things are organized, you can better see what you actually have and you can avoid constant, unnecessary trips to the store. I can’t tell you how many times I bought scotch tape when I already had about 10 of them scattered in different places throughout my house.
- You will have more time
Since you will have less stuff, you’ll spend less time organizing and tidying. When you do tidy, you’ll be tidying the things that are important to you and warm your heart, so it will feel less like a chore.
Practical Tips to Start Leading a Minimalist Life
1. Go through each room in your home and tidy
Start with a room in your home that is filled with mostly your things. Your bedroom, closet, living room, office, etc…
- Make a tool kit
- two bins (or two bags),
- one labeled discard
- one labeled donate
- cleaning products and cloths
- ear buds or bluetooth speaker playing your favorite jams
- two bins (or two bags),
Start by category. For example if you are organizing your clothes, take out every piece of clothing you own and place them all on your bed.
Start going through all of your stuff. Pick up each item, hold it in your hands and ask yourself if this particular item gives you joy. If the answer is yes put it in the keep pile to put away when you are finished going through all of your clothes. If the answer is no, the item doesn’t bring you joy, then either place it in the discard or donate bin. This is the Kon Mari Method and has proven to be highly effective.
Once you’ve gone though every item in that category
- give the room, walls, shelves, etc., a nice good cleaning
- start putting away items by grouping them by similarities
Enjoy your new space that is filled with only the things that you love and add value to your life.
Make a plan that fits in with your schedule to go through each room in your home until you have gone through each room in your home following this process.
2. Turn around the hangers in your closet
This is a tried and true method that has worked for many. At the beginning of a new season, turn around all the hangers in your closet. As you use each garment, put them back correctly. At the end of the season donate or discard those items that have not been turned around.
3. Avoid sales
Don’t buy yourself a pretty top or a cool new pair of earrings just because it’s on sale. Avoid bogo, 2 for 1 or buy 3 get 3 deals. Only buy items that you need and love. If you happen to find an item that you need and love and it’s on sale, kudos to you.
4. Create centers for troublesome areas
A command center is a designated space in your home that serves the purpose of establishing important family information. It can be as large or small, as simple or complex as you like.
In my home backpacks, lunchboxes, homework and folders was a problem as they would be thrown as soon as my kids walked in the door. We created a cubby system with hooks and shelves so each kid no knows to hang their belongings in their designated cubby when they come in the door.
Think of a trouble spot in your home – kids belongings, mail, keys, laundry and implement a center that can help solve the problem.
5. Tackle things immediately
Sort mail, shred, file, pay bills, go through homework folders and read important flyers and notices and take immediate action. Either discard, pin up, or put to the side in a designated “needs attention” folder to get back to later. The point is to avoid having a paper pileup on your kitchen counter. Have a system and be on purpose for everything you do.
Take pictures of important documents, magazine clippings, random pieces of paper with contact info and create a folder in your phone of “important images”. This way you will have them in your phone and you can discard the hard copy so you have less random papers cluttering your personal space. Upload to the cloud or backup on a hard drive to be safe.
I hope you found these tips valuable! If you lead a minimalist lifestyle tell us how in the comments. If you strive to lead a minimalist life, what steps are you going to take to get there? Share below.
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