Minimalism by definition: A style or technique that is characterized by extreme spareness and simplicity.
Minimalism to me: Choosing to be super intentional about what I allow to take up my space and therefore my time in my home, calendar and life. It’s a breath of fresh air in an otherwise cloudy world. It is about being joyfully present in all aspects of my life.
Minimalism for moms: Most genius thing ever!
Haha… Do you like that last definition? I’m serious… it’s a game changer that has the power to set you free from mom guilt.
I put off minimalism for years because I was scared it meant that I had to live in a tiny house with white walls, nothing on my shelves and only the bare necessities. But guess what? That couldn’t be further from the truth. Thank goodness, because I can’t and don’t want to give up my big house with lots of space for my family of 6, pretty yet simple decor and blue and gray walls.
As a minimalist, I carefully and intentionally choose to weed out the least important things in my life that take up space and time making room for what I hold most important.
Everything you allow to exist in your home, life or schedule should serve a purpose that helps you live a life you love. For example, I used to have a basket of magazines next to my couch. My babies would always pull them out and make a mess of them and ripping the pages. That basket of magazines took up space in my home and time to pick up and reorganize each day. It may have only been a couple of minutes two times a day, but that couple of minutes two times a day adds up. And the kicker is, that basket of magazines didn’t just cost me time, it caused me stress and it did not serve a purpose that helped me live my best life so the basket of magazines doesn’t exist in my home anymore.
Some things take minutes, others take hours and you don’t even realize how it’s robbing you of your freedom.
You have the power to make intentional choices every minute of every day. Minimalism is using those choices to take conscious control of how you spend your life.
As a minimalist, I am no longer the short tempered screaming lunatic mother or the resentful wife because she doesn’t exist with this lifestyle. Now, yes I still have my moments, or tough days because I’m human, I make mistakes and that’s life. But my regular days are simpler, intentional, happier and filled with purpose from sun up to sun down.
I am able to be the mom who plays with her kids and can read a book once they’re in bed and sit with my husband just talking or watching something on TV together instead of feeling like I should be doing something else because we live a simpler life. And there is just so much less to do.
Mind-blowing thought right there, right? I know!
I have a Free How-To starter guide that details outlines on how to best tackle every room and area of your house but for now I’ll share with you my top 10 tips to get you thinking like a motivated minimalist mom:
- Clear surfaces and decluttering your home creates peace and calm in your soul.
- Choose quality over quantitiy.
- Invest in experiences instead of things.
- If it’s not something you use every month but just can’t get rid of, store it.
- Less is more.
- Enjoy an unplugged hour daily. (I mean no electronics or social media)
- Saying NO is ok – choose wisely how you spend your time.
- Delegate to family – you don’t have to do it all.
- Perfection does NOT exist.
- Dump the “just in case” stuff.
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