Parenting with less stuff is possible! If you love the idea of minimalism, (and you have kids), here are practical ways you can practice and experience minimalism in your home.
What Is A Minimalist Lifestyle
First of all, let’s discuss what minimalism is.Simply put, minimalism is living your life with only the things you need.
So often we find ourselves “keeping up with the Joneses” and trying to make more money so we can have nicer better things as if we are in this big competition called life. Not to say that those who live a minimal lifestyle do not have nice things, they certainly do.
The difference between the things that a minimalist owns vs. the average person is the intention and value behind each item in their lives.
A person who is living the minimalist lifestyle doesn’t own anything that could potentially distract them from their core values.
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Minimalism With Kids
It is definitely possible to live with less stuff, even if you have kids. Your kids won’t have a less than happy childhood because they have less stuff. In fact, they will likely have a more fulfiling childhood due to the lack of extra stuff.
Here are some ways you can get your kids involved in your minimalism journey.
Get your children involved in the decluttering process in your home. They will love the quality time you’re spending together and will have a better understanding of why all the extra stuff is going away. they will likely have an easier time understanding the value of having less.Related:
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Create A Space For Everything
“A place for everything and everything in its place.” When you do your daily/weekly/monthly cleanups, your children will be able to help you out because everything in your home has a place to be. When you have less stuff, you have more room for the important things!
Create Guidelines and Boundaries
If you have children who drag things from room to room in your home, establish boundaries and keep room specific items in those rooms. For example, if you have a playroom or the kids keep toys in their rooms, that is where the toys will stay. Keep living spaces clear of the extra clutter. This will help with clean up time and help keep your sanity!
If you are having a tough time keeping up with the laundry, you may need to think about downsizing the clothing that you and your kids have. Having less clothing is not a bad thing, and this does not mean you’ll have more laundry to do. You’ll have to be a little bit more on top of the laundry, but you’ll actually be folding less, and that’s a total win in my life. Follow this guide to create a capsule wardrobe for your kids.
Focus On ExperienceFocus on creating experiences and memories instead of buying the latest and greatest gadgets. While having amazing toys is always great fun, you don’t need to have all the toys. Having one or 2 high-quality toys for your child is all that they need.
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Overall Benefits of Living MinimallyThere are some obvious benefits of living a minimal lifestyle such as less clutter in your life.
However, there is so much more than that. Minimalism goes beyond clutter. It has a lot to do with relationships and self-awareness.
Our physical possessions are very much linked to our mental and emotional health.
When we take the time to declutter our homes, our mental clarity and peace of mind are very much affected.
How does it feel when you finally take care of that project you’ve been putting off for a while and you finally got it tackled one Saturday morning? Probably pretty proud of yourself for finally getting your butt into gear and finishing something that was on your mind for a while.
Clutter affects our mental clarity in a big way. Personally, clutter gives me anxiety. Anxiety does not provide clarity. A clean and organized home is my personal secret sauce to happiness.
Living a minimal lifestyle brings out self-confidence in people because you feel good about yourself without having a bigger boat than Bill or a nicer house than Janet. You are confident because no matter what you own, you have this item because that is what makes you happy, not because you thought someone would be jealous of it.
Have you ever noticed that some people want to be your friend because you have something nice, and not because they really like you? Yeah, those people are not your friends.
How amazing is it to create relationships with others based on similarities that are not based around possessions?
Creating connections with people based on lifestyle similarities such as having a love for hiking in the mountains, provides much better value to your life overall. Possessions break or go out of style anyway, so the friends who are your friends because of your possessions, won’t stick around anyway.Related:
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I don’t know about you but when I was a child I received a lot of gifts for Christmas and Birthdays. The thing is though, I don’t remember all the toys I received… I remember the get-togethers with family, the silly jokes that my Grandpa made and the amazing food my grandma put on the table.
Nothing beats memories. I like to think back on those days spent with family and think about how much love my family had for me and the warm glow of the happy family that warms my heart to this day.Related:
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Well, it’s no secret, if you’re focusing less on possessions, you’ll have more money in your pocket. You can live a frugal lifestyle when you are living minimally but you don’t have to stop buying things altogether.
If there is an item you need, you should go buy it (or try to find it second hand and reduce the carbon footprint in a small way). Plus, if you aren’t buying everything in sight that you desire when there is something that you need, you’ll have the money needed to buy this item without financial strain.
Maintaining Your Minimalist Lifestyle
It’s pretty simple to maintain your lifestyle if you remember why you started living this way in the first place.
Remember that when we remove excess stuff from our life, we get more time and more freedom.
Although it can be overwhelming trying to say no to the things you may be wanting. I mean you see commercials for everything, everywhere. On your phone, laptop, TV… literally, everywhere you look you are faced with temptation.
Sometimes you see something enough times you begin to believe that you NEED it.
Be super ruthless about the clutter around your home. If you are making a sandwich for the kids, clear it up right away or if you bring in your mail, sort it and file it appropriately before it becomes a giant mess.
Be picky about what you are bringing into your home.
And last but not least, stay true to your reason for starting a minimal lifestyle. Living minimally is not the norm, and you can sometimes feel like an outsider. But if you remember WHY you wanted a clutter-free life (clear mind, stronger relationships..) then you should feel confident about the choice that you made.
If anyone tries to give you a hard time about living the minimal lifestyle, you just reply with something like “ this lifestyle works for me, it’s not for everyone”
Keep it simple, keep it minimal.