In the past few years, minimalism has caught many people’s eyes. The thought of living off less, living a life, less cluttered, and hopefully living a life, less ruled by the material, has people around the world tossing out and living on less.
That said, minimalism is a lifestyle that many find unattainable. Especially for working mothers and mothers in general, minimalism seems like a nice goal, but one to put off until the kids are grown. However, it’s more than possible and will probably make life much easier for you. If you want to try it out, incorporate these tips for adopting a minimalist lifestyle as a mom.
Define Minimalism for Yourself
The typical definition of minimalism is about getting rid of excess “stuff” to better live life based on experiences rather than worldly possessions. That said, as a mother, reaching that ideal may not seem possible. To put yourself on the right path, start by defining minimalism for yourself. Maybe your goal is only having things in your home that you truly want or need. Or maybe you want to get back to what matters most—spending time with family rather than the constant overwhelm of daily tasks. The sooner you define it, the sooner you can adopt the right lifestyle for you.
Get Selective about What You Bring In
Whether your kids are young or teenagers, a big step to a more minimalist lifestyle is being more selective. Get more selective about what toys the kids still need and the toys they buy. Make a tougher decision and only pick one thing. When you limit what you bring into the home and what you allow in it, you’ll notice that those unnecessary items no longer clutter your space or your mind.
Clear the Clutter
Clutter is the minimalist killer. When your home is filled with stuff, you’re heavily impacting your home and your life. There are a few signs that will point you in the direction of whether you have too much clutter, and the sooner you address this, the sooner you can make important changes. Most often, the clutter around the home are things we don’t need anymore. Get in the habit as a family of having regular declutter sessions. It’ll keep your home cleaner—a massive aspect of a minimalist lifestyle.
Pare Down Clothing
That typical definition of minimalism is about living on experiences rather than worldly possessions. Clothes are material possessions that weigh a lot of people down. Clear out your closet and donate those items that you really don’t need. Think about it—do you really need 10 different sweaters? 20 different shoes? Do your kids really need the same hoodie in five different colors? Start asking yourself these questions and then pare down your wardrobe from there.
Think About it as “Less, for More”
Another essential tip for adopting a minimalist lifestyle as a mom is again about your mindset. The sooner you think of the minimalist shift as “less, for more” the easier it’ll be to remove items. For example, when you’re paring down your clothes, think about it as dressing less, for more money to save or for more clarity. Some other typical “less, for more” statements, are as follows:
- Own less, for more space/more room for love/ more connection
- Do less, for more productivity (start saying no!)
- Worry less, for more peace
- Use devices less, for more connection
Switching to a minimalist lifestyle is very doable, even for moms!