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You know, I often dream about my version of the perfect morning.
I would wake at 7 am and find the kids soundly asleep and upon such a discovery I would fist bump the air, gleeful that I would get some “me time” before the day started.
I’d walk out to my pristine kitchen, brew a delicious cup of coffee and snuggle in my living room chair to do my daily devotional and read my current book.
I could have a peaceful morning knowing that since my house is spotless, there are no toilets that need to be scrubbed and no laundry to fold.
Yup, that would be my morning of choice.
What a dream, huh?
Instead, in the past, most days the reality for me was waking to a never-ending pile of laundry (seriously, baby and toddler clothes piles never seem to get smaller) and toys scattered about. I would already be behind on my chore list before the day had even started.
I don’t think I’ve talked to another mom friend who hasn’t felt this way at some point or another. We always feel busy just trying to keep up but like we have nothing to show for it by the end of the day. #thestruggleisreal
But what if there was another way?
A way that didn’t mean constant cleaning and damage control, but instead more peaceful mornings that led to better days, less stress and more time for my kids and myself?
I think I’ve found the answer…at least part of the answer anyway! (And no, it doesn’t entail accepting “pigsty” as an identifier for your home.)
It’s called Minimalism.
I know what you’re probably thinking…
Bare walls and only the absolute basic necessities for living.
That’s kind of what I thought at first too!
But Minimalism isn’t those things (unless you want them to be!).
Instead, Minimalism is a way for you to reclaim what matters in your life. It’s a way to break free of the hold that “stuff” has over you. It’s a way to get more of your time back.
Doesn’t that sound so great?
Let’s dig in!
Minimalism and Motherhood
What is Minimalism?
There isn’t one standard definition but I like to think of it as being intentional about what you bring into your home and letting go of what doesn’t serve you.Minimalism is being intentional about what you bring into your home and letting go of what doesn't serve you.Click To Tweet
It’s not really a one size fits all thing and I definitely don’t subscribe to “bare walls” type, but I love how it encourages discarding the excess in your life.
Here are some benefits of Minimalism:
- Less Stress
- Less Spending
- Less Overwhelm
- More Time
- More Gratitude
- More Contentment
I don’t know about but all of those things sound amazing to me, especially when I thought about how it could impact my life as a mother.
Minimalism and Motherhood
Along with the benefits mentioned above, there are so many ways that minimalism can help us in our journey as mothers.
1) Less Mess
What does the toy room look like right now? How often are you cleaning it up and reorganizing everything, only to have your kids undo everything shortly after? Could you even list all of the toys that are in there or are there too many to count?
It’s crazy to me how many toys we’ve accumulated in just a couple of years, either through purchasing them ourselves or getting them as gifts for birthdays and Christmas.
The funny thing is that even with all of the toys, my kids would struggle to play for more than 10 minutes in their room. They would just dump everything out, become overwhelmed by the mess and stimulation and come out asking for something else to entertain them.
It would take me a good 30 minutes to clean and reorganize everything and the cycle would start over. My husband would often come home from work to find me exasperated because I just couldn’t seem to keep up.
I finally decided to give this minimalism thing a try with the toys and I am so glad I did. I kept toys that encouraged creativity and imaginative play and got rid of anything that wasn’t aligned with that.
So now, my kids have fewer toys but play for longer periods at a time. How cool is that?
Clean up is much more manageable and my girls like to help because they can easily see where things should be put away. (I’ll be writing a more in depth post about how minimalism has helped in this area, so more details will follow!)
2) Less Laundry
Again, it’s all about getting rid of excess. My husband and I recently went through all our clothes and reorganized our closet after reading The Magic Of Tidying Up. (The book is a great intro into knowing what stuff you should hang on to or let go so I highly recommend:))
Lemme tell you, it has helped so much in reducing the amount of laundry that piles up. This is still a work in progress area because I need to do the same with my kid’s clothes, but knowing how much it’s helped so far is super encouraging.
Plus, it’s so much easier to find something to wear that I love when I don’t have to sift through the clutter. Everything in my closet reflects my personality and helps me to feel my best!
3) More Time For What Matters
As mothers, there is so much that demands our time and we often feel guilty because no area seems to get our best, especially when it comes to our kids.
We often feel forced to chose between engaged and focused time with our kids or a clean house.
Minimalism helps simply in the sense that if you have less stuff that doesn’t serve you, you have less stuff to manage. And when you have less stuff to manage, you have more time for what important to you.
(And don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with encouraging your kids to entertain themselves for a while. It’s a good for their development and you need space to breathe throughout the day!)
Interested in the concept of Minimalism? Here are a couple of suggestions to try!
Two ways to get started:
- Start in your own closet and purge anything that is stained, frayed or worn thin. Then, take it a step further and let go of those items that don’t make you feel your best.
- Be intentional about the toys your kids play with. Keep the toys that foster imagination and creativity and donate the rest. We kept toys like their play kitchen, wooden blocks, legos, dollhouse, and dress up clothes and essentially got rid of toys that needed batteries.
So if you’re feeling like your days are mostly spent feeling stressed and overwhelmed by the clutter, I encourage you to take some time to consider if Minimalism might have a place in your life.
And remember, you can tailor Minimalism to the needs of you and your family. You don’t have to throw everything out for the sake of being a Minimalist, but the goal is to get rid of what doesn’t serve you or represent your family’s values.
The benefits of Minimalism can be a game changer for your home and motherhood. I know it has been for mine. Now, if only I can get my kids to sleep in a little longer so I can finish my morning cup of coffee!
What are some of your favorite ways to declutter your home?
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