Let me say this straight up: I love minimalism! More than that though: I think minimalism is especially important for mums!
Before we bought the house we are in now, we lived in a couple of rentals. While most people hate moving houses, I loved it! It was the one time I gave myself permission to purge. It was the one time when it was OK to “lose” hand-me-down items that I didn’t like and only kept out of guilt. I always knew that decluttering during moves made me feel amazing! It was freeing and it made me happy. What I didn’t know, was that if I took it a step further than just disposing a few broken or unwanted items, it could be life-changing.
The importance of minimalism for mums
When you have young children, minimalism is especially important! We all know that most mums spend majority of their time cleaning! What difference in your life would it make, if you could sit down on the floor and play blocks with your toddler without the to-do list at the back of your mind? What if you could enjoy those special little moments because you knew that everything was under control? That the doorbell could ring and you wouldn’t have to panic? What if you could enjoy a relaxing bath after the kids go to bed at night? Or take the time to read the novel that’s been on your to-read list for months? Or spend some much needed one-on-one time with your husband?
That’s the sort of life minimalism can give you.
When you’re a mum, reducing the number of possessions in the household will create more space and time for you to focus on what truly matters to you. You’ll find that having less clothing, means doing less laundry and the ability to stay on top of it all with a basic routine. Less dishes mean that you won’t have 20 cups lying around to be washed by mid-morning, because your kids wanted a sip of water… Ten times! Less trinkets means you won’t have to spend an hour moving them around and back into place to dust! The list goes on!
Being a minimalist mum doesn’t mean living in an empty house. It means surrounding yourself with things that are useful, or give you joy when you look at them, hold them and use them. Minimalism means being intentional about your purchases, having more time to spend doing the things you love instead of cleaning. It means trading possessions for experiences and memories.
Most importantly: all of these advantages of minimalism for mums translate to a happier and less stressful life! A life in which you can enjoy your children, rather than just clean up after them!