If you’re a mom with little ones at home, struggling to keep up with house work, etc… this blog post is for you. I am excited to share with you my thoughts on minimalism for moms, and why its necessary.
Since becoming a mom…
I quickly have learned, time doesn’t flow freely like it used to. It honestly amazes me how much time I used to waste before I had babies. With two under two, the season I’m in is a very self-less one. Caring for two adorable, very needy beings, who expect me all day everyday to meet their needs, leaves me with very little free time. Moreover, with that free time I don’t want to spend it cleaning or picking up endless amounts of toys, I want to get other priorites done. This is where minimalism for moms begins.
What Does Minimalism Mean?
Merriam Webster’s dictionary puts it simply: : “a style or technique (as in music, literature, or design) that is characterized by extreme spareness and simplicity.” I love the last part, which resonates with my understanding of minimalism: “extreme spareness and simplicity.” This is what attracted me to this lifestyle the most. Can you picture a home with that definition? What if your home met that description? What would that look like? Does it evoke peace in your mind, or a stress free atmosphere? This is what minimalism for moms looks like when you start with your own definition of minimalism. What do you crave the most in your home when it comes to simplifying? Define that, and make it happen.
Simplifying Your Home
Simplifying my home, is the first place I like to start when I feel overwhelmed by all the housework. Decluttering plates, silverware (I talk about this one here, and the five things to declutter for the New Year), mugs, clothes, toys, etc… Anything weighing you down the most, needs the most decluttering. If you feel like you have endless amounts of laundry, then you probably have too many clothes. If your kids get out a ton of toys within ten minutes and are no longer playing with them, its time to get rid of some. Toy rotation is a great option too. This is part of defining what minimalism for moms means to you. What are you the most overwhelmed by? Whatever it is, it needs the most simplifying in order for you to gain back time for the bigger priorities or hobbys you want to work on.
Making Time for Yourself
Making time for myself has been something that I need on a daily/weekly basis. When I’m constantly caring for my children I can become very drained by the end of the day, feeling I have nothing left to give my husband. Especially, being an introvert I naturally have to navigate how to conserve/use my energy wisely. You’re probably asking where this minimalism for moms comes in at, well its simple. When you decide how/what you want to spend your energy on and the inventory you want to keep up with throughout your home, you quickly realize creating/finding simplicity around you is what is really important.
Why Minimalism for Moms is Necessary
When I am constantly overwhlemed by clutter, cleaning, laundry, dishes, etc… I don’t have the best attitude with my family. I feel like I need to be cleaning in my free time/during naptime to keep up with everything. This is why minimalism is so important to me. It helps me decrease the amount of time I’m spending on cleaning/chores, because there is less inventory throughout my home to take care of/keep up with. Therefore helping me manage my time wisely throughout the day. During nap times I no longer do house work, I get my work done for YouTube/blogging, etc… When the babies wake up, I stop my work and care for them. And when hubby gets home I have a way better attitude because I feel I managed my time and energy well throughout the day. Minimalism for moms is very necessary in our day in age, especially with the very overstimulating world we live in. Minimalism can look very different to everyone, and thats okay. You have to define what minimalism looks like for you and your needs, and create that simplicity in your home.
Great article! I started with getting rid of extra dishes and my kitchen is much more manageable. Now my real challenge is clothing and the endless laundry pile . . . Step by step!
Thank you! Aw yes thats great! That makes a world of diffrence in your home!
This is so true! I found that if I just carve out a little bit of time to sit and do something quiet for myself (usually knitting) I’m much more energized.
I love that! It definitely makes a huge difference!
Beautiful photos and a great reminder. One of my goals for the year is to think about my daily annoyances and get them out of my life! If there is a toy that’s not played with, but always all over the floor – Gone! Something that annoys me and needs repalced, just do it already!
Thank you! And amen sister! You got it right for sure! I am the same way!
Love this post! I feel the same about clutter. I feel like I can relax and be more productive when I have less clutter, less things to clean and can allow more time for my family and my self. Very inspiring post!
Yes I totally agree! Thank you for the sweet comment!
So much of this post spoke to me! I am also an introvert, and momma of two. My sons are ages 4 & 2 and especially after the holidays our home is feeling overwhelming with the amount of stuff that has accumulated. Recently I have been driven to donate and cut down on our belongings, and this post just spoke to me so deeply. Thank you!
Aww I’m so glad it spoke to you and was inspiring! The holidays are definately overwhelming sometimes! Thank you so much for stopping by!