Let me start by saying this. Before I watched the Minimalism documentary (which btw, I normally really don’t like documentaries and refuse to watch them with my husband) I didn’t know much about minimalism besides a few things I’ve seen on the internet… Which made it seem more like a style and a fad (white walls, modern expensive furniture) than anything else. I thought it sounded dumb.
But by the 1st 20 minutes of the video, I was hooked, and we had already made our decision.
Very basic summary: Minimalism is about focusing less on materialistic things and more on family and experiences. That’s really the point. You can actually keep whatever you want, and there’s no set rules you have to follow. It’s not about the label. It’s just about intentionally thinking about everything you have, and asking yourself how much value each thing actually has to you. If it’s something that brings you joy, or you actually need it, keep it. But if you only have it because you would feel guilty getting rid of it, or because “it’s a set”, or because society has told you that you need it… Toss it.
You’d be surprised how much crap you have that you don’t really care about. And also how much impact that one thing might be having on your life.
Think of how much money you could save… Not just on impulse spending, but on subscriptions, DEBT, even monthly bills and utilities… Do you really need “unlimited everything”? Or that storage unit? Or DirecTV?
All of this stuff is designed to keep you inside. Entertained. Sheep.
Imagine if you got rid of everything… You would spend more time outside. Doing stuff! Isn’t that exactly what you want for your kids anyway?
Moms… Think of how much CLEANING you could cut out of your day… I know you’re scared to even let that tiny ray of hope enter your mind, but I’m being serious. If you could just cut your dishes and laundry in HALF, wouldn’t you jump on that? We’ve kept everything we need, and what we actually want to wear. We got rid of the things we only wore because they were there. We cut down on dishes by only keeping what we need for the day… Which means rinsing your cup and using it all day. Most of your dishes are in the sink because something else was already dirty. Think about that.
Also, the toys and clutter… At 7 months pregnant, I had really gotten fed up with picking stuff up off the floor. All. Day. Long. But since we have gotten rid of everything they don’t actually play with often, and everything else we didn’t need in the house… I have so much less to straighten up around the house. And it’s easier to get the kids to clean up their messes, too.
Not to mention, my house looks cleaner. It took a little while to get used to it looking so empty (compared to before)… But now it’s so relaxing. My office is bare, except for my desk and lamp (and the window). It’s my favorite room in the house. I’m taking that as a good sign.
A big problem today is, we live our lives looking too much at everyone else, and what they have… Instead of being content with what we have. We look at popular styles, home décor shows, how big our neighbors’ houses are… And we feel less because we don’t have what they have. We see buying new stuff and having MORE as a sign of success. And I’m tired of it. I don’t even like decorations… All the clutter on my counters has always bugged me. I’m finally giving myself permission to feel that way and get rid of it.
As for “minimalism”. It’s a lifestyle that lets you focus on what YOU want out of life, and not what anyone else says you should want. It’s more about experiences, teaching your kids what’s important in life. Letting them know that it’s okay to have hopes and dreams. It’s about LESS STRESS and less feeling so overwhelmed… And as a mom, with two kids and about to have a newborn baby… That’s the biggest thing for me.