Adding a tiny person to a tiny living space is no a small deal. These days, everyone is all about minimalising and un-complicating their lives, but can anyone be a minimalist mom? Not all of us can cloth diaper our babies and cut our waste down to the minimum, but we can all strive to make better choices. Here are some tips for moms looking to embrace their inner minimalist.
Minimalist mom tips
Start with the small things
Pick one thing that bugs you. Perhaps it’s your baby’s overflowing diaper bag. Focus on that one small thing and try minimalising it. Remove everything you don’t really need and only pack the bare essentials. If you can stick to the habit for a week, you can minimalise the next small thing.
If you don’t love it, don’t own it
Being a minimalist mom is all about removing unnecessary things from your life. If you own things that are taking up physical or emotional space and don’t have significant meaning, get rid of it. This applies to everything from baby binkies to your own bedsheets. When you have fewer things that are special to you, you’ll learn to appreciate your belongings more.
Tackle the kitchen
The kitchen is where most of the things in your home go to die. Remember that ice cream maker you got as a wedding gift that’s still in its box? Or how about that juicer you never use because you’ve got a multi-purpose food processor on the kitchen counter? Hanging onto those things with the hopes of “one day” using them is simply a waste of space and a strain on your efforts of being a minimalist mom.
Make a habit of cleaning out
Go through your baby and house stuff at least four times a year and get rid of anything you don’t use regularly or doesn’t go with the image you have in mind for your living space with kids. The best times for this is after birthday parties and the holidays. Once you see the actual amount of things you do need in your lives, you and your kids will come to appreciate your things even more.
Always plan for tomorrow
You can start instilling your minimalist way of living in your kids from an early age. Teach them that they don’t need to buy stuff just because they’ve got the money to do so. As your kids mature, demonstrate restraint by setting a great example that not every trip to the store requires a full-blown shopping spree. Teach them that even though they might want something, if they don’t need it, it’s better to skip it altogether.