“May your coffee be strong and the nap time long.”-quote on Pinterest
What a journey.
Motherhood is the most exhausting, rewarding, frustrating and magical thing I have ever done in my life. Hands down.
Some days, I really have it together and everything goes smoothly and I end the day with a smile on my face. Other days, the house looks like a bomb went off, no one listens to me and I hide under the covers at the end of the day with dark chocolate and wine.
Just for the record, dark chocolate always makes me feel better.
Embracing a more minimal and simple lifestyle has changed more aspects of my life than I ever thought possible.
But do you want to know where I saw the biggest improvement? As a mother.
I am not ashamed to admit that a few months ago I was drowning. Drowning in obligations. In clutter. In things to do around the house and the expectations I put on myself to be the best Mom ever. In toys and dishes and all the things that motherhood entails.
Minimalism was the change I needed to make as a Mom.
Through this blog, I have had the opportunity to connect with other Moms from all over who are also looking for a change and after watching Tidying Up with Marie Kondo on Netflix like the rest of the world, a lot of women are embracing the decluttering process and organizing their spaces.
By the way, I totally watched the show and immediately refolded all of the clothes in the house and couldn’t stop asking myself ‘what sparks joy.’
On the other hand, I have also heard from so many people that are skeptical and don’t believe that minimalism is possible for them or will change their journey as a Mom.
There are so many reasons why Moms benefit from minimalism. If you have been considering embracing minimalism and changing your life as a Mom, I want to share with you a few of the benefits you will find with a more simple life!
Less clutter = less stress.
When I first started researching minimalism, I honestly didn’t believe that less clutter would have anything to do with my emotional and mental state. I was wrong. So, so wrong.
As soon as I started getting rid of the clutter in our home, I immediately saw a positive change. I mean, immediately. It made me want to do it even more. It is definitely a work in progress but I can absolutely, 100%, confirm that as the clutter has left my life I have felt so much less stress.
If you only do one thing that resembles minimalism, go through your house and your life and declutter. I promise you, you will see a difference.
More time with what matters.
It is so easy to get caught up in all of the obligations and chores of motherhood that we forget to cherish and focus on those little moments that matter more than we could ever know. For me, I was always so busy and forgot to even have a meaningful conversation with my daughter or my husband during the day.
With minimalism, my life has become simplified. I am not nearly as busy as I was before and have made it a point to slow down and be more present with my family. That is what matters. Those moments.
More down time.
Since embracing minimalism and simple living, one of the things I have become more intentional about is my time. Our time is so precious, especially with our little ones, and it goes so fast. Faster than I ever thought was possible.
Time by ourselves, doing things that we love and are interested in, is one thing that I have wanted to add to my life but literally could never find the time for. (Ironic, right?) With less clutter and less things to do, I have finally found that time. In fact, some days I have so much down time that I don’t even know what to do with myself. It has literally changed me as a Mom!
We have more time to play, more time to play board games and more time to sit down together and just be.
Less to clean.
With less clutter and less “things” around the home, including toys, books, decor and more, there is inevitably less to clean. Less to dust. Less to pick up at the end of the day. Less on your plate.
I have found myself spending so much less time cleaning the house and picking up toys at the end of the day which is so refreshing and has in itself lowered my stress level.
Last week, I wrote a post about the things I have stopped buying since embracing minimalism. Aside from feeling stressed and overwhelmed and craving a big change in my life, one of the reasons I needed to cut back was because of finances. My husband and I live in a very strict budget and started exploring ways to cut expenses and save some money.
Since starting on this journey of minimalism, I can honestly say that I spend maybe 1/4 of the money I used to. I don’t go shopping for things I don’t need or want to replace in my home. I cook at home more and rarely do we eat out anymore. Overall, our finances are better than they have been in years and this is all thanks to minimalism.
A happier and more content you.
The peace that I have felt with minimalism is indescribable. This peace and contentment has in turn changed the way I parent my daughter and the kind of wife I am to my husband.
I am not the same person I was eight months ago. I have found so much happiness and have learned to be grateful for the beautiful little life I have, even on those days where parenting is so, so hard. I am able to find the happy moments of even the worst days and I couldn’t do that before becoming a minimalist.
My friend, if you are feeling stuck. If you feel like you are desperate for a change but don’t know what to do, I would love to talk to you about minimalism. I would love to share with you my experience and help you find this peace in your motherhood journey. E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let’s chat!