“Love people and use things, because the opposite never works.” -Ryan Nicodemus, The Minimalists
So picture this…an 806 square foot house, 2 bedrooms…1 itty bitty bathroom. A tiny kitchen, and a living room big enough for a couch, chair and tv. Add in two fluffy white dogs, two adult humans, and one tiny little human (and all the giant bouncers and play mats he enjoys!)
Welcome to my home!
Since we live in such small quarters, it’s very easy for clutter to stress me out. I basically clean my whole house, every. live. long. day. Which is totally okay…because if you know me, you know I like to clean, and I may possibly be good at it…but sometimes I’m a very tired momma and have no desire to clean.
Clutter equals stress, and stress is bad; feeling like I need to constantly be cleaning up after everyone takes away from the important things in life, like spending time loving and playing with and raising my son, or spending time with my husband (the very limited time we get together)…and if one dirty sock is laying on the floor, my stress level rises…ain’t nobody got time for that! (FRIENDS fans…think Monica Geller…)
So a little while ago, my best friend introduced me to KonMari (get the app for a decluttering checklist!) and I recently introduced myself to The Minimalists (if you have Netflix, their “Minimalism: The Documentary” is on there and it’s incredible- you won’t regret spending the time to watch it!) If you haven’t heard of either, let me suggest that you click on those links and check them out. They are both the simple idea of getting rid of your junk for a more meaningful and happy life. If it doesn’t spark joy, get rid of it! Less is more, people! Stuff won’t make you happy, trust me.
The first thing my husband said to me after I finished watching that documentary… “please just don’t go overboard getting rid of everything.”
He knows me.
And if you know me, you know I don’t like stuff, so if it was only me living in my house, I would have next to nothing filling my rooms.
I’m not nearly done with my decluttering journey, but what I have accomplished is awesome (I wish I had before and after pictures for you!) Let me tell you though, it is a process, I’ve gone through the same things a couple times before adding them to the donate bags. With the new year fast approaching, I might challenge myself to get rid of one thing a day, or play the minimalist game. OR, here is a great checklist to get you started.
Let me tell you how incredible it feels to have less stuff! It feels happier, and more joyful, and brighter, and much less stressful! I know where things are! There is organization in the junk drawer! The dresser drawers actually close now! I have less to take care of and clean up, which means I have more time to be a mom!
We live in a crazy consumer world…have you heard of Black Friday?? If you have any desire to declutter your home (and stop buying more stuff), this will also help you financially! Save that money you would spend on consumer purchases for experiences or helping others or just saving.
Have fun tidying and then enjoy motherhood a little more. ❤ share with me any experiences you’ve had becoming a minimalist mom/household.