The Minimalist Mom started as a place for me to document my family’s journey to a minimalist lifestyle. Fed up with clutter stealing our dollars and time, I took the plunge in September of 2010 and donated, sold and recycled five car loads worth of house wares, electronics, clothing and furniture. Months later my husband was offered an overseas job opportunity. We sold all of our furniture and donated another car load of belongings before moving.
Scary? Yes. Rewarding? Yes! We love the freedom and time living with less gives us. It’s presented job opportunities we would have otherwise missed, allowed us to pursue passion projects and made it possible for me to stay at home while our son is young. Not to mention how much it has cut down on one of my least favourite tasks: housework.
Minimalism continues to be one of the greatest gifts I have given myself and my family.
What can Minimalism give you?
- Time: less time cleaning, tidying, shopping, fretting. More time living, connecting, pursuing dreams and sleeping.
- Money: we have paid off $80,000 CDN in debt in just under two years. By far the biggest thing that has helped us beat debt was embracing a simpler lifestyle.
- Space: you don’t always need to move into a bigger home to get more space. Once we reduced what we owned we had spacious closets and rooms. And we didn’t have to increase our mortgage to get it!
Want to know more?
Here are some posts to get you started.
- Minimalism for the Masses: why everyone can benefit from a little, or a lot, of minimalism in their life.
- Donating 80% of my wardrobe: I still don’t regret donating a single thing!
- A Minimalist Guide to Baby Essentials: one of the most popular posts on this blog. Great comments from readers.
- Taming the Toy Box: how many toys and books does a toddler really need? It fluctuates but we’re now at about half of what is shown in this post.
- Not married to a Minimalist: some strategies if you think you can’t pare down because of a spouse/roommate/partner/kids.
- Car-free living: in November of 2010 we sold our car. We walk, use public transport and rent cars when needed. It saves us money and stress. It’s not for everyone but we’ve made choices about where and how we live to support this car-free lifestyle.
Have a look through the archives here for more inspiration and how-to. And if you’re ready to take the plunge, but want more guidance, there are some great books on my Tools and Reading page. You’ll find 2-3 new posts a week here on my blog.
Thanks for stopping by and good luck with your minimizing efforts. I promise it’s worth it!
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