Minimalism: “A tool that can help you find freedom.” – The Minimalists
I’m not going to lie our house is cluttered to the max of things we don’t use, don’t need and don’t find beautiful. It’s almost suffocating how much stuff there really is in every room. We aren’t past the point of being hoarders, but between the 4 of us, the baby items for the new addition that’s arriving in February, and items for my nursery school things have definitely taken over the house.
So, we have decided to begin our Minimalism journey. I have been reading and researching minimalism for a few weeks now, but I wasn’t sure how the hubby would react. On Dec 15th, we watched the documentary by The Minimalists called Minimalism and he was intrigued. Fast forward a few days and here we are well on our way to becoming minimalist.
We live in a small 3 bedroom home and this makes the clutter even worse. Our bedrooms are all spoken for by people and things. We need less things, so we can fit more people in our house. Our 5th family member makes his grand appearance in about 6 weeks. Eek… maybe it’s the nesting, but we had to get this house in order to make room for him.
We started the next weekend by decluttering our house. I started immediately in my daughter’s room. She will be sharing storage and play space with our little Bear and honestly her room was taken over by unused clothes and the dreaded toys. We have been truly blessed with baby clothing that was given to us by friends and families with baby girls and we ended up with an over abundance of clothing.
Overall, I removed 9 bags of both baby girl and baby boy clothing from her room and countless toys. I downsized both Bear’s and Scout’s current wardrobe. This helped immensely. I decided to donate the clothing to a local trip to help other mamas and babies who needs them.
*Be on the lookout for a future how-to blog on how I minimalized the kids bedroom and set capsule wardrobes for them.
Now that their bedroom is complete we can start moving on to the other rooms, the garage, and our closets. I’ll be sharing our journey to becoming Minimalists right here.
Here’s a sneak peak of what we have done so far…
So far this has been the best decision for our family. I feel SO much better and I know the kiddos probably feel it too. Not to mention our house looks better and it’s easier to clean. A win-win in my book.
Want to know more about our journey? Follow along here.
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I’m Melissa Dow, M.ED. I am a wife, mama of 2 and a bonus mama of 1. A former public school educator with 7 years of experience in both special education and general education who is on a new journey to help parents guide their children to uncover their true passions in order to find their life purpose. I love spending time out in nature whether hiking, running, camping, canoeing or just playing in our backyard (aka our outdoor classroom). I also enjoy reading, learning new things, organic gardening and creating our a simple life.