This shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone anymore but I absolutely love being a part of the minimalist movement. When we first started downsizing over a year ago, I started seeking out other like-minded people. I read books, joined Facebook groups and watched tiny house documentaries. What I like to call The Minimalist Diet is really an entirely new, less stress way of living and I adore it. However, like I do with most things in my life, I found a way to add stress. Yes, the less-stress way of living, I made extremely stress-full. So how do you downsize and start minimalism with going overboard? How do you keep a clutter free home when you still have items you want to purchase? I have the answer to all these questions. How you can create a peaceful, minimalist environment and still keep “stuff” in your life.
Mindfulness is on the rise these days and for good reason. Being mindful throughout your day can set the tone for your entire week. More often than not, most people’s fears and stresses are about things that have already happened or may be happening in the future. We tend to panic so much about things that are actually not happening in our present moment. Mindfulness means being fully aware of the now, living entirely in the moment, and being fully aware of everything around you and everything you’re feeling. This can help reduce stress immensely. It brings you fully into the present moment instead of letting your mind wander into the past or future. I am a firm believer in kick-starting mindfulness first thing in the morning. That’s why I compiled this list: Morning Mindfulness: How to Reduce Stress Before Getting out of Bed. It sounds like a lot of work, but really, there are some simple ways to start your day mindfully.
I won’t lie, the biggest reason behind our downsize was because I got so sick of cleaning a big house. See the full story on our family’s downsize. When we moved into our smaller home I was determined to make this house feel like a home in every possible way. Because I feel better in a clean, crisp, clutter-free environment, that meant doing my best to make sure my home was well maintained at all times. Like any flawed human beings, I’m not always perfect at this, but I have created 5 really simple habits that help keep a clean house every day and I want to share them with you.
Most minimalist parents strive to find a happy medium when it comes to their kids’ toy clutter. They want their kids to be kids but don’t think having hundreds of toys is the way to go. So how do you create a minimalist home with less toys and more creativity? Here are some practical, simple to execute strategies for building a more creative play environment for your kids.
One of the biggest misconceptions about the minimalist movement is that you need to live with less everything. Including clothing. But, what if there was a way for a minimalist who loves clothes to still enjoy their minimalist lifestyle without sacrificing their style? Well, there is. There are 5 really awesome ways actually.