Monday, November 12, 2018

Minimalism with Kids

Minimalism seems to be a daunting and overwhelming task. I remember my sister calling me that they will be heading to a minimalism journey and I was GENUINELY impressed. They have a huge house, so it seems like accumulating stuff is easy. However, I recently asked her if they were able to keep that lifestyle. Unfortunately, they did fall off the wagon. Consistency and self-discipline are two significant keys to minimalism.

I have purchased a book on Amazon, Spark Joy by Marie Kondo  (An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up (The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up). I read all the reviews that suggested to start with her first book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing but I did not, I went ahead and read the Spark joy.

I really like the concept and it just makes sense, keeping things that bring us joy. I love how detailed the book is, as far as where to begin the task. When I would declutter before I would start by area. I never thought about starting the task per category.




I have also watched "Minimalism" on Netflix. I was impressed with the dedication, discipline, and commitment. It just makes sense, too much stuff surrounding us is OVERWHELMING. It is not just the material things, it is the overload of information, social media connectedness, and the lack of simplicity.

How about with kids? How do we do minimalism with kids? We only have two girls but I can truthfully say that this is an area that I still struggle with. I am willing though to give our house a zen. A sense of peace and tranquility. We only have a small space and everything have its own place. BUT it's just too much! Few weeks ago, I started in the bathroom just because I couldn't take it anymore. It felt like the doors were closing in with the abundance of our bathroom products. Can you believe that a family of four has 11 lip balms? I was amazed by how much hair accessories our kids have. Then, i wondered, it all costs us money. It would have been nice if that money was kept in our wallet instead of sitting under the sink.

We are still in the middle of this journey. Minimalism by not mindlessly getting rid of stuff but keeping the things that brings us happiness. Minimalism by living within our means and realizing that being content is a state of mind and heart. Minimalism by being grateful for the essential and useful things in our house.

Here's our practical guide as you embark on your own journey:

1. Involve the kids
 It is their toys, their clothes, shoes, and books. Let them know that we are just gong to pass it along to those who will need it and will pass the joy that the things brought us. We don't want them to feel resentment that we are too quick to get rid of their possessions.

2. Think every purchases.
This may be too much for some but trust me, it will be a habit. Before you buy another pair of shoes or a vase. Ask yourself? Is it really important? How many do I really have? (how many shoes?) Will this be a smart purchase or I just have an urge to buy because you want to feel happy?

3.Keep  or have things that are multipurpose.
Maybe an ottoman that serves as a footrest and storage too?

4.Keep in mind that minimalism will set  you free.
Your time will be spent on each other instead of cleaning all the time.

5.It is a process. Be patient.
It will not happen overnight. While you are in the process of minimalism, control the urge to shop. Keep in mind that you can control your spending and purchasing habits. More money in your bank? Hell yeah.

6. Invest in memories instead of things
How about saving for a family trip that will bring great memories for your kids.

7. Love is not shown in stuff.
Parenting guilt is real. We will mess up and we will learn from it but we can not coat our shortcomings by giving them more stuff.

8. Do not push your conviction to others.
While it is really tempting to preach and share about your journey, some people may not find minimalism beneficial. And that is okay! Keep your eye in your journey, sooner or late you will reap the benefits and inspire others!

9. Remember that minimalism is not just about stuff.
We can be minimalist in several ways, minimizing time spent on social media or minimizing our time spent on overthinking and unhealthy thoughts.

10. Lead by example.
We can not teach our kids about simplicity if they do not have good role models.




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