What is Minimalism, and how do I incorporate it in to my life?
This time last year, I was in a really rough season in my life. I was feeling overwhelmed with motherhood. So much so that I didn’t know how to catch a break, and wanted to escape from the reality I was calling life. I wasn’t enjoying time with my family, was lethargic, and felt completely disconnected from my kids and myself. Day to day chores like doing the laundry, cooking dinner and cleaning the house seemed like huge tasks that were taking up all of my time and energy, and didn’t seem to end. My days were packed full of trying to please everyone, saying “yes” to everything, and running myself in to the ground.
I hit a breaking point, and was admitted to a Mother and Baby unit for 4 days to hit “reset” on my life. It was around this time when my journey with minimalism really began. I was digging deep in to personal development, reading lots of books and blogs, and listening to podcasts in an attempt to get my life back on track. I’d heard of minimalism through Canna Campbell from SugarMamma.TV, and then it came up again in Gretchen Rubin’s book, The Happiness Project (which I highly recommend). It wasn’t, however, until I stumbled across The Purposeful Home podcast that I really understood how I could incorporate minimalism into my life as a stay at home mum and homemaker.
So, “What is minimalism?” I hear you asking?
According to Joshua Becker, “Minimalism is intentionality… it is the intentional promotion of the things we most value and the removal of everything that distracts us from it”. Minimalism, to me, is keeping and engaging with only the things that bring joy or serve a purpose. At the beginning of this year, rather than setting “New Years Resolutions”, I chose the word “conscious” to guide my goals and achievements for the year. I wanted to be a more conscious partner and mother, consciously consume and consciously dispose of waste, be more conscious of how much time I was spending procrastinating, consciously attract like-minded people in to my life, consciously remove those who were toxic and detrimental to my mental health and consciously have a positive impact on the world. I needed to be living a more abundant life, but in order to do that I first needed to make space for abundance to occur. I needed to be wiser with where I was spending my time and energy, and direct it to what mattered most. Minimalism, was the tool which allowed me to do this.
How do I implement it in my life as a “busy” stay at home mum and homemaker?
Minimalism has an impact on every aspect of my life. From our wardrobes, to our fridge and pantry, our car, our household items, the way we decorate the house, the kids toys, the relationships I keep, my time on social media, my work and the way I deal with my mental health. I began very small and simple, and once I started to incorporate minimalism in to the more obvious aspects of my life, it started to influence every decision that I made. Living a minimalistic life has been like a breath of fresh air for me. It’s allowed me to recognise and step in to the person that I want to be, and live the life that I want to live. Minimalism was one of the tools that literally pulled me from the darkest moment of my life, and it’s been onwards and upwards from there ever since.
I look forward to sharing with you more in-depth details on my take on how to incorporate minimalism in to your life! Please note that all of the people I have referenced to above, have been credited in a hyperlink on their name. Make sure you check them out, as they are a wealth of knowledge on the matter.
Check out my Pinterest board on Minimalism for more inspiration: HERE.
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