How Minimalism Changed my Motherhood

 

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As many of you may know we are expecting another sweet girl in April, just a few short months away. In my mind a few short weeks away, birth fear 101.

We often get asked “How in the heck we are going to fit another baby into 600 sq. ft.?” The usual question is “when are you guys expanding your space?”

Well here’s the deal, we live in 600 sq. ft. with an attached shop, so if we had the money to do so we could expand, but we don’t. We also need the shop space to store our tractor and other ranch necessities. So we make it work and here’s how.

WE GOT RID OF MOST OF OUR STUFF.

And to be honest it feels fan-frickin-tastic.

To be quite honest Chad wasn’t on the minimalist train for a long time, but he has come around. He didn’t understand why we would get rid of all of this stuff that we had potentially purchased in the past or things people had given us. But I think for him seeing me stress less and be able to have more time to spend with our sweet babe makes it all worth it.

A couple of months ago Chad said to me “I don’t know if I’ve ever seen you just get down and play with Oak.” That statement right there… broke my heart. Because I play with her everyday all day while he’s away at work… but as soon as he is home I take advantage of the time to clean, organize and declutter. I never want to have him think that I don’t play with our sweet babe, I want him to witness us, doing things as a family daily and see mine and Oaks faces as we play the chase game and read books.

So for the last few months I have rid of EVEN more STUFF than I have in the previous year. WHY? because we just don’t need it. To this day over our minimalism journey I have not regretted ONE thing we have given away or sold.

That says ALOT.

Living minimally makes you love the things you possess instead of hating or despising them and JUST because someone gave you something does not mean you are obligated to keep it.

In our 600 square feet we have a total of one, yes one closet. It is 2×2 by 6 ft tall and houses our extra bed linens and Oaks toys that we rotate out and that’s it. There is nothing else to store in there because we don’t have anything to store.

Some of the things that I have noticed since we have rid of even more things are as follows:

Less Cleaning: It doesn’t take me nearly as long to clean our little home, even with animals coming in and out of the house because I don’t have nearly as many things to clean AROUND.

Love my Home: I love my little house so much more. At first I HATED it. I felt as though I had nowhere to store anything, I was always tripping over stuff. I went to bed every night despising all of the things I still had to do the next day. Now I walk into our home and love it.

Better Marriage: I have time to actually sit down for a while when Chad gets home from work and have a conversation with him, instead of running directly to the kitchen to start cleaning or working on my latest decluttering project. Better communication = better relationship.

Less Stress: As a few of you may know I struggle with anxiety and as it turns out one of the worst things to trigger anxiety is stress and a cluttered, overwhelming space automatically triggers stress.

Time: I have a lot more time to spend with my fur and feathered friends and play with my sweet babe.

Passion: With ridding of multiple things from our home I have found the time to live out some of my passions which are also self-care as a mama. I now have time to read, cook whole food meals for my family and I started an at home business inspired by our little lady for other littles handcrafted sewn goods, which also helps our family financially.

Keeping Up with the Joneses: We live in a world where everyone is so obsessed with social media and comparing themselves to others and it’s just not realistic. No one persons lifestyle is exactly the same as another’s. I have found that I don’t compare my life to others to anymore because it just doesn’t matter to me, because I am truly at peace with my life.

Happiness: I am truly happier, I see it in my overall health, stress levels relationships  and ultimately just wake up happier. Who wouldn’t want that?

If you want this in your life, your marriage or your motherhood I invite you to reach out to me. I will answer any questions I possibly can to help you go through motherhood with grace and ease.

All my love,

Laur

 

 

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