Minimalism. If you watched the documentary I’m certain you donated half your home as I did when you finished watching. While the show moved me, a few days later I realized the level of minimalism portrayed isn’t something I can truly keep up with (even though I respect it). That’s when I gave up. I gave up on living with less after just a few days and fell back into my old habits of buying things I truly didn’t need… more specifically things my children truly didn’t need.
This topic will send me into a flurry of emotion. I like things, I love giving my children things. What I love more than that is giving my children and myself experiences that can’t be measured by any type of item. Ever buy something because you want to hold onto a memory? Those shot glasses from Mexico are still collecting dust, y’all.
The day I cried in the playroom. One afternoon while cleaning up yet another very large mess of toys I stopped and balled. Full on can’t catch your breath cry. I looked around and saw so many things my children don’t play with, things other children would dream to play with, and most importantly too many things in a small space. I allowed the tears to flow and once I was done I made a bold statement out loud; a commitment to myself and to my family.
We will experience things in life in capacities that can’t be matched by things. We will buy less things and only things that bring joy into our home. We will bring items into our home that serve a purpose and limit toys. We will spend our funds on experiences and home necessities, not pure wants.
This isn’t something that happened overnight and I DO impulse buy for the children occasionally. I’m not perfect. What’s important is my bold statement still stands in the front which means I return items or go home to donate additional items after a purchase. I’ve gotten SO much better and we truly live a life full of experiences.
To break myself out of this habit I very slowly cleaned, decluttered, and updated each room in our home.
I’m thankful for the day I cried in the playroom and the joy it in return brought to our home.
If you’re interested in cleaning, decluttering, and updating your home to start your live with less to experience more sign up for my newsletter here and send me a message on Instagram anytime. I created a 2-part super simple (not fancy or pretty) printable that goes room by room to help you declutter while cleaning. Think of it as a cleaning list with room to make notes on the things you need to repair and the things you don’t truly need. A healthy home list of sorts. It helped me and continues to help me to live by a guide and list making techniques.