In 2016, I shared how I found minimalism — and all the benefits it brought to me and my family. Now, five years later, my husband and I have three kids, two dogs, and the same small house . . . and we have actually maintained a minimalist lifestyle.
To review, the benefits I enjoy because of our minimalist lifestyle include:
- More Room: Decluttering made our home feel bigger, cozier, and as the sanctuary, it should be.
- More Time: I don’t spend hours every week cleaning, organizing, putting things away, and choosing what to wear.
- More Money: It’s easy to save money when you are simply not spending it!
- More Happiness: I’m less anxious in an orderly environment with less stuff around.
Over the last five years, I have found a new community online to keep me motivated and tips on managing all of our things. This youtuber has great videos on keeping your home minimal . . . and keeping kid toys and clothes manageable.
I still have a capsule wardrobe, which makes it so easy to get ready in the chaotic mornings. I’ve saved a lot of money buying less. I also always try to find items used at local thrift stores before I buy new.
I shared my story of buying almost everything used for a year and created an Instagram page to share my thrift store scores, hopefully motivating others to not only shop second-hand but to make sure your unneeded items end up in good hands — and out of the landfill.
It is amazing how beneficial being a minimalist has been to my life, saving us time, money, and making life easier —an essential when you have a chaotic, five-person household like ours.
Do you follow the minimalist lifestyle? Share your tips!