Minimalism is a lifestyle (not a decor style) that focuses on reducing the amount of physical and mental clutter in a person’s life. Minimalists surround themselves with only the things they need and love. Minimalism isn’t a magical solution to a better life but it can alleviate those who want to create a simpler life for their family. Here are some tips on how to be a minimalist family.
The Benefits of a Minimalist Lifestyle for Families
There are so many benefits of being a minimalist family. Families who live in a simpler way can experience more gratitude, less stress, and a life in which they are able to save more money or at least spend money on things that make them happy like travel or entertainment.
How to Be More Mindful Towards Your Purchases as a Family
One aspect of being a minimalist family is mindful purchases. There are a few ways families can tackle this topic. First, it’s important not to overspend or get caught up in the latest fashion or electronic trends. Before you decide to purchase anything, take stock of what you have. This includes going through any storage you have, and checking the back of closets and the attic!
Another thing that you need to keep in mind is that you should only buy what you truly need. This may seem like common sense and even a bit obvious, but you would be surprised how many people we know who can’t seem to grasp this concept. A lot of people think that if they get rid of some of their stuff, they will be more able to purchase more things. However, that is not true and only leads to a life of excess and excess clutter.
Minimalism in Kid’s Rooms
If you have kids, it’s essential to keep their spaces uncluttered. Minimalist bedrooms and toy rooms can spark creativity and calmness. Here’s the thing, I’m not talking about stark ugly rooms that look like prisons. I’m speaking about tidy rooms that have a home for every item in them.
Look for items of clothing or toys that are well-made and will last. It’s so important to have proper storage and organization for kids’ rooms and to surround them with quality items you don’t have to replace constantly.
Children who are educated on the minimalist lifestyle and live it with their parents learn that they don’t need STUFF to be happy. My kids know that they won’t get everything they ask for and if we do purchase items they desire, they need to donate 1-2 things to create space for that new item.
Ditch your digital subscriptions
When was the last time you took a look at all your digital subscriptions? For example, you can cancel your gym membership if you don’t use it enough to justify the cost. You can also cancel your Netflix subscription if you don’t plan to watch as much as you paid for. Remember the key to minimalism is keeping the things that you use and love. So if you haven’t even opened the Netflix app in months but love your Disney+ subscription, get rid of the Netflix one. You can always resubscribe later if you find you miss the content!
The same goes for any other subscriptions you may have. For example, maybe you used to get your newspaper delivered once a day but you don’t really read it anymore. If you don’t need the paper anymore, you can cancel it without having to pay for the subscription.
Don’t have more than one of something
Another tip to help you become a minimalist family is to try not to have more than one item of the same thing. For example, if you have a vintage record player, you can’t have more than one record player. If you have a guitar, you can’t have another guitar.
This will help you keep your living space more organized and make sure you don’t have an excess of the same thing. This will also help you save money when you are shopping for something new because you won’t need to purchase multiple copies of the same thing.
Conclusion: How Living a More Minimalistic Life Can Improve the Quality of Life for All Members of the Family
If you want to be a minimalist family, you need to start by being selective. You must decide what you really need and from there, you need to make sure to only buy what you need. There are many ways to help yourself when it comes to budgeting, but the best way is by being intentional and keeping clutter out of your life as much as possible.
Doing these things will help you get rid of excess stuff that is not serving you in any way. It will also help you find peace in your life and have more space in your home for important things, like loved ones, hobbies, and a clean floor to walk on.