Moms need minimalism to lower the stress levels in the house and keep their sanity. Being a mom is one of the most rewarding yet challenging jobs in the world. It requires a lot of time, energy, and patience.
With all the responsibilities that come with motherhood, it’s easy to become overwhelmed and overburdened. That is why moms need minimalism. Many of motherhoods most common problems can be reduced or eliminated by implementing minimalism.
Why Should Moms Care About Minimalism?
Minimalism is the practice of simplifying your life and removing unnecessary clutter and distractions. It’s about focusing on what’s truly important and letting go of things that don’t serve you.
Social pressure to fit into a specific parenting mold is an all consuming lifestyle for moms. One day you’ll look around and see that your life is perfectly curated based on what others expect from you. What is missing is your own desires, ideas, and choices.
Moms especially fall into the trap of believing they want the life everyone expects from them. Everyone tells you this pre-determined set of circumstances, things, and outcomes will make you happy. So you chase those goals relentlessly. Sadly, it is usually only after you achieve everything, it dawns on you that you still aren’t happy.
The Benefits of Simplifying Your Life
Stripping away all the distractions can help you gain clarity and perspective on your life.
Here are eight reasons why moms can benefit from minimalism:
#1 More Time
By decluttering your home and life, you free up time and energy that you can then spend with your family. You won’t be bogged down by chores or distractions, allowing you to focus on the people and experiences that matter most.
You may not realize how many times you put off spending time with your child because you “just” have to do this one thing. Over the weekend you “just” have to clean the kitchen or you “just” have to get some yard work done. Reducing the number of things that take up your time is priceless.
#2 Improved Mental Health
Minimalism has been shown to reduce stress and improve mental health. By getting rid of unnecessary items and distractions, you reduce the clutter in your life and create a sense of peace and calm.
If you’ve been following my blog of any amount of time you may know that one of my non-negotiables is creating a calm life. It’s difficult to describe the amount of pressure stuff puts on your life. You only really feel the effects of the stress once you relieve the pressure. It took a lot of mental work to maintain that lifestyle that you had created for yourself.
#3 Financial Security
Adopting minimalism can also help improve your financial health. By reducing your spending and focusing on what’s important, you can save money and reduce debt. This can help you feel more in control of your finances and therefore reduce stress.
Your minimalism journey can also create a source of income. Once you re-adjust your mindset with new definitions of necessities and luxuries a brand new financial situation will emerge. While I don’t believe you can budget your way out of an income problem, I know there are many expenditures an average person considers essential, which are truly not important.
#4 Increased Creativity
Incorporating minimalism also has a tendency to boost your creativity. By reducing distractions and clutter, you free up mental space and allow your mind to wander and explore new ideas.
All of a sudden the way you’ve always done things don’t seem like the only way. World schooling, creating a sustainable garden, living without a vehicle, or starting your own business start to look far more possible. Once you get out of the survival tunnel vision, your mind starts spinning with options.
#5 Improved Physical Health
You might be shocked to learn of the connection between physical health and minimalism. Your new lifestyle reduces stress and improves sleep thereby resetting hormones that have long been out of whack. You will feel more energized and ready to tackle each day.
Plus, because of your re-claimed time there are more hours in a typical day to incorporate a physical fitness routine. You’ve always said if you had more time you’d be more likely to workout and be mindful about your nutrition. That more time has been created as a result of your minimalist lifestyle.
#6 Increased Productivity
Moms need minimalism because it will eliminate excuses. You’ll be able to get more done in less time, leaving you with more time to enjoy life. Resources are more easily accessible, time is not being occupied by frivolous things, and your mental clarity is ready to take on new challenges.
Procrastination is a symptom of many different problems. Lack of clarity on the trajectory of your life is one of the reasons people don’t complete what they set out to complete. However, now that you’ve found minimalism, you know what you want and how to get it. Distractions have been eliminated and you have nothing else to do except carry out the task at hand.
#7 Better Organization
There will never be enough organization to solve all the issues of a normal suburban household. But, by decluttering your home and life, you can create a more streamlined existence as a minimalist. A minimalist can maintain organization systems in a way that is virtually impossible in a typical home.
Embrace the concept of empty space. Leave ample shelf, drawer, and cabinet space completely empty. In the areas you do have items stored, ensure each item is easily accessible.
#8 Renewed Purpose
Use minimalism to help you discover your purpose. By simplifying your life and focusing on what’s truly important, you can better understand what you want from life and what truly matters to you.
The problem with moms is not that they spend too much time thinking about themselves, it’s that they absolutely never think about themselves. A moms entire existence becomes about what she’s supposed to do or expected to do or what society says she has to do.
Moms never stop and block out that noise to focus on what they actually want. And even if they think their wishes are coming from their internal desires, peeling back the layers always reveals the goals are people pleasing and disconnected from their true desires.
Do Moms Need Minimalism?
Moms absolutely need minimalism. Minimalism is a tool that gives moms permission to not follow the rules of society and instead focus on their internal truths. Everything a mom does is for her children. But, the one thing she doesn’t do is live a truly authentic life.
It’s hard for moms to hear that they could be doing more for their kids, because they already feel like they to everything for them. Minimalism is not about doing more for your kids, it is about doing the right things for your kids. Less is more. Focused is better.
Moms don’t need to die for their kids, they need to truly live. The best gift you can give your kid is to be the happiest version of yourself. Minimalism is the tool to find that happiness buried deep inside.