MINIMALISM…….It is a word that used to bring to mind for me – empty rooms, empty walls, calm interiors, white everything.
For a few months I have been minimising our belongings …………and not to create the image I have described above. But for personal reasons. I have been feeling increasingly overwhelmed with ‘things’. Now I will admit to searching for things to buy and things to covet, I fell into the trap of wanting to keep up with the “Jones’s” (aka the ‘elite’ of IG and the people whose homes ended up in glossy magazines – and by the way I am not dissing on these lucky souls ! I just cant afford to even TRY to keep up with them!) And I am not talking about big ticket items necessarily, but clothing, that perfect white wall, the handbag, the new cookware you get my drift……
I believe that everyone has their own personal definition of minimalism, I adore absolute ‘visual’ minimalism however that is never going to happen in our home of 5 (nor do I want it too) For me it was purging all of the excess from everywhere within our home, the places you could and could not see, so that I could feel lighter (and believe me this actually happens….)
Take this space our hallway……..
We painted it a few months ago and it used to have photos hanging in different sized frame all down one side and I was forever searching for a piece of furniture (with the correct dimensions) to fit at the end so I could have a surface to put ‘stuff’ on……I never put the photos back up and I have decided this is far better for my soul – it looking like this. Plus I am never having to tell Beck ‘NO’ as he reaches for something that may hurt him or be concerned that something may get broken. The piece of furniture I did find (A jimmy stand) is now a perfect addition to our playroom !
The kitchen has been a bone of contention for me for a while! Our home is only 92m2 and half our home is our kitchen/living area. If something in our kitchen wasn’t being used it couldn’t stay and I had far too many spaces not being utilised properly. I cleared out 2 banana boxes of things from our kitchen that I didn’t use and donated them to the Salvation Army store. This cupboard below was FULL of plastic containers (if you follow my IG and my FB you will know I am not into that!!) so I have slowly built up my storage of glass containers to replace them and this is what I am left with ! It is more than enough for us. The stainless steel one is the one that comes out with us as a lunchbox for the children and the glass ones are freezer/microwave/dishwasher safe from the Warehouse
It feels so calm now compared to before !
Another side of minimalism that I wanted to embrace and bring into our lives was reducing the amount of chemicals and store bought cleaners that we use in our home. I have never been shy about singing my praises for Figgy & Co Everything to clean our home is now a natural cleaner (I have just tonight ordered the Dishwasher Bundle as we have just run out of our normal chemical filled product……) I cant wait to feel better about this too !!
I have also ditched the bottle in the bathroom and we use both Ethique and Dirty Hippie in place of chemical filled shampoo and conditioner that comes in plastic bottles. I got rid of masses of half used products and cleared my bathroom cabinet down to this (in the photo below) + my make up bag and it’s contents of course !
The kids have a playroom and I have purged many toys from their collection and taken them to the Salvation Army (and to Grandma and Grandads place….as we spend a bit of time there too) I have kept the wooden and soft toys that we love (with the exception of Lego which is played with regularly). My children play SO much better with less choice – they are not overwhelmed and can concentrate on one activity for a longer period of time and this is great for them! We also have limited the television watching to 25 mins every two days. I have seen a MASSIVE difference in them both with limiting the screen time to this, I recommend it for your own sanity ! It literally took Cora ONE day to adjust to the lack of foreign stimuli and she is so much better off for the lack of it ! She is far easier to parent, she finds it easier to self entertain and is kinder to her brother ! Win, win, win!
If you would like any info on anything I have posted about here, feel free to post questions here, or flick me a message on FB or an DM on IG. I am a member of a couple of FB minimalist groups which I have found to be fantstic motivation and great sounding boards for the minimalistic approach ! It comes naturally to some lucky souls but some of us need a hand 😁 I have found a lot of peace in minimising my home and I love knowing exactly what we have and where it is !!