When you think of decluttering, it may seem overwhelming. You have all this stuff. You’re not exactly sure how you’ve accumulated such an absurd amount of things, but you have. All you know now is that you need less stuff.
If there is one question I get asked more than any other, it’s “how do you find time to do it all?” And while I don’t have the perfect routine, I’m proud of what I’ve created through working hard on my time management over the last 10 years.
For three months out of the year, Friedrich-Engels-Bogen, a nursery in Munich, Germany, takes away all of their kids’ toys and leaves them with only tables, chairs, and a few blankets to play with. At first, this may seem cruel, but on second glance, it’s proven to be an effective way to encourage children to make their own fun.
Minimalism isn’t as much a state of being as it is a goal, but really, it’s a mindset most of all. Minimalism is the opposite of consumerism. It’s intentional ownership. You’ll find that most families who lean towards minimalism are slowly downsizing their life — removing the unimportant to make room for the important.
We’re a family of seven, so it’s hard for people to imagine that we do anything “minimally” or “lightly.” And of course, any time someone hears that we strive towards minimalism, we get the jokes about how we’re not minimalist when it comes to children.
How many things do you own? You probably have no idea, unless you’re weird or a minimalist who can actually count them. If getting rid of 5,000 things peaks your interest, you might just be a minimalist in the making. But before we dive into what it means to be a minimalist, let’s talk about what minimalism isn’t.