I want to raise minimalist kids because I want my kids to feel the freedom and overwhelm that I feel as a mom with less stuff. Family Minimalism it starts with you.

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I know when I heard the idea of minimalism I thought ya easy for single people. Theses “minimalists” don’t have kids.

If it was just me hey no problem sell and get rid of all myself and travel the world which my belongings in a back pack! No problem! Sign me up!

Oh ya, except for the fact I have 3 little kids.

Kids that love toys, who don’t value a clean space over fun and stuff everywhere. Kids who leave behind SO MUCH laundry, and dishes, and crumbs, and crafts OH THE CRAFTS!!!

Through this 15 month journey of minimalism I have gotten rid of many things. At first my kids were not on board but now I hear them say things like “mom let’s donate this” “mom we don’t need that.”

So how did we get to that point?

Spend twice as much time on your kids then you do money. That is a great place to start. The more time you spend with your kids you will find the less money you will need to spend on them.  That is what they want anyways.

If you want to implement minimalism as a family then you need to understand it starts with you. Don’t use the fact that your husband and kids will never be on board as a barrier. There is so much freedom on the other side of freeing youself from excess and clutter.

Families after all are the ones who will benefit from minimalism the most. Because of the way it can change relationships and time spent. I dare to say minimalism means more to a family then a single person or couple. But let’s be real it will benefit us all.

I used the fact that I had young kids as an excuse for clutter and mess for far too long. When I realized it had to start with me thats when things started to change.

I started.

I went room by room. Then I want room by room again and again and every round I made through my house the easier it was to get rid of things and the freedom just kept coming.

This blog for an example. I love working on this blog, I love connecting with other moms. I have big goals and dreams for this blog as an opportunity for financial and location freedom so that I can provide for and travel with my family.

I have so much more time now to work on it because I don’t spend all the time cleaning and managing my stuff.

I have more time to play with my kids because I don’t spend all day cleaning and managing stuff.

I have more quality time with my husband because I don’t have to spend all day cleaning in order for a baby sitter to come over without me feeling embarrassed of my mess!

I have time to focus on what really matters in life. Our culture has it so wrong. What’s that saying “we work to buy things we can’t afford to impress people we don’t really like?”

So if you are starting off on a minimalism journey of your own and you want to experience the freedom and positive mind space that comes from minimizing then here are some practical tips you can follow.

If you want to get started with minimalism in your family and see all the freedom and benefits it gives you then this is where I recommend you start. It can be overwhelming to start and you are not going to get through it all in one day. It took me just under a year to finally feel like my house was truly minimized.

Are you craving the freedom of living with less stuff? Are you wondering what minimalism would look like in your family? How do you even get started with minimalism?