Is It Possible To Be A Minimalist With Kids?

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“Your home is a living space, not a storage space.

-Francine Jay


Ever thought of becoming a minimalist to avoid the stress caused by having too much stuff? Ever talked yourself out of that dream because you have kids? Luckily for you, it is possible to be a minimalist with a house full of little ones! Minimalism isn’t a one-size-fits all method, it is a mindset. It is a shift in thought and a lack of attachment to physical items. Without this attachment, minimalism can take place.

But there are toys everywhere!

I get it, trust me, I do. With a two year old who has more toys than I will ever care to count and a fiancé that likes to buy things just for the sake of buying them, I understand this completely. But hear me out – being a minimalist doesn’t have to equal a complete purge of your home. If that’s the route you’d like to take, go for it! For me, though, it’s about what I am bringing into my home, more than what’s already here. The majority of the purchases I make are intentional. Unfortunately, I have another adult who can spend money freely and a child who gets presents from family more often than not, so I am not in complete control of what comes into our home. I am, though, in control of what I bring into the home. I am in control of decreasing what others bring into the home, even if I can’t completely stop it.

The benefits of minimalism

The benefits of minimalism are endless. From decreasing the amount of stuff that needs to be kept clean and tidy, to clearing our minds of the clutter.


A good place to start

As I previously mentioned, minimalism is a mindset shift. Without changing up your thinking on material items, you’ll never make a change within your home. Ask yourself a few questions when buying new things:

Is this a complete necessity?

How will this benefit me in the long run, not just today?

Is this worth my hard-earned money?

Is this item high quality, and will it last over time?

These simple questions can help you determine whether or not an item is worth bringing into your home. If you answer “no” to any of them, you should probably just empty your cart and move on. This doesn’t just apply to your personal belongings – take these questions into consideration with your kids’ stuff, too.

The all-mighty purge

If you’d like to rid your home of the excess to get yourself into a good mindset – go for it! Whatever floats your boat, mama. Chances are, your kid has way too many toys, you have five-too-many pairs of shoes, and the hubs has some sort of collection that can be minimized, too. Take advantage of this epic purge and make some money off your no longer wanted items. Start room by room to decrease the chances of becoming overwhelmed. Tackle a small project every weekend to get in the groove of things – clean out the pantry one day; take on the kids clothes the next. Minimalism is not a race, it’s a marathon.

“Edit your life frequently and ruthlessly.

It’s your masterpiece after all.”

-Nathan W. Morris

How to get your family on board

So you’ve changed your mindset and have purged the house of all the unnecessary toys, knick knacks, and clutter. Now what? To be completely honest, getting the other members of your family on board with your minimalism may not be the easiest feat. But it is worth a shot. Explain the benefits of minimalism to the adults in your home, and if your children are old enough, explain it to them, too. Be clear with your intentions of practicing minimalism (less clutter and static in life, being more frugal and intentional with purchases, etc) so everyone understands your side of things.

While minimalism is a lifestyle choice, it is not completely black and white. It is very possible to be somewhat minimalistic. Having a minimalist mindset with kids can be a reality if you teach them the reasons behind your minimalism and be the example every single day. It can seem overwhelming at first to tackle the mounds of toys and get your family members on board, but with patience, persistence, and a positive mindset, minimalism can quickly enter your loud, crazy, kid-filled home!

Have you taken the first steps to becoming a minimalist today?