Decluttering the toys as part of a minimalist, simpler life is one of the best things I ever did. It created more time and less stress for me, and my children learnt to develop imaginative and creative games with the toys they did have, rather than being overwhelmed and overstimulated by too much choice. But, how do you know which toys to keep and which to get rid of? In this post I explain a bit more about minimalism, kids and the types of toys I don’t declutter.
Minimalism looks different for everyone. Whether you’re young and single or juggle a busy family, Minimalism and decluttering have huge benefits. Check out this post for some of my favourite best books on Minimalism and how to simplify your life. You can learn about different perspectives and be inspired to try it for yourself!
Toys are one of the things that drove me crazy before I decluttered our home. They would somehow find their way into every room and I’d be forever moving and tidying them, picking them up or stepping over them. When I decluttered the toys I thought my kids would complain and ask me where they all went. But they didn’t and it turned out to be one of the best things I ever did! Check out this post for 11 ways your children can benefit when you declutter the toys.
Some people love to shop and others hate it. I love the idea of shopping but hate it when I’m actually there. Different people have different reactions to shopping, but none of us can really deny that the shops know exactly how to draw us in, market and advertise their products and make it seem near impossible for us to live without whatever it is they are trying to sell us. For those of us who aspire to a minimalist, simpler lifestyle but find it difficult to say no and easily give in to temptation then here’s a quick guide to Minimalism and shopping – 18 ways to shop with intention.
Many people find it difficult to declutter and minimalise their stuff and some rooms in your home or types of things are definitely easier to declutter than others. Sentimental items that bring back memories or belong to someone you love, are particularly difficult and is an area where a lot of people get stuck. If you need help, then check out this post on how to declutter your sentimental items.
My children love creating artwork, anything from drawings and paintings to junk modelling with cardboard boxes and endless Lego constructions. I love them all and would like to keep everything but it’s not realistic. Check out this article so you can read my ideas on what to do when you’re buried under your children’s artwork…
Minimalism is about getting rid of the things in your life that you no longer need, want or value so that you can make room for the things which bring you joy and purpose. More than just a simple declutter, this post explains how Minimalism can bring huge unexpected and life-changing benefits to you and your family.
There’s a common assumption that Minimalism means you should get rid of your belongings and live a simple, uncluttered life with as few possessions as possible. Whilst decluttering comes with benefits, it’s important that we realise Minimalism is a lifestyle that should reflect what’s important to you. If you want, need or love something and it adds value to your life then don’t worry! I hope this post will help you understand about practical, every day Minimalism and why you should break the rule sometimes!
It doesn’t matter if you’re a total convert to the benefits of Minimalism or whether you’re new to the whole thing and just finding your feet. Living in the same home as others who aren’t quite as keen on the lifestyle or haven’t yet discovered what a difference it can make, can be a frustrating thing. Check out this post on what to do if you’re the only Minimalist in the house.