10 Ways Simplifying has Changed my Life
Simplifying has changed my life is so many ways. In the past year, I have intentionally simplified our family life, our home, our schedules and my motherhood. We still have a long way to go, but I just have to share how simplifying has benefited our family.
I have listened to podcasts, read books, and “Pinterested” way too many articles on simplifying and minimalism. I first started implementing strategies after listening to Allie Casazza’s podcast. Game changer. It wasn’t a new concept to me, but it really gave me the practical advice I needed. You’ll want to follow Allie. Her knowledge and wisdom has been instrumental in my motherhood and marriage. Emily Ley has also been a great wealth of knowledge. She is raising three kids and rockin’ being a business owner and a mom. Her book, A Simplified Life, has some of the most practical advice I’ve ever read! It was a great addition to our simplifying process. Keep reading to see 10 ways simplifying has changed my life!
I always thought that because we didn’t have a lot of stuff, we were living simple. We have a small home and live frugally. But here’s the deal. We did have a lot of stuff! I just didn’t realize it because it was usually tucked away. If you were to come by to visit about a year ago, there would be a 50/50 chance that you were about to walk into a toddler tornado, or a mostly tidy and clean home. I cleaned when I could, and when our schedule allowed. If I had a few days of just staying home, I would clean consistently. If our calendar was full for a few days, the house was let go. It wasn’t terrible, but I always found myself wishing I could get a system down that would simplify our home and cleaning process.
Turns out, there is a way. I’ve learned a lot from my research, but also from practicing these things in my own life. One things I try my best to live by is something that Emily Ley talks about in her Book, A Simplified Life: only keep the best, the necessary and your favorite. This was the foundation for my simplifying and decluttering process.
Here are a few ways simplifying has changed my life:
- I spend less time cleaning. It’s incredible. I thought to have a clean home I would literally have to be cleaning all the time. That or hire someone. Not the case at all. Since we have gotten rid of the things we don’t need, there is not as much laundry, dirty dishes or overflow of stuff lying around. Things can’t pile up like they used to because we only have what we need. Which means there is not as much laundry or dishes to wash. I’ll go into this more on the practical post I’ll be making soon!
- It gave my kids the opportunity to give. My girls are only 3.5 and 2 years old. But those girls LOVE to give. They love helping and I want to foster that as they grow. My two year old can’t quite understand, but I’ll explain to them that there are other kids in need that don’t have a lot to play with, and since we have extra, we can share our toys with them. It’s hard to explain, but when my three year old understands the why behind this process, she is so excited to be a part of it.
- It simplified my cleaning process. Emily Ley recommends doing a load of laundry a day. We don’t have quite enough for that, but we have implemented doing a load every other day. I try to throw in a load in the washer in the morning and fold it as soon as it’s done so it’s not weighing me down. Incorporating this into our schedule is key. I am not perfect at it, but I try if at all possible to be consistent. When I have to do the more time consuming tasks like mopping and vacuuming, I include the girls when I can. Sometimes they have to find ways to keep themselves busy, but when they are included they feel such a sense of accomplishment. They just can’t wait to tell Daddy about it!
- Our home is more peaceful. My goal from day one of starting a family has been to cultivate a peaceful home. I am in better spirits when things are clean. My husband and myself both feel less stressed when the house is in order. We slowly added things like picking up after ourself every time into our everyday. It may take more time at the moment, but it saves SO much time at the end of the day.
- It is consistent. Most of the time. There are definitely times when life happens and things are thrown off. But it makes it so much easier to play catch up when you’re just picking up from a few days of busy, rather than weeks of things piling up. Being as consistent as possible is key to keeping things simple.
- I am a happier Mom. When I first became a mom, I kept hearing “It’s ok, the dishes can wait. Enjoy the moment.” And I 100% agree with this. I cherish moments with my babes everyday. But it doesn’t mean that we don’t ever clean. I realized that I am happier and I am a better mom when things around me are in order. And that’s ok. The dishes can wait, but not forever.
- Simplifying gives us room to enjoy our everyday. It allows for the things that matter. If we want to spontaneously go somewhere, it doesn’t stress me out anymore because we are not drowning in mess.
- Routines and structure work best for kids. It’s a chance for me to teach them how to keep a home. They know that before we move on to our next activity, we have to pick up the one we just finished. When I first implemented these things, there was a lot of push back. After a lot of repetition, they have finally caught on and most of the time it is not a fight. They know that this is how we do things in our home.
- It became easier to say “no.” I’ve never been much of a shopper, but after we decluttered, it made me realize that I only need to purchase something if I absolutely love it. I want to surround myself with things that are life-giving and make my home better. The same goes for toys and clothes. A few questions I ask myself: Do we need it? Do I love it? Is there room for it? Before I purchase it, I have to answer yes to all of these.
- Everything has it’s place. No more “junk piles.” Raise your hand if you have a junk pile by your back door. We still struggle with this, but are definitely getting better. If I notice a pile starting, I try to jump on it as soon as I can so it doesn’t get out of control.
I try to use the decluttering and simplifying process to glorify God. God has given me a family and I want to take care of them as best as I can. I look at cleaning and organizing as a way of giving to my family.
These may seems like little things, and by themselves they are! But if you can start to slowly implement them in your home, they will really make a difference! I am very passionate about how this has changed our life, so if you have any questions at all please let me know through the Contact tab! Thanks so much for reading. Good luck simplifying!
I’ll be doing a practical post soon on how I simplified and decluttered. Be on the look out! In the mean time, read this book!!!
Update! Here is the practical post: 10 Ways to Simplify Your Life This Week