It was just another morning of groundhog day when I just SNAPPED. The grueling morning grind to get everyone ready and out the door in the morning was prematurely aging me. I was fed up with how long it took to find something for the kids to wear through mountains of outgrown clothes to find the ones that fit. I was tired of still wearing maternity undies and bras and clothes that didn’t’ make me feel like the woman I’ve become. I was housing possessions that were providing no value to our entire family and in turn creating a toxic vibe that played out like a domino effect.

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I became demotivated to do things because of the chaos it took simply to get out of the house.

I’d end up saying “fuck it” to making it in time for gym because what’s the point when creche only had 30 minutes left.

I then became cranky and would in turn project it onto the kids.

I was tired of opening cupboards that would store items waiting for an occasion to use.  We were desperate for space. Desperate to open a cupboard or enter a room and know exactly what we have in our home.

Clutter is nothing more than postponed decisions- Barbara Hemphill

So that day that I snapped, nothing was ever to be the same again. Anything that hadn’t been used or worn in 12 months was donated or sold. No joke, I took copious amounts of bags to Vinnies and the dump.

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One of many loads donated
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All the inside toys were sold and donated.

Throughout the house I was able to make over a thousand dollars on our local online classifieds of items that served no purpose in just 4 WEEKS. It was LIBERATING!!! Our house looks very bare, it’s as if we are starting from the ground up again and it feels AMAZING!!! The kids got a whole new wardrobe of everyday wear for $300 total (that’s for both of them!). Very little is needed to make a happy life.

What I know for sure is that when you de-clutter-whether it’s in your home, your head, or your heart- it is astounding what will flow into that space that will enrich you, your life and your family- Peter Walsh.

When you are overwhelmed, tired or stressed, the solution is always less. Get rid of something. Lots of somethings. Minimalization for me meant taking back control.

Benefits from living a minimal life?

  • It means more time spent on what’s really important.
  • Try to say “no” to things not because you are so busy, but because you don’t want to BE so busy.
  • Money is spent on things you actually need by knowing what you already have
  • Your daily routine is less chaotic and starts your day off on the right foot.
  • Cleaning becomes more manageable
  • Kids appreciate the toys they DO have by only giving them a basket each. This encourages them to play outside more, to take on responsibility for their toys and to pack them away.
  • If there’s no space for it, then your house is not the place for it.
  • Mental health- don’t just clear out “things” that no longer have a purpose, clear out shitty thoughts that have no place in your head. Clear out friendship circles that drain you, become toxic, negative and gossipy.

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