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Why Minimalism Is The Missing Link For Millennial Moms

The struggle of being a millennial mom is real.

We experience constant noise about so many different topics it can make a mama’s head spin.

Topics like the effects of too much screen time, how damaging sun rays actually are, why parenting techniques our parents used are psychologically damaging, and I’m scared to even mention the vax/non-vax debate for fear of someone’s panties getting in a bunch and yelling at me.

These are just a few topics that millennial moms are bombarded with on a daily basis.

Then there’s the constant pressure of everyone telling you what your kids “need” or how you “should” be parenting. Typically from people who mean well but really don’t even know what they’re talking about.

And people wonder why postpartum depression is so very common for new moms.

In a generation that has all the things, resources, and is connected more than any other time in history, I hope to offer some insight on one thing millennial moms are truly missing and how you can find freedom by harnessing the power of it.

Why Minimalism Is The Missing Link For Millennial Moms

Less = More ……except when…Less = Less

Confused? Good. That’s what it’s like trying to be a millennial mom.

Let me explain……

Less Blocked Out In Your Schedule = More Time To Actually Live

Keep white space in your calendar.

If you are not intentional on keeping space open, you will end up spending all day rushing kids from school, to sports practice, eating on the go, birthday parties, play dates and really never end up spending quality time with your kids.

Not to mention by the end of the week your house will be trashed and you’ll have mountains of laundry to catch up on.

Less Stuff = Less Cleaning

When we moved from out 1900sqft home and to a tiny 850sft home, It became very clear to me how much stuff we had that we didn’t need. We decluttered and donated a significant amount of stuff and it was so incredibly freeing.

It cut my cleaning in half. Now I can spend that time with the kids or working on my blog.

Create a decluttering plan and be diligent about implementing systems that enable you to spend time doing things you love rather than constantly trying to get caught up on laundry.

Less Obligations = More Flexibility

Especially if you are a new mom, learn to be very picky about what you say yes and commit to. It is so easy to feel obligated to be everything to everyone.

Remember that every time you say yes to something, you are saying to no to something else.

Less Friends = Less Drama + Quality Friendships

If there is one thing mom life has taught me, it’s that grade school really never ends. Avoid at all cost the mean moms, flakey moms, and always bringing drama into your life moms.

You are wasting time and energy that has probably already been sucked out of you by your kids.

Focus on relationships that build you up, and challenge you to be a better person.

As always in life, quality > quantity

Less Of Other People Opinions = More Peace Of Mind

“Don’t let the noise of other people’s opinions drown out your inner voice”


Steve Jobs

I cannot tell you how many times I had a gut feeling about something involving one of my kids and well-meaning people pointed me in the complete opposite direction.

Become very focused on making decisions based off of what is right for you and your family. Not what other people might think.

This is incredibly hard to do as a mama, but so very important.

Less Clothes = Less Laundry

Two words…… Capsule Wardrobe.

I’m not an expert at this but I have started implementing it with all of our clothes and it has made life so much easier.

Each season when I purchase clothing, I try to purchase items that are almost all interchangeable. It cuts laundry in half and makes it way easier to get everyone’s clothes laid out each day.

Minimalism is about keeping life SIMPLE ON PURPOSE.

If you become intentional about every single item you bring into your home, guarded about what you choose to say yes to, create a capsule wardrobe, care less about what people think, and choose your friends wisely, I think you will begin to agree that Minimalism Is The Missing Link For Millennial Moms.

Xoxo
Colleen

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2 Comments

  • Micah Fisher

    Colleen!

    I love your post and your blog! I’m so glad I took the time to come over and take a look.

    All of these tips are fabulous. When you said, “Keep white space in your calendar.” I was like Y E S. So many people I know, young moms especially, have their calendars packed corner to corner. It’s so important to leave that space and time for life. The same thing about having fewer obligations = more flexibility! It’s so hard to think like that in a day and age where busyness is so celebrated as higher living.

    The one question I have is that it says above you moved from a 19sqft home to an 850sqft…this is a typo, yeah? I’m guessing you moved from a 1900 sq ft? Anyway, so curious about your home now! Are you living in an apartment? Sorry for all the questions! I am so in love with the idea of going smaller than our current 1000+sqft place.

    Really enjoying your blog, keep up the wonderful work!

    Thank you!
    Micah

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