Moderate Minimalism

Minimalism and simple living have interested me for a long time.

As a wife to a talented, handsome, creative man who enjoys many hobbies (& also happens to be a bit of a collector) and soon-to-be mama to a brand new baby girl, staunch minimalism isn’t realistic for us right now.

So, we compromise.

We adopt a lifestyle of moderate minimalism.

what is moderate minimalism?

For us, moderate minimalism means having what we need to survive, but also enjoying a little bit beyond that. It means adapting to our life as it changes and adopting a slow purge process as we learn what we truly need, as well as what we really don’t.

It means we’re new parents, so no, we don’t know exactly what we will and won’t need or use for our baby yet. Every baby is different, and as much as I’d like to think I can scrape by with the bare minimum (without losing my mind, that is), I also know I’ve never done this parenting thing before. So I need to be open minded. I need to be prepared. I need to learn what works best for my family without succumbing to guilt or trying to force a lifestyle that isn’t ideal for us right now.

It means sometimes we’ll have a few more onesies in the closet than we really need, maybe some countertop clutter that I don’t have time to sift through at the moment.

But it also means I’m giving myself the grace and space I need to find the right balance for our family.

It means our process of minimizing isn’t happening in a day or even a week. It’s happening over time, as we grow as a family and adapt to big changes brought by tiny people.

It means I eliminate excess where I can, but I don’t drive myself crazy over it.

How do I practice moderate minimalism?

As much as I’d like to sell or give away half of our belongings right now, I can’t. Not without adding unnecessary stress to my husband’s life or uprooting systems that are currently working for our family. Yes, we have a little more than the bare minimum. But that’s okay.

Instead, I’m doing things like:

  • Removing five items of clothing for every new item I purchase
  • Going digital where possible to cut back on paper clutter
  • Eliminating little odds & ends from our home that no longer serve or inspire us (they might serve or inspire someone else instead!)
  • Creating a flexible daily schedule that helps keep me on track but also has room for adjustments

Moderate minimalism isn’t just about physical belongings. It’s also about creating space in a day or routine. Mental space. Room for flexibility. Gaps in our schedule that allow us to exist at a slower pace instead of rushing around from one commitment to the next.

It’s about saying no wherever necessary so we have more room to think, breathe, and just be.

I don’t want anything I write on this blog to set unrealistic or unattainable standards. For us, it’s about moderation. It’s about compromise.

Sometimes it’s about having a perfectly organized, minimized, color-coded closet. Sometimes it’s just about putting the laundry away (after it’s been sitting on the floor for three days).

Sometimes it’s about making cupcakes from scratch using organic, gluten-free almond flour and coconut oil. Sometimes it’s about buying a tray of pre-made cupcakes from the grocery store because I don’t have time or energy for anything else. (Both are okay, by the way.)

Moderate minimalism is meant to make our lives simpler, not more stressful. 

That’s what I want for this blog, too. To provide ideas, options, and insights that will make your life easier and simpler, not more stressful.

I think all of our to-do lists could stand to shrink a little bit, don’t you?

Simple living is possible. It’s not out of your reach, and you don’t have to be the perfect wife, mom, or employee to achieve it.

All you need to do is adjust your expectations a little bit and learn to balance.

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