Renee Cook, founder at Rhythms + Grace Blog
Once upon a time, I was drowning in piles. Piles of laundry, piles of toys, piles of clutter.
With 2 kids under 3 and a 3rd on the way, I was waddling around toys, stepping on toys I couldn’t see under my belly, and tired of “mom brain.”
I chalked it up to the pregnancy, but my brain felt crazy. Why couldn’t I remember what I came into a room for?
And why did I feel like I was cleaning all the time, yet the house was always messy? I had tried some decluttering and organizing here and there, but I just couldn’t get a handle on things.
Then came the great bead incident of 2016. Long story short, my 2 year old dumped out an entire, humongous container of teeny tiny beads that 4 year old had received as a gift. The baby was crying instead of napping again, and I shouted, “Pick them up or I’m throwing them all away!!!!” (Not my finest parenting moment.)
My highly-compliant-mommy-pleasing 4 year old burst into tears, “Please don’t throw them away, Mommy, I love all of them!” She was frantically trying to clean them up while her 2 year old was laughing and not helping. And I was basically in tears. Now 3 out of the 4 of us were crying and I just wanted to crawl into a hole and eat cake because motherhood is hard sometimes.
Sometimes, becoming a pseudo-minimalist of sorts seems like it was gradual. (And no, I don’t mean the 1-outfit-owning-only-2-chairs-black-and-white-everything type of minimalist you might be picturing.)
While a lot of our decluttering and shifting our routines has been gradual, that bead spill was the turning point.
I started on a journey of evaluating everything we owned. Did it serve a purpose, or was it just there to be moved around or piled on top of? Did I really want this home decor item or just grab it because it was on clearance?
This journey has led places I didn’t expect.
- My kids play for hours on end together, at home.
- I don’t spend all day cleaning up after everyone… which has left space and time for things I’ve always wanted to do!
- We’ve saved SO much money approaching our buying habits in a different way.
- My brain is less cluttered and our household needs happen somewhat on autopilot with me managing loosely, but not buried under piles of stress and to-do lists.
And on and on.
I hesitate to use the word “minimalism,” because I know what you might think when you hear that word. And it’s not me! And it’s probably not you either!
My site is about helping YOU love your family & home life.
I want you to feel peace & happiness in your home.
I want you to enjoy your kids’ little years, not just walk around cleaning up behind them.
I want you to not feel like your brain is always overwhelmed and keeping track of 100,362 things at once.
That is life uncluttered.
The secret to getting there? Well… I explain it more in this free workbook! Grab your copy and let’s get started on figuring out how YOU can experience more peace & happiness with your family & at home.