The last New Year’s Resolution that I made was to not get behind on laundry. Hahahahahaha…..hahahahahaha.
#1. I hate laundry. It’s my least favorite household chore.
#2. Was I drunk when I decided that?
#3. I failed.
For 2019 I wanted something refreshing and freeing. I read a post not long ago where a lady talked about how minimizing wasn’t just referring to the clutter in your house; it refers to all those emails on your phone, those obnoxious red circle notifications on your apps, toxic relationships and acquaintances. Clutter in your home, in your car, in your phone and your brain.
I have over 20k emails on my phone (no that’s not a typo).
I have those little red circles on probably half of my apps.
I have still inventory from my failed business filling my basement.
Too many toys fill every single room in our house and all the boys play with are Legos, Play Doh, Kinetic Sand and anything else crafty and creative. I filled two big garbage bags full of blankets and we still have more than enough. I have tote after tote filled with toys that we had multiple of, that the boys never played with or I felt like they could part with. I have so much more to go through but I already am starting to feel “free”.
I’m not sure why we fall so easily into the consumerism trap, and unfortunately I’m guilty of it since my 2019 resolution is to minimize. My cousin told me you don’t need something if it doesn’t add value to your life. I truthfully think of that all the time now. What really gives my life value? Is it 15 Peppa Pig toys, a ridiculous amount of blankets, 5 different kinds of failed eczema cream that I’ve kept JUST IN CASE? Or the one I’m still shaking my head over is how the heck we ended up with four Mr. Potato Heads but somehow don’t have enough limbs for them.
What I’ve learned in my short time working toward my new resolution is that I’m not only decluttering and minimizing for myself, I’m doing it for my family too. The boys don’t need an endless amount of toys as they often become confused and overwhelmed when given so many options of toys to play with. I can’t make a decision, so how can I expect my child to when he has way too many toys to choose from?
I’ve compiled a list of a few of my favorite items to help with minimizing our lives this 2019 year. If you decide to minimize with me; I encourage you to try some of these items! Read the book, swap out decor, keep things that make you happy and discard things that do not. Remember, things aren’t what truly making us happy inside. Instead it’s the feeling of sitting in a room you designed and decorated and that feels like home to you, most importantly surrounded by the people you love the most.
Join me in my 2019 New Year’s Resolution. Let’s clean out the clutter and organize what matters to us in our home. Come minimize with me!
Note: Click the corresponding numbers under the gift guide to link you to the products! What items are essential for you to stay organized and tidy?