5 Ways Minimalism Saves The Modern Mother
I recently watched the second to last episode of Girls , an HBO TV Series. For those of you unaware, it’s a modern, raw version of Sex and the City. Hannah, the main character was interviewing for an incredible teaching opportunity, all while being 6 months pregnant. The interviewer had no cares about her pregnancy. Instead she was elated. She sees Hannah’s pregnancy as an asset.
“Young mothers are bliss! They have an enormous belief in themselves. There is nothing that can stop her, only opportunity to learn from her.”
Those weren’t her exact words, but it’s what I heard. As a young, ambitious mother, I identify with Hannah. I too was ready to take on the world completely unaware of the demands coming my way, but believing I was ready for them all. I knew little about raising humans and absolutely nothing about minimalism. Fast forward two years, me and my little human are utterly wonderful, and we have minimalism to thank.
Today, mothers are beginning to embrace their valuable attributes, and use them to become great business owners, leaders, and conquerors. With these vast new opportunities, there’s less time to be the traditional homemaker that every little girl once thought she was supposed to be.
As mothers, we work in two shifts. When a mother gets home from her money-making job, she comes home to start her household job. Being able to balance cooking, cleaning, bathing, helping with homework, and more has moms more overwhelmed than ever. We’re doing a lot without making room for it. There’s only 24 hours in a single day, with only one life to live. So the question is:
How should you spend it?
5 Reasons Minimalism Saves the Modern Mother
1| More time to invest in yourself.
Many mothers are limited by the title, mom, but we are so much more. We are dancers, writers, comedians, executives, therapists, hikers, sculptors, artists. Minimalism gives you mental space to explore your many sides. Add that to the free time that’s now available to act on developing them, and all the possessions you gave up become worth it.
2| Improve your mental well-being.
Managing an overwhelming volume of possessions “was such a crushing problem in many homes that it actually elevated levels of stress hormones for mothers” It’s not uncommon for new mothers to struggle with the responsibility of maintaining ahome. Many are suffering in silence, afraid to be judged and scared of what it all means. Minimalism forces you to take a hard look at what you need in life to be satisfied. Which is a lot less than you think. Although our male counterparts have stepped-up in the household arena, the bulk of it still lies with the mother. Using minimalist principles to declutter your home can decrease your stress. That alone will save you time and time again.
3| Less Time Spent Cleaning!
Many have settled into the discomfort of their clutter. But just because everyone lives that way doesn’t mean you must. There is a choice:
a. Live amongst your mess.
b. Spend nearly every spare minute clearing your mess.
c. Own only what you need so hardly no time is spent cleaning and more time is spent living.
Either way, the choice is 100% yours.
4| Making your home your sanctuary.
Allow your home to be what it was created for, an armor from the world’s chaos. Do you enjoy your home? Are you able to kick your feet up and relax once you walk through the door? Are you proud of what you see? For many, the home becomes work, another project to manage before bed. Minimalism cuts down on the managing so there’s more time enjoying your surroundings.
5| More time to connect with those that matters most.
Minimalism is not solely about owning less, but about freeing up time to do things you care about. It’s no secret that to gain something, you must let go of something else. You’re replacing one thing for another. A life of minimalism does just that, replaces time wasted with quality time.
Some of you may think that minimalism isn’t for you. Or, fear what it would take to move from one extreme to another. If that’s the case, is what you’re doing now working in your favor? Every mother deserves to live the life they dreamed of before motherhood. Save yourself by making room for it.
Melissa Harris, professional organizer, mother, freedom seeker and owner of The Feel Free Club, a minimalist organizing company based in Atlanta, Ga. Melissa’s soul mission is to live more, with less to do, less to think about and less to manage. You can catch her dishing out organizing tips on Feel Free TV or sharing honest motherhood moments on her blog or IG. Either way, she’s inspiring you to crush the chaos and find your freedom.