Minimalist Family Life – Spring Updates

Today I am sharing a day in our minimalist family life.  I started out my day with our regular morning routine.  We all wake up really early, have breakfast, and Grant leaves for work.  Here is a post I did all about our simple morning routine and 5 tips to stay productive.

 

Minimalist Morning Routine

Before I head into the kitchen for breakfast, I like to do as much tidying as possible.  I always make my bed the moment I get up, wash my face, and tidy up the bathroom.

The goal is to never leave a room unless it is tidied.

As I walk around I pick up anything that is out of place or left on the floor.  My final task ( I don’t do it every day) is to do a quick clean of the boy’s room. 

This is usually picking up any clothes and pulling up the covers on their beds.  Now I know I can head into the breakfast routine with confidence

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RELATED: 5 Simple Morning Routine Tips

After breakfast, I clean up the dishes and get dressed (if I haven’t already). Usually, my living room is pretty clean from the night before, but if it isn’t this is when I would put things away.  I also throw something together for Emmett’s lunch.  We are then out the door to drop him off at school.

While Emmett is learning at school, I am getting things done with (my younger son) Calvin.  If I need to go grocery shopping or any other errands this is when I would do them.  It is so much easier to get the shopping done with one child.  If we don’t have to go anywhere then we just head home to play.

 

Saving Money

Today I was so thankful I had made a cup of coffee in my to-go cup!  I always make my own coffee at home to save money, but it can also save time.  As we were driving back from the store I saw there were about 30 cars waiting in the Starbuck drive-through.

We put the groceries away and I got to work on some Spring updates around my home.

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Minimalist Spring Updates

One new thing that we are trying out is some Eco Toilet paper from the Grove Collaborative.  You can (affiliate link) click HERE to check it out and get a free gift with purchase.  So far I am loving everything we use from the Grove Collaborative.

Today I ironed all of the new curtains I purchased from Ikea. 

We currently have blinds in our bedroom, but so much light still gets through!  So I found some affordable white curtains from Ikea that look awesome and solve our problem.

Decluttering and minimalism has changed the way I look at my home and the way I shop for my home. 

Minimalism has made me realize I want to make my home exactly how I want it and to quit waiting for the perfect time to do something.

 

RELATED: 25 THINGS TO DECLUTTER IN YOUR BEDROOM

When we first moved into our home we made a few necessary updates, but then we slowed down on the updating. 

Maybe I felt we would move before long, but it turns out we have been living here for six years!  There is a fine line with home updates.

I know this isn’t our forever home, but I also know we could be living here for another five or more years.  I have decided we are going to make updates on what will improve our way of living. 

For instance, we are installing overhead lights, right now.  This will allow us to declutter all the little lamps.

These types of updates make our lives better and they will make the value of our home go up too.

Minimalist Family Life - Spring Updates

 

Office/ Guest Room

We also turned our second bedroom into a multipurpose office and guest room.  After a ton of decluttering, I realized our boys can share a room which allowed us to have an office room. 

We have a guest coming to visit in July and we are going to have to finish the few changes that we have started on that room.

The goal is to have a place that someone can come and visit us, but when it’s just us we will have a place to be creative.  We can work on art or homework and have a fun hangout area.

Room goals; a fresh coat of paint, new closet, add a rug, add a pull-out couch, and decorate.

 

Lunch Time

Calvin who is two usually naps in the afternoon, but today he fell asleep early! 

Don’t you hate when they accidentally fall asleep!  The big problem is his nap will be short.

Since Calvin took an early nap, I pushed lunch to after we pick up Emmett from school and decided to get some writing done. 

As a stay-at-home mom, I have to use my time wisely.  Anytime that the kids are happily playing or sleeping is my time to try to work on my projects.

 

Minimalist Family Life & Decluttering

I thought when we became minimalist I would never clean again! 

Well, the joke was on me LOL.  While minimalism will definitely help with the ease of cleaning it doesn’t mean you don’t have to clean.

We do have a home for every item in our house, but I find with kids a lot of things are pulled out and not put back. 

Personally, I don’t want to spend my entire life cleaning up and this is why I choose to declutter our whole house.

CONSIDER ADDRESSING THE CLUTTER IN YOUR HOME.  SOMETIMES ORGANIZING JUST ISN’T ENOUGH.  I WANT TO HELP YOU GAIN SOME TIME TOO!

If you are spending a ton of time continually organizing the same area, check out The Declutter Your Home Minicourse.  I created this course for anyone who is sick of all the time wasted tidying their home.  This course is easy to follow and helps you figure out a decluttering schedule so you can declutter your entire home.

This is the perfect course for you if:

  • You worry about your home before having people over (aka shoving things in closets).
  • Things are always “missing” in your home.
  • You wonder why your home doesn’t ever look clean or tidy, no matter how much cleaning you do.

If you need direction on how and where to start on your decluttering journey check out The Declutter Your Home Minicourse!

 

Read more decluttering tips here:

Decluttering Tips for Kids

Second-Hand Clothes for Kids

Kids Declutter BEFORE AND AFTER

Capsule Wardrobe for Kids

Read about how we became minimalist here

Being Minimalist – What has Changed?

 

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4 thoughts on “Minimalist Family Life – Spring Updates”

  1. This was so helpful! It is so nice to have kids share a room! It also keeps you accountable to having less kids things. It is easier with separate bedrooms to accumulate too much.

    1. SHANNON

      Thank you! The kids sharing a room makes my life so much easier.

  2. Thanks for sharing! Having less and less space helps with time management. It makes you strategic about when certain activities begin and end, which is so helpful for kids!

    1. SHANNON

      Yes, time management is key to getting things done in my life. I hope you are having a great day.

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