Muminising – Making Space to Enjoy More of my Mum Life

My closet is a freakin’ mess. The living room is packed with random elephants and wires and cloth. The kitchen looks like an animal war zone. Don’t even start on the hallway, is there even a hallway there? I can’t see the floors.

This may be a slight over-exaggeration, but not far from my reality. 

I decided it’s time to make the change. I swear this has nothing to do with a new year or a new me yadadada, this has been lingering in the background for some time now.

And finally, this documentary on Netflix kickstarted what I like to call Muminising. The beginning of a new era with less stuff and more space to enjoy mum life. 

First let me tell you about my inspiration, The Minimalists. These two guys realised that the stuff they were surrounding themselves with wasn’t making them happy. 

Personally I know that I will buy a shirt (multiple shirts) and let it sit in my closet for years! I even have clothes from when I was in high school (ha! …like that still fits!). So I understand. The piles of clothes stacked in my closet do not make me happy. 

What’s more, is that they highlighted there are 52 micro seasons in fashion, yes, FIFTY-TWO! That is one fashion season a week! 

Something is wrong here. Fast fashion has turned us into consuming machines. It’s not just fashion either, it’s everything else in the house too! They did a heat map of where people actually go in the house, the living room and dining room are very rarely, if ever, used.

We need to prioritise and minimise. 

I love this note from them…

Minimalists don’t focus on having less, less, less; rather, we focus on making room for more: more time, more passion, more experiences, more growth, more contribution, more contentment. More freedom. Clearing the clutter from life’s path helps us make that room.

Minimalism is the thing that gets us past the things so we can make room for life’s important things—which actually aren’t things at all.

Okay, so I’m going to be honest. When I finished watching the documentary I thought, “Pshhhh these guys obviously don’t have kids!”

But to my surprise there are parents doing it! It’s not really about getting rid of all of your stuff, it’s about letting go of the things that you really don’t use. 

So here is the start of my Muminising

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The last project is still a work in progress but you can see where I am going. 

Phase 1 is in motion and if anyone is interested in joining my Muminising here’s how to start…

  1. Just start. Half of the battle for me was getting off my butt. The most simple way is by removing a couple items from your closet that you know you don’t wear. This is what kickstarted it for me (plus the documentary).
  2. Get rid of the stuff you never use. This may seem obvious but I debated whether I should get rid of a raggedy old, plain white, sweatshirt. I remember meeting my first boyfriend out for drinks in that sweatshirt. I attached a memory to it. But I really don’t need that memory (I’m not with that boyfriend anymore) or that sweatshirt.
  3. Once you’re in the flow, stay in the flow. After I got rid of the first two clothing items, I got into a rhythm, do I need this, no, do I want this, yes, do I need this, no, do I want this, yes.

There you have it. #Muminising motherhood. Stay tuned for more posts like this. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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