5 Minimalist Family Blogs Living Clutter-Free and Happy With Kids

by | Oct 28, 2020 | Minimalism | 0 comments

minimalist family blogsLiving clutter-free with kids is possible. Not convinced? Take a look at these minimalist family blogs and see for yourself.

And no, they’re not all hippies.

They’re regular families with regular lives who have decided to cut down on the amount of stuff they own and focus on living intentionally instead.

While not quite as commonplace as those of us who have yet to procreate (or never bothered), minimalist family living is definitely becoming more mainstream.

And with good reason.

If you live in North America, there’s a good chance you own too much stuff. If you have children, that number just shot up even further.

These clutter stats prove just how crazy Americans are about spending and accumulating stuff. (To be fair, Westerners in general consume too much.)

There are 300,000 items in the average American home. [LA Times]

3.1% of the world’s children live in America, but they own 40% of the toys consumed globally. [UCLA]

Shopping malls outnumber high schools. And 93% of teenage girls rank shopping as their favorite pastime. [Affluenza]

Minimalist Living With Children (No, Really)

Maybe you’ve heard about minimalism but always assumed the lifestyle was just for hipsters, hippies and child-free couples. After all, how can you possibly live with less when you have kids?

I mean, they’re like little clutter magnets aren’t they? Sort of. Children themselves aren’t the problem. It’s the well-intentioned adults who ply them with stuff from day one.

We’re conditioned to show our love for someone by buying them gifts. Plus, we’re bombarded with adverts insisting that we buy our kids whatever they’re selling or risk being labelled a terrible person.

As a result, kids are already drowning in clutter by the time they arrive. A couple of years down the line and even Marie Kondo is at a loss.

Children need minimalism just as much as we do. They might not be able to articulate it, but having so much stuff is overwhelming.

Speak to any minimalist parent and they’ll tell you the same thing. Their kids are happier with fewer belongings. They’ve seen firsthand the benefits minimalism has had on their family life.

Take a look at the blogs below to see how to go about it. If none of them resosnate or if you additional inspiration just do a search for ‘minimalist family blogs’ and see what else comes up.

Minimalist Family Blogs Doing It for Themselves

If you’re feeling overwhelmed by all the clutter in your house —especially the kid clutter— grab a coffee (or some wine) and keep reading. It’s time to reclaim your sanity.

These minimalist family blogs will show you that having children doesn’t have to result in a clutter ‘splosion. And if your house already looks like Amazon and Walmart has a baby, don’t worry. It can be remedied.

Trust me on this, it can be remedied.

1. The Minimalist Mom

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Photo Credit: The Minimalist Mom

Rachel aka The Minimalist Mom advocates a rich life with less stuff. Her journey into the joys of living with less kicked off in the fall of 2010. As a stressed out new mom, Rachel was tired of her family’s accumulation of stuff. She embarked on a decluttering spree to find a little peace and space, selling as much as she could to tame the mountain of debt she and her husband had racked up over the years.

Fast-forward to 2019, Rachel has added a few more kids to the equation, moved houses a couple of times and finally taken that leap of faith and left the city for a slower life in the country. The one thing that hasn’t changed is that she still loves sharing the power of minimalism and the joy found in wanting and owning less.

She’s written three books:

The Minimalist Mom: How to Simply Parent Your Baby
Do Less
The Joy of Doing Nothing

Check out these articles on her blog:

The Cure for Too Many Toys
Paring down Kid Clothing

2. Slow Your Home

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Photo Credit: Slow Your Home / Julie Williams Photography

After being diagnosed with severe post natal depression in 2011, Brooke embarked on a one-woman mission to cut out the excess in her life and reconnect with what was really important.

She learnt about minimalism and simplicity, immersed herself in the slow living philosophy and discovered the benefits of living with less. Over the course of two years Brooke has decluttered more than 25,000 items, created a Slow Home and rediscovered her health.

Brooke’s mission with Slow Your Home is to help people understand more about simple living. She also hosts The Slow Home Podcast to help spread the idea of a slower pace of life to an even wider audience. Brooke lives in Australia with her husband and two kids.

She’s written two books:

Slow – Live Life Simply
Destination Simple – Everyday Rituals for a Slower Life

Check out these articles on her blog:

Decluttering Series
Slow Holidays: our Christmas Traditions

3. Raising Simple

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Photo Credit: Raising Simple

Becoming a mother drove Zoë to become more minimalist. In 2010 she and her husband moved from Hawaii to Florida with their two children. The move prompted her to quit ‘the busy life.’

Zoë decided she’d had enough of caring for and maintaining things in her life that were defeating her purpose and passion for living an intentional life. Over the last seven years her family has significantly reduced their possessions, keeping only what they feel adds value to the season they’re in.

As a mom of four kids, Zoë knows how complicated and cluttered life can be. She says we all want to feel connected and live a meaningful life. Raising Simple shows you how living simpler is better, inside and out.

She’s written one book:

Minimalism for Families: Practical Minimalist Living Strategies to Simplify Your Home and Life.

Check out these articles on her blog:

Why Families Need Minimalism
Letting Go: 7 Ideas to Help Your Kids

4. Simplify & Pursue

minimalist bloggers with kidsPhoto Credit: Simplify & Pursue

Robin is married with two kids, but she didn’t let that stop her from declaring herself a minimalist. Now firmly entrenched in the less is more lifestyle, she believes that by reducing our possessions and decluttering our schedules, we give ourselves the freedom to invest in deeper relationships, follow a dream we’ve always wanted or give more time to our passions.

Robin hasn’t written any books yet, but her weekly newsletter promises tips and inspiration to help you simplify your life and pursue what matters most. She’s also available for speaking engagements and declutter consultations.

Check out these articles on her blog:

5-Step Guide to Declutter Any Area
Minimalist Working Mom: Finding the Time

5. Shannon Torrens

Shannon lives with her husband Grant and their two boys, Emmett and Calvin, in California. For this happy family, striving to live a simple life is key.

With a longterm goal to downsize their stuff and enjoy more experiences, Shannon is currently decluttering both home and life.

She documents her family’s minimalist journey on her YouTube channel. You can also find plenty of decluttering and simple living inspiration on her minimalist mom blog Shannon Torrens.

She’s written one book:

How to Declutter Your Home (and Keep What Matters)

Check out these articles on her blog:

10 Life-Changing Minimalist Practices
Decluttering Kids Toys – Fall Declutter

Ready to Give Minimalist Family Living a Try?

As Joshua Becker highlights in the video above, minimalist family living is super beneficial for kids. Children learn by example. Teach them from the get-go to value experiences over stuff.

They may not always see it as a positive, but in the long run they’ll appreciate the time you spent with them more than the things you bought for them.

Whether you’re a parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle or whatever, consider gifting the child in your life an experience rather than the latest toy or gadget. The latter is by far the easier, but it doesn’t make for good memories.

A camping trip, on the other hand, has all the necessary ingredients for creating lasting memories. If you hate the idea of sleeping in a tent (I hear you), you could go to the theatre, spend the day at the skate park or explore the city on a red bus.

It’s really up to you and your kid (and your budget, of course).

There you have it. A blog post full of declutter inspiration to get you started. Who knows, maybe you’ll end up joining the ranks of minimalist family blogs and motivating others on their journey.

Photo by Daria Shevtsova from Pexels

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