minimalism: more from life with less - Graceful Glow Co

minimalism: more from life with less

After too many years of stubbornly resisting the need to shift rhythms in different seasons of the year (and seasons of life), I've come to embrace those changes. For me, summer brings a sense of cleansing and renewal. So, naturally, I want to throw out everything in the house. Ok, maybe not quite, but I get a strong urge to purge- unworn clothing, outgrown toys, my husband's tools (you think I'm joking), anything that no longer serves us is released to friends, Goodwill, or Facebook marketplace. As I've discovered in recent years, there's a whole movement of people around the world embracing minimalism and living with fewer "things" in their lives, and I want to share some of the valuable lessons I've learned from them.

Minimalism is a lifestyle that emphasizes the importance of living with less. It's about clearing away the clutter (items, "obligations," relationships, etc. that don't add value) to make room for what truly matters. Here are some key benefits of adopting a minimalist approach:

  • Less Stress: A clutter-free environment can reduce stress and anxiety.
  • More Time: Spend less time cleaning and organizing, and more time on activities you love.
  • Financial Freedom: Save money by buying less and choosing quality over quantity.
  • Focus on Relationships: With fewer distractions, you can focus more on the people you care about.


For me, the greatest benefit is spending less time on cleaning and organizing stuff, and more time with my family. When I have fewer fidget toys (boy moms, you know what I'm talking about) to put away, the more time I can spend with my boys. And the more time I can spend with them, the less they need "things" to entertain themselves with, and the positive cycle continues.

If you're intrigued by the idea of minimalism but feel overwhelmed about where to start, here are a few simple steps to help you begin:

  1. Start Small: Begin with an easy area like a single drawer or a small closet.
  2. Let Go of 'Someday' Items: If you haven't used something in over a year, it's probably time to let it go.
  3. One In, One Out: For every new item you bring into your home, let go of an old one.
  4. Donate or Sell: Release items that no longer serve you by donating to charity or selling online.
  5. Focus on Essentials: Keep only what adds value to your life and brings you joy.

Embracing minimalism can seem daunting at first, but by taking small steps, you can gradually transform your space and your life. Remember, it's about making room for more of what you love and less of what you don't.