Clutterfree with Kids

Living Clutterfree

Is it possible to live clutterfree when you have kids?

Kids start accumulating stuff before they’re even born. The marketing of baby items to new parents is amazing – there are so many items that are touted as ‘must haves’. Baby registries often contain dozens of items – most of which are really unnecessary.

By the time baby arrives, he usually has a room full of possessions – a closet full of multiple sizes of clothing,  toys and books, a crib, changing table, dresser, swing, bouncer and more. Then the holidays come and baby is given more, then baby has a birthday and before long the family is drowning in baby gear, toys and clothing.

While this is the typical scenario, it does not have to be true for you.

Living clutterfree with kids is possible.

It’s not necessarily easy, but as the parent, you have the ability to choose to be intentional about the amount of possessions your children have.

Choosing to believe that you can live clutterfree with kids, only buy what you need and pass on items as they are outgrown are simple steps to start you on the path towards clutterfree living.

Clutterfree with Kids

Do you feel like you need more inspiration and advice about living clutterfree with kids?

Joshua Becker of Becoming Minimalist has a new book, Clutterfree with Kids, which will help you change your thinking, discover new habits and free your life.

The book isn’t about buying things to help you get organized so your home appears to be clutterfree. Instead, it challenges you to think about your lifestyle and really change the way you live. You can choose to own less, consume less and live a simpler, clutterfree life.

Clutterfree with Kids encourages you to simplify toys, clothes, sentimental items, schedules and more without feeling overwhelmed. One of the most encouraging aspects of the book are the ‘stories of change’ from parents telling how they have simplified their possessions and sharing the benefits of clutterfree living.

The chapters are short and encouraging which makes the book an easy read for parents.

While we consider our family to be minimal and our home is mostly clutterfree, this book still challenged me to evaluate our home and simplify a little more – especially as we’re preparing for the arrival of baby number 3 in a few weeks.

We will soon have 5 people living in our 1,300 square foot home, which leaves no room for clutter. But, it is possible to live clutterfree with kids.

 Do you live clutterfree with kids? 

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  1. I love his blog, but didn't know about his new book. I am going to buy it at some point soon, and will make sure I do it thru your link. 😛

  2. Oh! How great! Right there with you – welcoming baby in our 1,000 sq foot home sooner than later. I have been ruthless and I have enjoyed all the encouragement from my sweet husband along the way. The support is wonderful!

  3. Sounds like a good book. I'm reading ' Simplicity Parenting' right now and have been reminded about why intentionally making these choices to simplify our home, schedules, and such is so important. Clutter Free Kids might be a good follow up.

    1. I've read Simplicity Parenting (and have re-read a few chapters too!) It's another wonderful resource and is an encouragement for me to keep things simple!

  4. Agree with you the parents really purchase the plenty of things for the kids when they born and also other people brings lots of congratulations gifts as well. You academic writing help article is pretty awesome and quite thoughtful for the parents. Keep it up with your good work and help parents.

  5. How do you tell other people…like close parents/family/friends (who no matter how close will not get your thinking) and those you know less well without sounding controlling and mean?
    We have ‘no gift’ birthday parties for our son and people don’t hold back their disapproval. So much crap and so much waste. Looking forward to reading this book and other suggestions above

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