5 step minimalism with children

I wrote a page for 5 step minimalism and I’m planning to write some variations of it just to show how everyone can use minimalism adapted to their own needs. There’s not only one way to live for all of us and also the concept of minimalism can vary depending on the situation. Minimalism can be a big help for many overwhelmed parents so I start with talking about 5 step minimalism with children. There’s something universal in the the way parents visualize the future. We want to see our children happy and living as healthy and balanced life as possible. We…

Minimalism and teenagers

The most common question people have lately asked me is how to manage to live a minimalistic life with a family and especially with teenage children, something generally seen if not totally impossible at least a big challenge. I understand where the assumption comes from but in my experience it’s not true at all and there’s a natural explanation for it. When people of my generation (today’s parents) were young things were not as easily available as they are for today’s teenagers. We developed a mysterious glory around stuff and dreamed how it will magically change our lives if we…

Christmas

When I was a child my mother used to create Christmas during the night before Christmas Eve while I was sleeping. I woke up and it had just happened. The whole house was clean and decorated and smelled Christmassy, another cake was in the oven and I could start my morning tasting cookies and decorating the tree, the job left for me. I still can’t understand how she did it, it felt like magic and was always the best part of my Christmas. We had our usual Christmas traditions and I got a few gifts as well but even opening…

Family home

I love the idea of an extremely minimalistic house. Fresh empty space and just a few beautiful pieces of furniture. Only very basic essentials. A few books. I like to image that in my mind and would enjoy it in reality. However, our house is a family home. There are five of us. During weekends my sister in law and his little son join us for lunch and my friend visits us and sometimes stays overnight. I often cook for 8 people using 10 litre pots and pans. My family members run, skate, ski, play football and do martial arts….

Minimalism & Children

Starting a family brings inevitably more stuff into your house. Having children doesn’t have to mean a cluttered home but with busy schedules, quickly changing life-style and many things to take care of there’s a risk of waking up realizing your house that used to be in order is now in chaos. I already wrote about baby essentials. Having a baby in the house is material wise actually quite easy, having a toddler or preschooler is much more challenging. In Finland children are encouraged to spend a lot of time outdoors. Weather conditions can be extreme so kids need weatherproof…

Minimalism & Family: Baby Essentials

Having children is often the moment when the amount of stuff starts to get out of hands. It’s a shame because new parents should be able to use their energy in a positive way focusing on their families and not fighting against clutter. There’s a fake illusion created by baby magazines and TV commercials. The fact is you don’t need to buy a lot of things for a newborn. I wish I had known that before my own children, now school age, were born. I wish I had realized to go for minimalism when my kids were small, everything would have…