How to Implement Minimalism in Your Own Family

Since you are reading this, you are probably to the point where you are ready for change. But, understand that not everyone gets to the same point at the same times.

When you are ready to commit to minimalism, call a family meeting and discuss what minimalism means to you and what it would look like for your family. Ask everyone to list reasons why they would like to live minimally. (More family time, less time spent cleaning their room, etc.)
Ask them to list reasons why they wouldn’t want to live minimally. Discuss their concerns and fears.

Keep in mind that it can be very overwhelming to think of getting rid of things. 

If you are religious, it may help to discuss how minimalism flows with your family’s faith. You may want to read my take on Christian Faith and Minimalism with your family.

If you have younger children, it’s okay to set a limit on possessions, as parents it’s our job to guide them in healthy living, the younger we start, the easier it is.

If you have older children, be gracious with this change and allow them to come to a lifestyle commitment on their own. If they are very resistant, make sure they have their own space, left untouched, while the rest of the house is clearing out. The mood will change and most of the time, they will decide to join in.

In the end, if no one in your family wants to join you in a minimalist quest, well, that’s okay. You can still sort through your own items and the things you use in your home. Be respectful of others, no matter how frustrating it may be. Keep in mind that if something bothers you, than you are the one to do something about it. If there is a pile of papers to be filed and no one else seems bothered, take a deep breath, let it go and go file the papers! Don’t hold it against others in your home.

Once you get past the decluttering part, there are many ways that minimalism will help a family stay organized and without refilling the house. But, that’s a whole other post!

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About the author, Rachel

Hi there! I’m Rachel Jones, and I founded Nourishing Minimalism in 2012 at the beginning of my minimalist journey. If you're looking for encouragement in your journey, I go live in my FREE Facebook Groups every weekday- feel free to join me there: Nourishing Minimalism Facebook Group


  1. maria on 09/14/2016 at 5:05 AM

    Hi Rachel this is Maria I am regular reader of your blog, in fact I daily read one of your piece and learn a lot , although before starting reading your blog i am inclined towards minimalism and donate my those stuff which i didn’t use and yes i enjoy experiencing new things, like to spent quality time with like minded people. But you know in our society especially where i live people only like to talk about stuff or judge through stuff and it’s so frustrating to maintain all clutter and mess alone in the house. You know i personally feel so relaxed and calm after cleaning or de cluttering my wardrobe and room

  2. Kimberley Watson on 07/05/2017 at 6:52 AM

    Hello. I have just started reading your articles. I have wanted the minimalistic lifestyle for some time. Can one be minimalistic amongst a family that is not “into” the idea as a whole? They are pro cleaning up and doing some decluttering, yet not into minimalism.

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