5.21.2015

Minimize the Mess book review!

Considering the unending season of purging I seem to be in, it is so perfect that my friend Rachel from Efficient Mama would ask me to be apart of a fun blog tour featuring her new book, Minimize the Mess! It couldn't have come at a better time. About two years ago, I decided to go through our entire house and simplify. I went through every room and was able to get rid of bags and bags of stuff -- I think in the end, I counted nearly a dozen giant garbage bags that we sent off to Goodwill!

Lately, I've been wanting a repeat. This time, a few things have changed -- we have acquired an extra little person, and a LOT of extra stuff. Just stuff. And I am not a fan of stuff. It's amazing how quickly it piles up, too. Even when I have bags of the stuff making it's way out the door, there is still more I constantly find to get rid of.

I love that Minimize the Mess was able to give me a fresh perspective, and I love that it is so relatable, because Rachel and I are in the same boat -- we are both mamas to very young children, and we mamas know that Very Young Children aren't particularly helpful in the arena of Purge and Donate and Tidy. No, not at all. And the best part is for mamas of young kids, is that the book is simple, to-the-point, and a very easy to read in one sitting at 42 pages long. 



Rachel will take you step-by-step and room by room. Simplifying your home can be a lengthy, complicated process, and she holds your hand along the way! She gives a series of excellent questions to ask yourself before putting something back in the closet or drawer, that help you consider whether the things you want to keep are truly adding to your life.

In Minimize the Mess, as she takes you throughout your home, Rachel gives great examples of areas you may need to simplify -- things you may not even think of! Sometimes when you're used to living in mess and chaos you don't even realize that you can start to get rid of the simplest things. (Even if things are tidy and clean on the outside, I'm sure we all have a junk drawer or three... or maybe even a few junk closets, like me.)

The best things about purging and getting rid of things that you don't need, is that you are getting rid of things that are causing stress and extra anxiety in your life, and you should never have to deal with stress and anxiety because of things. Minimize the Mess encouraged me to take control of one area in life that I actually have a lot of control over -- my stuff! My stuff isn't controlling me. At least, I don't want it to control me!

Rachel's book was that final kick in the pants I needed to start going through each room again. The biggest thing I did was purge toys. Getting rid of toys is probably the hardest things for me when it comes to simplifying. I feel like I'm taking away from my kids, but I know I'm not -- like most Americans, my kids have a lot of toys. And those toys can sometimes cause more harm than good. How often are arguments between my kids ignited by who had what toy? How often am I chiding them for their room being completely trashed, when it was just clean yesterday? I took about 75% of their toys -- one giant bag went to Goodwill, and the rest, I put up high in my closet (luckily everything was in boxes already!) Now they have about six different things to choose from, and I cannot tell you what relief I have felt since doing this! Their room is cleaner, and yes, they bicker less.

One thing I love about the book is the free printables that come along. One is a Master Checklist to help you go through your entire house -- Rachel has done all the work and listed out all the areas you may need to go through. It's one less thing you have to worry about, and makes the process so much easier.

You know what, you should just go see for yourself. For $2.99 (pocket change! That latte you don't need! One trip down the dollar section at Target!) you can download Minimize the Mess. Make sure to use the code launch to get a 25% discount, good only until tomorrow, May 22nd.

If you're ready to simplify your home but are overwhelmed about where and how to begin, Minimize the Mess is the perfect place to start. You won't feel pressure the get it all done in one go. Take your time, and get some great ideas for simplifying from this awesome little book!

1 comment:

  1. Aw, thank you so much for doing the review :-) It's such a relief to get rid of the toys isn't it?

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