Every Monday I post Real Life Minimalists, a profile of one of my readers in their own words. If you’d like to participate, click here for details.
Today, Marni shares her story with us. She’s found that minimalism helps her manage life as a single mother, while providing wonderful experiences for her children!
I am a single mother to 2 kids, and being a minimalist has helped make living a single life with kids manageable and enjoyable. Cleaning house is painless and they only have a few toys.I teach my kids that experience brings more enjoyment than stuff.
In a materialistic society, it is easier for us to fall in a consumerism trap. But I always plan an interesting weekend or holiday with my two daughters that doesn’t involve ‘acquiring more stuff’. Mostly the plan includes spending the whole day at the beach, visiting relatives, a family road trip, going to a new restaurant or trying out new activities.
Recently we went to Europe. It was more like slow travel rather than a vacation. We rented an apartment, visited the local market and grocery store, tried local food and walked for hours a day. We tried to live like the locals
as much as possible, went to the library, got haircuts and had a picnic at the park. We only travelled for 2 weeks but it felt like 2 months for me!