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10 Best Ideas for Living Minimalist With a Toddler

Are you suffocating under the weight of a repetitive, meaningless life in which all you do is clean sippy cups with 87 pieces, step over clutters of books and toys, and search through clean but never-put-away piles of laundry? 

You’ve got company. One mom asked a popular minimalist forum, “What are your best tips for living minimalist with a toddler?” Here are the top-voted tips. 

1.  Essentials and Favorite Items Only

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One mom admitted to downsizing their belongings since they became a parent. They continued by explaining that anything that wasn’t a favorite item or any of their unnecessary things was tossed to make room for the toddler’s stuff.

2.  Manage the Amount of Toddler Dishes

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Another admitted to downsizing their toddler’s drinking cups. They stated it could get overwhelming if you don’t manage and audit your kiddo’s cups occasionally. They continued listing metal water bottles, regular cups, and sippy cups; it became too much, so they downsized immediately.

3.  When They Outgrow It, Donate It

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One mom claimed she keeps the diaper box whenever she buys more and uses it to collect items, they come across to donate. Sometimes you will come across an outfit that doesn’t fit anymore or a forgotten, outgrown toy; this parent clarified, drop it in the box, and donate it when it is full.

4.  Don’t Accept Anything You Can Use

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One recalled accumulating a 200-liter bag of presents from relatives on holidays. They made it a new practice to pick a few items their kid would love and return or donate the rest. Another suggested relative who don’t live close by feel obligated to come with presents when they visit. However, you are not obligated to accept gifts.

5.  Make It a Habit to Rotate the Toys

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Rotating your child’s toys is a must that helps clean up and assists in stress relief over a giant mess, another parent stated. The fewer toys available, the fewer messes to clean up, even though a toddler can make a mess with pretty much anything. 

6.  Utilize Storage Bins of Some Sort

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Using bins and putting them out of sight helped a lot with a minimalist parent who found it challenging to deal with the toddler’s trinkets. They admitted it was hard to manage initially, but it got easier over time. The following parent agreed great storage could make the toddler years a lot easier, and it helps teach your kiddo to pick up behind themselves.

7.  Skip the Big Toys

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“No kitchens, playhouses, or car garages,” shared one. Stay away from the giant kid toys. The children would be just as happy with the moderately sized versions. Besides, building play kitchens and garages with something like cardboard boxes can be a fun family activity.

8.  New One In, Old One Out

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Someone else clarified that their family donates a few items that no longer have use or bring them joy before Birthdays and Christmas. They further explain how it has taught their children that you have to make room for new items, or you can’t accept anything into the house.

9.  Experiences Over Possessions

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Others encouraged their friends and family to gift their children experiences instead of things. Somebody suggested that it strengthens the concept of valuing experiences instead of worshipping possessions.

10.  Laundry: If You Can’t Finish, Don’t Start

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Finally, one minimalist mom shared how they have made laundry time “me time.” They continued listening to a podcast or an audiobook to spend time together while doing laundry. They explained how everyone in their home hates the mountain of laundry on the couch, so they make a conscious effort only to start laundry if they can finish.

We hope you enjoyed this minimalist tips list for parents with toddlers. Do you have anything to add?

Theresa Bedford is a nationally syndicated writer. Her work has been seen on the Associated Press Wire, Blox Digital, and MSN. She writes about productivity, money, and simple living to help people focus on what really matters in life.