THIS is the reason why you should not mix coffee and minimalism

Being minimalistic is fun when you have coffee

Minimalism is a popular subject these days. People are seeing the benefit to not having “stuff” weighing them down: having a cleaner house, less time spent organizing possessions, a sense of freedom, and even alleviated symptoms of depression (ya, there’s science behind that- Google it!)

It is incredibly easy to acquire and accumulate “stuff”, especially when you have kids.  You know those lists of “THINGS YOU MUST HAVE FOR YOUR BABY OR YOU PROBABLY WON’T BE A GOOD PARENT!!”? I followed those things for a while. Guess what? Our house became bombarded with stuff that we absolutely did not need!!

What’s a mama to do??

I was web surfing (is that what the young people call it still?) on my phone while my kids were playing on the playground one day and I stumbled upon this website explaining minimalism and how to do it. I’ve heard so much about the benefits of minimalism that I thought perhaps I should give this stuff a try. I could definitely afford to give up some of my cleaning time and put it into better things…like much needed “me” time. I signed up for her free course and got ready for some life changin’!

As I started going through stuff and selling it online or at consignment stores (and making some good money) I realized that this purging thing may not be half bad. I’ve always liked stuff, but I was starting to like no stuff even better!

Minimalism in the kitchen

I was going through the kitchen, deliberating on the things that I actually really used and needed. Ok, well, actually, I didn’t use much after all…other than the phone…to call the pizza man. Anyway, I looked at the counter, saw my espresso machine, and had a totally bizarre thought: “What if I gave up coffee? I could free myself from my intense dependency on liquid life while clearing up some room on the counter!”.

Thus, began my personal coffee cessation program. For the weeks following I gradually decreased the amount of caffeinated coffee I was drinking, substituting it with *gasp* decaf. After 3 weeks of weaning the day finally came for me to go full decaf.

It was the worst day of my life. How do people who don’t drink coffee live like that?!

coffee and minimalism

I was so exhausted that I couldn’t move. My kids thought they had finally defeated me for good when I told them they could have cake for breakfast as long as they got it themselves. I caved pretty quickly after that, drank some fully caffeinated coffee, apologized to my beautiful espresso machine, and even gave her a vinegar rinse to try and make amends.

After that, I continued to purge the things I didn’t feel we needed in our lives anymore. My kids didn’t need 16 shirts each, we didn’t need the spare iron that I wouldn’t use anyway, and I finally acknowledged that I won’t ever get over my fear of pressure canning and don’t need the massive canner filling up our shelves.

Now that I’ve gone through the entire house I feel organized, liberated, and most importantly, caffeinated.

 

What’s the one thing you will never get rid of?

30 Comments

  1. Katie

    My stand mixer. I know, it’s a combersum piece and an eyesore on the counter. But when I bake it’s my godsend. My arms are to damn tired to stir a spoon or hold on to a hand mixer. No thanks. That lime green baby ain’t going anywhere.

    1. Admin (Post author)

      How on earth could you possibly even consider getting rid of a lime green stand mixer, anyway?

  2. Holly

    I love the post Sam! Every single mama I talk to has that one thing they just can’t get rid of, be it shoes, crafts supplies or a coffee machine. There will always be that one thing and you know what? That is fine! Minimalism isn’t about getting rid of things that bring you joy, which it seems your coffee machine does for you. You are doing great mama!! <3 <3

    1. Admin (Post author)

      I just want to clarify one thing for you…coffee brings me life! Haha, thanks lady!

  3. Sirri

    I’m right there with you girl! I’ll neeeever give up my coffee!!!!

    1. Admin (Post author)

      Noooo way! Cheers! (Well, pretend cheers…cheersing with coffee wouldn’t be wise.)

  4. Emily

    Ha ha! Loved this!! The fact that this is a tough question shows how much I should actually give up …

    1. Admin (Post author)

      It’s SO hard, but it’s amazing how much better you feel when you get rid of some clutter!

  5. Linda Hobden

    I could never get rid of my kettle – I’m not really a coffee drinker but I do like my mugs of tea! 😊

    1. Admin (Post author)

      Oh yes…a kettle is another thing in the “do not throw away EVER” pile;)

  6. Meg

    Omg, we are on exactly the same journey. I have decluttered, chucked, simplified our lives a lot but coffee will always remain. Great post!

    1. Admin (Post author)

      Yep, there are some things that just cannot go! Thanks for reading!

  7. Aurora

    I could never give up coffee either! Seriously, I’m from Seattle, I think they might replace our blood with espresso. My biggest question is where do you find the time to declutter? By the time I have a free moment, between working outside the home full-time and two busy boys, it’s almost 9:00 pm and all I want to do is crawl into bed and veg.

    1. Admin (Post author)

      I stay home with the kids so I think I see all the clutter allllllll the time and it drives me crazy. I have recently become very unattached to materials because I realized how much they were overtaking our house. I realized how much cleaning I was doing all the time. I have 4 girls who change their outfits 155 times a day and consider anything that’s been on their bodies to be dirty. I got rid of a huge chunk of their clothes and I’m finding they’re taking a little more care into putting clothes away.

  8. Kristina

    haha Glad you went crawling back to the coffee at the end. 😉 I know I’ve tried to kick the habit So. Many. Times. to no avail. I use a french press so I don’t feel too bad about it but no matter how minimalist I get I don’t think that french press will be going anywhere. <3

    1. Admin (Post author)

      It’ll be kicked one day, but at this point in my life I need energy to take care of my kids…nicely.

  9. Sara-May Monaghan

    Oh man, I just COULDN’T give up my coffee maker. We’re going to stay at a hotel next week without tea/coffee making facilities in the room…. and I’m considering taking my coffee maker with me! My husband thinks I’m mad 😀

    1. Admin (Post author)

      A hotel without coffee?? That’s insane!! I don’t think you should consider taking your coffee maker…I think you should absolutely take your coffee maker!!

  10. Lisa @ The Meaning of Me

    Yeah, coffee is right up there for me.
    Aside from that, I could probably never give up my books. Such space-taking, dust-collecting bulk, I know. But my love…

    1. Admin (Post author)

      You definitely need to keep things that make you happy!

  11. Davi

    Oh my goodness, this is great! I also write about minimalism and I LOVE this spin you put on it. I need coffee JUST to go through and purge my kitchen cabinets. Again, love this and your sense of humor! 🙂

    1. Admin (Post author)

      Haha, so there you have it: you actually can’t have minimalism without coffee!! Thanks for reading!

  12. Julie

    I’m right there with you on the coffee! I read one article on minimalism that suggested giving up your pets? No way! Made me realize there is not a prescription for minimalism. It’s very individual.

    1. Admin (Post author)

      Haha I don’t think I could ever convince that guy I live with to get rid of our pooch. As long as him and I have an understanding that if the dog stays, so does the coffee!!

  13. Cheyenne

    Haha! It boggles my mind that you even thought giving up coffee would be a good idea in the first place! And with kids! I’m so relieved you changed your mind. 😜

    1. Admin (Post author)

      I completely agree. It was a weak moment in my life haha!

  14. Silly Mummy

    Haha! I could free up some cupboard space if I got rid of my chocolate supply…but I’m not going to!

    1. Admin (Post author)

      NO way! I wouldn’t even try to give up chocolate.

  15. Shelby @Fitasamamabear

    Haha cute post! I adore my morning cup of coffee and definitely feel lost without it!

    1. Admin (Post author)

      I hear ya! Enjoy:)

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