067: Edit your Life, the Key to Minimalist Parenting

with Christine Koh

Permission to step off the modern parenting treadmill, and to have fun while you’re doing it

[From Minimalist Parenting]

Minimalism can seem like a ridiculous dream when you’re up to your eyes in kiddy paraphernalia. But Editing Your Life doesn’t mean having a spartan home or a frugal lifestyle.

It’s about understanding your family’s core values and priorities so you can make wise choices about what gets to stay, and what has to go.

In today’s episode of Mum-to-Mum Monday you’ll find out how to pare down your life to create space for the things that really matter. The activities you actually want to do, the information you want to consume, and the people who you truly want to spend time with.

My guest today is SuperMum, Christine Koh.

Christine’s the co-author of Minimalist Parenting, a book designed to help you enjoy modern family life more, by doing less. So popular was the book, that she and her fellow author Asha Dornfest went on to create and co-host their own show. Edit Your Life is a weekly podcast that ‘helps you edit the unnecessary from your life so you have more room to enjoy the awesome’.

Christine’s also the founder and editor of the award-winning Boston Mamas; founder of Brave New World Designs; and serves as the creative director at Women Online and The Mission List.

Christine lives in Boston, Massachusetts with her husband Jonathan and two daughters, Laurel and Violet who are 12 and 6.

In todays show, you’ll learn that editing your life isn’t simply about decluttering (although we do talk about that too). We discuss practical strategies for managing your time; simplifying and therefore really starting to enjoy mealtimes; streamlining the school year and controlling extra curricular activities so they don’t control you.

Oh, and of course my personal favourite, prioritising your own self-care.

I am so happy to have Christine on my show today. She’s an organisational queen, and a girl after my own heart. We have a good old chin-wag about streamlining and systematising your busy life so you can make space for the things you truly love and value.

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In this episode we talk about:

  • What being a minimalist parent really means, by talking about what it doesn’t mean
  • How to challenge your assumptions and values to understand yourself on a deeper level
  • How your core values become the foundation stone to editing your life
  • The practical stuff; managing time, decluttering your home, and setting up systems
  • Handling the demands of your childrens’ extra-curricular activities, their school year and mealtimes
  • Why simplifying your life can lead to making self care a priority

Hope you enjoy today’s show