Ok, I know I have already written about the importance of gaining allies in the house as we take steps as a family toward living more simply. Today, though, I’ve gone a step further: I’m enlisting recruits.
If you’ve been following along for the past twenty weeks, you know that Mondays are the hardest day for me to dig into any kind of major de-clutter project. So today, I grabbed my youngest and a big, plastic trash bag and wandered into the maelstrom of clothing and stuffed animals that we call her bedroom.
The ceiling drops low at one end of her room, and the previous owners closed off this space at both ends, leaving the middle section open–sort of like eaves, only carpeted and well-lit. It’s not a very useful space, to be honest, but it makes for a great play space for an eight-year-old girl. It also makes for a great place to let lots and lots of unused toys pile up.
So that was my daughter’s job tonight–get rid of every toy, doll, block, or puzzle that had outlived its fun, and pack it up to be donated to someone else.
She had a blast. I helped her, I admit, and I’m sure that was part of the reason why this clean-up job was so much fun. Contrary to my expectations, she had no problem shedding a vast majority of what had piled up in the dozen or so storage bins in this play space. At the end of the process, what she held onto fit in a single bin–that’s less than 10% of what she started with.
I sincerely doubt I will get anywhere close to that mark when I finish culling my books….
It’s pretty typical of me to try to do things by myself. And of course, in the long run, that’s never the best strategy. Particularly in this instance. The more opportunities I can give my kids to involve them in this process, the more likely I am to have allies in living a more simple life, one that is a little less burdened with the weight of unnecessary things.