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On the three hour drive home, Husband and I–seriously concerned by our daughter’s inability to enjoy the moment–made a point to talk about all the neat stuff we had seen, what our favorite reptiles were, and how funny Trouble had been holding the snake. In the weeks that followed, Chuck and I talked a lot about how we were going to handle this lack of contentment we were noticing.By the time we made it home the Build-a-Dino had been forgotten. Then one morning near the end of July, after telling my kids to clean their room for the umpteenth time, I made the somewhat impulsive–albeit pre-warned–decision to take away ALL their stuff.(The rest has more or less been forgotten and will soon make it’s way from the attic to the Goodwill pile.) What I love even more is that they are able to recognize excess on their own.Aside from a favorite stuffed animal and the comforter on their bed, (which they both earned back), neither of them actually want their toys back on a permanent basis.
My husband laughs at me (and sometimes throws up his hand in frustration) because although I talk a good game about wanting to downsize and get rid of stuff, in reality there are still many times where I just can’t help myself from buying more.
In contrast to our last outing and for the first time the entire weekend.
Not a toy, not a cheesy souvenier, not a light-up necklace from a passing street vender. We passed hundreds of shops and they loved looking in the window, but they were content just to be.
As some of you already know, I’ve been on a mission this year to simplify my family’s life and rid ourselves of excess.
Over the course of the past nine months I have probably given away about 75 percent of my girls’ toys, keeping only the items that I felt encouraged their imagination and that they actually played with. Even so, there were warning signs that my kids still had too much stuff.
The girls watched me in stunned silence for a few minutes and then, when the shock wore off, they helped. I had no idea what a dramatic difference this one semi-impulsive decision would make in all our lives.