I think I’m ready to simplify… or minimize… or maybe it’s both!
Ever since we rearranged the kids’ bedrooms, making one a bedroom for Abel and Amariah to share and the other a toy room (until the babies arrive), I have been a little worried about exactly how and where all Abel and Amariah’s clothes and toys are going to fit when their things have to be truly consolidated into one room. They both have a closet and a dresser full of clothes (some of which are things yet to be grown into), and the toy room is at practical capacity. How am I going to fit two closets full of clothing into one closet; two dressers full of clothing into one dresser; and a room full of toys into a room where two toddler beds, a dresser, and some more toys are already consuming space?!
Well, the answer came during an encouraging and enlightening conversation with my mom yesterday: “You don’t need so much stuff.” Seems pretty obvious now, but it didn’t 24 hours ago! It’s not like I’ve spent a lot of money on clothing and toys. Most of what the kids have has either been given to us (What a blessing!) or bought at garage sales at really good prices. And being the practical spender that I am, I have purchased only what I felt was truly usable and beneficial. But now I’m thinking, Why does Abel need five pairs of “good” jeans? Twenty t-shirts? A drawer full of pajamas? Five little red tractors? etc. I think you get the point.
I can easily make the argument that toddlers go through an outfit a day, that each tractor is treasured, that it’s nice to have a variety of “good” outfits to choose from, etc. But, on the other hand, I do laundry twice a week; having five of basically the same toy seems a little excessive and unnecessary; and occasions calling for a “good” outfit don’t happen every day in my household. So…
I guess it’s time for my next big “nesting” project: get practical! My family is growing, my space is not. I’m kind of excited about simplifying and minimizing. A few storage tubs, some time and determination, and away I go!