A Simplified Toy Box

Just how much do my children truly need?

After Christmas, I realized that my kids have so much, that they aren’t able to enjoy what they have.  The messes around here were becoming a total nightmare.  They had so much that they couldn’t maintain their own rooms and it was sucking the fun out of the house. For the sake of everyone’s sanity, I HAD to simplify this house.

I have spent the last few weeks going through each of their rooms.  I took out clothing that was too small (or would be too small by the time weather permitted its wearing again), outgrown, and broken toys.

My allergies were a mess, I was exhausted, and I’m pretty sure my neighbors thought I was a drug dealer with all of the traffic at my door selling toys and clothes on our local FB “for sale” page.

After all of the sorting, cleaning, and organizing, they have all been playing with the wooden toy set more than anything.  It seems that the toys that are the simplest, have no flashing lights and songs to play get the most love around here.

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New Year, New Simplicity

A new year is here!  It’s a time where we can make a fresh start,and focus on new goals to meet.  The husband and I have set a few goals for the year:

1.) Pay off our consumer debt.  We have some credit card debt that we would like to be rid of.  Unfortunately, it may take longer than the year to get rid of it.  After making a fresh budget for the year, we are set to be debt free as of Feb 2014.  That gives us 13 months.  It sure didn’t take that long to rack it up!!

2.)  Simplify our life.  We are a military family.  I have my suspicions that it should be easier to maintain a simplified lifestyle when we’re packing up and moving every 24-36 months.  I an only imagine what our house would look life if we weren’t forced to pack it and unpack it all so often.  Yikes.  I shudder at the thought.

So what exactly do we mean by “simplify?”  Specifically, we will be passing along what we don’t use or need anymore to lessen the clutter and simplify the way we live.

3.)  Become more self-sufficient.  At our last duty station, I had an amazing garden.  I had a compost heap, grew lots of veggies, herbs, and a few fruits.  I knew it was time to get it going again when my kids asked why weren’t growing our own food anymore.

4.) Become less dependent on “commercial” products:  toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, laundry and dish soap, etc.

The husband is gone fairly often because of his job, so the majority of the actual “simplifying” rests with me.  And since the cleaning and running of the house rests with me,I’m excited to take on any challenge that will help to simplify my circus of a life.