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Keeping it Simple

December 23, 2011

Buzzword?  Yes.  Overused?  Possibly.  Deeply true?  Absolutely.

Simplicity.  There’s a lot going on out there with this word.  Most of it really valuable, some of it a bunch of blah blah blah.  Our goal here isn’t really pontification to add another blah, but simply to chronicle our experience with simplicity.  Real world experience:  Ours.  Here’s a little sample of what I’m talking about.

Somewhere along the way we embraced the idea of limiting the number of toys our kids could have.  We’re currently using 10, although a lower number is in our near future.  We’ve been doing this for years, and I gotta tell you, it’s working really well for us.  The grandparents, for example, know not to get too emotionally attached to seeing that toy they sent last Christmas because when they get number 11, one has to go and it’s the kids’ choice.  Better yet, don’t send another toy.  Clothes, books, art supplies, or gift certificates are even better.  And anything with batteries probably won’t even make it to them (we reserve the right to veto stuff, too!)  Years later, I promise you our children haven’t suffered any long term psychological damage of any sort.  I’d even go out on a limb and say they’re better for it.  So if you have children and are looking for a place to get started (or continue) on your journey towards simplicity, try the ol’ toy limitation trick.  But be warned, the next thing that happens is you start looking at your own toys.  And so it begins.

Trinity opening up her new rain coat from Granna & PawPaw

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One Comment
  1. One of the laws of the universe (or at least modern society) is the Law of Stuff. It postulates that “if you have a space in your house, stuff will fill that space.” I constantly struggle to fight against it. It’s much better to have some extra capacity – some blank space around the margins, so to speak – to help keep your life organized. I like the 10-toy rule. It might not be the full counteracting force to the Law of Stuff, but it is a good start. Are you going to lower the number for your RV adventure?

    By the way, I like the site. It’s off to a good start.

    Will

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