Less Stuff = More Relaxation
We are going up-north over the weekend, which is quintessential Minnesotan. Even though I will spend three hours cramped in my jeep with my 2-year-old, 3-month-old, husband, and mother-in-law later this afternoon on our way to a Polynesian themed water park, I woke up rather calm.
Well let me back this up a little for you. Since we are spending the weekend away from home, Guy and I decided it was the perfect time to finally replace our carpet with laminate wood floors. Last evening I packed up the kiddos and we spent the night at our local “Holiday Inn” while Guy and his father tore up the carpet.
Now back to the waking up calm part. I awoke and didn’t have to make breakfast, or clean, or do laundry, etc… And there wasn’t clutter everywhere. Mainly, I awoke to clean and tidy surroundings. Ahh…Calgon take me away.
Side note: I just started reading, “Simplicity Parenting”. Many of the practices can crossover for adults too. Fewer toys, less exposure to electronics, decreased scheduled time, more free play. What I like about this book the most is it doesn’t say, “Throw everything away and play with sticks in the back yard.” (Though I don’t think there is anything wrong about playing with sticks.) He talks about limiting toys and books, and increasing toys which require more imagination play. He uses the Waldorf model, which I’m still learning more about.
Back to my point, less = more. More calm for me = more calm for my family. Stay tuned for my journey toward less and organization.
Is clutter something you struggle with?
How do you combat clutter in your home?
I would love to hear your suggestions and what works for you and your family!