My husband and I try to practice as much minimalism as possible. We are nowhere near perfection and we still have more things than we’d like to, but like everything else in life minimalism is a journey for us. We feel it’s really important to teach our kids a more minimalist lifestyle at a young age and keep it in our conversation often especially around holidays and birthdays. So how do we do that?
Every year before each major gift holiday, whether that’s a birthday or Christmas we go through all of our toys bins thoroughly and get rid of all the toys that might be broken, the toys that are never played with or toys with missing forever pieces. We allow the kids to make these choices with our support and explanation along the process. We’ve tried sneaking these pieces out ourselves and that led to a lot of mistrust and hurt feelings which was why we decided they could handle the process and the choices. We try to donate toys that are still in good condition but just never played with which gives the kids a great feeling of helping other kids in need.
We talk often about minimalism and how owning more things can sort of weigh us down. Whether that weight comes from the fact of the more toys we have the more we have to clean up or the feeling of having to buy and keep up on batteries for all the toys. We have a lot of ways to describe why owning too much can cause us stress and make processes more difficult.
We lead by example. When we are at the store and our kids say “hey why are we getting more of these we already have some” we really take the time to listen and make a choice. We all try to keep each other in check and that includes us adults because consumerism can sometimes get ahold of us just as easily!
We try to fix, the toys and things we already have instead of just replace. And we talk a lot about saving money for more durable toys to prevent breaking in the first place.
My favorite tip is showcasing memories and experiences over toys and things. We remind the kids often that they can go out to dinner, the movies, bounce houses or more with their allowance money. We really feel this is important because things don’t last forever but memories do. It’s ok to pour our energy into memories because they won’t leave us unlike favoriting a toy that eventually breaks.
Do you practice minimalism? Do you find kids find it easy or complicated?
I am a stay at home mother of two, who loves to create in every form, from cooking, to henna, to painting or sculpting, creating with my hands is my passion! I love to dance and let loose when the music flows right. Being outside is a special kind of therapy I think humans need more of as well as mindfulness! I love all things new and adventurous and am always looking to experience more of life 🙂
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