Why is Living a Life of Minimalism So Hard??
So after telling my husband to stop going overboard buying our children Christmas presents this past weekend and after several weeks of proclaiming we have TOO MUCH STUFF as I tripped over toys and gazed at a closet full of clothes I would maybe wear again one day, I went to a new toy store today after a playdate outing with some friends…and promptly bought two more toys for Christmas presents.
I rationalized that Vivi hadn’t gotten Lulu anything yet (because a baby should obviously be handing out Christmas presents) so I should get that Melissa and Doug toy for Lulu, and then rationalized that Vivi needed that mirror toy cause she loves mirrors.
So now guess what? There are two more toys living in our house!
And it’s not just toys. I have too many clothes. I’m pretty sure Tom has shoes he hasn’t worn in years (ok, I may also be a culprit of that) and we have too many kitchen trinkets (we still have a complicated espresso machine in the pantry that we haven’t used in five years because maybe we’ll want to use it again some day) and tons of other things that somehow end up cluttering our floors and countertops and ultimately mind.
The clutter just. Will. Not. Go. Away.
How do other people have such neat, organized homes? Is it a myth? Do they have a fairy that quickly tidies before anyone comes over or takes a picture?
I mean, I clean my clutter up (or hide it somewhere) before people come over, but surely some people just have a clutter free existence. Right? Hooowwwwwwww? How do they do that?
And how do you become a minimalist and stop buying things?
I think that is impossible for me sometimes. Yet I work in the travel blogging sphere which means I constantly see reports of people who sell all their things and take off around the world with only like ten items on their back. Some of them even bring kids.
It’s obviously possible.
But here’s the thing…I like my things.
Well, some of them anyway. I love my green console table which took me a year to find just the right one. I love the travel books lining my bookcase. I love my cozy Barefoot Dreams cardigan that was totally an unnecessary purchase but totally worth it. I love the little wooden jewelry box Tom got me in Thailand when we celebrated Christmas there. Heck, I even love the pink Princess toy castle that has taken up permanent residence on one of our living room end tables because I know how much joy playing with it brings my daughter.
But when things get to be too much to the point that it begins to make my mind feel cluttered trying to control it all, then it’s too much. Something must change.
This Christmas is probably already a lost cause, but next Christmas I’d like to do fewer presents and more experiences.
And in the meantime, I need to search for organization tips on Pinterest.
Any ideas to control clutter with little kids around?
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