Simple Organization, Simple Parenting

Toy minimalism: How to simplify and organize toys for your family

Toy minimalism has made our lives simpler and more fun than I could ever have imagined.

About a year ago, I got totally fed up with the state of our playroom. We had so much random junk. So many things that didn’t have a real home in our toy organizing bins. I hated cleaning up the toys, so I usually just didn’t. They sat on the floor and piled up in front of the shelves that held the toys until you couldn’t get to the rest of the toys anymore. It probably goes without saying that we didn’t spend a lot of time there.

So when I found The Minimal Mom and learned how beneficial minimalism could be for my family, I knew I had to try toy minimalism. She talked about how much more creative her kids had become since getting rid of their toys. They love to create things with cardboard and tape, and they fight over their toys a lot less. That sounded glorious to me.

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Family minimalism: What it is and how to make it work for your family

Family minimalism has been a big part of our simplifying process, and I know it can help your family too!

The first two years of our marriage we lived in a small 500 square foot, two bedroom apartment. When we first moved in we designated the extra bedroom as our office room. It quickly became filled with stuff. We’d inherited a lot of furniture and other things from my parents house, and since we were newly married and didn’t have much, our siblings and others gave us lots of stuff they were getting rid of. We love a good deal and couldn’t say no to free stuff, so we kept saying yes.

But over time, the stuff piled up and we ran out of storage room. Our small kitchen held so many cooking appliances that you could barely see the counter. It seemed like every nook and cranny had a pile or box shoved in it. We were careful to live within our financial means, but we were definitely living outside our storage means.

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How I use my planner for a better-than-gratitude practice

I’ve always wanted to have two habits: consistently use a planner and establish a gratitude practice. Neither has come easy to me, even though I love all things to do with planners and journals.

I love looking at them, picking out the one with the best features, and picking out a pen to use with them.

I even love filling them in with all the things I need and want to do.

For about a week. And then they sit on my shelf or nightstand or in my purse and collect dust. Sometimes for years.

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Father helps daughter walk across a log in nature
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Outdoor play is the best medicine for “the grumps”

Outdoor play solved so many problems for us. I can’t wait to tell you how!

Do you have a time of the day when your whole family chronically gets grumpy?

We did. It was always right when I was making dinner. Which, of course, was also right when Nate was coming home from work. Who wants to come home to two crying kids and a grumpy wife who’s ignoring all the messes to just get food on the table ASAP? I know I wouldn’t.

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Peanut butter balls (energy bites)
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Peanut Butter Balls (also known as energy bites)

I resisted trying an energy bites recipe for a long time.

I’m not one for jumping on bandwagons. I like to go against the flow. If I do join a bandwagon, I’m always approximately 1,428 years late to the party, but I am then wholly devoted to the cause.

And so it has been with energy bites. I didn’t want to try them. I didn’t want to like them. And I didn’t have any of the seeds or nut butters or weird powders that they all seemed to call for.

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