Less is More

Less is More

Do you ever take a look around your house and feel like you’re going to scream? There are toys everywhere and the children are not playing with them but throwing them, jumping from thing to thing. Well, I have. I have also found the remedy for it. Its called T.T.S.O throw the shit out! I’m for real. It will make you happy and your kids happy!

I am utterly allergic to clutter. It makes my head spin. My husband is always saying “get over it, we have kids.” I have come to terms with a certain amount of chaos. Things go undone a little longer than they ever would have before.  

Honestly, it wasn’t just the clutter that would make me crazy it was also the quality of my children’s play because it too was chaotic, them bouncing from toy to toy, flinging stuff about.  You could see they weren’t truly engaged in their play. Clearly, the sheer volume of crap was making their heads spin too. I used to spend hours coming up with systems to keep the toys in order, giving them a “home” so that clean up could be easier etc. It didn’t really matter though because within]15 minutes everything would be a mess again.

One day, being completely sick of hearing my own voice complaining and nagging to pick up toys, I said “F it.” 

When the children went to bed I cleared EVERYTHING out! I left behind some big wooden toys that we had, a big wooden rocking car,  our play stand with silks, about five matchbox cars and books. That was it. When they woke up the next morning, they didn’t say a thing about it. Not, “where is my so and so”….nothing. They tied on the silks like capes and took out the blankets and began taking each other for ‘boat rides.’ Their play had a theme, it had them talking to each other, taking turns and laughing their heads off. I felt at ease because I wasn’t tripping over stuff and stepping on legos. Voila, problem solved. The children were now deeply engaged in their play which is quite frankly the work of the small child and I was relaxed.

I was so excited about this I was telling everyone about my latest discovery. I was surprised when I learned that not everyone was as gung-ho as I was to chuck their children’s toys. (Although I didn’t really chuck all of them, some of the better quality ones I kept in the garage). It may take a certain personality to happily part with things. I happened to learn a long time ago that most of the time, possessions can quickly start to possess you. So, I am quick to throw out or donate things that I feel are weighing me down. 

If you are not there yet, but you are living out the picture I painted above, I highly recommend you give it a whirl, it’s a real game changer. Like I said you don’t have to throw the toys out but at least remove them from the play area and see what happens. You won’t be sorry.

A few things to keep in mind when buying new toys or thinking about which ones to keep—toys made of natural materials, simplistic in design and constructed of wood and fabrics are the way to go. Also, ask yourself if the toys are open ended. Do they allow the child to fill in the blanks with their own minds?  To me nothing is better then watching a child’s imagination at work, and with less clutter and only toys that spur their creativity, that is exactly what you will see unfold.

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