Happy Minimalist Monday, everyone! I hope you enjoyed your Easter Sunday! Due to the over commercialization of Easter (and our goal to end it in our household), we decided that now would be a good time to declutter our daughter’s room. Now, it was and still is, a process. Children view things differently than we do, and that is something that we need to remember.
Before we get in too deep, let’s be sure to try and keep the Minimalist Monday guidelines in mind.
- Pick something small.
- It should take 15-30 minutes from start to end.
- Make 3 separate piles. (Keep, Sell, Donate/Trash)
- Make sure to have a box handy. (You don’t want a pile of stuff that you’d like to donate or sell cluttering some other part of the house!)
- Have fun. Don’t make this a chore.
Now that we have that out of the way, let’s get moving. It seemed that while decluttering and reducing in our daughter’s room, we seemed to have more difficulty ridding ourselves with her stuff than we did with ours.
It is likely that we could have reduced her possessions farther without any issues, but we didn’t want to overstep our boundaries, nor did we want any feeling of regret on either end. We ended up asking ourselves a series of questions as we went through her room.
While working with her toys and books, these were the questions that we used to help with our decisions.
- Does she play with (or use) it often?
- Has she played with (or used) it often?
- Does it help her learn or spark her imagination?
- Does she love it?
- Would she miss it?
These questions helped us to weed out the things she no longer needed, or had outgrown. Some board books that she was too old for, or that she now had the paper version of, an assortment of small toys that were pushed aside because they were in the way of what she truly wanted to play with, some of her overabundance of stuffed animals and baby dolls that she rarely got out because she didn’t realize she even had them.
Don’t you worry, though. She still has plenty to keep her busy (probably too much).
What we kept:
- Books for now and the near future
- Learning posters (ABCs 123s shapes, colors, and a calendar)
- Kitchenette (along with food, utensils, and cookware)
- Dolls and a foldable dollhouse
- Animals and a foldable barn
- Dress-up stuff
- Stroller, grocery cart and vacuum
- Some stuffed animals and baby dolls
We did go through her closet while we were in there, and hopefully we are able to go through it again once it warms up a bit. Even in her closet, we had the same issues as we did with her toys. Feeling that we were not able to get rid of as much as we would have had it been ours.
So, we came up with some questions for this area as well. They included:
- Does it fit her?
- Will it fit her during the season that it’s for?
- Will she wear it?
- Will she like to wear it?
- Does it (or will it) fit her well?
These questions allowed us to sort through her clothes and remove the unnecessary. It didn’t however, remove everything that wasn’t essential. This is something that we are actively working on and will come more into play as the seasons change.
We did end up with a decent amount of excess removed from her room, which makes it a bit more manageable for her and us alike. And, it will be donated to a women and children’s center in addition to the stuff removed from our kitchen last week.
So, how did your Minimalist Monday go? Were you able to remove ALL of the excess, or do you too have a work-in-progress? Have you found a way to reduce in other areas of the house, or further reduce your children’s stuff?