As a first time mom, it was hard to gauge. But I knew I wanted less rather than more, and besides, we would have to lug everything back with us (to Scotland) on an airplane, so I couldn't go overboard. Now I'm learning that this is not a one-time struggle.
Once I was pregnant, I vowed to leave my pack-rat ways behind. I read "Beyond the Sling" by Mayim Bialik out of curiosity and one section of the book is about how babies don't need all these things. It might seem obvious, but to me it was an epiphany. I started thinking about how simple a life could be without so many things.
My pragmatic husband would certainly be happier, and anyway, an expat lifestyle is easier without tons of stuff. I wanted our new family and new life together to give me the opportunity to do something I'd never learned how to do before--let go of all the unnecessary junk and be happy living in the now.
That was back when I didn't know there were two babies. Then when I found out we were having twins, I dutifully searched Google for registry recommendations. How much stuff was I going to need to handle twins? And of that stuff, how much was I really going to need?
|Astro lends a critical eye as we go through clothes to see what still fits.|
We've had it easy up until now; babies are babies and they need me and their papa and not much else for the time being. But I do wonder how I will handle the coming years. Simplicity doesn't come that naturally for me and I want to be an example for my children. I know that I will need a more scrutinizing eye to judge what is truly necessary, and I should be creative in using what we have in new ways, and that I must be decisive when it comes to things we no longer have use for.
And, I'm so glad for my husband. He is the yin to my yang! When I'm in doubt, I can always count on him to be practical. It doesn't hurt that his natural aesthetic is minimalist, either. Sometimes I wonder how our styles work together, but that's where the magic is, I guess, and that's what I hope the babies will take away from us. Not the packrattiness or surgically-clean spaces, but a healthy balance of respect for simplicity and fun.
Thank you for visiting the Simply Living Blog Carnival cohosted by Mandy at Living Peacefully with Children, Laura at Authentic Parenting, Jennifer at True Confessions of a Real Mommy, and Joella at Fine and Fair. Read about how others are incorporating simple living into their lives by clearing out the clutter. We hope you will join us next month, as the Simply Living Blog Carnival focuses on Going Green!
- De-Cluttering and Moving to Minimalism - Laura from Authentic Parenting is actively trying to achieve a more balanced life by giving up the things in order to make room for more enjoyment.
- A Minimalist Clutter Bug - Destany at They Are All of Me writes about the daunting task of clearing away years of clutter brought on by disorganization and a dislike for throwing things away.
- The Pack Rat Stops Here - Mercedes at Project Procrastinot doesn't want her twins to inherit the pack rat legacy but is uncertain how to lead by example.
- Clutter Minimized - Jorje of Momma Jorje shares how minimizing different aspects of her life and household have changed her life.
- Uncluttering Childhood - Are fewer toys and books harmful for your child? Does simplifying the stuff in your life, merely mean faster clean up? Find out if "less" is truly "more" for parents and kids alike at Heart-Led Parenting.
- Lagom - Sustainablemum shares her family's search for balance in decluttering their home and their lives.
- Letting Go - Of Things and Thoughts - Amy W. at Me, Mothering, and Making it All Work rejoices in her ability to allow others to teach her to let go - of things and of thoughts.
- From Cluttered to Clutter Free - Mandy at Living Peacefully with Children discusses the changes she went through from growing up in a cluttered household to becoming a decluttering diva.
- Facing the emotional roadblocks of clearing clutter - We all have reasons we hold on tightly to our stuff. Lauren at Hobo Mama offers advice for breaking through those walls.
- Spring Cleaning with Freecycle - Amy at Anktangle shares how her spring cleaning ritual has become much more fun (and productive!) since she's embraced her local Freecycle community and all it stands for.