I'm disenchanted with my stuff, my children's stuff, and my husband's stuff. And of course our collective family's stuff. I spend my days picking up stuff, organizing stuff, buying stuff to put my stuff in, cleaning stuff, and throwing away stuff.
How much stuff do we need?
Every month, I cycle through the girls' toys, ditch broken toys, put some away for a rainy day, put some away just because it's better when we have space from some toys, and recycle/donate toys we have outgrown (or I simply have grown tired of). I haven't taken on this task in a few months and I can feel it. It feels like our toys have reproduced.
Happily I can report that the girls actually use the majority of their toys, sometimes I think it's safe to give one the heave-ho when Sj pulls it out, plays with it obsessively for the day, and snuggles it at bedtime. She came down stairs with a teddy bear she was given at birth and don't think she's rarely played with. She gave me the classic, "look at my favorite teddy bear". I think it's her intuition that I am getting fed up with all the stuff.
BTW, remember that ginormous tote, I bought from Pottery Barn? I filled it easily today with stray toys that belong happily in Sj's bedroom, that have found their way into every other nook and cranny in our house, including but not limited too, under the buffet, behind the television, in the coat closet, the bathroom floor, under my bed, in the rocking chair, and on the stairs. Tote full, my head shaking in amazement.
On a related note, I am committing to giving up television for one entire week. CRAZY. It feels crazy anyway. The big week is Monday April 21- Sunday April 27. My hubby thinks we should start small and just try it for a day. I told him, I don't think we can make any breakthroughs with just one day of television off.
On a side note, we did secretly conspire to watch Top Chef on Wednesday night, but that's it. ONE HOUR. Maybe i'll feel differently about it come Wednesday.
I wonder what we are capable of as a family, with out the distraction of television and being more authentic and present in our lives. I won't be giving up my computer, but I may set time limits and set times to post. I feel it's important to post through the experience, so I can give updates on how it's going, what we are discovering about ourselves.
If you would like to join the challenge or gather info, try this link at Unplug Your Kids.
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