I am considering minimalism. Why? I've observed that, as people age, they either become packrats, or they detach from their material possessions to free themselves. Nothing wrong with pack ratting. I've done plenty myself. But I'm at a point in my life when it just seems so unnecessary. Truly, all I need to function and be happy are these items: My papers (I'm a writer. They are mostly digitized now.) Some of my books (even they are being whittled down pretty well). My electronics.
One of my core values in that of relationship. I believe the relationships we build with family and friends are the things that matter most. When I was in the thick of raising my littles, I tried to keep that perspective while managing all the little details of life. This allowed me to do the less important things swiftly and efficiently so that I would have time for the things that mattered most. For a long time, this worked well. Then when life fell apart, all my systems cracked open and
When the kids were small, we tried to carry out as much clutter as we brought in. If we got a new toy, something old had to be put away or given away. Around Christmas-time, we tried to do a toy sort before the gifts showered in. As the kids grew, summertime garage sale-ing become a fun activity. I would let them choose large items that I wouldn't normally buy. If it was only a few dollars, why not? With four kids in a house, things could rapidly get out of control. One year, the