Monday, August 25, 2008

Simplification

I can't believe it's been a whole week since I posted anything. It's been a bit busy around here...last week, Burge's car was in the shop for a while (we are hoping to make it through this week without having something break...Not likely!). I've been working on cleaning out the kids winter clothes for a consignment sale next month. And, I'll admit, I've been more than slightly embarrassed over how many clothes my kids have.

Really, does a 4 year old need 10 + pairs of jeans? 5 pairs of tennis shoes? Granted, when I worked a real, paying job, the laundry might not get done every week, or even every 2 weeks for that matter. If I'm being honest, it might not get done until Abby ran out of clean underwear, and I won't even get into how pairs of that she has. But I digress...this is not a post about my previous horrible laundry habits, it's about excess.

We all have too much stuff. Simplification has been on my mind a lot lately. Our closets don't need to be busting at the hinges with clothes that we might wear someday. Abby doesn't need 10 pairs of jeans, especially when she doesn't even like to wear jeans!

But simplification doesn't just involve material things, at least not in our house. We have issues with time simplification too. You know what I mean, over-committing ourselves to things that we don't really feel led to do, but for some reason think we ought to. Getting the kids involved in activities that they never asked about or showed an interest in, but because everyone else's kids are doing it. We are going to learn to say no, and more importantly, not feel guilty about it!

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