My husband and I both have the same views of minimalism (thankfully!), but that doesn’t mean the kids do. I’ve been working for many years to declutter and reduce the amount of possessions we have in the house. The kids enjoy a clean house and clean room, so they have always been willing to let things go and bless someone else with our over abundance. The next step towards minimalism was a bit different.
We listened to a couple challenging sermons (Read about our Christian Faith and Minimalism here) and the older boys were totally on board. A couple years later, I was accused (by one of our sweet teenagers) of making the kids follow my own personal convictions (minimalism was included in that) but last week when I was writing 7 reasons to live a minimalistic lifestyle, each of the older kids gave a positive example of why minimalism is so great. They came up with 4 of those reasons!!
On her birthday, while she was occupied, I stole away to the dungeon basement, nabbed the garbage bag full of stuffed animals, hauled them back upstairs and reluctantly dumped them on her toddler sized bed.
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