"Mommy, we should give away all our toys to the poor people so they could have some for Christmas." announces Stephen Josiah early last week during breakfast as he enjoyed a hot bowl of oatmeal.
Yes, yes! Less toys, less mess, more appreciation for what they own. How could we go wrong here?
Two days ago I rounded up 8 bags worth of toys (we have 8 children and toys can accumulate pretty quickly) and we sent them on their way to the Salvation Army. Well, most of them, some got thrown into the trash.
I was struck by something amazing. They did NOT miss a thing. In fact, they were happy. Yes, I said happy. Because now they could find the little toys they did have and the pieces that went with them. They also didn't have to spend alot of time cleaning up before they played because the house was clean!!!!! YIIIIPPPPPEEEEEEEE! I could not tell who was happier-------me or them!
In a book by Don Aslett, a professional housecleaner, he points out that when we were children we didn't have many things and look how badly our homes are cluttered and how much we hoard in the 21st century. He warned what the future would look like for our children in this day and age of plenty and multiple options---that they too, living in the 'age of accumulation' would struggle as badly, if not worse, than their parents. If we are drowning in clutter and we had 'less' when we were growing up---what will our children's homes look like since they had so much more growing up? More is not best. It steals your time, your joy and creates mental clutter. Sometimes homes can be so bad that it can create depression---for the homemaker and for those living there.
Later that day, Stephen Josiah looks up at me as he played chess with his brother and comments "Mommy, I am so happy we got rid of all those toys."
I am in complete shock-children happy to get rid of toys? Yes, they can be happy with the simple.
Less is definitely best.