Managing the Mayhem
Ever since I read Simplicity Parenting earlier this year, I have been all-consumed with managing the mayhem of day-to-day life with two young kids.
The toys, the clothes, even the books that I once thought I could never have enough of…it has all become too much.
One particular cause behind the clutter amplified even more this year when Little D started kindergarten: we were suddenly barraged with artwork, homework, work sheets, and more of the same. Without fail, we come home from pick-up every day with a stack of sheets, homemade projects, beadwork and “very special” paintings.
I love that her school emphasizes creativity, I love that she takes such pride in her work, and I love that everything is “very special,” but I simply can’t keep up and from the looks on the faces of my fellow pick-up parents, I am not the only one.
So we came up with a system that has been working for us and thought I would share.
We went to Ikea and bought a handful of matching frames for the kids’ playroom/loft (pictured above). We told Little D that these were hers to “curate” (clearly we didn’t use that word, but that’s essentially what she is doing). She can pick her very favorite pieces of work to hang in the frames and we can switch them out on a regular basis. Everything else goes to recycling. So far, the approach has worked. She is learning about the true meaning of “very special,” we are empowering her to make her own choices and we get to actually enjoy some of her artwork in the process instead of having it sit in a pile covered in dust.
My recycling bin is overflowing, but my house is not. Which is a very good thing.
Now I just need to find a similar solution for all that beadwork…
How do you manage the clutter of kids in your home? Is it a priority or do you embrace it and grin?