A guest post by Cindy Bogard
This summer in May, I discovered Colleenâ€™s blog and committed to a 365 decluttering on June 1. I keep myself honest (and hopefully inspire others) by writing about my journey daily on Facebook. I was already partly on my way when I discovered the 365 day challenge: Iâ€™d been doing some heavy organizing and decluttering on my own, and when my girls (8 and 10) got out of school at the end of May, I told them that we would be cleaning one area a day.
At first we were just cleaning and tidying. Perhaps one girlâ€™s room, perhaps one of the areas they use often like the living room or their bathroom. We would certainly â€œmove things alongâ€ if we encountered something we no longer needed, but we were neither diligent nor focused on decluttering until I took the challenge.
Since my eldest daughterâ€™s birth, our house has been pretty shamefully messy at times â€“ long stretches at a time. I had not always set a great example for them. Nonetheless, in beginning decluttering with them, I did start out with a few advantages:
1)Â Â My children do not watch commercial TV, which keeps the â€œwant itsâ€ at bay. When we do see a commercial or a toy that looks cool at the store, we discuss: 1.)What is the purpose of advertising? 2.)Are those kids really going to enjoy that as much as it seems like they are? 3.)Is this a good price for this item? 4.)Do we know anyone who has this item so that we could try it out first?
2)Â Â Â We primarily shop for durable goods (clothing, furniture, accessories, etc.) at thrift and consignment stores.
3)Â Â I do not particularly enjoy shopping, so neither of my girls considers shopping a hobby.
4)Â Â Â As part of our faith, we talk about the need to give to and care for those who have less than us, and I often emphasize how fortunate we are because we have everything that we need and many, many of things that we want.
5)Â Â I realized one day that I tell the girls (and my husband) â€œnoâ€ and they probably didnâ€™t realize that I tell myself â€œnoâ€ too. So I got in the habit of discussing my purchases out loud with my children. Now they see that I sometimes see things that I desire and tell myself no and walk away.
If you want to get your children involved in a journey that will be lighter on your wallet, lighter on the planet and will leave more than just a path through the living room, what advantages do you bring to the table? None? Of course not!Â At a minimum, I know that you bring two important things with you, things that you can build from:
1)Â Â a desire to make do with less and
2)Â Â a supportive community here on 365lessthings
ITEM 257 OF 365 LESS THINGS
This light glode was faulty when I recieved it I am not sure why I didn’t throw it away then but it is gone now.