Slow Saturdays (ur, Sundays?) – Slowing the inflow of stuff

Slow Saturdays is a weekly challenge related to slow parenting. The challenges are intended to break down a large project into smaller, more manageable pieces. Try it for yourself. You are, as always, encouraged to post comments. Tell us your story.

I’d like to say that I was in such a slow living mood on Saturday that I forgot to do a blog post, but that isn’t the truth. I was consumed with the Bear’s fifth birthday party and all the joys that come with having five little girls visiting our home. But it was the Bear’s birthday (again) that made me think of this week’s challenge. We had a toonie party – the Bear’s friends each brought her a toonie in lieu of a birthday present. We wanted the focus to be on celebrating her birthday with friends and family rather than on presents. We promised to take her the toy store with her toonies in order to buy herself a single gift. Once the Bear was in the toy store with her toonies (and the promise from Mom and Dad that they would help her purchase a toy), she thought that the idea of a toonie party was a pretty good one. But mainly, the idea of toonie party is to reduce the accumulation of more stuff.

I believe that reducing the amount of stuff you have can help lead to a happier life. With less stuff to keep track of, maintain and replace, you have the time and energy for other things – a focus which, I believe, is more worthwhile and fulfilling.

The Challenge – Aside from food, aim to eliminate any new things from coming into your home this week. No shopping for extras. Try not to accept gifts or even second-hand things. No toys for the kids. Not even a new tube of lipstick or pair of socks. This week only! But hopefully it will help us think about how easy it is to add to the amount of things in our homes.

4 Responses to “Slow Saturdays (ur, Sundays?) – Slowing the inflow of stuff”

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  2. 2 Michelle February 7, 2011 at 8:33 am

    This is a tough one! It’s amazing how many things “sneak” into our houses…a lip balm, a candy treat for the kids, etc. They’re so small, but they really add up over time and become a source of clutter-stress for me (just like paperwork – why can’t everything be paperless?!?). I really like Terri’s idea of removing two items for every one that comes in. Having had a 3-year old’s birthday party last weekend, I have A LOT of toy donating/purging to do this week.

  3. 3 Terri February 7, 2011 at 2:38 am

    Love the challenge. We are currently working on decluttering trying to make room for a new baby at the end of this month.

    I can’t do the challenge as totallly laid out by you as I do need some things for the hospital bag BUT I’m going to set a goal to remove 2 things from our house for every 1 that I bring in. Close enough?

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