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Books and Toys: Is it Time to Downsize?

The following post is by editor Kara Fleck.

It is time to downsize at our house, I can feel it.  Our play areas are starting to feel a little chaotic and lately a few Spring-like sunny days revealed a layer of dust on some once beloved items.  I know I need to reevaluate what we own and the kids and I need to make some decisions. 

I try to follow the “one in, one out” rule, but that didn’t happen during this most recent round of birthdays and holidays.   We have accumulated too many things and it is affecting our living space and the quality of the children’s play.

Are you also feeling overwhelmed by the books and toys your children have? Are they having a hard time keeping things picked up?

When this happens at my house, despite our toy and book rotating, I know that it might be time to downsize.  Luckily, my friend Tsh of Simple Mom is coming to my rescue with her annual Project Simplify. My house, especially the children’s spaces, can’t wait to begin!

If you’re a regular reader of Simple Kids or Rockin’ Granola then you know that I readily confess that I don’t “do it all.”  One of the things I’m able to coast a little bit on is the deep cleaning.  I get by with basic every day chores that the kids and I do (toilets, beds, floors, and kitchen surface cleaning) and a twice a year intense deep attic to garage cleaning.   Only last fall with a new baby, that autumn deep clean didn’t happen.

We’re overdue for some clutter control.

Perhaps some of you are finding yourself in the same situation? 

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