The Task: Reduce our children's bath toys to a few small items.
The Why: Okay, so I've been reading this book, The Joy of Less by Francine Jay. It's basically a complete guide on how to get rid of all of your junk and become a minimalist. While reading I am constantly torn between reading one more page and jumping up to dispose of half my house. In fact, where I live it is a holiday today and my husband asked me yesterday "What do you want to do on the Civic Holiday?" and I said "Go through the entire house from one side to the other and get rid of....nearly everything?" And in his profound wisdom and deep desire to relax and barbecue something, he said "um....no."
Anyways, all this to say that I am really coming to see the whole "less is more" thing come to life in my home. The more we declutter, the more we enjoy what we have. All my stuff is shaking in it's boots right now.
The How: I kept three rubber duckies. And got rid of 2 toy boats, a plastic frog, 4 more rubber duckies, a bunch of fishy toys, a plastic Winnie-the-Pooh and a set of washable bathtub crayons (oh, how I loathe those "washable" bathtime crayons!)
The Verdict: Honestly, I don't think my kids have noticed yet. We boxed up the extra toys and put them in the basement weeks ago and my kids have been playing with the duckies and washcloths and the soap. They pretend the duckies are boats, or sisters, or see monsters. They dip rubber duckies under the water and squeeze them to fill them with water and turn them into loaded water weapons. I will often sit on the bathroom floor and read to them from the Little House Series or my husband will read to them from whatever organic gardening tome he is currently reading. Bath time is fun and relaxing and the extra toys are definitely not missed, which means that today that little box in the basement is making it's way into the donate pile.
Also, three little toys are easy to tuck away in a cabinet, easy to get out at bath time, and if they accidentally get left out on the edge of the tub they look cute, not messy!
We are doing one small thing every day for a year to create a simpler, quieter, more intentional life. Take a moment to read all About Us, check out The Rules of our year long project and sign up for our RSS feed or "like" us on facebook so that you can follow our journey to radical simplicity!