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It's not easy to raise a family without distractions. All those bright, loud—and often expensive—diversions add up to one big sensory storm. Little wonder that the quest to simplify our life supports a whole industry, with a dazzling array of ways to organize. Sure, you could shop for more storage containers and baskets (and add them to that pile in the garage). Or you might cut the mental and physical clutter, and gain space for what's important by hammering out a few "family principles," each with its own payoff. Consider these guidelines a good place to start.
We've all had the hair-pulling experience of trying to find that permission slip on the day it's due, right as the bus pulls up and the clock is ticking. To top it off, you're inevitably going to trip over that giant pile of toys in the corner, just as the bus pulls away from the curb. That should be enough motivation for us to start liberating last year's school cereal-box project, the printouts of recipes we never made and the toys our kids never touch. But there is an even better reason to go on a stuff-cleanse: once that icky, jelly-stained doll is out the door, she will never come back. Chances are, she won't be missed. And if she is, what a wonderful opportunity to lovingly support our kids as they confront something so basic in their lives as human beings. Nothing lasts. And that's OK. We can enjoy the bounty that we have—and it's usually even more fun when you can actually see the floor.
This little trick has less to do with what we do or buy and is more of an internal shift that can really quiet the drama in your head. Consider all the times you felt pretty good about your work, your home, your cooking, your kids, your body—only to be hijacked by seeing someone who you think has it one better. Not only might this envious feeling drive us mad with insecurity, but we may actually take steps to make our X a little more like her X. (It's bad enough when we compete with others over material possessions, but when we compare our kids that way,look out!) And so, the best way to be satisfied with what we have is to stop comparing. When I notice myself glancing sideways in that familiar way, I remind myself that people are not just some pieces of a puzzle we long for, but whole, imperfect things in and of themselves. Judging ourselves against other family members and friends is crazy-making and really complicates our life.
The last thing any parent needs is a longer to-do list. So approach this streamlined set of principles one step at a time. Take it slow. And, always: keep it simple.
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