spoil (verb): Diminish or destroy the value or quality of

We’ve been nominated for an eco mom blog award (we’d be forever indebted if you would so kindly vote for us), so I’m thinking maybe over the next week or so we should have a bit of an eco mom focus.  So today we will talk about the source of all environmental degredation -STUFF.

Yes, I’m still thinking about stuff. Too much stuff. Especially since Boo came along. Yes, she has a lot of stuff, but I can’t blame her. After all, I’m the one who bought her all the stuff, and most of the time she doesn’t even want it.  And so a growing pile of toys sits in the corner, collecting dust.

I’m trying to make a conscious effort to limit this stuff, especially after reading Simplicity Parenting by Kim John Payne. Basically, we are doing more harm than good when we bombard our children with stuff -be it clothes, books, toys, or activities. All of this stuff overstimulates, over-stresses, and overwhelms children. They lose their ability to play and use their imagination when there are too many options.

To keep our family’s sanity, we now rotate toys and books in and out.  It keeps the visual clutter down and it keeps Boo’s interest up.  I’ve also adopted a one in, one out rule. But that’s not really effective when there was too much stuff to begin with. So today, out of an act of love, we will purge.

This is what I strive for:

This is what I am trying to avoid (taken from the NYTimes Color Project):

And if you’re really feeling brave about downsizing your child’s clutter (and yours too!), there are only 5 “must-have” toys. Bonus -none of these toys have ever been recalled!

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