I had picked out my Spring Capsule, but life got busy (as it does) and I never wrote the post. In the meantime, I started to wonder how much of it I really wanted to keep and wear. The physical stuff in my home is feeling overwhelming to me again. This happens from time to time. The less that was once the right amount to keep becomes too much. In addition, my children receive gifts so the number of items in my home does increase.
I feel as though I need to declutter once again. In regards to my clothes, I feel drawn to the idea of a uniform with the odd extra piece thrown in. My clothes (although not significant in number) are feeling stifling and like I own too much.
I hope to keep some record of my decluttering here and the progress that I make with my wardrobe. There will be no Spring reveal in the meantime as I sort things out.
Thursday, 25 April 2019
Friday, 5 April 2019
Teaching and Modeling Contentment
I have a 4 (almost 5) year old who has begun to notice the differences between our lives and the lives of those around us. She has started to notice when people have larger houses than us or different/better toys. Every once in a while she will wistfully say "I wish we had a house/car/toy like that".
I have worked very hard in the last few years to learn how to practice gratitude for where we are in our life. I have never really been into comparing the things I have with the things that others have and neither has my husband. Keeping up with others hasn't been our priority. Our financial and personal goals have outweighed the want to have all the fancy/expensive items. We simply can't have both and we choose to stick to our goals.
In the past, however, I would shop when I was feeling stressed or down. I love clothes and home decor and this is where I normally would spend my money. I did a no-spend year and forced myself to learn better self-care techniques so that I wasn't spending money every time I felt unhappy.
One of the self-care techniques that has been powerful is gratitude. Taking the time to think of all that I have to be thankful for can really help me to stop the urge to spend money. I have to remind myself that the clothes I have are perfectly good and don't need to be replaced. I am content to use what I own.
When my daughter mentions something that she wishes she had, I stop and remind her of all that we do have. We have many people in our lives who have larger or newer homes than ours. When my daughter "wishes" for a bigger house I remind her that our house does all the things that we need it to do. Our house keeps us safe and warm. It protects us from the elements. It doesn't have to be fancy or new to do those things. Most importantly, our house contains our family and that really is the most important thing. When reminded of all the things our house does for us, my daughter usually responds with "Yeah, I love our house".
Envy is a normal human emotion, but we can teach our children how to grateful for what they have. I don't feel guilty for not "giving everything" to my children. My children need their needs met and love. My husband and I do those things for them. Everything else is icing on the cake. Our goal is to raise children who understand that things do not create happiness. Contentment leads to a much more peaceful life.
Monday, 1 April 2019
Simple Spring- How to Store Your Winter Items
Spring has officially hit and it has been wonderful! This weekend I finally got brave and swapped out our winter outerwear for our spring outerwear. It feels so good to welcome the new season. I have a few simple tips to help you store away your winter items so that they are ready to go for the next winter season.
- Wash Everything This isn't my favourite thing to do but it really makes life easier when you have to get out your winter clothes. I throw items into the washing machine so that they are clean when I put them into storage. I wipe down our boots, skates and helmets that can't go in the washing machine.
- Repair items that need it. I like to do my repairs before I put everything away. Sew on buttons, fix zippers, or find someone who can do those things for you. It will make life easier to have those items ready to go the next time you need them.
- Go through items and decide what to keep. I have kids so they outgrow their clothes rather quickly. I set aside any items that we are saving and then create a separate give away/donation pile. I also go through my own items and decide what to keep or give away.
- Store items in an organized fashion. We are fortunate to have a closet downstairs that houses all of our off season items. If you have to use tubs or boxes make sure you label them so that they are easy to find when you need them again.
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