Monday, December 5, 2011


December is the month of less stuff. Gifts will be minimal and likely edible. Advent surprises will be activities with minimal accumulation.

December, though I’m starting this a few days in – I’m always late for everything, I was even born 2 weeks late – I really want to try this for reals. All the talk, “Blah blah blah, we have too much stuff. The kids have too many toys. We get too easily distracted by the slop that overflows onto the edges of the rooms.”

Really, my main task this month is to rid myself of stuff and try and teach that concept to my children. We can be just as happy, but also more focused on our activities and find more peace, if we have fewer things to trip over, step on, remove us from our task at hand. It would mean less time spent cleaning up and more time engaging with ourselves, each other and our ideas.

This is my 30 day change. I know it will require vigilance as I move beyond the 30 days. Heck, I made bread and prepped pinto beans last night so I would have to go into my bedroom and see the mess that had turned into a landslide of papers, books and miscellany. So one month of really kicking ass here, if I can be determined and spend my bits of extra time working on this project it can only help our family (and myself!) out.

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