In two weeks we are having another yard sale, and because of that I have been more focused than usual on purging “stuff”. I really have been trying to look critically at our possessions in the recent past and decide what stuff we need vs what stuff is really just taking up space and weighing us down. I’ve gone through closets, rooms, collections, and I have done a passable job of weeding out and selling off or donating in most areas. The one area, surprisingly (to me) that I am having major issues being able to let go is one that is not even mine exactly, and I have the least sentimental value invested – my children’s toys.
The reason I am having trouble with this is not that they have so few toys that I can’t bear to reduce them. On the contrary, they have way too many toys. They are the first grandchildren on both sides and as such, they have been inundated with gifts from very doting and generous grandparents. I have also managed to bring home way too many incidental items from my garage sale explorations. I want to reduce the number of toys they have. The problem is… I can’t decide what to purge. It seems any time I settle on a particular toy or set of toys, my son starts playing with those toys that very same day and then I don’t want to eliminate them because he still uses them.
My spouse boxed up about 15 toys and put them in the garage in an effort to get rid of a few. Truth be told, I can barely remember what is in the box never mind worry about if the kids still want to use them. This shows me we should get rid of a bunch of these toys. But I just can’t seem to do it. And if you think my spouse would be better at it, it was hard for him to fill just that one box of toys, so he’s not really that much further detached than I am.
Even if we don’t sell the toys at the yard sale and donate them instead, I still want to get rid of a huge percentage of them. In this case, the purging isn’t just about increasing inflow to pay down debt, it is also about accumulation. There are just Too. Many. Toys.
I wish it was easier for me to purge them. Why is it easier for me to purge my own stuff? I had no problem donating half my closet to goodwill. But I can’t seem to get rid of one or two of 50 trucks or books or blocks or noisy annoying electronic gadgets or stuffed animals or play kitchen accessories.
I need to teach my children that less is more and I am not doing a very good job of that thus far.