Originally Posted by madis81
I have 2 pets - a cat and a dog. My daughter TRIES to bring home pets from the great outdoors, but I don't want creepy crawlers in my home. lol I'm severely allergic to my cat though, but I deal with it because the cat fits in so well with our family and our dog. The dog and cat actually wrestle and run around together. Some days, especially when we are out of the house, I think they scheme trouble.
heyitskalista, we would love to be minimalists! How do you do it?
The mama below me is currently, or is interested in "homesteading".
haha...well, when we first started, we went through the whole house and got rid of anything we didn't need. It was totally eye opening...we took van loads to be donated! I could not believe how much useless junk we had acquired over the short period of time we had lived in our house. We have bins in each kids' room and they are allowed to have as many toys as what fits in their bin. There are a few "everybody" toys that we keep on shelves in the living room too.
We keep our clothes simple, with basic pieces that can be paired in different ways. A few fun accessories to liven things up too!
In the kitchen, we only keep multi purpose tools (nothing with only one purpose like...I don't know...a melon baller! lol).
Basically, we try to make sure everything in our house has a purpose and gets used enough to warrant staying!
Now we have a one bag in, one bag out rule...when we bring something new in, something old has to go out. We are very careful about what we buy, making sure to consider whether we really need it, where it came from, what its made of, its quality, etc.
Its still difficult and it gets away from me from time to time. Probably twice a year, I go through the house and purge again but each time I've done it, the to go pile has been smaller so I feel like we're making progress.
Sorry this is so long...I get kind of excited about it! :) Its definitely not for everyone...but it works so well for us! I spend very little time cleaning up since there's not much stuff and everything has its place (which the kids know too so they can put it away themselves).