Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The Trial of Toys

I'm in the mood to purge.

I'm pretty sure it's because Chopper has applied for several jobs that are overseas and has qualified for one in Germany and one in South Korea.  That doesn't mean he's offered the job, but the potential is there and we've been talking a lot about what our future may look like.

Living overseas (attached to a military base) is exciting and also frightening.  It's also had me thinking about selling the house and making a move and I swear that whenever you move suddenly your "stuff" multiplies by 10.  At our house, the toy situation seems particularly bad simply because we don't have a play room.  Instead, half of our living room is dedicated to the storage of toys and they get scattered all over the house on a very regular basis.

So as I'm cleaning up the disaster zone this morning I can't help but think -- why don't we just get rid of all of this?  Or just keep the stuff that truly interests the kids.  For William that would be trains and cars and anything with wheels.  For Megan, art supplies. For Abby it would be the tv.  I'm not kidding.  She does play with toys and with other kids but if she had her way she would watch tv all. day. long.

But this side of me is at war with the side of me that says "what if"?  They might want to play with this later or maybe we'll need that someday or whatever.  I'm a very conflicted person.

Also, please note that I am a complete hypocrite and none of this purging applies in any way, shape, or form to my sewing room.  For fabric, more is truly more!  That reminds me of a sign someone posted on Facebook that I love -- "you can't buy happiness, but you can buy fabric and that's pretty close".  

1 comment:

The JL McGregor Family said...

I want to purge, too!! And your last post reminded me of Brene Brown's movie on empathy. It's so wonderful. And her book is good, too (but non-fiction).