I am becoming more and more convinced that these just won't go together. Gabe and I both have a tendency toward minimalism - we regularly assess the things we have in our home and throw or give away items that are just taking up space. Still, our house is very, very full, and I often get frustrated at the difficulty of keeping everything clean and organized.
Today we're having our carpets cleaned throughout the house. This is a once-a-year occurrance, so it is a big deal. (Yes, I scheduled it two weeks before my duedate. Yes, I am nesting.) The cleaner will move some things to get under them (our light sofas, for example) but everything else that generally takes up floor space has to be moved off the carpets. Being entirely too pregnant to do this myself, I hired my sister-in-law to come help me for a few hours and she (wonderful girl!) moved everything moveable out to the back patio and vacuumed all the floors. The result was this:
Which is what I wish my home could look like all the time. See all those lovely, spare, clean lines? Oh! Love them! Let's just all stand at the table so we don't have to have chairs! (Kidding, kidding...)
The trouble is that if you turn around you get this picture instead:
Not so beautiful, is it. And that is 90% kid stuff. Changing table, kid's play table/chairs, bin of duplos, baby swing, diaper pail, stroller...you get the idea. And that is just the stuff taking up normal, living floor space. There is also an entire closet full of child-related stuff that I can't get rid of because Josiah will need it.
Is it just a fact of life that with children comes stuff? We try so hard to keep toys for our kids minimal and creative (like duplo blocks), and not to get sucked into the current culture of "buy buy buy more! If you loved them you would!" and yet still we have so very many things in the house. Sometimes I wonder what would happen if I let another person come into my house and make her own assessment of what we *really* needed to keep. It would be an interesting experiment, wouldn't it? Perhaps fresh eyes would see more clearly.