Minimalism seems to be quite trendy right now but we have high hopes this trend sticks around for a while. To us, minimalism means actively choosing to consume less *stuff* and only choosing quality, durable items that will last.
If you were to go into your child’s room right now what would you find most of? Clothes? Toys? Books? All of these things are great things, but they are just that, *things.* What can you clear out and eliminate to create room, clear clutter, and decrease stress?
We’ve come up with a few steps on how to teach your little ones about living with less and the most important part - giving back to those in need.
Purge: Everything begins with clearing out the clutter and realizing how much we have accumulated. This is a big important step that your kids can get involved in. Create a “keep” and “giveaway” pile and start sorting. You can find more helpful hints here about clearing the clutter in 3 easy steps.
Teach: Needing something versus wanting something is a great place to start when teaching your kids about minimalism. Make sure you listen and question them as you’re out shopping and use language such as, “I understand you really want that new toy but do you really need it?” If they will not let it go, try and challenge them with a question like, “Do you love this new toy so much that you would be willing to give up one of your favorite stuffed animals at home?”
Be Content: Teaching contentment can be hard, even we, as grown-ups, fairly often need to be reminded of this. Simply put, we already have enough stuff and more stuff cannot add to our happiness. Instead, ask them what they are grateful for.
- Give Away: We think loving on other families is awesome. For your kids, learning to share is such an important part of shaping their and your values as a family. Challenge them to pick out toys, books, or clothes that they want to share with kids that may not have an abundance of these items. They’ll be proud they helped and can understand where their items are going.
Living with less can be hard to explain in a world where more stuff is pushed. But overall, if you consciously choose to consume less and focus on quality items, you are already creating less waste. Your kids may surprise you and be more generous than you think. Afterall, they are the next generation of thinkers, doers, teachers, and lovers-of-others.