What does simplicity mean to you?

Upon first glance these shelves look pretty darn organized. Yes, they’re a little disheveled and disorderly, but it could definitely be much worse. That said, I just read the book, Simplicity Parenting, by Kim John Payne, who would likely say that this is far too much clutter for a small child’s bedroom. When a child has so many options – nothing is special or stands out. They don’t learn to value their belongings AND become overstimulated. I am conflicted and find this a challenging one because it’s HARD to purge books (not to mention I have three kids at different ages). He recommends storing items out of sight, but storing and stashing does not necessarily jive with my desire for a more minimalist-ish life and home. Here’s to identifying a solution that’s somewhere in the middle. A lot of the time things just aren’t black and white and you’re better off looking to the gray area for the answer. We’ll see if I can get there…

Update: progress! I pulled the books that nobody wanted to read anymore and sorted the rest by age. Now each child has their own age-appropriate stash of books to read in their rooms. I created a reading nook in the playroom as well.

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