Simple Sunday is where I’ve been exploring my thoughts on clutter. So, as part of a series I didn’t know I was starting a few weeks ago (the art of de-cluttering, 5 things I’ve learned about clutter, keeping clutter at bay)…today I want to share a revelation I’ve had about clutter and it’s effects on my parenting.


As I browsed through my google reader the other day, I ran into a
post by Brooks Palmer called Letting the Past Go So We Can Enjoy This. (His blog, Clutter Busting with Brooks Palmer, is really insightful.) And this post stuck in my mind. It left me thinking about how our belongings have the power to change our behaviors so easily. They can change our levels of patience, our parenting styles, and of course, our decisions about how to do things.


Take for instance our piano. I’ve got a few things on top of our piano at the moment. One of which is breakable. See that glass oil lamp below?


2010-07-11 - Simple Sunday - parenting and clutter


Well, my girls love to climb up on the piano bench to answer the phone and put it back afterward. Simple, right?


But every time they scream, “I’ll get it!”–I cringe.
I hope they don’t bump the oil lamp.

And this is it. It’s mental clutter. It’s aggravating. And at times,
it even stops me from letting them answer the phone. Ahhh, so much easier to just answer it myself.


But, my parenting strategy is about empowerment. And when our stuff stands in the way of the ‘doing,’ the fun, the learning, that just doesn’t make sense to me. I want my children to learn how to be the best people they can be, with and without errors. With things breaking. With stains. With tangles. And most importantly, with love.


So today I’m wondering just how many things in this house keep me
from being the parent I prefer being. The stuff that brings yelling outof me being the worst.


Argh, potential stain on the couch. That’s funny–I don’t even like that couch.
Help me wash the cups? Right now? As I’m finishing up? Well, it’ll be more fun for you than me.
Yikes. Another pop-up book bites the dust.


Anyone else going through a clutter-craze-phase right now? If so, how’s it going?


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