Minimalist Easter

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Let me start by saying I am soooooo not a minimalist. I want to be. Like REALLY want to be. I feel like I am drowning in clutter daily. I want everything to have a home. I want to have no piles. But I’m not there yet. I’m not even close.

If minimalism were a road trip, I’m not even in the car, much less  with my seatbelt on. Nope. I’m still looking for my keys.

Now that we have THAT cleared up.

I’ve decided that minimalism is a journey. I’m enjoying the scenic route right now. I am trying to tackle small areas without giving away all my worldly possessions to the local donation center.

For the time being, I’ve decided to take a closer look at why and how we do things. I’ve really been looking at our clothing lately. This is probably the part of my life that is CLOSEST to minimal. Seriously. Clothes are just not my thing. I could wear the same thing everyday and never care. Give me a good pair of blue jeans, a black shirt and my Chucks and I am good.

Next topic on my mind has been Easter baskets.

Yep, deep, huh?

I loved waking up Easter Sunday morning to my basket of goodies. Mostly candy, maybe a few treats. I love candy and chocolate more than I could ever express. Chocolate especially is my love language.  We, of course, celebrated the resurrection of our Savior, got a beautiful new dress always handmade by my mom and went to church.

Easter baskets were just a fun celebration of spring at our house. Not the reason we celebrated….it wasn’t about the bunny…feel like we needed a disclaimer there.

So I asked my Facebook friends about their thoughts on a minimal Easter basket. Some answered not-s0-minimally. 😉 Some had some great ideas. Many bought things for baskets that they were already going to be buying anyway. Makes sense.

This year, I’m looking for fun treats that are consumable, maybe a few things that are activity related…something for them to DO…we don’t want to go overboard and treat Easter like a MAJOR gift giving holiday. We have six children still at home…baskets can get PRICEY. For real.

We also don’t want to load them up on junky sweets. I’ve read way too much to want to continue taking my kids down the path of unhealthy eating patterns. I struggle enough trying to break my own chains from the sweet monster. I don’t want them to have to do the same.

Below are a few things I’m looking at, as well as some suggestions from friends. I’d love to know any great ideas you have too!

  • For the last several years, we put out our baskets on Friday night and wake up to find them on Saturday morning. This is HUGE y’all. I mean HUGE. This was possibly one of the best parenting moments Bryan and I have ever had. HA! We get to wake up on Saturday, look through our baskets, eat chocolate for breakfast (kidding! Well, maybe!) and have a fun time checking out our goodies. Sunday morning we wake up ready to worship our risen Savior!
  • We always reuse the same baskets. Looks like lots of my friends do too. We kind of have a shabby assortment of them right now. This may be our last year to use them and they will all just go away. One less thing to store. A terra cotta pot might be nice, you think? Fairly inexpensive and we can reuse it!
  • What about grass? For years we have used the colorful plastic shredded grass. But it really just gets in the way. Who needs it? I say leave it out, no one really cares about the grass.
  • Lots of friends mentioned that consumables like bubbles, sidewalk chalk, crayons and even their favorite snack items were always popular basket stuffers.
  • A new toothbrush and toothpaste would be a great addition that another friend mentioned! Especially to combat any sweet treats!
  • Water bottles are a great reusable option too. We opt for stainless steel so we can use our essential oils with them but glass is a great option too!
  • Looks like lots of people help their kiddos get ready for spring and summer buy including swimsuits, goggles, flip flops, etc. That would make this momma-of-many go BROKE…but a great idea!

 

MORE IDEAS…..

Check out these seed bombs! Perfect for your baskets! You could even divide this set up among multiple kiddos!

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I am in love with these hair ties!!! So cute! Every girl needs these! Check out more like these at Sweet Emmeline Ltd. on Etsy.

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I love this Fairy Ribbon Wand from Modern TOT Shoppe. They have the most lovely Waldorf inspired play things. My little girls would love these!

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What about these vintage yarn hair ties? I was just thinking about these the other day! They were the bomb! I know two little girls at my house who might be needing these!! Mom do you remember these?!?!?!?

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TruJoy has a line of organic sweet treats! Pricey but much better for you! If you are only going with a few candy items, then spending more is not an issue.

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I’m loving these organic jelly beans from Surf Sweet! Maybe the kids will share!

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Check out these candies from Unreal…..looks like they are even available at Target! I’m going to look for them the next time I go! No GMOs and even Fair Trade!!!

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I’ll come back and add more things as I do more research! Share your ideas too and I’ll include them!

Love, Jenifer

Drowning…..

Am I the only one who feels like I am drowning in “stuff”?

I can remember years ago, Bryan and I shared a tiny apartment. I seriously could clean the entire apartment, top to bottom, in just a few hours. Everything had a home. There was nothing crammed or piled anywhere. Seriously?  We had a home without “piles”!

But now all of our stuff keeps us from enjoying what we do have and what is most important to us….our family.

I see other families plan fun days on Saturday and all I can think about it more time at home to clean, wash dishes, do laundry, “catch up”.

 

I don’t want to live a life like this. I want to sit down and play a board game with my kids.

I want to hop in the car and head to the park when the mood strikes us.

I want to invite friends over for lunch on a whim.

 

So I’ve begun to ask myself questions.

 

  • Why do we need 30 t-shirts when in theory, we can only wear one a day?
  • Why do we need an excessive amount of towels, when each person really only needs one?
  • Why do we hang onto things that don’t bring us joy?
  • Why do I have ALL of these kitchen gadgets that I might use once every few months when a simple kitchen knife will most likely suffice?
  • Why do we have closets full of clothes, yet wear the same favorite pieces over and over?
  • Why do my kids have toys coming out of their ears, drag it ALL out, make a huge mess but really only PLAY with a few select things?
  • Who else could benefit and be blessed by our excess?

 

I am on a  journey to find these answers.

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I’ve been reading. I’ve been watching documentaries and videos. I have been looking at everything in our house with a critical eye. Nothing is safe.

I’ve made small changes over the last few years but not nearly enough changes. I have cut down our wardrobes to a more manageable number of items.

I’ve bought less.

But I’m ready to get serious.

I am ready to give everything a home. If it doesn’t have a home, it is obviously not that important to me and needs to go.

Now, I need to get busy. I wish I had a couple of days with everyone out of our house but me except we all know that is the stuff of cleaning fairy tales. Now I need to figure out how to carve out a little bit of time each day to make some progress.

When you see me, ask me how it’s going. I need some accountability. I think Bryan might be afraid….his book collection is sacred to him. I’m determined to affect change in every area I can and to see where that might lead him. Who knows? Maybe he will become a minimalist!

Are you dreaming of a life on minimalism too?


 

WHERE I STARTED…….

Nourishing Minimalism (here are some great RESOURCES from her too)

This documentary on Minimalism is a must see! CLICK HERE! Available on Netflix.

I started my very own Pinterest board on Minimalism..full of resources I want to read and look into. CLICK HERE to check it out!

Becoming Minimalist website

Marie Kondo’s  book…CLICK HERE!