Living Well Spending Less | Project Simplify 365

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In a nutshell, Project Simplify 365 is based on the idea that consciously doing one small thing each day towards creating a simpler life can ultimately add up to a big change. You can read more about my personal goals here, or follow my progress on the Project Simplify 365 Facebook Page. Perhaps it will even inspire you to make some changes this year too. Your priorities and goals don’t have to be the same as mine, but hopefully we can encourage and motivate each other to do just one thing each day.

took away ALL their stuff {7.26.12}

by Ruth on July 26, 2012

After spending 4 hours on Tuesday organizing their closet and deep cleaning their room, only to have the girls pull make yet another huge mess (then fail to clean it up), I had finally had it.  I took away every last toy, every stuffed animal, every piece of play food for their kitchen, every piece of furniture in their dollhouse, even the pretty comforter on their bed.

I decided that if they didn’t appreciate their things they didn’t deserve to have them, and they will now have to earn them back.  Yes, it probably makes me the meanest mom EVER, but in all honesty, since I took it all away, they have been happier and more content, fought less, read more, and been MUCH more helpful.  Even more amazingly, beyond the 2 favorite stuffed animals they each earned back, they don’t really seem to want any of it back.  I guess time will tell, but it has definitely been an interesting experiment so far.

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Juliet August 2, 2012 at 12:10 pm

LOVE IT! Boy do I feel I should do the same thing. I have two boys almost 6 and 3. Mess Mess Mess! Your an inspiration to me. Good for you. Your a great mom. To think it really is just all stuff. They actually can be happy without. Have a great day!
I love that you and your husband choose to homeschool the girls. My husband and I feel it is best for our family too. Can’t wait to see how the journey goes for all of you.


Jen August 6, 2012 at 3:43 pm

I’m wondering how it works with them sharing a bed? Do they still have separate beds? My youngest ends up in bed with his brother at times, but I dont have them together. Good luck homeschooling, that’s something I can never do. Public education for my kids, I think it fosters relationships and learning in a different aspect. I wouldn’t have hte patience or time for homeschooling. good luck!


Ruth August 7, 2012 at 7:52 am

They don’t have separate beds but easing them into sharing one has been a work in progress. For almost a year they both wanted to sleep on the floor every night, and sometimes one of them would decide to sleep on the bed instead. When they finally started both sleeping in the bed they both moved around so much that one or both of them would end up on the floor, and for about a month we would find Trouble curled up in a ball under the bed every morning. I think they finally just got used to it though, because now they do just fine and generally stay in the same spot. They seem to sleep better now that they are together, and they go to sleep giggling together each night, which is really sweet.


Elizabeth August 7, 2012 at 5:23 pm

On more than one occasion my kids have lost chunks of their toys, and once they lost them all (or rather my daughter lost them all for herself and her brother.) I completely agree about the atmosphere being a lot different. And personally, I just like to see the floor, and not trip over four hundred pieces of who knows what. We now only keep out about half of the toys. Good for you – it’s nice to know I’m not the only “mean” one out there ;) .


Rebecca October 19, 2012 at 3:00 pm

I’m a stay-at-home mom so I totally understand but when I tried taking the things away it wasn’t the kids that got upset it was my husband. He doesn’t understand that to have the clean picked up house he wants to come home to everyday what a mess they really can make and I have to put up with crying just making them pick up one toy let alone the whole box.


Kim S. June 23, 2013 at 3:14 pm

I’m with you there, Rebecca. My husband is a closet hoarder, even with stuff that’s not his! :)


Lurker April 25, 2013 at 9:28 am

So what’s in the box at the end of the bed?


Anna Kirkland June 11, 2013 at 9:46 pm

I’m curious, what did they have to do in order to earn something back? Oh how I would love to do something similar to this with my own kids. And for their sake, b/c I know the times that we have put up the toys, they are more creative in other areas, and also happier b/c they spend less time cleaning!


Sarah S. August 23, 2013 at 10:33 am

I’m sorry if this may have been covered elsewhere, but can you let me know the why of your daughters having to share a bed? Is it because of maximizing utility in a room?


Beth March 12, 2014 at 9:46 pm

My mom did this. She didn’t take all our toys, but she did take the ones we left out. We then had to work to get them back. If we didn’t, then obviously we wouldn’t miss them if they were gone, and she found them a new home.


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Suzanne July 1, 2014 at 10:09 pm

Love it!. I wish I had the courage to do this. Can you Please share what your girls had to do to earn back some of the their things?

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