Have you ever packed up your family to move to a new house?
Oh, the boxes! We are in the midst of a move to a new house and right now, 90% of our toys are packed up. Our closing has been delayed (thank you, government shutdown) and most of the usual toys are in boxes somewhere. While we were already pretty minimalist with our toys, now we are downright spartan.
Having all the toys packed up has brought out the minimalist in my 2 year old.
In fact, my two year old is as content as ever with the few activities available to him. He doesn’t miss all those toys at all! He is an especially busy little guy and I thought it would be fun to share all the things he did one day last week. He certainly hasn’t suffered from a lack of things to do.
My minimalist two year old’s very busy day.
8:00 am – Looked at picture books with a big brother. Had breakfast and listened to some songs on Pandora. Helped tidy his room.
9:00 am – Got dressed and played with little cars and trains.
9:15 am – Watched Netflix on the iPad while the rest of us did schoolwork. This buys me some much needed quiet to work with the other kids. I’m teaching him to play by himself but it’s a work in progresss.
9:35 am – Oops – that didn’t last! I discovered him “feeding” the cat. He helped me clean up the trail of water from the sink to the cat food dish.
9:50 am – Watched big brother’s first grade math lesson and worked at the table for a while, coloring and scribbling. Being allowed to use scissors is especially exciting for this kid!
10:30 am – Snack time!
10:45 am – Helped himself to some pots and spoons and got creative.
11:00 am – Rode his tricycle around the basement with his brother (aka recess).
11:30 am – Back at the kitchen table to use some Playdough during a spelling lesson. Playdough sanity-saver: we only use it outside or on days when we’re already planning to vacuum. Then I don’t stress about the mess.
12:00 pm – Lunch and some outside playtime on the swingset. One of the Best Toys Ever for boys.
1:30 pm – Listened to a few stories and took a nap. Mom’s glad for quiet time, too.
3:00 pm – Joined the boys and me for chores for a good 45 minutes (the house really needed some TLC). He loves to vacuum and do laundry.
4:00 pm – Ran around with the big boys when friends came over. The big kids are very protective of him and he loves playing with them.
4:30 pm – Helped make dinner. He sat at the counter as I cooked and we talked about our day. He’s in the phase where he constantly asks “why?” and he’s so much fun to talk with. His latest gem was, “Mom, why you not wear diapers?” 🙂
5:00 pm – Back outside and running around. This kid is always happy when he’s outside. I’m so grateful for the warm October we’re having.
6:00 pm – Dinner. Then more playtime with cars and trains and people.
7:30 pm – Read some more books and got ready for bed.
So you see that he really only used a few things that would be considered toys all day long. We had virtually no toys to pick up. Sure, there were some messes to clean up, but that’s part of the deal with little kids. And he was busy and (mostly) happy all day long.
I know he’ll be glad to see a few more of his favorite things once we are moved and unpacked, but I will still be keeping the toys to a minimum. My kids are developing longer attention spans and learning to be more creative. It makes for a much more peaceful household.
How about you? Do you think less is more when it comes to toys?
Photos by slightlyeverything, Sarah Mueller.