Well in my process of minimizing, I soon came to what every minimalist parent dreads...The kids. .. Can a parent be a minimalist with children? Especially young ones like mine? I didn't know but I was going to put it to the test! So i went into their room and drug out all of their toys boxes and dumped them into a huge pile in my spacious living room floor. I then told them that we were going to sale some of the toys in the garage sale and I would in turn give them the money to add to their savings jar. They more than surprised me. Without any urging from me we had two 13 gallon bags of toys for garage sale! When I was done I was able to fit all of their belongings in their closet. And you know what? The kids love the extra space and have not missed any toys.
Well the garage was a mess. Tubs everywhere! Junk everywhere. Grass from the mower rotting on the cement floor and smelling of cat pee where the stray cats next door had left their mark. My garage left nothing to complement a homemaker. I was reminded of the proverbs that says a wise woman builds her house but the foolish plucks it down. So I set to work. Sorting through children's clothes, books, and treasures saved for a rainy day. Finally three days later....I was starring at a much more organized garage! Howbeit still full due to the garage sale mound on one side! But I was so happy as was my husband. The garage had been a great source of stress for him and now he could breathe just a bit easier! His stress levels and that of my children were going down. I could already see the benefits of the life I was pursuing!
Well, the first thing I decided to do was start throwing the things I knew weren't keepers in bags and boxes. That was the easy and fun part. It wasn't hard for me! I began to mound a section of my very full garage with just garage sale items and also began to enjoy the benefits of a clean home!!! Even with three small children at home. We are trying to build our emergency fund right now, so instead of donating everything right away, I decided to sell it very cheap. Doing it this way would not only allow me to help build that fund but also be a blessing to the people in my tiny town! so prepping for a garage sale I began!