Letting Go-Minimalism during lockdown

One of the advantages to living in a smaller home is that you tend to adopt more minimalist tendencies. In a small house, everything which is additional to our needs really stands out and becomes far more of an obstacle than simply stuffing it in a basement, attic or garage- far more of a temptation in a larger family home. This is particularly important when you share your home with children. Overcrowded playspaces make it hard for children to focus on a particular toy and research shows that children are calmer and less conflict-prone in simpler spaces. Having a playroom with simple, tactile, well-made toys, encourages the children to take better care of their belongings and is aesthetically more pleasing to adults and children alike.

This week I finally got organised and found a new home for some of our baby gear; our Moses basket, monitor, travel cot and the bedding which belonged to them. I believe that it is important to pass on belongings that are not being used. The materials, and the resources which have gone into making them, are then not wasted and new resources don’t have to be mined from the Earth to make a new version of the object we are giving away. One of the reasons I started the children’s clothing library in our village was to make sure that our children’s clothes were always reused and not condemned to landfill.

A playspace with fewer toys means that children can focus on and enjoy their play.

Lockdown makes the transfer of resources much more difficult, but the extra effort involved in finding a new home for our belongings has certainly been worthwhile, in terms of making space and ensuring that these objects don’t deteriorate, whilst lying in some forgotten corner. Happily, we found a mum-to-be who was delighted to take them and we then arranged a virus-safe collection for her.

The blanket, knitted for me when I was a baby, takes pride of place on our reading chair – instead of being put in a drawer to gather moth holes and dust!
Simple walls and floor coverings allow the playspace to feel calm and tranquil.
A re-purposed shelf uses the tiny space on our landing for a book nook.
A safe nappy-change station – suitable for a very active toddler.
Repurposed hooks provide an area to hang wet waterproofs.
The absolutely beautiful ( and very handy) padded playmat made for me by my cousin. When play has finished it gathers up into a nifty bag.

Making space in our home always inspires new ways of arranging things and allows those precious belongings we do have, such as the baby shawl my grandmother knitted for me and the gorgeous padded playmat made by a dear cousin, to really stand out. It also allows you to really assess what you do have – we had been planning on ordering some coat hooks after lockdown, but a clearout of the shed yielded some forgotten coat-hooks and an old gate bar, which CC has made into the perfect space for storing wet and muddy waterproofs. From the new space has sprung a reading corner for the children, a new writing space for me and a new sense of enjoyment in our little home. Peace at last !

How the Connovirus has affected people’s attitudes to stuff and minimalism in different nations.

BIG playroom declutter – compulsive viewing !

The Numbers Are In – The Guardian

Our playroom trucks – made in the UK and beautiful quality

Shape Sorter

Lego Mat – similar to ours

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