As kids move forward through life they leave in their wake a plethora of disposed, outgrown, and cast-off objects:
- Too small clothes and toys
- Sport and hobby equipment from past interests
- Art and school memorabilia
Often we see these things cluttering up closets, rooms, garages and attics. We see families struggling with feelings of overwhelm trying to stay abreast of the flow of incoming kid stuff. We see these objects triggering feelings of nostalgia and sadness in older parents whose kids have moved on to their own lives.
Next time you’re tripping over last season’s soccer cleats, take time to be grateful for what has been and what is to come.
How do you hold in tandem the perspective that all that kid clutter is a pain to deal with but is also a sign of abundance, a trail of a rich life?
Although the negative effects of clutter are evident, there is another perspective as well. The whole reason for our “stuff” is to facilitate our lives. These things are evidence of a rich and varied life – active family members, interest in the outside world, and an engagement in the learning process, for example. They are signs of the ability to provide for our families.
In the spirit of Thanksgiving, take time to acknowledge the gifts that come with the clutter. And, then ask your grown kids to take some of the stuff out of their old bedrooms.