A short note on simplicity:I've said before I appreciate simplicity over batteries, and quality over quantity. When considering a toy purchase I'm careful. Is it a naturally sensory rich item? Are these pieces they'll keep track of? that I won't mind stepping on or finding in my shoe/kitchen drawer/toilet? How disposable are those pieces should I have a conniption about the mess? : ) How many different ways it could be used creatively? If I can think of 3 or 5, I know the kids will think of a dozen more. When we unpack I'll look through all the toys again with a ruthless eye. Books are more challenging for me, as I am a bibliophile, I do enjoy having a library. When I thinned out the toys I thinned out the books as well. Simplifying selection to one cubby containing books with messages The Man and I believe need strong reinforcement. Total book volume will get a ruthless revamp as well, and happiest day will be that of the garage sale for charity of choice. I do not know what to do with books that have been written, drawn, scribbled in though.
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