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About this blog: I'm a wife, stay-at-home mom, home cook, marathon runner, and PhD. I recently moved to the Silicon Valley after completing my PhD in Social Psychology and becoming a mother one month apart. Before that, I ran seven marathons incl... (More)
About this blog: I'm a wife, stay-at-home mom, home cook, marathon runner, and PhD. I recently moved to the Silicon Valley after completing my PhD in Social Psychology and becoming a mother one month apart. Before that, I ran seven marathons including Chicago and Boston. Exercise is an integral part of my life. I hope to one day go back to long distance running and tackle the New York City Marathon. Right now I run after my one year old son. Although I am a stay-at-home mom, we are rarely "at home." My mom also stayed at home with my brother and me. She warned me that, although rewarding, it can be isolating. So, with her help, I learned the importance of getting out into the community and meeting other mothers. On the rare occasion when I am at home and have a hand or two free, I squeeze in time to scrapbook. As a new mom, many challenges are thrown my way. I hope my opinions, triumphs, and struggles help experienced parents reminisce, new parents cope, and parents-to-be get an honest glimpse of what the first years of motherhood can entail. (Hide)
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Decluttering with little kids
Uploaded: Jan 19, 2016
Like many families, we are starting out the new year by sorting through our stuff. Figuring out what to keep and what to get rid of.
While I do enjoy the end result, I find it very challenging to declutter with little kids. Rather than carving out an afternoon or a weekend to work, I find myself with small chunks of time throughout the day - ranging anywhere from 5 minutes to two hours. It really depends on whether a kid is sick, teething or otherwise unsettled.
So far my kids have enjoyed checking out some of the little trinkets I've collected over the years that have no place to go. And I've learned that their scribbles and old toys usually hold much more sentimental value to me than they do to my kids.
As with many tasks, it's challenging to find the right balance between working and enjoying the moment. So, as you can guess, it is taking me awhile to sort through our belongings.
I think many things will end up in boxes for me to "deal with later." Someday when I don't have a preschooler or a toddler asking me to play.
How do you declutter with little ones? Did you end up leaving a lot of it to deal with later?
What is it worth to you?
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