1. I so agree! I especially like the line: “By doing this we can then allow room for other things to occupy our lives – the things that we do like. That do bring us joy. ” Yes! One of the main reasons I like to declutter – it makes room for new things in my physical and mental spaces, even if it’s just the blissful joy of ‘nothing.’ 🙂
    Also, I’m starting to realize that unschooling is so much more than just a way to ‘educate the kids.’ It has really become a mindset, a way of life for us that permeates every corner of our lives. Seems like it’s that way for a lot of unschooling families. It’s very holistic. I like that. 🙂

  2. I love this because we are unschoolers AND minimalists (well, to a certain degree!) So funny, too….I wrote a post today regarding “Skeletons in your minimalist closet”….dealing with life after decluttering your life. No one ever really talks about what happens after you take the plunge. Same with unschooling or homeschooling — no one really talks about what that looks like for a family trying to live more minimally. I love your blog post. Thanks for the continued inspiration!

  3. Chrissie

    You’re right, Jen! What are you supposed to do with all the uncluttered space, and how do you know that it’s “right?” Zen Buddhist’s encourage the practice of letting life live us instead of us living life or, in other words, going to conditioned mind to figure it all out. When there is nothing to figure out, then life will begin to drop in the information we need to be free. The decluttering process goes right along with this. But how do we do this? How do we simply “trust life” amid massive amounts of information being fed to us on a daily basis through emails, texts, television, youtube, facebook, etc., etc., etc.???

  4. Tammy

    Good reminder to be more thoughtful about the things we allow into our lives and encouragement to let some more go. I find that with homeschooling and maybe unschooling in particular, the messes and chaos seem to proliferate around the house and I’m always struggling to maintain sanity. The one question I’d add to your list: “Who’s going to have a fit if we get rid of this?” 🙂 But seriously, everyone in our house has a voice and a strong opinion on EVERYTHING, so trying to respect each person and understand what they value and negotiate life together is a big challenge/opportunity. But really, I’m the worse offender in the clutter department, so thanks for the reminder on this front.

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