(This was a guest post I did over at Nourishing Minimalism last summer):
It was never a conscious decision for me to become a minimalist, but gradually over the last 5 years since my 4th child was born, I realized I would have to stay on top of the kids’ belongings or we would soon be drowning in our stuff.
Going through clothing, toys, and kitchen gadgets came naturally to me, but curriculum and homeschool supplies were too tempting and easy to hoard. After all, I wanted the best education for my kids, didn’t I? And all these great authors, philosophies, and teaching aids weren’t that big an investment when I scoured the swap and buy groups online.
So when we started homeschooling, I bought every single version of the highly esteemed books I’d heard so much about. I was well equipped to teach these kids the best possible way that I could. We were set up to learn in a classical, Charlotte Mason, traditional, Montessori, or unschooling style, or a combination of all the above.
I joined all the Facebook groups and bought all the books by homeschooling gurus to guide me; we set up a designated schoolroom complete with shiny new Ikea desks and shelving for all these new books. WE. WERE. SET. For failure, that is… Read More…