here are two minimalist battles that i have quit fighting:
- children’s clothes at clearance prices. ever since the birth of our first child seven years ago, my wife has meticulously searched through every clearance rack of children’s clothing that she has run across. more often than not, she comes home with something. to her credit, she is always purchasing next year’s clothes. and because she buys them on clearance, she gets them at rock-bottom prices. because kids keep growing, i have decided that she is right. and stopped fighting this battle
- mcdonald’s happy meal toys. i’m not sure why my kids love little toys wrapped in plastic next to their french fries and chicken nuggets so much, but they do. i’ve written previously of my disdain for happy meal toys, but have quit fighting the battle. we don’t eat at mcdonald’s that often, but when we do we are either a) in a hurry or b) celebrating something for the kids. and arguing about toys seems to put a damper on what should be a fun memory with the family. so, i’ve stopped fighting.
but here are two minimalist battles that i won’t quit fighting:
- appliances on the kitchen counter. i don’t care if i have to pull out the toaster every morning, i refuse to leave it out all day. and that goes the same for the coffee maker.
- decorations/wall decor. i’m not sure when i first thought that i should have a say into the interior design of my home, but it was sure easier for my wife before i started. it’s one battle that i have refused to quit fighting. one of my first minimalization projects around our house was removing dozens of decorative items. and i have no intention of ever going back.