Allie Casazza believes too many toys stop children bonding with each other
A ‘MINIMALIST’ mum who threw away nearly all of her children’s toys has posted a passionate call-to-arms on Instagram, urging other parents to do the same.
Allie Casazza argues that children are “naturally happy little creatures” and will become more creative and contented the fewer toys they have.
After getting rid of most of the toys in their house, the mum-of-three shared a photograph of her children playing together in her stylish, uncluttered living room – with just one small toy box beside them.
The box contains “every toy my kids have, except Legos, and it’s only about halfway full”.
Her post argues: “If you remove everything they’ve been told to stay entertained with, they will complain for a few days, but pretty soon their God-given imaginations will breathe a deep sigh and be brought to life again.”
She says that noisy toys get in the way of siblings bonding with each other and believes that “less stuff” makes for a happier house and a happier family.
Though most parents seemed to agree with her outlook, others suggested it was impossible to maintain this level of minimalism, especially when toys are often bought for their children by other people.
Swoopbags said: “I totally agree with you and how ‘Stuff owns you – you don’t own stuff.’ It feels SO great to purge!”
Another mum, Jessibridges, commented: “Ok serious question. How do you deal with christmas? Not just what you get them but what family gives them. And what are some ideas other than toys for gifts?”
Lauraloolittle replied: “We have all the grandparents buy a membership somewhere for the kids’ Christmas gifts. Every year they get a zoo pass, science centre pass and pass the to indoor playground, and they always expire the next year at Christmas, so it’s perfect. Keeps us busy on the days we don’t stay home, and they love gifting the kids ‘experiences’.”
One mum, Malleriemaddison, wrote a cry for help: “please help me! 5 boys and the house and mess is so overwhelming I could cry :-(”
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Allie runs a parenting blog, The Purposeful Housewife, aimed at motivating other mums and dads live in a “simplified” way.
She writes about parenting and minimalism, and offers advice and even courses in how to declutter your home, for parents who are tired of clearing up.
See that bin? That holds every toy my kids have, except Legos, and it’s only about halfway full. This isn’t to show how hardcore we are or to say that you have to do this to experience the fullness of a life lived intentionally with less stuff, but only to say that kids are naturally happy little creatures. They’re made to imagine, play, explore, and create. If you remove everything they’ve been told to stay entertained with, they will complain for a few days, but pretty soon their God-given imaginations will breathe a deep sigh and be brought to life again. They’ll discover the beauty in making up stories and acting them out together, of finding bugs and naming them Hubert (Bella’s grasshopper), and of forming a strong bond uninterrupted by noisy toys that do all the playing for them. It’s a beautiful exchange- junk for life. I’m never going back and I’ll spend my life spreading this message. 💕 #minimalism #childhoodunplugged