I told you that Assignment #6 was my favorite because of the weight I feel lifted when I remove a bunch of things from my home, but Assignment #7 is probably the most enjoyable. You've done the work, you've made the choices and now it's time to sit down for a few minutes (however many you can spare!), reflect on the Cure experience and be inspired by others.
Reflect? That sounds awful touchy-feely, but besides decluttering your home of superfluous toys, Cures are meant to teach you something about yourself, your home and the things you let enter it. If you found yourself looking at your Outbox wondering, "where did all this stuff come from?," now is a good time to think about that for a moment. I realized that one of the things I do that I had considered a virtue, is actually a vice. I love to pick up toys for my son at a local thrift shop. I figure it's better for the environment than buying new toys and it's certainly better for my pocketbook. But is it better for my home? No, I now realize. My standards for the toys I bring home from the thrift shop are lower than toys I buy because I think, "Eh, if he stops liking it in a few weeks I'll just put it on the stoop for someone else to take." Which, in theory, works except I don't do that regularly and instead the toys pile up.
Did doing this Toy Cure inspire any deep thoughts for you? I'd love to hear them.
The goal of the 7-Day Toy Cure is simply to edit your children's toys, books and art supplies. And, congratulations, you've done it! But the process may have also got you thinking about how these things are stored, organized or displayed in your home. Perhaps you have a system in place that's working for you and you just needed to weed your toy inventory a bit - terrific. But if, like me, you realize there's room for improvement, I wanted to leave you with an inspiration gallery of smart and beautiful home organization. Take a peek. The first two rows are toy storage, the third is books and the fourth is arts & crafts.
Parting ThoughtsI recently stumbled on an old post, inspired by Martha Stewart.com, about having a donation bag (akin to a permanent Outbox) in your home. Doing a full-on Cure every once in awhile is a great idea, but editing your home should be a part of daily life too.
Finally (and this is not part of your assignment), consider buying a new toy or book or box of crayons to celebrate completing the 7-Day Toy Cure. It's a nice way to show your child that there's a reason to get rid of toys - so that you can enjoy new toys in the future. My advice: choose something small!
(Images as credited in original posts)