Minimalism and Toddlers

I think part of the joy, is you tend to lose your space. I think in my household we reached a point of a walk way through the lounge with our toddler toys! In fact most household with toddlers in will have this problem. Today’s Guest Blog is from Brittany, from Lessons with Liggins

Minimalism and Toddlers

Whose toddler has too many toys? This girls!

We have family members whose love language is gifts. They love to give! Which is awesome, but I found Patrick’s playroom to get completely unorganized and then he wouldn’t play with things because it was so overwhelming to him. I recently started learning about minimalism through Joshua Becker’s website In his book The More of Less: Finding the Life You Want under everything you own Josh talks about things you can do to de-clutter your home.

We decided to start applying some of this information to our home and it is truly making a difference.

This was Patrick’s playroom before picture:

There are so many toys underneath you can’t even see them!

After de-cluttering/organizing and getting rid of things he rarely plays with, we now have a playroom that looks like this:


We ordered the cars toy organizer to keep all of Patrick’s toys tidy and in bins.  I didn’t want one that had cloth bins as I felt they would not be sturdy enough for a 3 year old little boy.  This one had hard plastics bins that are going to hopefully stand the test of toddler time.  Here is the link where you can check them out: referral link Cars toy organizer.

The cool racetracks on the wall Patrick discovered from The Axel and Daddy Show and we decided that he needed them Lol.  You can get them here.  They are super fun.

We just started applying these principles in our home and can’t wait to move on to other rooms.  It is super refreshing walking into a clean playroom.  Stay tuned for other areas and ways we are working towards minimalism.  What have you done in your home to become more of a minimalist?


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How to potty train and keep your sanity!

As our children reach that age where we wean them off from nappies into normal clothing, potty training can be a tough one. Not every child is the same, and there is not a one plan fits all method. However I do believe that you can never receive too much advice from mums. Today’s Guest Blog is from Kristen, from The Wonderful Life of a Step Mom. 

How to potty train and keep your sanity!

How it’s only Wednesday is beyond me, I’m exhausted! I recently read an article about potty training and it literally took me to a flashback of the last year of my life. My youngest step-daughter is about to be FOUR! A month after she turned two I was completely over diapers and ready to potty train. The great thing was, so was she! Her sisters are older and went to the bathroom by themselves and she showed every indication that she also wanted to go! Now let me preface with we have her every weekend so on those days we were actively potty training and then during the week it wasn’t happening. I don’t know about you but when I was over diapers, I was OVER it. 
So even though my situation was a tad bit different on potty training with this little princess I wanted to jot some ideas down for you all on potty training tips and techniques. You can also sign up to get my full comprehensive list of the dos and donts of potty training! It’s my entire list of what we used, how long it took and what didn’t work for us. So make sure you sign up for that little gem! Happy potty training!
1. First off, we bought a potty seat. Which is kind of awesome, you’ll hear older generations complain about them but seriously. Where was this when I was a kid? I would have had a lot less wet butts if we had this. We got one like this Princess Potty Seat and it was cheap and we just plop it on there when she needs to go and it helps. Especially when she’s tired! It also makes it fun for them to go because they get to use their special potty seat! You can always get a potty like this to sit in front of the TV, I sort of wish I would have done that originally. Now I know!
2. Get your rewards! We seriously started with full-sized Hershey kisses and after the second sugar high, we quickly downgraded to Hershey chips LOL! We also did rewards stickers that she got to put on a chart every time she went on the potty. They helped out a lot and also made it fun to decorate her chart.
3. Shop for underwear! The word panties freaks me out with little girls, I know I’m weird! Anyway, you can go buy any kind of underwear your princess wants! I got these for Ashley and she loved them! You can always take them shopping with you to make the experience exciting for new things! Little boys are definitely excited for ninja turtles or whatever they may be into! Just make sure they know they cannot pee in them!
4. Be consistent. My biggest problem was that Ashley wasn’t getting consistency at both of her homes. So we were potty training and they were putting her in a diaper. That went on for almost a year when Ashley literally just figured out where she can pee on herself and where she can’t. That was terrible. Make sure even when it gets hard you’re continuing the potty training! That way they get used to it and it becomes more habitual!
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