Tuesday, 15 November 2016

When Living Simply and Montessori Don't Seem to Align

I have always been the kind of person who loves to purge.

In fact, it was bad as a kid because I shared a room with my sister who (in my opinion) was a bit of a hoarder, and sometimes when she went away on sleepovers, I would throw away her stuff.

Yeah, I was that sibling.

Ask my husband how many times I have rearranged the entire house while he was sleeping. For a while there he had no idea where anything was in the kitchen because I was constantly moving and getting rid of things. 

In my defense, I was pregnant, and the nesting struggle was so real.

Then you have kids, and they come with a lot.

My storage room is full, mostly with kid paraphernalia.

Multiple bins of outgrown clothes or stashed for the next size the boys will need in the storage room, even though I purged our boy clothes like crazy when Benedict was first born.

An extra crib mattress and the crib, for when Benedict is ready for it.

A swing, two playpens, winter gear that Jerome fit last year.

Rotated toys.

Add homeschooling and cloth diapering, and I suddenly feel like I have this exponential amount of stuff accumulating.

Then There is Montessori

It is so easy for me to get caught up in the materialism of it, so easy to rack up a wish list of one hundred items, easy. Wooden toys, the real Montessori materials like the pink tower and the insets, little tables in every room of the house. Kitchen tools for little hands.

I want, I want, I want.

But, I am learning that my wants do not necessarily line up with my needs. While I would like our home to resemble a true Montessori classroom, and while I respect the materials and know there is incredible worth to every single one included in the Montessori method, I know this is not for us. 

Not at this time, anyway.

So as I venture on into the Montessori world, I need to remember it is not so much about having all the (very) pretty things or being able to do every Montessori activity known to Pinterest, as about the philosophy behind it.

I am focussing on the most important part of Montessori and preparing our environment with what we already have, instead of focussing on what we do not and may not ever, have.

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God bless,
Olivia Fischer

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