What I wish I knew when I started out as a TC Mother: Vis-a-Vis Stuff!!!!

I was talking with my husband about some things that I had done in the early years of our marriage.

... or more correctly, what I hadn't done.

He said:
You really need to write this down for our kids and for anyone who reads Tradicat!

Early on, I was focused on finding good deals for clothing for our expanding family.  This translated into a fair amount of time hunting for deals at garage sales and thrift stores.

Looking back, it was a lot of hours that perhaps could have been spent better.  Although, I thoroughly enjoyed the thrill of the hunt!

So for those mother's reading this blog, here's what I would tell a my younger self:

  • Start with a clear end goal in mind.  → Envision what you want your house to look like!
  • Make a list of what you need before you shop. → When that list is met ...

  • Don't let fear rule you.  → There will always be thrift stores to get something you've forgotten. → Stuff is necessary to raising a family but stuff can take over your life....stuff takes:
    • time to gather,
    • time to clean and store,
    • time to sort, organize & purge (when you get too much)
    • emotional energy in letting go!
  • Your House is NOT elastic!
  • The less you have + the less you feel you need (contentment) = greater freedom!
- Tradiate


  1. Amen! And have one hobby, not several, because every hobby needs its stuff (tools) and you don't want that taking over the house. There's several good blogs on running a home and how to de-clutter (but the best idea is to not clutter in the first place).


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