I started minimizing when I was pregnant with my daughter. I was so determined not to have a cluttered house. But it’s amazing how much more stuff you accumulate when you have a kid, not to mention if you have more than one! Your home has been invaded by a very needy (and irresistably cute) alien. And did I mention everyone and their mother will buy presents for them?! Don’t get me wrong, I love presents. And I love seeing my daughter’s face light up when she receives a gift. But after awhile, I realized that part of teaching her gratitude was also about teaching her to give things away when she was done with them.