Six people in a 1700 square foot house has caused me to re-evaluate “stuff.” We’ve always had clutter but I never saw it as excess, just disorganization.
I’ve long felt the call to live simply and sufficiently and in many ways I feel like we do. I cook nearly every meal from scratch with many homegrown preserved ingredients. I make our own variety of soaps, detergents, deodorants, and try to live as closely to the earth as possible. We have one TV in the whole house, which is one too many if you ask me. I shop at second hand stores and we wear our clothes completely out. We live and work and play very closely as a family, focusing on building character, relationship, and communication skills and try to avoid excessive digital/electronic time.
But now, now we’re busting at the seams of this sweet little brown brick ranch and I realize the piles of dirty dishes and clean unfolded laundry are more because of excess than disorganization. It’s not that I’m disorganized, although my husband and brother-in-law would sniff at this comment or rather burst into fits of uncontrolled laughter, but we simply don’t have the room for what we have.
This sign on the door of my kitchen cabinet aptly sums it up.
I’m responding to the internal tug to minimize, simplify, reduce, and refocus. I’m pretty sure God and the universe are trying to tell me this, because I’m seeing shared links, blog posts, books, and quotes about simplifying everywhere.
Besides clearing clutter and excess from our home, I’m also taking a hacksaw to the commitment calendar and it feels oh so good. I’ve had to practice saying “no” in the mirror, but I’m getting the hang of it. My life is of little value to others when my own well is empty and dry. My prayer is that I maximize my opportunities to serve in the capacities to which I am called.
I will share more with you along the way, but here’s our pretty little cabinet that contains all our dishes now. (And it’s still more than what we need daily.) Imagine, I thought we needed an entire cabinet for cups and glasses and one for plates and bowls and I still didn’t have room for everything before the purge.
I hope you all have something to look forward to in 2017. I’m looking forward to a slower pace.
Peace and Love, y’all.
2 thoughts on “Simplifying in 2017”
This resonates with me! ….because I have felt the need to do the same…and it’s just me and hubby and our two dogs..I still have ‘stuff’ and it tires me out…I’ve already told hubby..I want to truly minimize what we have, to have ‘what we love, what we need and what we use’…there is a lady on youtube that ‘organizes’ professionally, and she gives great ideas..and that is her saying and it struck a cord in my heart. I’ve already started going through my clothing…and I want to streamline what’s in my closets, what’s under my beds, what is in every drawer. I’m excited as the thought settles down deep in my heart.
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I’d love for you to share your progress with me. We can keep each other motivated! Thanks for sharing.