Over the last year I have started living a more simplified life without even realizing what I was doing. It didn’t occur to me until I started really thinking about all of the ways I have changed over the last couple of years.
I think it started a little over two years ago when I was decorating our home for Christmas and just getting over morning sickness. Instead of pulling out ALL of the little nick-knacks to decorate every room, I only decorated the main living areas and pulled out only the decor that was special to me. The rest was left in storage boxes or given away. I have enjoyed my simple decor more the last two Christmases than ever before because I focused on what had meaning rather than just spreading Christmas all over the house.
Then about a year and a half ago, I was 8-9 months pregnant and only had a total of 15 pieces of clothing and 3 pairs of shoes that I could wear. I enjoyed getting dressed during those couple of months because my clothes were so limited and getting ready was so easy. I knew that when I went back to non-maternity clothes, I wanted to keep my wardrobe selection small.
At the beginning of 2015, I read the book Hands Free Momma, and it forever changed my use of social media. I realized that I was hopping on to Facebook or Pinterest just to waste time because I was bored or tired, and it was taking up way too much of my time. Since then I have greatly reduced my time on social media.
Also, over the last year I started doing away with multiple cleaning supplies and instead I make my own out of very simple household products.
I even changed my hairstyle to one that requires much less maintenance. Instead of going to the salon every 6 weeks, I go every 6 months (or less now that I know I can trim my own hair).
A month ago, I read the book Living With Less. When I checked it out from the library, I assumed it was an organizing book, but it is actually a challenge to live with only 100 personal items in the area of clothes, accessories, shoes, toiletries, electronics, and hobby supplies. Furniture and other household items didn’t count. While I don’t think that there has to be a specific number of items that I need to whittle my possessions to, I do want to only have items, habits, and activities that add value to my life.
I don’t want my life to be overcrowded with a bunch of good things. I want it to be filled with the BEST things.
This means several things for me that I will be sharing in some posts coming up.
- I am starting to adhere to a detailed schedule each day and throughout the week.
- I have cut way back on social media.
- I decorate my home by shopping my house rather than buying more stuff.
- I have been purging clothes and clothes and clothes!
- I have set goals to organize and declutter specific areas in our home.
- I am taking steps to stop spending money on things that I don’t really need.
I hope that in the coming weeks as I share my thoughts and steps towards simplifying my life, it will be an encouragement to you.