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Moving Towards Simplicity

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.

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8 Comments


  1. //

    I love this post! I can absolutely relate to what you said about Christmas decor. I have several rubbermaids & boxes full of decorations, but for the past few years have only been pulling out what is special and significant. Our home is well decorated and festive, but not overrun with clutter that way. This summer I'm working on going through all of our storage closets and seeing what we don't use that I can donate, or what things may need to be tossed. I found your thoughts in this post inspiring. Thanks for sharing! So glad that you visited my blog recently. I'm looking forward to exploring yours more now!! Wishing you a beautiful start to July!! xo – Brenda // Chatting Over Chocolate


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      Thanks, Brenda! I am finding that for me less is more when it comes to home decor. Good luck on going through your storage closets this summer. That is something I am planning on doing too!


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    I will be looking for these books. I think at least one will help me in my cluttered life. I too have cut down a lot on social media, I am so sick of Facebook. Great post.


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      The Hands Free Momma book is mostly about making time for the important things in life. I skimmed through a lot of the book Living with Less, but it was a great push to really think about what I actually need in my life. I hope you enjoy the books. I'm not a big fan of FB either! 🙂


  3. //

    I need to check out Hands Free Mama… you are the second person I've heard about it from and definitely spend (e.g. WASTE) a lot of time on social media. Cheers to linking up and meeting new blogger friends!


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      Jennifer, it is such a great book with practical ideas and encouragement. I hope you are able to check it out! I know I waste too much time on social media too, but since reading that book, I have wasted a lot less. 🙂


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    I totally agree that living with less "things" is less stressful! I have been culling unnecessary things from our household slowly but surely since the beginning of the year.


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      That is great! It is definitely a slow process, at least for me because I find that I'm a little too attached to my things. 😉 But it has been worth letting go.

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