Those two words, LIVE SIMPLY. So easy to say, so hard to do. It can relate to the way you live your life, your home, your belongings, your actions.
It's so easy to get caught up in the race for the things others have, and you want. It's harder to resist temptation and just be thankful.
I am guilty. I live through blogs, pinterest, decorating, wanting to dress cute and not look like a mom of 3, wanting my kids to have cute clothes, etc. The list goes on.
But recently, I have become more grounded. I STILL live through blogs, pinterest, etc. I can't help it. It's a passion that I have to fill. But I am trying to do it in a different way. A way that brings more contentment to my life how it is today and not what it will be tomorrow.
I have changed my spending habits for my home. I realized when I first started buying furniture and home goods, that I just bought because something was "cute". Now I have changed. I can only have so much "stuff" and I want my home to be filled with only things I absolutely love.
Not just space fillers.
So, I am simplifying. I am purging. I am getting rid of so much crap. Material things that mean nothing, serve no purpose, and weigh me down. I started with my closet. UGH! My closet! I have held on to clothes for years. They still fit so I would wear them one day, right? Wrong! They have sat there. Taking up space. And needed to go. I got rid of shoes that I haven't worn all year.
And from my closet, I moved into my bedroom and each drawer or space that needed to be simplified. It is freeing to purge. To fill up bags with crap. And really that is all it is. STUFF!
I am certainly not going on the show HOARDERS next week, but I have a tendency to collect. I hold on to the magazines, because one day I may want that article. Or the trial size shampoo from the hotels. Even though it is terrible.
I encourage you to come along with me and simplify. Normally, I would have a rhyme or reason....but right now I don't. Except that the less clutter and STUFF, the better I feel. Try just one closet, one junk drawer, one kitchen cabinet. You will probably feel like me and wonder why you have some of the stuff you have held on to.
I should probably also encourage local people to hit up my local goodwill if you want to go the opposite way. I have made 5 donation stops in the past week :) :)