Simple Observations

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I started this blog to document a journey.

Here a few things I have noticed since beginning to de-clutter and subscribe to a simpler life:
– I have more energy; which means my house gets cleaned more often, new or fun activities are no longer put off for fear of mess or time, I am able to be more present with my children, I can give more energy to my business, I can do more then just the bare minimum in a day, We have way more family time, I even sometimes have the energy to get outside and walk – which with a chronic illness that has robbed me of so much the past 2 years, is incredibly freeing.
– My home feels like a place of peace and rest instead of a jail
– I feel less guilty about what I can’t provide…and prouder of what I can
– I fight with my husband less (not don’t we are still married – but less.) and we can spend evenings together instead of spending them putting stuff away.
– My kids rooms don’t feel overwhelming
– its easier to see what we do need and what we really don’t.
– my daughter takes naps once in a while again (since there are no more toys to play with)
– my room feels like an escape (even with its not finished state)
– The TV is no longer the focal point of our living room (we downsized to a smaller screen!), which has cut down on the kids asking to watch it a LOT! Which in turn means everyone is in a better mood when the kids are not TV zomgrumpies.
– We can find things!
– We don’t need a second vehicle just to go away for a weekend (ok so that might be an exaggeration, but we went from everyone having their own suitcase for a 3 day trip to mom and both kids being able to share a carry on our last weekend trip! That said we did have to do laundry while away…. maybe 2 suitcases will be the happy medium!)
– My kids fight less, and play together more.
– My kids are more creative in their play – even the one with processing challenges that never showed any sign of imagination and very little ability to play independently until this past December now pretends all the time!

If this list doesn’t make you want to go purge another room….there is something wrong with you. I’m joking of course but in all seriousness, I started on this journey to try and reduce stress – and am amazed at all these amazing benefits that have been added to our life along the way!

 

Easter

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We went away for Easter this year. Other years we have had a Easter hunt at home full of candies, then another Easter hunt at church for more chocolate and then some time with the family who typically give them more then they even know what to do with. This year we went to the lake, and didn’t buy any candy, a last minute hunt was suggested by the grandparent generation but with not much on hand the kids searched the yard for just a handful of pieces of chalk, kinder eggs and bubbles pooled together from what the adults had around- and it was the first Easter Hunt to date that no one was in tears by the end over something. Lesson learned: Less overwhelm, less sugar, less expectations  and less stuff made for a far more memorable and meaningful day.

It started with cups.

I like tea. I like having people over for tea even more then I like having tea. Pulled out the mugs the other day and noticed they were stained inside…and of course this would never have bothered me before…but since beginning to purge I’ve started to care about taking care of the stuff I want to keep ….

 Anyway back to the story, 10 minutes before someone was coming I frantically searched the Internet on the quickest way to clean mugs. Baking soda vinegar and blue dawn seemed like top quick favorites…since those are staples I’m our house anyway…I didn’t bother following instructions and just put some of each in the mugs…and viola..a little bit of elbow grease and they look beautiful! 

Tea was had and enjoyed…but of course I couldn’t stop there…now they needed a beautiful home….so the cup cupboards got decluttered…

And then it didn’t make sence to leave the kitchen a mess…so a few hours later… and another 3 boxes ready to go to the thrift store…

I no longer loath this room….in fact right now it’s my favorite room.  In the house…. but I do feel a little bit like the mouse with the cookie…. if you give a minimalist a project….

It’s amazing how tackling such a lived in room can change the whole mood of a house…my house now feels welcoming and eager to great us when we start the day.