Simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication. – Leonardo da Vinci
It’s all about doing the math.
I am inspired to simplify my life. Things seem to take from my life more than they give. I am going to adopt this rule for my home:
Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.
Things take time, and I have found that is just not the way I want to spend my time.
Plus I love small spaces like these:
I have always loved small spaces. I remember when I was a little girl. My first home was a tiny 2 bedroom single wide mobile home. There was barely enough room to walk between the bed and the wall. After a few years, we moved from a tiny 2 bedroom single wide mobile home to a double wide. I wanted the utility room to be my room. Maybe we gravitate to what is familiar. The size was about the same. And it was the first door on the right. My parents thought it would be best to put the washer and dryer in that room. I had to take a large room. I still love small spaces, but I like them to feel big now.
Perhaps that is growth.
But the truth is I don’t even think my closet will fit into a small space not to mention everything else.
I crave the simple life, but something happens between my heart and head, and they can never seem to come to a meeting of the minds on this idea.
I am not a hoarder, but I have stuff.
Part of it has come from being in one place for too long. For the first seven years of my adult life, I lived in 10 different places and practically lived out of a suitcase. For the last 20 years I have lived in the same place. I definitely accumulated more stuff the latter way.
There is something to be said for traveling light in life, physically, mentally, and spiritually.
The other part of the problem is hanging on to the sentimental things of life after you have children. I guess it’s an effort to hang onto what you know is slipping away. Time goes by so quickly when your children are growing up. Everything becomes special.
This conflicts with the other voice in my head. I never seem to look at a large house and have the same feeling as I do when I look at a tiny house. I have seen some amazing things done with the interior of small spaces. They can actually be very beautiful…and very freeing. Plus, I care more about where I live than the size of it. If living in something smaller puts me that much closer to a location I would love, then I am all for it.
Think of the little time it would take to clean it. Who wants to spend their free time cleaning a big house?
The cost of heating and cooling it. Think of all the extra vacations we could have.
The cost of doing some really nice things to a small space would be so much less than what it would cost to do to a larger space.
Everything about it just says freedom.
So this is what I am going to do.
De-cluttering and Simplifying: 5 Things a Day or 1 Bag a Week
I love the idea of being free. Less stuff. Less work. Less expenses. Less definitely seems to equal more in this case.
I am going to commit to this for 30 days. And maybe another 30 days after that. I don’t know if I will ever get down to being able to live in one of the tiny spaces I like, but I will definitely have freed up some space, time, and resources by the end of 30 days. My goal is to throw out one trash bag of stuff every week. I am going to shoot for 5 things to get rid of every day. At the end of 30 days, that will be 4 bags and 150 things lighter. If I do this for three months, I will be 12 bags and 450 things lighter.
This project can even be done for a whole year.
1 thing a day = 365 less things at the end of a year.
3 things a day = 1095 less things at the end of a year.
7 things a day = 2555 less things at the end of a year.
The great thing about this is that by doing it daily, we make it a habit.
I want to stick with this, so to keep myself accountable, I will be posting my progress on facebook!
Who’s in? Who wants to join me? You can start anytime! Just comment if you are!
The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.
Creating a beautiful space,
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Laura Catherine | Inspired Living Through Art, Healthy Eating, and Adventures