Keeping Things Simple.

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Hello Friends!

Happy Friday! I hope you all are doing well today. It’s been another long week here, so I’m so grateful for the weekend. We are participating in a fun Tinkergarten class on Sunday, specifically for Fall Back so I look forward to sharing that with you all in an upcoming post!

Today, I wanted to share with you all a big theme that our family is currently working on: Simplicity. It’s crazy to even imagine a simple life in this fast paced world we live in, but I think that’s why it’s even more elusive! It’s a huge comfort to realize that you don’t have to live this way. You are in charge of your own life and you can say “no.” You don’t have to agree to every project that falls into your lap. A few examples of simplifying: Declan is only allowed 2 extracurriculars. This is because he deserves to have a regular childhood too. Over scheduling has been proven to be detrimental to a child’s well being and we definitely don’t want to hinder D in anyway! Another example, we are not big on over scheduling. If we have an activity to do on Saturday, chances are we won’t schedule anything outside of the home other than said activity. Yes, we may miss out on activities because of that, but I refuse to live with a yolo mindset when it comes to scheduling activities. We don’t have to be all things to all people.

Another area, that we are very interested in simplifying is our household. We have greatly reduced our stuff thanks to The Minimalists. (Check out their podcast! It’s great!) I have two dates per month for Goodwill runs and this has helped with the steady flow of getting things out of our house. We also are much more considerate of purchases now that we are trying to minimize. Anything that is brought in is under a more careful scrutiny. This whole experience has helped us to truly evaluate what we actually want out of life and spoiler alert, it’s NOT more stuff! In addition to this, I’ve started a November cleaning challenge because this is not my forte. I’m very excited about the changes we are making. It has been proven to be very fruitful so far!

What is your definition of a simple life? Do you have any examples of how your and/or your family are working towards this goal?

<3 Anna

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5 Responses to Keeping Things Simple.

  1. Ellen Pilch says:

    I think it is a great idea to only do one activity a day, better to have quality than quantity. I am so impressed with all your trips to Goodwill and getting rid of things. I have always tried to keep things to a minimum, but my hubby isn’t on board so we still have too much stuff- frustrating.Have a nice weekend!

    • Laura says:

      Hi Ellen!

      I noticed in your comment you mentioned that your spouse isn’t on board. I wanted to encourage you to definitely listen to the Minimalists podcast — they often answer questions for those facing that exact challenge.

      Best of luck!

    • Anna says:

      Hi Ellen!

      I agree with Laura’s comment. The Minimalists podcast really helped my husband to get on board. He also read Everything that Remains which is also by the Minimalists. He raved about it. I’m looking forward to reading it in January. 🙂 Best wishes!

  2. Laura says:

    I’ve too many examples to share here, haha. And I believe there are as many definitions of simplicity as there are minimalists in the galaxy.

    My favorite definition of it is that minimalism is choosing to own less in order to gain more from your own life. And like life, it is literally whatever you make it. I don’t HAVE to own a specific number of less items to consider myself a minimalist so long as I find true [and in my case, immense] value in the things I do choose to keep.

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