Simple Stories – Stephanie
Special thanks to Stephanie for sharing her story with us today!
Enough! Starting Our Simple Journey
Life’s pretty simple. That’s right, I’ve got it all figured out. Love God, love others, and you’re done.
Yeah, right…the devil’s in the details…
Sometimes I THINK I have it all figured out. Then I wake up.
It’s true that life can be simple. But it’s so easy for me to make it complicated when it doesn’t have to be. It’s so easy to make things hard…
Which is why I’ve decided to become a monk.
But seriously, I have been simplifying lately, and it feels SO GOOD. I’ve decluttered some of the house. (No, I do NOT need fifty shirts, thirty-two forks, or forty-seven dish towels!!)
My next declutter project is my closet. Oh, my closet. The dreaded black hole of clothes that I never wear and don’t even want anymore. (But, what if I neeeed it one day?!)
It’s going to be a big job. I’m not the best at making tough decisions. But I can celebrate, because I’ve already done a lot!
I have :
- reduced the number of our towels and wash cloths in our bathrooms and kitchen
- gotten rid of a lot of my “house clothes” that don’t fit anymore
- sold or given away several nice kitchen dishes and utensils that were taking up counter or cabinet space
- cleared off the surfaces in the living room, getting rid of unneeded knick-knacks
- removed the “stuff” off our kitchen counters. No more appliances crammed into every available spot! Space, glorious space!
- cleaned out our junk drawer
- removed two bar stools that we were storing for my mother-in-law
- gotten rid of our microwave
- culled out the old Christmas mugs and plastic cups
And more to come…it’s pretty fun and addicting!
Looking back over that list, it looks like a lot, but it’s really not! I did all of that in the course of a week. Throughout the day, inspiration would strike, and off I’d go.
I want to turn off the “noise.” It’s time to schedule Internet time and NOT deviate…hard! I want to focus on living each day to the full, right where I am. Live this moment, this very one!
It’s amazing how much I can accomplish without Googling every random question that pops into my head, or reading all my favorite blogs, or listening to music all day.
Not that any of those things are bad by themselves. They’re very good and can be helpful, fun, informative, etc.
But they can also be big TIME WASTERS.
My husband and I fasted media last week. No Internet other than business, no music, no books other than the Bible, you get the idea.
I was AMAZED. Wow. It was so, so…quiet. And I liked it. No, I loved it.
After the initial withdrawal phase (“Must. Have. Pioneer Woman!”), my brain focused. And I noticed some things for the first time…
I had no idea how much mental clutter those things created.
There’s really something to be said for simplicity.
Maybe becoming a monk or completely getting rid of the Internet is not the answer, but that week of media fasting has shown me that something has got to change. Too much media, and I get kind of crazy. I read a bunch of articles and get stressed out with all the improving I still have left to do. My life isn’t natural enough, organic enough, pristine enough, Susie Homemaker enough, just not enough…
“Finally, brethren (and sistren), whatever is true, whatever is honest, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good report; if there is any virtue, and if there is any praise, think on these things.” Philippians 4:8
It’s much easier to think of lovely, beautiful things with a clear head and a quiet house.
Now, when I close my eyes and open the windows of my house, I hear the birds sing and feel the breeze rustle. No music, no YouTube, no Instagram. Just peace.
If you’ve never simplified your life- even just a little bit- you ought to give it a try. Just “throw your hat over the fence” so to speak, and take the first step. I guarantee you’ll never look back.
I never will.
Bio: I am a young Mom with a passion for simple, natural living and joyful homemaking. I share my baby-step journey over at The Hidden Homemaker.
Thanks so much Stephanie for sharing with us today