We have been reflecting on our past 6 weeks or so we have been ‘simplified’ and moved into our apartment as well as reminiscing on the almost 4 months it took us to get everything cut back. There has definatly been a few things I wish I would have kept but most of it I have to try hard to remember.
The closest way I can come to describe our simplifying materialy is weight loss. My largest physical time has been with both pregnancies where I gained around 60 pounds with each. (for only 39 week pregnancies). Near the end I could barely move, I even had to get out of bed a few times so I could roll over. Loosing that weight over the year following both always felt so good. Gaining back the movment and flexability was new and refreshing.
With the simplifying it felt the same in many ways. With every car/van/truck load we got rid of it felt lighter. There was less to deal with, less to worry about, less to keep up, easier to find the keys…. you get the idea. Now if I want to dust or vacuum there is just a few things to move. We can leave for a month and there is nothing that needs checked on. I can spend my evening doing yoga and blogging instead of cleaning the kitchen and picking up hundreds of toys. It is this great spot that combines joy and relief.
Wanted to share another blog I found that talks about some major thinking shifts with minimalizm (I think this is the correct term for the simplifying we have been doing). http://www.becomingminimalist.com/ A quote from the end of the article reads:
“Nobody can tell you where your heart will lead. Your soul must speak for itself. But rarely will it ask for more money, possessions, fame, or power. It will usually ask for something far more counter-cultural than those.”
I am still wanting to compile several other experiences others have had in simplifying, if it is a big garage sale, to cleaning out the garage so there is room for the car or some other way. If you have something you are willing to share I would love to collect several for a blog post.
Happy reading and goodnight!