Tuesday, June 18, 2013
When we were living in Ripon, raising our four children, life was pretty crazy. We were always on the run; someone had to be somewhere at sometime! ALWAYS! Then, it hit me like a bolt of lightning. Maybe, just maybe, I could do things differently on my end, to simplify our lives. I've always been pretty organized (as long as I remember everything I need to do!), so that part was in control. But, it hit me that I could simplify the world around us, meaning our home.
While the 'thing' at the time was to decorate country, which meant find everything cutesy that you could and hang it on your wall, or build shelves to store all those cute little country things on, I abstained. Oh, at first I was caught up in it. Admittedly, I had a few things that were countrified - but they were usually homemade things from Homemaking! What I did instead was choose to be me. I like simple, I run on simple; it makes me happy, happy, happy!
Down came everything, up went very little. That continues to be a running theme for me. Less is better. Understated is just that. No need for frills! I can honestly say that it makes me happy. Clutter drives me crazy, while being organized brings me great joy. And really, isn't that what simplicity boils down to? It's life minus the fluff, and I am grateful for that.