When I started this blog I dreamed of a beautiful blog filled with homemade, easy recipes and a look at a little glimpse of what life is like for a young Mom. But in looking at my blog title "A Sweet and Simple Life" I realize that that is my ultimate goal in life. Simplicity. Sweetness. Beauty. Inspiration. Peace. Love. Although I thought these were always goals in my life, I wasn't quite living them. Especially the simplicity part.
In looking at my life I realized how much clutter is in it. How many things I have in this little house that I do not need. How much junk I have in my life that I do not want. As a Mom, when I was getting a few spare minutes to myself, I couldn't decide what I wanted to do with it! Should I read? Write? Crochet? Bake? Scrapbook? Listen to music? Read some blogs? Check out pinterest? Look at a magazine? Clean? Organize something? Usually what I ended up doing was just cleaning up messes that I had already cleaned a million times. I didn't know what to do with myself because I had too much going on. Not enough simplicity.
So I've begun with my home, cleaning out, decluttering, getting rid of the junk that I don't need. Cleaning out closets, going through bookshelves, through my kitchen cabinets and simplifying. My kitchen has been the worst so far....I had two crock pots jammed into a tiny cupboard that were stacked on top of each other and usually at risk of falling on my head. I sold one. I had a blender that I've used about four times since I was given it for my wedding, because I always use my food processor I sold that too. An entire bin of kitchen utensils that I never touch because I have all the ones I need in a crock by the stove. I got rid of those too. It's amazing how much easier it is to keep my kitchen neat when I don't have so much STUFF. Because of this, I spend less time cleaning, jamming things into cupboards and drawers and I have more time for ME, more time for my family, for my children.
More than anything, the biggest reason I have started this is because of my children. One morning, not so long ago, we were spending the day inside because we were having one of those great all-day rainy days. My children, with shelves crammed full of toys and books in their rooms were "bored." I said well lets get out some toys to play with! And my four year old daughter said to me "But I don't have ANYTHING to play with! I don't have anything do DO!" That was when it hit me. She has SO MUCH stuff that she can't even see what she has to play with. So I dove in and cleared an entire toy shelf out of her room. I gave up bags of broken toys, stuffed animals, toys that never got played with or had been outgrown, or things that we just never liked. I removed the extra, empty bookcase to avoid having it be filled up again, and organized what was left. Since then, my daughter has rediscovered her toys and enjoyed them all the more because it was so much less overwhelming. She has not complained once about having less toys and instead, is enjoying having less.
I'm not saying you should throw away all of your kitchen necessities or your childrens' toys. But as the quote says:
“If you want a golden rule that will fit everything, this is it:
Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful
or believe to be beautiful.”
If it makes you happy, keep it. If it doesn't, get rid of it. You'll be amazed at how it changes your life. I know it's changing mine. Getting rid of the things that you don't need gives you more time to enjoy the things that are important in your life. To have more time to yourself while your kids are napping or away at practice, to sit down and read a book that stirs your soul, or to sit outside and feel the breeze across your face while you're drinking your morning coffee or tea.
The best way to start? Find that drawer that you have to stuff before you can close it, or the cupboard that something falls out of every time you open it. Clean it out! You'll feel better, I promise! :)