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As I worked through our home, one room/category at a time to minimize the stuff we had lying around, I found a large collection of wooden bowls. I love wood and felt these were too pretty to donate at this point so I made a small pile in the kitchen. Even with a playroom that looks like a small montessori preschool, my 1 year old W spent most of his time thereafter playing with this darn stack of bowls. He would stack them, sort them and sometimes, much to the dismay of my mason jar collection, throw them like frisbees.
I share this story because it has stuck with me as a perfect depiction of a simple life. He found joy in random bowls day after day. Simple is just better for us and with less stuff, stress, to-do’s and expenses we continue to be a happier family.
If you are feeling overwhelmed know that there are so many others out there just like you! I still a working towards a simpler life. Wondering where to start? I’m a big fan of decluttering the home first and bet you’ll be amazed to find what a catalyst that process will be for your lives.
I suggest reading The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing to start.
Admittedly, I didn’t follow the Konmari method fully but I gained so much motivation from this book and it helped me get started. I will write more about this at a later date I’m sure, but start with this book and then go after the clothes in your house like she says as your first project. If you are like me and the piles of laundry never end… no matter how ‘on top of it’ you are or not, this book is the beginning of the rest of your life. Less laundry piles, less stress and more time for you and your family.
Have you read this book? Did you follow it start to finish? Have you been meaning to start? Get started on your journey of simplifying your home today… its the beginning of your future!