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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Day 30 - Simplify

It's time to simplify (or perhaps, let go) in order to create the space you really want (simplifying works for me!)

I am beginning to have craft supplies and homeschooling "stuff" everywhere - it's eating up my home. I keep dreaming that I will have a play/homeschool room, so I continue to not have permanent, easy access storage for my supplies. It's time for this mama to live in reality!

Do you have "things" that need a home, but you are reluctant to let go of other "things" or space to create something more realistic?

Example: I have a bookshelf in my dining room filled with, you guessed it, books! However, the space would be better used at this point if I gave up two shelves of my beloved books to keep play/craft/homeschool supplies. I don't want to move my books - there like my trophies, my babies, my...heck, I don't know, I just really don't want to move them to the basement (or part with some)! I have come to realize that in order to simplify my and my family's life, I must make the necessary changes in order to accommodate our current lives. Alas, the books shall go (sniff sniff).

Today, think about a space that could be better utilized or simplified to fit your family's needs for this season of your lives. Give in, let go, and enjoy the peace that comes from simplicity.


Empty Nest Full Life said...

Thanks for the reminder to simplify I have been working on it bit by bit since I have an empty nest. Have a wonderful and blessed day! Jackie

ames said...

It is hard to purge things sometimes, but I do like the fresh, relieved feeling you get after you reduce the clutter! Besides, you can donate the books to a library or give them away and then everyone can enjoy them too :)

Lisa @ Stop and Smell the Chocolates said...

Good advice as always! I definitely need to do this! I don't like the feeling of "stuff" taking over our home.

Amanda Jo said...

Oh man! I really needed to read this one today! I was just thinking about what I should do with the guitar my Papaw gave me...I should either play it or sell it. I know I probably won't play it but...how? How can you get rid of something so special!

Thanks for the inspiration!

Hannah a.k.a.Topiary Lady said...

I am blessed with a homeschool room, but I don't allow toys in there. I kindly suggest you keep them separate (unless you have all little ones!) I struggle with a homeschool mess every day! It would be even harder to throw toys into the mix!! I do keep manipulatives like clay, magnets, blocks, and crafty stuff in my school room.

Simplicity is a great thing, not always easy, but thanks for the advice!

Rachel's Journal Pages said...

I pulled out boxes of clothes last week that are the next size up for my kids and sorted, packed and threw them for hours. Felt very liberating and I think I must have a 'spring-cleaning' type bug at the moment... heading into some lovely warmer weather here finally.