{simplify} : a new series

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sim·pli·fy 

tr.v. sim·pli·fiedsim·pli·fy·ingsim·pli·fies

To make simple or simpler, as:

a. To reduce in complexity or extent.

b. To reduce to fundamental parts.

c. To make easier to understand.

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Aahhhh. Just reading that definition puts me into a state of calmness and tranquility. It’s everything I want to be.

But this is what I can be…

I won’t go as far as to say this is what I am. I like things clean and orderly. My Type A personality and OCD generally keep things how I like them. I simply can’t function with disarray. At least not visible disarray. I’ve had to lighten up a bit since my dear little Isa came along though. It’s just not possible to have a house in constant order when you have kids, specifically at this age when she is enthralled for hours with taking everything out of drawers and putting things into places where they don’t belong (our remotes were missing for several days before I found them ALL stuffed in the VCR!).

But I digress, this IS what I can be…

Piles and piles with no organization. I just know that it’s there (whatever it is).

This disorganization ebbs and flows. I will let these areas go for stretches of time until I can’t take it anymore and purge. And what a great feeling that is!

But with Baby #2 coming along, our regular junk room, as we have so lovingly referred to it for several years, will soon be Isa’s new room. All of this stuff must go somewhere (and there was more but fortunately we already sold a few big pieces that were taking up space in that room).

Do I need to keep it all? NO.

Do I want to keep it all? NO.

But this is where the difficulty begins. My generations are ones of savers and thrifters. It’s almost impossible to get rid of anything that could be useful, even if that time will be in FIVE years. I get this honestly from my father, but boy are Chris and I happy for his saving ability! There are MANY occasions when we need something and know that my dad will have it. He’s saved us a lot of money over the years.

The biggest struggle I have is with FREE items. If it’s free, how do I pass it up? It’s FREE! There have been many useful items that we have obtained this way but there have been even more completely impractical ones. And I keep them! In case I need them in five years, of course!

I desire simplicity though.

I want my life to be SIMPLER.

I want to REDUCE my life’s COMPLEXITY.

I want to have only those FUNDAMENTAL items.

All so that I can UNDERSTAND what is before me and see clearly.

I desire this for my children. I don’t want them to know the stress that comes along with SO much stuff.

Here at Cheeky Bums Blog, we are about raising vintage kids in a modern world. Where simplicity is the norm and forms the basis for the values that we instill in our children. This is the beginning of a {simplicity} series that will cover everything from simplifying your child’s toy collection to your own commitments. Please leave us comments below with any area that you struggle with and would like us to cover.

AND…the junk room will be gone and I guarantee it won’t all be kept!

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This post is linked to It’s a Keeper Thursday at Every Day Tastes, Simple Lives Thursday at Gnowfglins,  Monday Mania at The Healthy Home Economist, Welcome Home Link up at Raising Arrows, Better Mom Monday’s Link Up at The Better Mom, Seasonal Celebrations at The Natural Mother’s Network,  Homesteader Blog Carnival at The Morristribe, Titus 2 Tuesdays at Cornerstone Confessions, Frugal Days, Sustainable Ways at Frugally Sustainable, Real Food Wednesdays at Kelly The Kitchen Kop, WLWW at Women Living Well, Whole Food Wednesdays’s Recipe Swap at Whole Lifestyle Nutrition

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16 Responses to “{simplify} : a new series”
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  1. I can definitely relate. I am going through a more thorough (hopefully) purging right now as we plan on moving. I look around and see piles and messiness (I have 4 kids) and it just makes me stressed. I want to have a calm looking house with less stuff. I also am guilty of keeping things “just in case” and it is a hard habit to break.

  2. Rachel

    Before Oliver was born our 3rd bedroom was also a junk room. It is almost nice to be “forced” to give it up. It was a little freeing. A lot of work, mind you, but freeing. It has really forced us to make those tough decisions about what we really need and to sometimes decide that even though we may use it “some day” most times it is something we could borrow if we really need it. I have also found that as we continue to grow into our own family that it is easier to let go of things from my childhood that I have kept for sentimental reasons which has gotten rid of a lot of clutter as well. And as non-frugal as this may sound, we have gained a lot of space throwing out cheap or free things just because they were so and investing in things that we really love and serve the purpose we really want them to serve rather than just making due with what was frugal. I am hoping to make some money at our garage sale to do just that!

  3. Rebecca

    Making room for simplicity is the ongoing challenge. I am right there with you when it comes to visual clutter. I really can’t think when everything is in disarray. Besides simplifying our environment, how about looking at simplicity from other angles, like simplifying our schedules, our daily rhythms, and how this affects our family life? The book Simplicity Parenting written by Kim John Payne is one of the BEST books I have ever read on the subject. It is truly insightful. I look forward to this new series!

  4. I have found that moving is a great time to purge. The thought of packing it and the physical energy of actually moving it are great reasons to get rid of a lot of things that are just taking up space.

  5. Chris and I completely agree with investing in things that will last. It is much easier for me to do this when I am making the decision to spend my money on something that costs more but is a wise investment versus something that is cheaper in quality and price. I STRUGGLE with this though when something was given to me but is of cheap quality. You will be my inspiration!

  6. Rebecca,
    Yes, yes, yes! Schedules and daily life are becoming just as full as our houses are. It’s definitely a national epidemic. I’m glad you mentioned Payne’s book. I read most of it while on vacation and LOVED it. Chris and I talked through a lot of his studies, ideas, and thoughts on our trip home. It is a GREAT read and I highly recommend it as well.

  7. I recently started a similar series on my own blog 🙂 Except it got tabled for some other projects I’m doing…hope to revisit it soon and look forward to reading yours! Simplify is the word of the year for me and my family. BLessings to you!

  8. Ann

    This sounds like it’s going to be a good series! I look forward to reading more.

  9. I wrote on this subject back in January. http://naturalmothersnetwork.com/natural-parenting/ways-reduce-stress/
    I can really relate to what you are saying. Perhaps you could find a friend who may need those items right now, who can return them to you in 5 years when you need them? Good luck and I eagerly await the next post in your series!
    Rebecca x

  10. I love the feeling I get when I simplify. It’s so freeing! Thanks for linking up to Titus 2 Tuesday on Cornerstone Confessions.