SIMPLIFY – To make simple or simpler: as a : to reduce to basic essentials
b : to diminish in scope or complexity : streamline <was urged to simplify management procedures>
c : to make more intelligible : clarify
It seems to me that it should be simple to simplify, ya know??? No matter how much effort we put into trying to simplify, it seems we work twice as hard to make it happen. Now, does that make any sense to anyone? No, I didn’t think so.
Well, here’s my take on simplicity. I honestly believe that it begins within. How high-maintenance are you, and what would you be willing to live without? I’ve had many friends through the years and have traveled with a few. I never let them know I was doing this, but I was secretly observing the luggage they carried. You see, the things we travel with are the things we are not willing to part with.
The more stuff you are willing to live without, the more simple your life will be. If you truly desire simplicity in your life, it’s necessary to let go of some non-essentials. I know they seem like essentials right now, but stay with me. This may make you re-think things.
For example, do you need a ton of makeup when you travel? I’m not suggesting you go without makeup altogether (oh, heaven forbid) – but there are ways to travel with less. I take one container of mineral make-up, a tube of mascara, a shadow, brow pencil and lip gloss. Choose one color of lip gloss and plan your wardrobe around that theme color. I usually choose red in the fall/winter months or dark pink in the spring/summer months.
I believe simplicity begins with the discarding of extras. It’s about organization and pre-planning. To make life easier, surround yourself with less. It sounds like you would be denying yourself of things, but it is the most freeing experience to rid yourself of clutter and get organized.
Recently I went through my closet and took out pieces that I have not worn in the past year – for whatever reason. If you have not worn a piece of clothing in the past year, you probably don’t need to keep it.
In the kitchen, organize with cook ahead cookbooks, or go online to find some great recipes. Here are 20 of my favorites! http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/recipe-collections-favorites/quick-easy/make-ahead-meals-0
If you cook on the weekend and freeze each serving, that frees up the weeknight to relax and enjoy your family. Simple.
Teach kids to pitch in and help with things like laundry. Even boys will need to know how to do that at some point when they get older, so you’d may as well get them involved now. They will feel like they are helping out and it will take some of the load off you… get it – load – laundry? Never mind.
When you make a conscious decision to make do with less, that is when simplicity will become a reality. When you organize things a bit and enlist help from the rest of the family, it will pay off in the long run.
Give it a try… and bask in simplicity! 🙂