Thursday, August 8, 2013

Simplifying

Lately life has felt anything but simple.
In fact most days I feel like I'm just trying to keep my head above water. 
I feel stretched thin. 
Like there's not enough of me to do all that needs to be done to keep a family of 6 running. smoothly. 

I've tried different ways of organizing our things and different approaches to managing the laundry.
And making a schedule, getting the kids to help, etc., etc.
And life still feels chaotic, cluttered, too full and busy and crazy.
And at times just plain overwhelming.
And for months I have been trying to put my finger on exactly what was causing this sudden feeling of stress.
(Just for the record I don't feel like it's having baby number 4.) 
It more of a feeling of always being behind. 
Like there is just too much to do and not enough time or energy to do it. 
 I think part of it has to do with the fact that we are always busy. 
too busy. 
and for a month or so I have been trying to protect our calendar, say no to things and schedule days where we are just home playing and doing stuff that needs to be done around the house.
I've also been praying and asking the Lord for wisdom and He has been teaching me a lot about just how much I need Him (which is a lot) and just how much He delights in helping me.

And then I just so happened to read this blog post/series

all while I have been reading this book (so good!) 
and it dawned on me 
we have too much stuff. 
Too many toys, too many clothes, too much stuff.
period.

We need to simplify. everything.
So that's what we are going to do. 
Toys, clothes, dishes, towels, craft supplies, meals, etc.

It's like a breath of fresh air already. 

5 comments:

Megan said...

I totally get where you're coming from! We started feeling this way when we were preparing to move from CA to IL a few years ago. We kept asking "Why are we packing this and moving it cross country if all we're gonna do is stick it back in the cabinet to get dusty again?" So we began to purge anything and everything we could... as often as we could. And we STILL feel like we have too much, but we're learning to making purging a normal part of our lives. Nothing comes in without several things going out. And I totally agree that it feels like a breath of fresh air every time! Hopefully our kids will learn that less is more too, even tho I'm totally aware that less for us is more than most people in the world have. Good luck!

Kathy said...

Oh, I totally agree with Megan. We have so much STUFF in this country. People in other parts of the world make do with so little. We are spoiled to no end. I have been feeling the same as you -- too little time and energy to do so much. And I too have come to the conclusion to downsize and simplify. I think it's the only way to be.

Christi Ellis said...

Agreed! I often say I just want to live in a hut in Africa. But I'm sure I'd find problems there too, sin is everywhere. It's amazing what we consider normal necessities. So many survive with far less. We need not guilt ourselves with owning stuff, but if it comes between us and our relationship with Christ we need to change something. I'd love for you to share what you do to simplify. I have trouble letting go of stuff ( toys, Netflix, craft stuff) so I find it encouraging to see others letting go :)

Kristin Sellars said...

I'm planning to share the ways we are simplifying soon (hopefully next week) so stay tuned. I have such a hard time letting go of things too but it needed to happen and it has been so good!

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