Simplify. Simplify. Simplify. ~ Thoreau
I have a long standing fantasy. I live on a farm in the 1800′s out west somewhere. We don’t have a lot. We make do with what we have. The closest neighbor is 10 miles away. The town is nearly double that.
This could have sprung from all the Little House on the Prairie, books and shows I watched in the ’70′s. There’s something intriguing about making a life from what appears to be nothing.
I was addicted to the PBS reality show, Frontier House. Modern families lived on the Montana frontier for 6 months as if it were 1883. Watching what they struggled with made me realize how much we all take for granted in our lives today.
Why do I fantasize about living the pioneer life?
Pioneers were people like you and me. They had to survive with next to nothing. Many could not, but many did. Those that did had a strength I admire.
Their simple living has inspired me to learn to bake bread using a starter rather than store bought yeast. Build a pantry of ingredients rather than pre-made meals. Survive even the most difficult days at work. And even simplify my life.
Today I’m in need of a little simplification.
Around this time in January, the Christmas decorations have been down for a while, but the house (and especially my office) still feels cluttered. It’s probably because, here’s another confession, I’m a piler, meaning I create piles. You may not have guessed this when you visit because I’m also an expert pile hider.
Behind the simplified facade, I know there are piles that need sorting. Papers that need recycling. Books that need donating. And unused items that need to find new homes.
I’m excited to clear out
Today is going to be a simplification day. I’m giddy with excitement. Simplifying helps me in so many ways. It helps me prioritize, a great thing to do at the beginning of the year. It makes me feel lighter versus weighed down by all the excess baggage.
Why do I simplify?
More importantly simplifying allows me to realize the abundance in my life that is over looked on a daily basis. I have so much to be grateful for, too much, but I forget that when I’m rushing around day to day.
There are so many people out there who can use what I have stored somewhere in a pile. Why not liberate that energy? Sharing what you don’t need any more, can make someone’s day.
Today I’m adapting my pioneer woman attitude. What do I need? What do I love? What haven’t I used in a while? Where can it go to help someone else?
Do you have simplifying days? Feel free to share your experience!