We have made the decision to simplify our lives. It seems that stuff has taken over and things are robbing our time that just aren't that important in the span of things. I started taking steps towards this direction when we bought furniture. I planned out what I needed and bought things with storage compartments so we could keep things tidy and organized and out of sight. Then I knew I wanted bookcases for my books, because that is something that is useful.
I bought a very large dining table for the purpose of using it for my sewing, crafts, projects and daughter's homeschool. It will serve many purposes and even if we need to leave a project there, we can still have a large portion of the table open to eat on! The table can also be shortened if we ever needed to do that.
Now I have moved to our office/den/play/exercise room and trying to figure out ways to make it work better for us. I first bought myself a simple desk for my computer and to do home management. It has really helped already! Then today I tackled the closet and found upon cleaning most of it out - that I have no where to put the items lol. So I'm having to just put them back in the closet! Frustrating! However, there is something I have decided to let go of....
Magazines! I have saved almost every magazine I have received from 2002! I'm not joking! I have boxes, bins and bookshelves full of magazines. There was something in me that couldn't bare for them to go and I'm not sure why. I made the decision today to let them go. I'm going to go through some of them and cut out articles, tips, recipes I wanted to keep and then they are going in the freebie pile for my yard sale this Summer! It's going to be a big one and we are already planning it out and another family is joining us in the sale - it will feel good to purge the stuff.
I'm going to be doing some more posts on Simplifying the Home and what I have learned through reading and also ideas I've come up with to make life work better. Another inspiration has been my friend, Candy. She is probably the most simple person I know! You can visit her blog here: http://ablogbycandy.blogspot.com/
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