Did you know today is National Simplicity Day? If not, you’re not alone. I just happen to love keeping track of these fun and quirky national holidays. While most of the ones I pay attention to are all about food, (It’s National Ice Cream day on the 15th!), I wanted to blog about this idea of simplicity especially after reading the book A Simplified Life. In a society that seems to love the hustle, the grind, and the busy I wondered does anyone want to really simplify their lives? I know for me that answer is a big YES!
What about You? What in your life do you want to simplify?
Is it your schedule, a routine or another area of your life?
For me I wanted to get rid of the clutter. Restart some routines and change around my schedule to place what matters to me ahead of all the other things in my daily life.
But where do we start?
Am I the only one who feels like figuring out where to start simplifying your life that is scary? That moment when you finally decided you’re going to clear out your closet and you stand there overwhelmed by the task but jump in anyways and before you know it, there are piles of clothes on the floor and your bed is covered with the clothes you’re “keeping” and you feel exhausted, thinking you bit off more than you could chew and that you’ve made absolutely no traction.
If this scene feels familiar to you, you’re not alone I was there at the end of 2017. I wanted to clear out the clutter in my home and my life and even with this simple goal, it still felt way too complex.
One thing to note…I don’t have a Type A personality so my struggle to organize is real. I bought A Simplified Life with the hope that it would help me get myself and home together. While I didn’t read it right away, when I finally did, I was so glad that I did. This isn’t going to be an actual book review, I’m sure there are plenty of those. I wanted to share a few or my takeaways from this book.
#1 This is a marathon, not a sprint
If Rome wasn’t built in a day, you getting your home/life organized isn’t going to be a quick process. This was one of the things I was doing wrong. I was trying to organize everything in a matter of days forgetting that this clutter took years to accumulate. I liked how this book walked you through the key areas of your life that you can simplify and that it was simple and easy tips to help you get started clearing clutter, changing routines and making more room for what matters most in your life.
#2 Do what work best for the season of life you’re in.
This book is great if your in college, married, single, have kids or no kids and while there are sections of the book focused on some of these topics, not everything spoke to the season of life I’m in and that’s OK. You can skip the sections that don’t apply to you right now. But I found value in all the sections of this book. There were some really great tips that were shared that I felt I could use later.
#3 Don’t run to Target or the Container Store quite yet
While I never need an excuse to go to Target, the one thing I LOVED about this book is that you don’t need to spend money buying all the containers and shelving units to get yourself organized. I loved the idea of clearing your space out first. Plus it’s usually when we’re clearing out the clutter that we discover storage bins and containers that we can use.
Plus this is a process in decluttering and simplifying buying up more containers and organizing tools to fill up your space defeats this purpose and you may not need any of them.
#4 Don’t be shy, mark up this book!
Yes this is a book. But there are plenty of sections where you can write down answers to questions. There are also sections where you’re going to want to highlight, dog ear and maybe even paper clip so you can go back to them later. So don’t be shy underline and highlight. Write down your answers to the questions being asked. Yes this is a pretty book but it’s also a very helpful guide.
I loved being able to have space to answer these questions right in the book to not only think about my response but to see what I said and let it resonate with me. I’m a big believer in writing things down. To me when you do, it’s tangible and it’s real. Seeing my words on the page made me feel more committed to this process.
#5 Give yourself Grace
Seriously… Give yourself some grace. We all have a disastrous junk drawer or a closet that we don’t dare open for fear of everything spilling out. We’re all doing the best we can. I loved that each chapter gave you helpful information that doesn’t judge or give you difficult steps to execute an organization style. Like I said earlier, it took us years to create this clutter and it will take time to clear it out but little by little we’ll get it all cleared out.
If you’re looking for a way to simplify your life this is a great book to check out and hey if you happen to declutter a space in your home this weekend, treat yourself to some ice cream on National Ice Cream Day!