Simplicity in the Home

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Ahhhhh…..Simplicity!  There is just something about being simple.   Not needing all the extra, not needing all the clutter, just being easy and simple.

Now if you are already simple, organized, and things at your house are all together tidy all the time, then this may not be the article for you. (by the way if your one of those people, please send your suggests…I’m all ears!)  If on the other hand you have issues with too much stuff, clutter in certain drawers, rooms or your whole house then keep reading!

This past month at our house has been major CHANGE!  From doing away with our “school room” to moving our oldest daughters down stairs and rearranging the other kids rooms….there have been apparent signs that we have TOO much STUFF!!!  (I think I’ve known this but when you start moving big objects around it starts becoming very obvious!

This is one closet we cleaned out.  Way too many games....time to purge!

This is one closet we cleaned out. Way too many games….time to purge!

Since being married almost 18 years ago this is the 1st house that we’ve lived in this longest.  Going on 7 years!  So in that time…we have accumulated piles, toys, clothes (don’t get me started on clothes), bikes, books, etc.   A lot of stuff has been given to us.  From hand-me-down clothes, toys, furniture, odds and ends, etc.  Don’t get me wrong, we are completely thankful for all that has been provided, but if your not careful…it starts to accumulate.   It becomes overwhelming and it starts to steal your joy!  There is something about living in a home with simplicity and not tons of stuff.

So what do we do if we find ourselves in this place? Do you have clutter, too many:  clothes, toys, decorations, or anything that start consuming our lives and our homes?  If the answer is yes, then it’s something we’ve got to tackle little bits at a time. (Remember it didn’t happen over night…it’s not going to be fixed in a day)

If we are not careful, these “things” can over take you and then you start noticing that your home is not a HAVEN it’s becoming a HEADACHE!

How can I tackle my “stuff” & learn to be more simple?

(keep in mind, the more people that live in your house, the more stuff you are going to have)  I know for this house, having 9 people living here-soon to be 10 it does require more items than most.

  • Start  by focusing in on one small area to tackle.  It could be a drawer, a closet, or a desk.  (don’t try to do the whole house at once!)  Watch out, it does become addicting when you see an area or space is functioning more efficiently! 
  • Look for things that you can sell or donate to others that have needs.  I made some extra money by eliminating bigger items or books that we just don’t use.  (Craig’s List, Facebook, a yard sale, or word of mouth is great ways to get rid of items)
  • Learn to “let go” of things.  For some people this can be hard, but for others knowing their stuff is going to be used by someone else or help someone out makes you feel good.
  • Get the kids involved.  Have them go through their toys, collectibles, their clothes (if they are older), shoes, and have them donate.
  • Once you gather your stuff, get it out of your house.  Don’t move it to another area of the house with the goal of getting rid of it.  Take it right to the donation center or a friends house your are giving it to, etc.  Your less likely to change your mind!
  • Be realistic and go slow.  This is a process and a goal to be obtained through daily or weekly allotted times.  You’ll be frustrated if you try to bit off more than you can chew!

Making our homes a haven takes time and effort.  It takes a conscious effort to keep only what we really need or use.   Don’t allow “things” to over take your house, this only leads to frustration and more time and effort to juggle all of it.   For me, this is my quest this summer to really make things simple…..which leads to a more peaceful home!

How are things in your home?  Do you need to take time to “purge”?   Do you have tips to share with others that have helped you?  Be sure to share!  

 

 

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11 Responses to Simplicity in the Home

  1. Linda S says:

    This is a terrific post! Just the words I needed to hear.

    “If we are not careful, these “things” can over take you and then you start noticing that your home is not a HAVEN it’s becoming a HEADACHE!” — so true! and I’m overrun with ‘things’ that are giving me a headache, when I thought they’d bring me happiness.

    I really want for my home to be a haven for my husband, for my children, for my guests. Thank you for your tips and reminders.

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    • Jennifer says:

      Thanks Linda! Glad you stopped by…Hopefully as I endeavor to keep purging and making it simple, things will be turning into a HAVEN! Blessings!

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  2. Lori says:

    Jennifer,

    This is my first visit to your blog, and I’m glad I clicked on your link. I especially appreciate the value of your first suggestion. Sometimes we think we have to tackle everything at once, which makes us so overwhelmed that we either never get started, or quit soon into the process. I’m reminded of the old question, “How do you eat an elephant?” “One bite at a time.” and Elisabeth Elliots wise words when overwhelmed, “Just do the next thing.” It’s amazing how much we can accomplish in as little as 15 minutes a day over a period of time. Thanks for the encouragement 🙂 Visiting from Hungry for God. . . Starving for Time today.

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  3. This is a great post. I too have been longing to clear things out, simplify and reduce the amount of stuff we have. The two main obstacles that I find to this process are –
    1. I don’t mind the sorting bit, but I find it hard to motivate myself to take the stuff to a charity shop, to sell it, recycle it etc. It’s just an errand that I put off time and time again.
    2. My husband hates to get rid of things. He prefers to keep things in case we need them some time. Whenever I identify things we don’t need any more he often objects to getting rid of it.
    I hope that we can reduce the amount of stuff we have over time and that I can reach a compromise between me and my husband.
    Thanks for sharing. Linked here from A Modest Mom Blog. Blessings.

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  4. Kim says:

    Great suggestions!

    We finally found our way through the “too much stuff” when we attended Financial Peace University. We discovered that when we became really intentional about spending our money, we brought far less stuff into the house. Then when we began to clear out, sell, and give away the excess stuff we had, we felt such a lifting of our spirits. We had no idea how much the spent money and clutter of stuff had been weighing us down.

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    • Jennifer says:

      I SO AGREE…we can live withOUT so much! In our case we are not so much “buying” it’s people that are donating to us! (which we are thankful) but….it;s time to purge away little by little! Wish me luck! 🙂

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  5. Juana Mikels says:

    Oh, Jennifer what a great reminder to de-clutter and eliminate. Such a helpful post. I poked around your site and just loved the picture of your family! Beautiful!! I feel like saying the line from Sound of Music, “Seven children!” Yes, 7 blessings. Thank you for blessing me by posting on my site on Wednesdays. I hope you post every Wednesday! Love Juana

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  6. Gentle Joy says:

    These are great reminders! We have lived in our house for 18 years now and I really know what you mean about accumulating…..stuff! When we first moved in to this house, I moved things around to make it look like we had more furniture than we did because we had so little……….that’s NOT the problem NOW!!!! Not just furniture though…..it is “stuff”…..like your pictures ….. games, toys, homeschool books and curriculum, books, books and more books (I love books!:) etc etc. We are in the middle of sorting….giving….throwing away…… 🙂 Thank you for posting.

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  7. Colletta says:

    Ahhh. Simplicity. How I long for it! Great post and ideas! You can read about our Easter Break here:

    http://collettaskitchensink.blogspot.com/2014/04/mondays-musings-easter-break-42114.html

    Colletta

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