I am so excited to begin this journey towards Organized Simplicity this month. It’s time to tame the clutter, purge the excess, deep clean and organize, and start living with intention. To get the full details of this challenge, you can go here. This post contains affiliate links, you can read my disclosure policy here.
It’s the week after Christmas and the decorations are down leaving space for bare walls and empty corners and shelves. I love the simplicity that January brings, the new start, yet I’m also painfully aware of just how much stuff is nestled behind closet and cabinet doors. It’s been a full year and a half since I have gone through my home room by room, purging and deep cleaning, so it’s well past time.
I’ve noticed cobwebs and dust bunnies in corners. I’ve got a kitchen cabinet (or two) that I either can’t close or I open at my own risk. When I open our hallway closet where I store our extra toiletries, it looks like a bomb went off. My kids (partially thanks to Christmas) have toys and books everywhere. And while my own wardrobe is pretty well sorted through, my closet could use a good cleaning.
January is the perfect month to tackle the home and get it in order, and Organized Simplicity is the perfect book to help us get started. I’ve already outlined and created the schedule for the next 4 weeks, so ready to get started? Me too!
Today we read Chapter 1 Stuff: Our Modern-Day Slave Master, it’s a quick read just a few pages. If you haven’t read it please stop reading this and go read it, i’ll wait…
Basically Tsh shares her story of her journey towards a more simple lifestyle and why she and her family drastically reduced there stuff.
Simple living is about living your life your life with a purpose that aligns with your values. It’s about enjoying the things you love and care about and not stressing over the things that don’t matter. It’s fulfilling; it brings peace; it drips with contentment. Living simply is about being who you were made to be. ~ Organizes Simplicity page 15 (emphasis mine)
Tsh challenges us to evaluate the things that are already in our homes, as well as the things that we will bring into them. We need to be aware of how our stuff makes us feel. Are we happy? Content? Chances are probably not.
Not only are our homes filled with stuff, but so are our schedules. While my kids are still young, I live in a community where the pressures to get them involved in activities is great. I’m always amazed when I hear other moms sharing the early activities their toddlers are involved in. My schedule is not filled with music classes or play dates, but it is pretty full. I’m involved with church activities, running this blog, balancing eager grandparents who want to spend a lot of time with my kids, managing my own household, and spending time with my husband and kids.
So living simply is not only about reducing the clutter that is residing in our homes, but also about simplifying our schedules, our minds and our hearts. I’ve shared a little about this before when I wrote my 31 days series.
Today I challenge you to read Chapter 1 if you haven’t already and begin thinking about how you would like to define what simple living will mean for you and your family.
Thursday we will read and discuss Chapter 2 Simple Living: Discover a Definition that Works for You. Also your cleaning assignment this week are Chapters 9: A Fresh Start, a New Direction and Chapter 10: The Living Room. Saturday I’ll share my progress and invite you to share yours too.
What are you most looking forward to gaining from this 4 Weeks to Organized Simplicity challenge? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.
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