What does this mean to you? Minimalism comes to my mind. So many of the younger generation are going this way. Many of them have watched their grandparents and parents collect things over the years so they now have taken up with the new trend of “less” is better.
I do find that the old saying…“less is more”, can be true! But what is less? I have watched some “extreme” shows, where they will have a beautiful “large” house and only have a mattress on the floor, 1 dish, 1 cup, 1 fork…you get the picture and they seem truly seem happy. This is not the life that I want.
I have a friend who LOVES to collect things…did I say loves it. She collects any and everything that you could imagine. She has now gone through her collection and resized it. To most people…you would still say that she has a lot of “stuff” but to her …she has simplified her life in her own way with her collections and she is a happy girl.
In my life…which is full of special needs and most days cioas….I need “my” type of simple. Let me explain. My husband has Epilepsy and my youngest son as Autism…..for me this changes my life on a daily basis. I have always enjoyed a full schedule of events, lots of involvement in family, work, church and life in general. I like lots of hobbies, things, stuff, and decor in my home etc…I like to enjoy life as I see it….but then life doesn’t alway fit what I like!!!
Recently in my home….I have had to simplify things. Less stuff, less things and to be more practical and less nostalgic. This has been very hard for me but as I get into it …it does becoming easier. I need to create a very practical world for my two men. I need to label where things go in the refrigerator and label whose jacket goes where etc… And yet find a way to make my home still seem special and pretty to me and our guests we invite over.
Recently with my schedule….I have had to simplify that too. How do you take a girl who LOVES a full schedule and adapt it to “SIMPLE” one…so that I meet the needs of my family as well as myself. I have and am still learning how to balance life ….I really don’t know how to explain that in words with exactly I am doing. I probably need to do a VLOG on a day in the life of me.
This might not be “minimalism” to some, but for me I need to carry a planner, snacks, change of cloths, meds, water, essential oils, band aids etc… in many different bags. I have a travel bag, pocketbook, workbag, church bag etc…each one is filled with what I would need for that event and the extras for that “just in case I need it” moment. This works for me….my car is full of bags stuffed with stuff. But all this stuff to me equals an organized, simplified and simple way of living. To me my life is now not full of stressful moments and I don’t have to think as much when life takes over and craziness begins. If you have anyone in your family with special needs you would understand. We never quite know what’s going to happen at a given moment and having these extras with us at all times and organized in designated bags for that particular event definitely helps.
Simple is defined by YOU and only you. We should not jump on a trend just because!!! Yes, we should evaluate our lives and simplify them… but this does not mean throw everything out that you own, and live in a sleeping bag.
God has given and blessed our family many times over with things and not necessarily money…I need to use what I have, simplify what I buy and sometimes bless others with my overflow.
Remember to enjoy life and where life has you. I know that this is a unique way of looking a “simple life” but it is the way I do it. How do you do it..leave a comment below.
Lynn A. Wilson – Resume of a Mother