Lately I've been thinking about the concept of 'Simple Living'. It really does seem to be the 'buzzword' of the moment. Just the other week I while we were in Surfers Paradise, I popped into Coles for the first time in ages, to grab a few things for our picnic and I noticed a sign down one of the isles that said something like, 'Cole Live Simply Range' and I had to do a double take. While I love the idea that simple living is becoming a mainstream, achievable way of life, I couldn't help but worry that it could also turn into another money making fad. Ever since, I've been wondering about what it really means to live simply.
And it seems I'm not the only one pondering simple living. Lovely ladies and fellow simple living advocates, Brydie and Julie have been writing about it too. So, inspired by their posts, I thought I'd explore what simple living means to me.
When I look around at my home, it doesn't seem all that simple. It's often busy, probably too cluttered and never picture perfect. There's toys, a washing basket or two, crafty projects, assorted shoes and ephemera all about the place. The dining table is very rarely empty and almost as soon as I pop all the toys back in their baskets, they are back out all over the floor again. The shelves are busy too, with rotating vignettes, candles, found feathers and leaves and I won't even start on the craft room (although if you do want to see it in fine form pop over here). Mine is not the home of a minimalist, it's the home of a creative family.
So how do we live simply? Well even though there might be a bit of clutter about and the washing basket is never really empty, we try to buy and use less and be conscious of how we spend our days. When we moved last year, we let go of a great deal of our belongings and as we live in a cottage without much storage space, what is out and on display is all there is. For me, living simply isn't just about de-cluttering though, it's a whole lifestyle and a way of thinking and being. And this kind of being is not always innate, especially if like us, you haven't always been living this way. It takes daily reminders, persistence and passion. I have days where I feel like I'm not doing enough, where I wish I could update all my cleaning equipment from plastic to lovely wood and metal and have a curated wardrobe of beautiful organic, ethical clothing. Some days I want to live the kind of 'simple life' I see on Pinterest, but I have to remind myself, that those images aren't totally real and that by me feeling that way, they are achieving their purpose.
So I live simply, my way. I give myself a little high five when I harvest a few veggies from the garden, when I notice that the worm farm is working and whenever I make a batch of homemade washing liquid. It's hard some days to measure the results, there's no voice over to narrate your journey and tell you how far you've come. But for me, it's moments when I look around and I'm truly happy in our home, when I'm calm and content, not rushing, or frantic. When I open a jar of my own homemade jam or bake a loaf of bread. That's when I know I'm living 'my simple life' and I don't need to compare my version of simple to anything else.
Have you been think about simple living lately? What does it mean to you?
Much Love & Light
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