On Saturday I told you I would share with you why I have found simplifying life to be so helpful to our family. I am not only talking about clutter, but also schedules. Life can get crazy. Our culture throws more and more things at us to add to our already busy lives. It’s important to know what to cut out, whether they be things or events, so that we can focus on the most important things.
1. Life is easier.
By eliminating clutter and limiting the number of things that come into our home, life becomes easier. There is less stuff to pick up which makes maintaining the home much easier. There are fewer papers to wade through, making bills easier to pay (at least paid on time anyway!). You get the idea. Less stuff means easier living.
2. Memories with our family.
With fewer things crowding our lives, we have more time to make specific memories with our kids. I know my kids will remember the trips to the park, the books read aloud, and the fun last minute outings far more than they will remember how many toys were in their toy box. Remembering this helps me keep things in focus.
3. Time for people.
Have you ever not had someone over because you didn’t want them to see the house like it was? I have! With less stuff to manage even when the house is messy, it is still presentable to invite someone last minute. It is also easier to have planned company because it doesn’t take an entire day to clean for company.
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4. Enjoy the little moments.
Having someone over for a cup of coffee. Calling up a friend to chat. Taking your kids to the park. Reading a book. All these things are important but often get crowded out because we are too consumed with life. But really? Do I want my life to be replete with meaningful little moments? Or do I want my life to be a mad dash from one event to another?
I don’t know about you, but I prefer the little moments!
5. Freedom from the hectic schedule.
We are in a busy time of life right now. Brian is a full-time student while working which can sometimes be crazy. We have to work to keep the calendar clear. This doesn’t mean we don’t do anything with other people. On the contrary! We work to keep our calendars clear of events so that we can have free evenings for people to come to our home. If every night is booked with something, you greatly limit your opportunities to develop friendships and meaningful relationships. We need those relationships. We were created to need people. It is liberating to realize that we don’t have to say yes to everything!
We have found that intentionally limiting clutter and carefully selecting what goes on the calendar, we have much more time for people. And that fits our family’s mission in life.
The ebb and flow of life will make things look different from one season to another. Each family will look different. But remembering what we value most helps keep our priorities right. We don’t have to do everything. We can’t do everything. Choose wisely.
Are there things that are cluttering your life, robbing you of time for what is most important? What ways have you found to limit those? Please leave a comment. I’d love to hear your thoughts!