Friday, March 9, 2012

Trying to Simply Life (And Not Being Very Successful)

The title says it all. I have been trying to simply life and I have not been very successful at it. I know I have areas I need to work on, but actually doing it has proven to be a bit difficult. Not because I don't want to, but because I am trying to depart from things that have been a part of me for a long time.

First of all, no matter how cliche it sounds, having a clean, decluttered, organized house will help you. I speak from experience. I don't mind a disorganized and chaotic house. I feel normal in them. But they do not help with my sense of peace and calm either. I get frustrated when I cannot find something. Having everything in its place leads to less frustration. Not having to dig my way through a bunch of clutter helps preserve my time (and sanity).

Am I perfect? Oh, no! My house is not the cleanest and gets very cluttered. When I start to feel cluttered in my mind and chaotic in my thinking, I know a good decluttering and cleaning session is in order. I feel better, my kids seem to be happier, and the house looks wonderful. While I try to do this all year long, time and schedule does not always allow it.

Secondly, what is going on in your life? What commitments do you have that clutter your schedule or overtake your schedule? Are they there because you desire them to be there or are they there because others desire them to be there?

These are admittedly hard questions. This is where I have been struggling the most. I am busy with my kids' activities and I am delighted to be busy with their activities. Those are my main priorities in my schedule. But other things sneak up: selling Avon, being a part of two online coupon groups, my blog, working on being prepared, gardening, etc. You know, you understand. When I do not have enough time for everything, something has to go. Deciding that has been a painful process lately. I know what to let go, but making the commitment to do so is hard.

Having happy kids and good relationships with family and friends is my top priority. So I will be done selling Avon at the end of March. I don't have the time to commit to it and due to some of their new policies, they will make it difficult to continue to be a part of Avon. I will cut down to one online coupon group so I can give them my time more wholly. I love to write and be connected to you all so the blogging will continue. When asked to do other things, I will learn to consider carefully and say no with deliberate care.

As Spring and Summer comes, I want to be doing the things that I love and are not burdens. Hopefully, simplifying my life and using my time wisely will be the right things to do. And I have done the right things.

Thanks for reading! Have a great day!

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